That One Time We Took The Kids to Istanbul

“Istanbul… the constant beating of the wave of the East against the rock of the West…” – Susan Moody

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Call us crazy, but when our kids were younger, we had the opportunity to venture abroad to spend 10 glorious summer days in Istanbul, Turkey. As one of the biggest cities in the world, Istanbul is a land immersed in historical and geographical significance and it is the only city on the planet that is located on two continents.

The thought of travelling to a foreign nation with a baby and a toddler was certainly scary, but without having to spend a cent of our own money (yes, you read that correctly), we knew that this was to be a once-in-a-lifetime expedition that we simply could not pass up!

This is how things unfolded…

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Travel Tuesday: West Coast Wanderings and a Weekend in Jacobsbaai

A few weeks back, my husband surprised me with a little breakaway down the Cape West Coast to a town I had never heard of before. Jacobsbaai is a rural little seaside village situated midway between Saldanha Bay and Vredenburg in the Western Cape of South Africa. It’s only a short drive away from these two popular West Coast towns, and yet, Jacobsbaai feels remote enough so that you feel completely removed from civilisation.

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12 Tips You Should Know Before Planning a Road Trip With Toddlers

Road trips make for unforgettable adventure holidays with my crazy family. We usually pack up everything the night before and hit the long road before dawn while the kids are still half-asleep. This way they can get shut-eye while we make some headway en route to our destination. Many great family memories are made while road tripping with the kids. But yes, any lengthy time couped up in a car with toddlers can be challenging. Here I share some top tips for a rocking road trip with the little people! By Tamsyn Cornelius

Road trips are somewhat easier than flights! If you’re doing a flight, check out my survival guide for flying with little people. But if you’re heading on a family road trip, rest assured that you can do it at your own pace and in the comfort of your own vehicle. Firstly, the kids can make all the racket they want without upsetting the hundreds of passengers you’d expect on a Boeing! Keep things simple and be prepared to ensure a smooth drive.Read More »

A Survival Guide For Flying with Kids

It’s #TravelTuesday which means I will be posting a travel-related piece today as part of an ongoing Travelogue every week. Today, we focus on the littlest people who often run our homes. Travelling with young kids may seem daunting, but trust me, whether on a flight or in the car, travel can be done without losing your sanity!  By Tamsyn Cornelius

Over the years, we’ve successfully lugged two toddlers halfway across the globe (with stop-overs in foreign airports) and we recently packed the family into a car for a seven-hour road trip… and we are all still alive to tell the tale! Here I share some of my top tips for travelling with your little ones!Read More »

Travel Tuesday: That One Time We Went to Graaff-Reinet

It’s not often that we get to venture out of the Western Cape on a road trip with our young kids. Anything more than a couple of hours in a car is usually a nightmare waiting to happen. However, when friends invited us to join them on a 665km trip upcountry to their hometown in the Karoo for a weekend, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

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I’m ashamed to say that this was my first trip to the beautiful surrounds of Graaff-Reinet. I’m not exactly sure why I had never visited this culturally-diverse part of the country before, but one weekend in the fresh Karoo air, with my children roaming free in the dusty soil of the Camdeboo, and we were all left longing for more time to unwind and enjoy this authentic country way of life.Read More »