Category Archives: Family Travel

Girt by Sea

As our nation’s birthday is upon us I am reflecting on what I love most about the country I call home.  The freedoms we enjoy and the lifestyle we lead, all made possible due to the sacrifices of our diggers, makes Australians some of the luckiest on the planet. Continue reading

Grand Canyon’s North vs South Rim

I’ve been lucky enough to have visited the Grand Canyon no less than three times and coming all the way from Australia, this is no mean feat. I rarely go back to the same place twice but when it comes to the world’s largest canyon is it any wonder why so many others return time and again. It’s not enough to get your photos out and reminisce because none of them do it justice. You just have to stand there and let your jaw drop in a stunned mullet fashion, take a zillion photos, look at another vantage point and ogle some more and more until the sun goes down and you just can’t see it any longer. So get up extra specially early to ogle at it some more before you really, really have to leave to get to your next destination. By the way. this blog is also dedicated to my friend who got Las Vegas fever and never quite made it to this world famous icon because she was too “under the weather”. Continue reading

Retro Retreat into the Stirling Ranges

Stirling Ranges Blog PostFollowing on from the haphazard adventures of my last April school holiday post, “A Mother’s Survival Guide”, where the very word camping still finds me in the foetal position rocking back and forth, I have become the very proud owner of a 1986 Viscount caravan called Lillian.  Low cost cheerless camping has now morphed into low cost captivating caravanning capers, Chevy Chase style… Continue reading

Planning a Budget Family Holiday to Vietnam

Born With a Suitcase is specifically aimed at enabling ordinary families to travel on a budget which means going to your destination fully independent.  An organised tour will cost you double the price and you won’t have complete control over where you go and what you do.  An independent trip is fully customisable however, the planning process can be daunting, not to mention arduous, yet hugely rewarding and exciting. Continue reading

10 Symptoms of a Travel Tragic

  1. When doing the family budget, the holiday has first priority, food and household bills are second and third respectively. If we eat baked beans every week until we depart, that will pay for two nights accommodation somewhere.

    Eating baked beans to afford buttery croissants for breakfast on the rooftop of The Hotel Majestic in Ho Chi Minh City was worth it!

    Eating baked beans to afford a luxurious breakfast at The Hotel Majestic in Ho Chi Minh City was worth it!

  2. When buying clothes all you can think of is how well it would pack and how long it will take to dry.
  3. When buying that new couch, you look at the price tag and think ‘that’s a return airfare to London,’ you walk out empty handed and tell yourself the ‘black hole’ in the old sofa really isn’t that bad after all.
  4. When your inbox has at least 50 emails a day advertising specials from all the airlines that fly out of your nearest international airport.
  5. Wrestling with your conscious about taking the kids out of school again, but the devil always wins.
  6. When you are three years behind on all the holiday photo books you are ‘gonna’ make.
  7. When you know the exchange rate of all the major currencies off by heart.
  8. When you have visited at least ten countries in the last week….online.
  9. When you own no less than 5 cameras and 10 suitcases and backpacks of varying sizes, shapes and designs.
  10. When you can count to ten, ask for a toilet and a train ticket in at least ten different languages.

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A Mother’s Survival Guide

A mother embarks on an adventurous four day mini camping trip and explores a plethora of National Parks in the South West of Western Australia with her intrepid two teenage sons in a bid to keep them off the XBOX and to keep active.  A humourous approach to her mishaps into the mundane will delight anyone who dares to read on… Continue reading

Vehicle Rental and Insurance

Vehicle Rental PinterestIf your are seriously into independent travel then having a car ‘to do what you want when you want’ is paramount.  This will often mean it’s more cost effective than going organised tours especially when travelling as a family and often cheaper than the cost of airfares in getting to your destination if you are travelling as a group.  Whenever I am in need of car hire I always explore the best option to match the occasion.  For instance, Continue reading