Flashpacker Family are a family of four travelling the world with their two small children. We left New Zealand in August 2014 and have been on the road ever since. You can read more about us here.
We love to travel with our kids. We’re here to show you it’s achievable, fun and rewarding to take your family on amazing adventures around the globe.
We also want to show you how to make your travel smart. We use lots of tricks to make our travel cheaper, better and more enjoyable and we’ll share those tips with you.
Key West is a unique destination sitting at the Southernmost tip of the continental USA. It’s charming, historical and old-fashioned. Some might think it’s a little too touristy but Key West is full of things to do. It’s small so you can get to know it in just a couple of days. We enjoyed two […]
You may remember that, when I turned 30 back in 2012, I resolved to visit 100 countries by the time I’m 40. The problem is I’ve kind of been a lazy traveller, choosing to re-visit many of my old favourites such as Thailand in favour of branching out and heading somewhere new. Part of the reason […]
If you’re looking for a tropical getaway but are not looking to party with the masses, don’t discount a visit to Cancun. Villa del Palmar Cancun is a great family-friendly resort in the Cancun area. We stayed for three nights in December 2014 with our two small children and one set of grandparents. Villa del Palmar […]
Last year flew by. I feel like I just blinked and missed it. How could it have been almost a year since we bought Hazel into this world in March? Has it really been five months since we set off on our latest trip in August? Yet today as I was snowboarding in -6ºC temperatures it felt like I […]
We are not package tour kind of people so when we decided on cruising the Caribbean we knew we needed to plan our shore excursions independently. Especially when travelling with children, it’s much easier to move at your own pace than along with an organised tour. Organised trips become less cost-effective when you’re in a larger party and renting […]
I love taking selfies just as much as the next person. It’s about the only time I every get to be in any of our travel photos as I’m the chief photographer in our family. (That’s a nice way of saying Lee can never take a photo that is straight and in focus.) Our recent […]
Where will 2015 take you? Got it all planned out from January to December? Or just have a few places on your travel wish-list but nothing set in concrete? Me, I have no friggin’ idea! Part of our go-with-the-flow, book-everything-at-the-last-minute travel philosophy means that we don’t have plans beyond what we’re doing for the next […]
Want to know how to book cheap five-star hotels in Las Vegas? I’ve stumbled upon an amazing Priceline hack! This amazing Priceline hack will save you hundreds of dollars on five star hotels in Las Vegas. It essentially removes all the guess work from making blind bids on Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” bookings and […]
When I meet strangers and tell them we’re travelling the world with our small children they always tell me how brave I am. People assume travelling with kids is hard work, infinitely more so than day-to-day life at home, but I just don’t feel that way. Many people feel that travelling with kids is just […]
Now that we’re happily settled in Las Vegas for the next six weeks, it’s time to sit down and plan out our next round of travels. I had great success asking you all for advice on our summer travel plans. Our Hawaiian island hopping and Pacific Northwest road trip were incredible thanks to a lot of […]
Maui is a great choice for a Hawaiian vacation as it has a little of everything. It’s not as busy as Oahu but a little more lively than Kauai so makes for a good compromise on things to do and relaxation time. We found it very family-friendly, easy to get around and less expensive than […]
While the USA is a wonderful country to travel around, they are particularly strict when it comes to visa rules and restrictions. If you’re planning a visit to the United States, read this post carefully! You may be surprised at some of the ways the US applies rules for the visa waiver program. It’s caught […]
The USA is a wonderful place to travel and, sometimes, the standard 90 day visa waiver just isn’t long enough to explore this vast and contrasting country. What’s more, the rules for using the visa waiver program can be beyond complicated. If you’re on an extended trip or plan on travelling in and out of […]
The Hawaiian Islands are extraordinary. From what I’ve seen of them so far, each one is unique. Kauai is known as “The Garden Island” and immediately on arriving you can see why. A huge expanse of green stretches across the island, jutting up abruptly to form enormous, wonderfully shaped mountains. Only 10% of Kauai is […]
Last year’s travels between Brisbane and Singapore in Etihad’s wonderful business class totally spoilt me for all my future air travel. I learnt how to bid for cheap upgrades on certain airlines and I was hooked. Now, whenever I travel, I’m always looking into how I can travel first class on a budget. None of the airlines that […]