Retro Retreat: Into the Stirling Ranges

Stirling RangesFollowing 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

Budget Family Holiday to Vietnam

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. 10 Symptoms of a Travel Tragic

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

    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.

  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. Budget Airline
  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.

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

Vehicle Rental & Insurance

If 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

7 Days in Far North Queensland

I just love exploring this great state of ours but every now and then, the urge to go beyond the borders and venture further into this great nation of ours becomes too much, especially when there are some great deals out there from a variety of budget airlines. Continue reading

10 Facts About the Nullarbor Plain

10 facts about the Nullarbor Plain

Crossing the Nullarbor via National Highway One is the quintessential experience of the outback and crossing it is a rite of passage for any self respecting Australian, yet it is a path few Australians follow. The Nullarbor Plain is famously known as the longest stretch of straight road in the world. Consequently, it also has the nickname Nullar-boring so when the few Aussies and international tourists who do make the journey, they consider it a chore and something to be achieved as quick as possible. Contrary to popular belief, if you have the time explore, then it’s as interesting as you are prepared to make it as I have outlined in the following facts and details. However, with my recent experience of the crossing, it is infinitely more interesting on the way over than it is on the way back.

Nevertheless, the Nullarbor crossing is a once in a lifetime drive which is recommended to road enthusiasts worldwide. Road trips in Australia are just as popular as they are in New Zealand or the USA and crossing Australia through the desert to experience its total vastness and awesomeness should be on everyone’s bucket list. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Book a Budget Airline to Asia

If you are departing from Australia, especially Western Australia, then it would just be criminal not to book with a budget airline on short haul flights. This is especially true when they have specials on. If you subscribe to their email alerts you can get some excellent deals. The less you pay for an airfare, the more you can spend at your destination or your next holiday. You worked hard for your money so don’t waste it. You can even make it cheaper by using these tips: Continue reading