Responsible travel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s easier than you think!

What makes travel to Siem Reap really special? It is the gateway to magnificent Angkor Wat, yes, and it is also a bustling city that is chock-full of responsible initiatives! Supporting sustainable businesses and social enterprises with our travel income was very important to us, and it was very enjoyable and easy to do. Anyone can do it and have a great time seeing the sights of Siem Reap. And if we all do, together we are ensuring that our tourism has a positive effect on the future of its people. Continue reading “Responsible travel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s easier than you think!”

Volunteering with children at the Juara Turtle Project.

We completed our first family volunteering experience in September 2017, helping sea turtles on Tioman Island. It was even better than we could have hoped for! But is volunteering with children difficult? What was involved? And did we make a difference? This is our story.

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Staying at Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm (KOREF)

This was our first farm stay and first taste of rural Malaysia. KOREF has beautiful, rustic accommodation that caters for large groups as well as family bookings like us. When we arrived we thought it might have had its day, as we were practically the only ones staying there. But the following day bus loads of other guests arrived! Groups from all over Malaysia and Singapore come to stay there to get an insight into farm life and have some fun.

Read on to discover:

  1. What can you do at KOREF?

  2. What are the accommodation options?

  3. What was the food like?

  4. Where is KOREF and how do I get there?

  5. Other things to note

  6. KOREF contact details

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Our rookie travel mistakes… and how you can avoid them!

We began our first long-term family travelling adventure 3 weeks ago. Anthony and I have travelled before, but its been about 20 years since we went overseas. And we have travelled with our kids within Australia, but have never embarked on such a big trip that required packing up our house to rent it out. I have also been working hard on getting this blog established before we left, and put a lot of time into learning the art of blogging that could have been spent on travel organisation. I guess that’s why so many things went wrong as we set off! But enough of the excuses, this all has happened now and we got through it. We have learnt a great deal already and we’re making less mistakes now! Continue reading “Our rookie travel mistakes… and how you can avoid them!”

Mungo National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Mungo National Park is one of Australia’s wonders: a window into our ancient past. To me the region felt sacred and visiting it was a truly Australian experience that I’ll always remember. Mungo is incredibly important to the culture of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people, and they preserve it today in conjunction with NSW National Parks.

From the excellent Visit Mungo website:

“These 42,000 year old ritual burials are some of the oldest remains of modern humans (Homo sapiens) yet found outside of Africa. Mungo Lady is the oldest known cremation in the world, representing the early emergence of humanity’s spiritual beliefs. Continue reading “Mungo National Park, New South Wales, Australia”