8 healthy road-trip snacks

A pie and sauce washed down with soft drink from a roadhouse. Or maybe a burger and fries at a fast-food joint. Do these sound like your go-to options when on a road trip?

It might seem like a hassle to eat healthy food when you’re on the road, but it’s actually a breeze. Simply check out our list of healthy road-trip snacks and you can start your journey off on the right foot (or wheel).

These goodies are simple to prepare, or to grab on the go, and won’t hammer the holiday budget. Enjoy!

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Top 5 child-friendly holiday parks in Victoria

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

Before we go any further, let me declare my bias towards Victoria, for I am a very proud Victorian.

Victoria is not only home to some of the most stunning coastline, bushland, and national parks in the country; it also has a wonderfully rich food, wine, and coffee culture that’s celebrated far and wide.

Victoria’s magnificent backyard
Victoria’s magnificent backyard

The list of places to visit is endless, from taking a drive along the iconic Great Ocean Road to one of my favourites, Wilson’s Promontory National Park, where the bush meets the ocean. A day trip to Daylesford is a go-to for many Melburnians; or there is always a weekend in the city for one of our enthralling sports or cultural events.

And as a family with a young daughter, we are always searching for child-friendly holiday parks where we can base ourselves and explore from there. Happy kids equal relaxed parents!

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6 essential tips for safe travel during bushfire season

As most of us would be aware, Australia is prone to experiencing bushfires. And as BIG4 has parks dotted all over the country, it’s a given that we have a presence in regions where bushfires can hit.

Whether you’re travelling to, from, or within your holiday destination, we want you to have fun and enjoy your travels but to be safe at the same time. And while the safety of our guests is paramount at any time of year, the need to stress vigilance is heightened during bushfire season.

Yet there’s no need to be alarmed; rather, it’s about preparation and education. So we’ve put together a list of essential bushfire safety tips for you to follow, with important input from fire authorities.

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5 useful tips for avoiding insects when on holidays

When taking a break, it’s hard to beat the feeling of chilling on the balcony of your BIG4 cabin or around the campsite on a balmy night. The combination of warm weather, a drink in hand, and great conversation is irresistible.

However, sometimes a few unwanted guests will invariably spoil the party, and we’re not talking about Uncle Brian and his inappropriate jokes. Instead, we mean those pesky bugs. Insects that bite and sting and make us itch and scratch. Insects that make us look silly when we slap ourselves repeatedly as if we have a horrible, involuntarily affliction.

Insects can be annoying, but they don’t have to spoil your holiday fun. To help you avoid these pests, we’ve put together several great tips for your next holiday adventure.

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21 standout travel gifts: the ultimate collection

We’ve all heard these well-worn words at some stage or another: the gift for someone who has everything. To us, it sounds a tad boring.

When you’re looking for a Christmas or birthday present or something special for that someone special, your gift should stand out from the crowd. It should be creative.

Stuck for ideas? Simply check out our ultimate collection of travel gifts. From the practical to the downright ridiculous; the quirky to the outrageous, this list truly caters to all travellers. And if the thought really does count, then you’re about to become the king or queen of thoughtfulness.

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Caravan holiday packing hacks: top tips to make your next caravan holiday easier!

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

Caravanning is one of my favorite forms of travel. I will never forget when we did the ‘big lap’ of Australia in our ‘pop-up’ campervan – we often commented about how we never wanted the adventure to end. I loved how, after a day exploring the outback, we would set up our cosy home-away-from-home and have everything we needed. I never took those luxuries for granted (especially my coffee machine in the middle of the desert), and typing this from my home office makes me long for that trip…I’m sure you know the feeling!

Our trip of a lifetime, caravanning around Australia.
Our trip of a lifetime, caravanning around Australia.

But it doesn’t matter if you are travelling all the way around Australia or just heading down the road for a much-loved great Australian break – let’s face it, the ‘packing part’ can be overwhelming.

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Top tips for driving holidays with kids

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

“Are we there yet????”

These are the words we do not want to be hearing over and over again from the kids while we’re on a driving holiday. Children can be a hard audience to please on a long drive. We all know these kinds of holidays are totally worth it, though – the freedom of having your car on tour, the fact you can pack it up with as much stuff as you can fit, and the exhilaration of hitting the open road and getting a change of scenery…not to mention how economical and practical they are with a family.

Our family on the road.
Our family on the road.

So how do we please the little ones in the back to make the journey as fun as the destination?

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The best dive sites in Australia to see marine life

Heading underwater provides an extraordinary thrill. Scuba diving – and snorkelling – allows you to embark on a surreal journey where you enter a world bursting with incredible interactions and amazing colours.

Whether you’re being wowed by marine life or marvelling at colourful coral, each dive warrants endless superlatives: captivating, enthralling, exciting, fascinating…

Fortunately, Australia’s extensive coastline allows for ample underwater exploration, and the many BIG4 parks lined along the coast means we can easily put you at the heart of the action. Grab your wetsuit and flippers – it’s time to explore the best dive sites in Australia.

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Diving with seals at Montague Island, near Narooma in New South Wales, is bucket-list material. Image credit: Sebastian Goldhorn.

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6 underrated Australian wine regions you shouldn’t miss

The Barossa, the Yarra Valley, Margaret River – it’s easy to reel off famous Australian wine regions. While they all warrant endless praise, Australia has dozens more wine regions that deserve a slice of attention, too.

Scratch below the surface and you’ll discover a wealth of magnificent vineyard-cloaked areas that demand the attention of your eyes, nose, and palate and are perfect for a weekend away.

Don’t know where to start? Not to worry – we’ll help you on your way with our handpicked selection of underrated wine regions. There’s one for each of the six states of Australia.

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Making friends while on holidays – a guide for parents

With thanks to guest blogger Janelle Boynton of Feathertop Family Adventures.

Think back to your time as a kid on holidays and it’s likely fond memories of meeting new friends will come flooding back. From riding bikes for hours, playing Frisbee until you could no longer see it, or simply laughing and telling jokes, these activities are likely to be at the heart of some of the happiest times of your childhood.

The ability to meet new friends with such ease is one of the greatest things about visiting a holiday park. The many shared areas of a BIG4 park – such as splash parks, play areas, and camp kitchens – make it easy to strike up a conversation and connect with fellow travellers.

For children, it is important and rewarding for them to socialise and meet new people. It provides them with confidence and a new perspective. Just as important, it greatly enhances the fun of their holiday.

Children tend to have a habit of breaking the ice quite easily, but I thought I’d share my thoughts about what I do as a parent – and used to do as a child – to ensure my children easily make friends when at holiday parks.

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