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Our Holiday Bucket List

The out of office is on. Our bags are now packed…we’re really doing it, and heading off to a land down under for a couple of weeks. The carry-on bag is stuffed with every known distraction, from books to the iPad, DVDs (just in case the iPad breaks), all the toys, every single snack I could think of and a lot of milk. Visions of our sunny beach-side holiday have been thwarted ever so slightly by news that there is Hurricane Asthma in Melbourne but I have high hopes that the sun will re-appear when we arrive!

As this is our first holiday together and it feels like the trip of a lifetime, I’ve been doing a little plan to make the most of our time and hope we will have time to fit it all in. My OH and I agreed that we want it to be a mix of enjoying seeing everything but also spending lots of time with family, as it’s so rare that we’re all together. So here’s our little bucket list of things we’d love to do while we’re in Melbourne…

our holiday bucket-list - image of beach with text overlay

1. My little brother getting married

Around a year and a half ago, my brother proposed and we all began working out logistics for their wedding so we could be there…it’s super exciting that the day has arrived at last.

2. Zoo

“We’re going to the zoo. We’re going to the zoo. Ee ay ad-ee-oh, we’re going to the zoo”. After months of singing this to Emma, we’re going to attempt at (for once) sticking to our words. Recently Emma’s been getting more interested in animals so I’ll be intrigued to see what she thinks..

3. Penguins at sunset on Phillip Island

I do love a penguin and watching them come out on Philip Island has got to be one of the highlights to my last trip to Melbourne. It does involve a bit of a trek across the city but it will hopefully be worth it – penguins have such personalities and seem to love to entertain the crowd!

4. Shopping on Chapel Street

Ok, so this one’s pretty much just for Mummy…but I really like Chapel Street for shopping and a little bit of lunch. I can’t wait to have a bit of time to shop around and have a look. Also they do have some great baby shops for Emma too, as she is growing so fast that I can’t quite keep up.

5. Riding the tram  

Emma is a big fan of all things with wheels so I can’t wait to show her the tram and watch her excitement. I love using the tram too as it’s such an easy way to get round the city.

6. The best coffee in the world 

This is such a big statement but it’s so true. Melbourne has some of the best cafes around and the best flat white I have ever tasted! In fact, I think it was a few years back when I was introduced to the flat white in Melbourne and thought is was pretty damn good.

7. Chill on the beach

It’s been a crazy few months for us and I’m really looking forward to just relaxing and spending some time by the beach. That’s if this hurricane decides to let us…as a blustery few hours on the beach is something we do often in Brighton!

8. Visiting my brother’s stables 

My brother has an amazing job and trains horses at a stables out of the city. Over the past year, I have watched him set up his own business and been completely in awe of his dogged determination and hard work. I can’t wait to see him in action and hope he’ll let us muck in too.

9. A little bit of time for us

As you’ve probably seen from a poem I recently wrote, as a couple lately we have sort of forgotten to spend quality time together. It’s tricky when life gets so busy that there is no chance at all. But with lots of family around, it will be nice to spend some time together and remind ourselves that it doesn’t have to be all work work work.

10. Forget jet-lag and just enjoy it!

Now, let’s not kid ourselves, the jet-lag is going to be brutal. But my new game plan is to set expectations ridiculously low and just enjoy it. After all it’s not every day we’ll make such a huge trip as a family and we want to enjoy every moment we can.

So it’s over and out for a little while from me…I have very loose plans for my blogging over the next couple of weeks and haven’t really decided whether I’ll do a little update or just kick back and enjoy it all. Hope you have a fab couple of weeks too and see you on the other side, when we will be dangerously close to Christmas…eeks!



  1. November 29, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    This is an amazing list of things you will be doing! Really hope and wish you have the time of your lives on this holidays!:)

  2. November 29, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Enjoy your holiday! I think you’re so brave to tackle such a long flight with a toddler – the idea of it gives me the fear! But at least once you get through the flight, you have lots of fun things planned. Just kicked back and enjoy! #DreamTeam

  3. November 29, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Oh my gosh I wish MY brother would get married and rpovide us an excuse to go somewhere amazing!


  4. November 29, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    OMG it sounds like you are going to have an amazing time! I am so jealous that you are going to see penguins. enjoy the special time with your family hun and forget about blogging, we’ll all be waiting for you when you get back ❤️ #DreamTeam

  5. November 29, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Wow super jealous!! Have an amazing time. I can’t wait to hear all about it! #dreamteam

  6. November 29, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Sounds like it’s going to be an amazing trip!! Hope you all have a wonderful time xx #DreamTeam

  7. November 29, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Oh wow what an amazing holiday you have planned! I am sooo jealous and I can’t wait to hear all about it! #dreamteam

  8. November 29, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Sounds amazing! Enjoy the wedding too x #dreamteam

  9. November 29, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Have am amazing time #dreamteam

  10. November 30, 2016 / 12:01 am

    Enjoy your time! I think we all need a break from the blogging world from time to time. And I love holiday bucket lists! So fun!

  11. November 30, 2016 / 7:00 am

    Oh wow! I hope you have a FANTASTIC time! I’d love to visit Australia! It sounds like you have lots of lovely plans, and I think your last point about just taking things as they come will mean you have a lovely, relaxed trip. #DreamTeam

    P.S. Congratulations to your brother!

  12. November 30, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Your trip sounds INCREDIBLE! Firstly, I’m in awe that you’re doing a stint in Oz as your first family holiday. We only managed Devon! The.
    Secondly, all your activities sound really really amazing but you’re so right to see how the days go.
    Hope you have an amazing time #DreamTeam

  13. December 1, 2016 / 10:11 am

    This sounds fabulous, a real treat for the family. #Dreamteam

  14. December 2, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Have a great time, It will be their summer so make sure you’ve got sun screen. Enjoy. I imagine your little one will come back wishing Santa has bought her a horse. #DreamTeam

  15. December 3, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I really hope you have a great time. Love weddings and I’m sure you are very excited to see your brother tie the knot! Congratulations. #DreamTeam

  16. December 4, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Hope you are enjoying your holiday! It sounds epic and you have so many amazing things planned. Looking forward to catching up on your holiday snaps. #DreamTeam xxx

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