Mai Tais in paradise

There was no way I was coming back to Hawaii without having a Mai Tai or two.. So completing a list of my favourite Hawaiian Mai Tais seemed the perfect excuse to try a few more.. Obviously, I haven’t tried every bar/restaurant/etc that makes a Mai Tai, so apologies if your favourite isn’t on the…

Turtle Bay Resort

We’ve now visited Hawaii four times, and have always stayed at the same hotel in Waikiki (which we absolutely love), so this time we decided to try Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Turtle Bay has everything you could possibly need while on holidays – multiple swimming pools, hot tubs, on-site restaurants, horse riding,…

(Don’t go) Chasing Waterfalls

According to TLC back in the 1990s, we shouldn’t be chasing waterfalls.. Well after our recent experience, I plan on hunting out as many waterfalls as I can find.. We took guidance from Nathan at the Turtle Bay Resort activities counter, Guidepost, and headed out to Waimea Valley for a swim under the 45 foot…

Flight delays..

Is there anything worse than a flight delay? How about a 7.5 hour delay? That’s what we faced today with our flight to Hawaii.. While we did receive notification from Jetstar about the delay, we had already reached the city and turning back to the Peninsula wasn’t really something we were keen to do. How…

Packing List: carry on

Working out what to pack in your carry on luggage can be difficult, especially when limited with the size and weight restrictions based on the individual airlines. We’re flying out to Hawaii on Sunday with Jetstar and given we also have checked in luggage, our carry on luggage can be quite light. Isabella’s carry on…

Port Stephens

Approximately 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, Port Stephens is the perfect place for a mini family vacation and can be enjoyed in both winter and summer alike. Getting there: We chose to fly with Jetstar Australia from Melbourne. As we were only staying for three nights, we chose to just take carry on luggage –…

Mother/Daughter Getaways

Have you and your daughter ever gone on a mini getaway together? If so, how long ago was it? I had never taken my daughter away on a long weekend, where it was just the two of us. We decided to make the most of my 4 days off between night shifts and explore some…

Sunset, Pimms and Mamma Mia

  Have you ever put something on your ‘I must visit there’ list, leave it for a while and finally get there when the place is about to close? If so, you’re definitely not alone. I can’t count how many times we both said we’d love to go to one of the outdoor cinema sessions…

Pearl Harbor with my Miss 6.

On our recent to trip to Hawaii my husband and I had Pearl Harbor on our list of things that we MUST do. Our concern was would our 6 year old understand the significance of Pearl Harbor and give it the reverence that it deserves? The answer is a resounding YES. let me start from…

ALOHA & Mahalo Maui!!

Travel Date: 29th November-10th December 2017 Airline: Jetstar & Hawaiian Airlines (for inter-island transfer) MAUI (29th November – 5th December) Hotel: Residence Inn Marriott – Wailea This was our first trip to Hawaii. We opted to go to Maui for a week and then back to Waikiki for 5 days to finish our holiday. Even…