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Why I hate resort vacations

Dear Resort Vacation, we need to talk.  I’ve loved you since my first stay in Bali in 1989.  Mr Frugalfirstclass and I have had many wonderful experiences with you – including our wedding in Mauritius.  I even took MissG on her first mother-daughter trip on a resort vacation.  And we loved it.  But you are making […]

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white sandy beach and blue water at Bora Bora

Real life one bag travel: packing for a luxury travel resort vacation

Hi Frugalistas!  Luxury Travel with just one carry on bag?  Of course!  Just because the number of staff will outnumber the number of guests, just because you are not moving from location to location, and just because if you can afford a luxury resort you can certainly afford a porter to carry your bags doesn’t […]

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My 5 favorite buildings in Europe

Hi Frugalistas!  One of the things I love most about Europe is its architecture.  Coming from a relatively young country, with homogeneous building styles, I love the regional and historical variation found in European architectural styles.  I love the sheer age of the buildings.  Early nineteenth century?  That’s a “new” building!  Choosing my favourite buildings has […]

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How not to gain weight on a resort or cruise vacation

Hi Frugalistas!  While I love heading to Europe and being on the go, there are times when a resort holiday is just the thing I need.  An opportunity to sit in the sun, be still and enjoy the balmy weather.  Recharge the batteries, and have fun relaxing as a family.  While resort or cruise vacations (holidays) […]

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Grecian columns Greek temple

We saw places in Europe we only dreamt of… and saved money

Hi Frugalistas! I’m delighted to bring you this guest post courtesy of fellow Australian blogger, Lyn, from A Hole in My Shoe.  Cruises are not my area of expertise, and I know they can be expensive.  And that’s before you do any shore excursions.  Lyn and her husband, Steve, managed to do their dream Mediterranean cruise in […]

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girl walking on the beach at sunset

8 things to do on a mother-daughter trip

Hi Frugalistas!  Sometimes I travel alone.  Sometimes we travel as a family.  But what I love to do is take mother-daughter holidays (vacations) with my daughter MissG.  Heer are my top tips for making your mother-daughter trip a successful, memorable and meaningful experience for you both: Do something luxurious Going to the spa is a […]

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What I’ve been doing this week – visiting the pandas in Adelaide, South Australia

Hi Frugalistas! Regular readers will know I tend not to write about life here in Australia.  I do travel regularly with my family at home, but don’t write about it.  This week though I’m making an exception – MissG and I visited Adelaide, capital of South Australia for a hot date with two VIPs – […]

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Flowers of Bali

Hi Frugalistas! A simple set of photos, simply to enjoy………        

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Family Travel – A Kid’s Guide to Bali

Hi Frugalistas! I’d like to welcome you to my first guest blog post, courtesy of my almost-10 year old daughter Miss G.  As regular readers will know, Miss G and I recently went to Bali.  Bali is a fantastic destination for children, so who better than Miss G to tell us all what works for […]

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