Travel Tips & Information
Australian and International Weather Forecast
Want to know what the weather is going to be like at your holiday destination? Why not check out the Australian forecast by clicking here, and international weather here.
Are you sure you are not endangering Australia with a harmless looking souvenir? Check what you can and can't bring back into Australia
Global Tourism Offices
Handy website addresses to help you plan your holiday with kids in Australia and overseas!
Passports and Visas
Are you ready to make that first family trip overseas, but are unsure of how to go about getting passports for yourself or your children?
Travelling with a baby or active younger children? This fantastic site has online seat maps for most major airlines. Whatever your travel priorities may be, SeatGuru.com will help you find the seat that best suits your needs
Even the most experienced travellers need good travel advice. This government site contains handy tips for overseas travel, advice on issues commonly affecting Australians overseas and the latest travel advice.
USA Information Web Service
The United States will introduce the new Visa Information Web Service and Appointment System in May. The service will provide timely and accurate information to the public regarding how to apply for a visa to enter the United States of America.
How to protect yourself from Credit Card Fraud
25.3% of Australians have experienced credit card fraud, according to a new survey of over 1,000 Australian consumers carried out by CreditCardFinder.com.au. 91.8% of those who experienced fraud said they knew how to handle the situation, but how can consumers prevent fraud from occurring in the first place?
Holiday home rentals
Find advice on where to find and book great rental homes from all over Australia.
Holidays with Pets
From the top places to really pamper and look after your pets to pet-friendly resorts and campsites, look no further for the best advice from our readers!
Camping with Pets
The Parks and Wildlife Services throughout Australia clearly state the following in regard to visiting, or camping, with your dog, or other pets for that matter, within National Parks.
Childcare for all ages
You, the reader, asked for it, so here it is – finally a list of resorts that not only welcome the whole family, but can take care of the little ones as well.
Do you understand what star ratings mean?
Most hotels/motels in Australia are rated by the Australian Automobile Association’s STAR rating system. Many people use this information to select their accommodation without fully knowing what they mean. Visit www.aaatourism.com.au to see how these are awarded and what you can expect from each star rating.
Kids in cars
Driving long distances with kids in the car can be a nerve-splintering experience. It can also be dangerous as accidents can happen when you’re distracted by the screams and cries of children fighting in the back seat. But don’t despair, there are ways of keeping kids amused
Malaysia shopping tips
Here are a few shopping tips that Tourism Malaysia has put together to make your Malaysian shopping experience even more enjoyable
Michelle's Kuala Lumpur shopping tips
Kuala Lumpur is a great place to shop. Read all about the location and opening times for the best places. Tried, tested and recommended by our editor, Cathy Wagstaff
Park, Bark & Purr, Sydney Airport
Park, Bark & Purr, Sydney Airport is Australia's first on-airport pet boarding facility. It offers state-of-the-art boarding accommodation for cats and dogs. Located near Sydney Airport's Long Term Car Park they offer the ultimate in convenience. Simply drop your pet off, park your car and then catch your flight. While you're away your pet will play!
Planning your holiday
Holidays are a vital part of life: not only for a change of scenery and the chance to do something different, but also for the opportunity to recharge your batteries and spend quality time with your family
Readers' travel tips
Helping to avoid hearing those four, dreaded words, “Are we there yet?”, here are a few suggestions from your fellow readers that may keep your little ones happy during those long trips
Kerry Lorimer investigates how to get the most out of your family holiday experiences while giving back to the local community.
Tips for travelling with children
For many, the best part of a holiday is the 'getting there'. If your child is old enough, involve them in planning for the trip so they can get excited about it. There are many ways you can reduce the stress
Travel Tips for Women
Information on dress codes in different countries, security suggestions, health concerns, pregnant travellers, travelling alone with children
What NOT to pack
As you pack your bags to return home (or to begin your holiday), take special care to avoid packing items that could get you in trouble at customs.
Travel Games and Activities
Travel Apps for Kids
Take a look at these cool travel apps to keep the kids entertained in the back seat on those long journeys.
Are we nearly there yet?
Here are some suggestions to turn your journey, and your holiday, into an enjoyable family experience - and at least postpone the inevitable question!
Games to play in the car
Dreading a road trip with kids who are impatient to get out, pitch a tent, have a dip in the pool, or play some beach cricket? These games will help keep the kids amused in the car
Hire all your baby needs
Lessen the burden of your next holiday by hiring what you need for the babies and toddlers at your destination. Bulky items (prams, cots and car seats) are all available to hire through baby equipment hire companies around Australia. If staying at a hotel, check to see what they can supply for you.
|Pack smart these school holidays
In the excitement of preparing for a road trip during the school holidays, safety can quickly be forgotten, warns motoring expert Repco. Aside from the essential mechanical roadworthy precautions before setting out on the open road, the journey can be a lot safer and more comfortable if the car is packed securely.
Star Allergy Alerts
Donna Rendell is the mother of 5 year old Stella, who has life threatening food allergies. "It became apparent early on that simply telling people about Stella's allergies to nuts and eggs was not enough; I needed something for her to wear which was colourful and eye-catching". Star Allergy Alerts main aim is to promote allergy awareness in a fun, child-friendly and practical way.
Travelling with Food Allergies
One of the great pleasures of travelling is the opportunity to sample different foods. But for anyone with a food allergy or food sensitivity, sampling new foods can be an uncertain or, at worst, a dangerous proposition.
Air Travel Companion
Air Travel Companion is a new service making qualified carers available to escort young, elderly or infirm travellers on long journeys, ensuring they travel comfortably and arrive safely. Under the service, registered nurses will accompany a traveller door-to-door, from departure to arrival and hand-over to loved ones, organising wheelchair assistance and special seating, administering medication and providing any other necessary assistance throughout the flight.
How to cope with motion illness
One of a parent’s most dreaded phrases to hear mid-way through a long car trip? “Mum, I don’t feel so good”. Worse yet: “I’m going to be sick”. The worst: regurgitation of lunch without warning. Beats “Are we there yet?” any day.
The Travel Doctor
This site provides up-to-date information on medical news around the world. It provides fact sheets, Travel Health Advisory Report and Travel Doctor locations. Find out what vaccinations you and your family need to keep safe
Keeping cool with St John this summer
As the weather heats up and people spend more time outdoors, St John is sending a timely reminder to keep first aid skills up-to-date. There are a number of common ailments that affect people more frequently in the summer months such as sunburn, bluebottle stings, bee stings, burns and heat exhaustion
Safe motoring tips
Child occupant safety is of crucial importance at holiday time, when motorists undertake longer drives than usual. Here are some tips for keeping young travellers safe during the drive
Travelling safe with Asthma
The following is a check list of tips for asthmatic would-be travellers by the National Asthma Council of Australia
Breastfeeding and travel
Breast milk is naturally sterile and contains immune factors, so it is the safest drink for your baby while travelling.
Flying with Kids
Helpful suggestions courtesy of Singapore Airlines for travelling with children on aeroplanes
Jet lag and tips on how to deal with it
Jet lag is a subjective feeling experienced after a long flight through several time zones. It is caused by the traveller’s body clock - their “circadian rhythm” - being out of phase with the ‘real’ time at their destination. The following information is a guide on how to deal with jet lag
Children and airline travel
Travelling by air with children can be challenging, but planning ahead can reduce parental stress. Young children may find the confinement difficult to handle, especially during long flights, and the change of cabin pressure during take off and landing can hurt their ears. On the other hand, travelling by plane can be an exciting adventure for children.
Fear of Flying ... with kids?
You’re 35,000 feet in the air, somewhere over the Pacific. You’re tired, you’re bored, but above all, you’re terrified. And why does everyone around you look so calm?
DisneyFamily.com has launched with tons of new features to help plan great vacations including travel deals, travel tips, best family vacations and browse family vacations.
|Ski Tips for Kids
Let your kids get used to the snow – and most importantly, let them have fun!
Lids On Kids
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) together with the help of many others in the ski industry has developed this site to help educate parents about the benefits and limitations of helmets. Ultimately the choice of whether or not to wear a helmet is one of personal or parental choice.
Travelling with Teens
Julie Miller tells of her ups and downs of travelling with her teenage daugher Joana.
Alien-Nation: Travelling with teens
Teens are notoriously difficult travellers, so we offer some tips for what to do when your normally effusive, demonstrative and bubbly child turned into a grunting, withdrawn and secretive teenaged alien
Vietnam with Teens
I expected rapturous applause when I announced a family holiday to Vietnam, but I was disappointed.
New York with Teens
The bright lights of Times Square – conveniently just a few blocks from our rented apartment – remain the most dazzling memory of New York City for my teenage daughters.
Beach Bag checklist
There's nothing quite as relaxing as a beach holiday; until you realise you've left something behind. Follow this helpful checklist to ensure your beach bag is stocked with all the must-have items before you leave home.