It doesn't matter where you go, travelling with kids is always an adventure. Planning is key to make sure your journey runs as smoothly as possible, especially if you're going overseas. If things take an unexpected turn, keeping your kids, yourself and your belongings safe (that includes precious little teddy) is crucial. Here at 1Cover Travel Insurance we understand what it's like to contend with all the possibilities of travelling with kids so our team have shared their top tips to keep everyone happy and safe on a plane. 1. Fly Direct Or Stop Over. Breaking up the trip can be a great way... Read More
I was lucky enough to be able to swim with the whales recently at Mooloolaba on Queenslands Sunshine Coast.  The Sunreef Swim with Whale encounters started for the first time this year (2014) and offer guests a great opportunity to swim with magnificent Humpback whales as they migrate up the east coast of Australia and back down to the Antarctic.  We met early at the Sunreef Dive centre at Mooloolaba and got fitted out in our wetsuits before heading by vehicle to the waiting boat just minutes away.  Once boarding we where given a safety demonstration and briefed on what we could expect for... Read More
Spring is a fantastic time of the year to visit Sydney and Regional NSW with a wide variety of fun-filled activities to keep the kids active, and entertained.  This spring, kids who like to take a walk on the wild side will be in their element with a range of wildlife activities on offer all over the state, including: ·         Get wild on the way to the Blue Mountains – Featherdale Wildlife Park at Doonside allows children of all ages to enjoy furry encounters up close and personal with some Aussie native animals. Meet Archer the baby koala, watch the dingo pups romp and feed the wallabies... Read More
Situated in a place where time stands still, Samara Private Game Reserve offers unique wildlife and spectacular Karoo Mountain scenery.  This beautiful South African Eastern Cape reserve provides a tranquil escape to soothe the soul and uplift even the weariest traveller as you gaze across the vast open spaces and stunning terrain reaching to far distant horizons.   Home to a growing abundance of African wildlife, including a large number of diverse endangered species, Samara introduces guests to the elusive cheetah and the friendly aardvark, as well as many other animals, birds and a huge... Read More
Leading camping retailer Coleman Brands has compiled their top ten camping tips to make sure your outdoor adventure runs smoothly, and dad leaves a happy camper! 1. Get a good night’s sleep Invest in a few quality air mattresses, like the Sleep Lite Camp Mat, and push them all together. Sleeping in a group will not only be a fun family novelty, but will keep you all a little bit warmer through the cool night. 2. Don’t be afraid to over pack One of the most useful things you could use is a vacuum sealed bag. They not only help you fit more clothes, but also help keep your meat and produce... Read More
Gympie Music Muster - The beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park provides the perfect setting for this quintessential Aussie event, with over 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping facilities, plenty of hot showers and toilets, and a central entertainment precinct. Located 40-kilometres south-west of Gympie, it's an easy drive 2-hours north of Brisbane, just 40-minutes from stunning Noosa and heritage listed Fraser Island. The 20-minute forest drive from Amamoor is easily accessible by all vehicle types, with several creek crossings easily negotiated... just... Read More
Our top ten fun family activities in the Whitsundays - School holidays are just around the corner and it is time to slow down, reconnect with your loved ones and enjoy a fun family getaway in the Whitsundays! Your kids will be wide-eyed with wonder - bright colours, fun places to stay and a huge range of things to do will keep your family busy and entertained while at the same time relaxed and happy.  Here are our Top 10 fun family activities this school holidays: Meet Pancake and Pikelet, the resident stingrays at Daydream Island’s Living Reef and give their baby stingrays a pet! Stroll over... Read More
Grab a cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy our Club Med Webinar.  This 30 min presentation will help you understand the Club Med all inclusive concept.  Here at BYOkids we specialise in Club Med holidays as they are just perfect for families.  These all inclusive resorts are located worldwide and offer kids and adults fun activities such as circus schools, trapeze, waterskiing, wakeboarding, snow skiing, snowboarding and more.  Plus all your food and alcohol is included so never having to say "NO" is a true no stress holiday!
  I recently went to cook islands on a work trip to review several of the resorts and to check out the Cook Islands as a destination for families.  To access the Cook Islands you fly into the main island Rarotonga.  Many of the flights go via New Zealand, however their is a direct flight from Sydney. The destination is perfect for families.  it’s a great alternative for those who have already done Fiji and Vanuatu and love the south pacific laid back ways.  its very clean and people are house proud and keep their yards, shops and churches very clean.  There is a church every .5km I think,... Read More
by While virtually every individual and couple can enjoy lots of advantages through a house swapping (home exchange) holiday, perhaps families stand to benefit most of all. Think about it... Let's start with the money Firstly, there are the monetary savings to be gained: no accommodation costs; cooking "at home" instead of going out for meals; free use of car; free laundry, clothesline, dryer and DYI ironing. No doubt there will also be other savings. For example, you can't stay cooped up together in a hotel room for long. You'll need to spend a good deal of time... Read More