Kathryn

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Best Packing Cubes - Review

Packing cubes have been around for some years now and their popularity is still growing, it seems, for good reason. For those of us with a passion for organization, it’s an easy sell because of our healthy obsession that “everything have it’s place and there be a place for everything”. Those less obsessed can be

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Revisiting the magic of Scotland

As most of our readers know Kate and I are from New Zealand, a beautiful green country at the bottom of the South Pacific. Like many New Zealanders of “European” descent my forbears originally came from England and Scotland. My father is always proud to point out our ancestral ties to the Macdonald clan and

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Maui, Hawaii - Something For Everyone!

At the top of my travel wish list is to visit more Hawaiian Islands over the next few years. So far we have only been to Oahu (several times now) as it is a great stopover between our home country of New Zealand and the USA where we are based now. I’ve heard that Maui

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5 reasons for doing a surf camp in northern Spain.

Learning a new skill is fun. People think they’re going to like sitting on a beach for two weeks but after a few hours each day, they often find themselves looking for something else to do. A surfing camp holiday combines physical activity with learning a skill. Since surfing is well-known as a great stress-reliever,

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I recently flew back from the US to New Zealand by myself and I was amazed at how light and unincumbered I felt with just my one carry-on bag. You see, without the wife and baby in tow, I wasn’t laden down with the addition of a bulging baby bag, as well as the stroller

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Best Beach Tent/Beach Shelter for Travel

Like most people we love a day at the beach. Currently we live most of the year in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is in the middle of the desert!! – so when we travel to the likes of LA, Florida or back to New Zealand (where we are from) we always seek out the nearby

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Since becoming new parents 14 months ago we’ve become much more conscious and careful (but certainly not perfect) about protecting our daughter’s delicate skin against harmful UV rays than our parents ever were with us in the 70’s and 80’s. Sound familiar? As young children in New Zealand my brother and I were very inconsistent

Best Toddler Headphones

We do a lot of air travel and as our daughter is now 14 months old she is getting more challenging to entertain on flights. She loves interacting with other passengers and, as she is an engaging child with a gorgeous smile, she laps up all the attention she can get. But we can’t do

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Best Waterproof Phone Cases

It seems to me that, as the quality of phone cameras has rapidly improved in recent years, there seems very little reason to have a point-and-shoot camera as well when we travel. About 6 years ago, on the cusp of the rapid advances in cell phone technology, I splurged on a $650 Cannon digital camera

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Why are plane seats always so damned uncomfortable, especially when you’re trying to have a sleep?! You’d think they’d be better designed by now, but NO! The advent of the little ‘wings’ to the sides of the headrest are helpful but I wish they were bigger and more stable. Opting for the window seat so