Author: Reena

Qantas ‘Parental Pause’ for Frequent Flyers

Going on parental leave but don’t want to lose your Qantas frequent flyer miles? Qantas has the ‘Parental Pause’ initiative to help its Frequent Flyers keep the benefits of their membership status while on parental leave. Previously, Silver, Gold and Platinum Frequent Flyers would often see their status drop when they took time out to raise a child if they were not flying as frequently as they used to. However, the Status Hold initiative enables eligible Silver, Gold and Platinum Frequent Flyers keep their status for up to 18 months, even if they are not earning the number of...

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Hotel Review: Swissotel Sydney Kids Room

Fancy a luxurious weekend away in Sydney but still want to bring the kids? Check out the Swissôtel Sydney and its amazing Kids Room. It’s a stay that the whole family will enjoy. Swissôtel Sydney In the heart of Sydney CBD, the five-star Swissôtel Sydney is a top spot for families. Not only is it newly renovated, it’s incredibly family-friendly. We recently stayed there to experience their Kids Room. The Kids Room is an initiative providing children a fun play and sleep experience. It includes a King Room for Parents with a connecting Twin Room completely furnished for kids....

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Kyushu With Kids: Enjoying Japan’s Most Southern Mainland Island

Get off the beaten track and visit Kyushu with your kids. Whether you want to get up close to a volcano or a feudal castle or dip your feet in volcanic water or ride a kids train, Kyushu is the place to go.This is Japan’s most southern mainland Island and was our favorite destination on our recent trip to Japan. Kyushu with Kids After leaving Hiroshima, we head to the city of Kagoshima dubbed the Playground of the South. Located on the southern tip of Japan, it is more than 1483 kilometres away from Tokyo. However the completion of...

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Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

For a family-friendly hotel in the heart of the Hunter Valley, look no further than the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. It’s a top spot that both parents and kids will enjoy. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is easy to get to, just a 45 minute drive from Newcastle or over 2 hours from Sydney but hard to leave. Nestled in the heart of Wine Country, this family-friendly resort offers activities for every member of the family such as the Water Dragons Kids Club, swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, on-site Lovedale Brewery and Ubika Spa. Room For...

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Tips for flying with babies and kids

If the thought of being stuck on a plane with your kids for hours on end instills fear, here’s some help. Before our recent long-haul flight with our five-year old daughter, I canvassed other mums and dads about their tips for flying with  kids. A popular refrain was to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. They also provided me with some great advice which I have to share. Before You Fly Fly a full-service airline if you can. With food, luggage allowance and entertainment included, it’s worth the extra money in my opinion. Try to choose...

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Kyoto with Kids: How to Enjoy Japan’s Cultural Capital

Want a family holiday destination which combines Zen gardens, temples, bamboo groves and deer? Take your kids to Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Kyoto With Kids: A Family Holiday In Japan Japan is a fascinating country with friendly, helpful people. It’s safe, easy to travel around and full of interesting places to go. Our holiday in Japan starts with an evening arrival at Narita International airport in Tokyo. We’ve arranged a night in a local hotel near to the airport which can be best described as shoebox size. However, it’s comfortable and contains all the mod cons we need. The following morning,...

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