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Holidays with Grandparents - The Best Travel Hack!

Natalie Sullivan from @this_sweet_life_of_mine is a wife and mum of 2 ( Ari & Chloe) living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She understands that motherhood takes on many forms and hopes that her experiences along the way can provide you with inspiration.
Emma du Buisson on 13-Mar-2019 15:45:09

Published on 13-Mar-2019 15:45:09

I know the importance of spending time with family.  Not just my immediate husband and children, but my parents as well.  With my Mum and Dad, the children’s Grandparents.  How truly I value my time with them not because I must, but because I really do enjoy our special moments.


Chloe with Grandparents


There have been several years in my life where my parents lived on the opposite side of the world to me, them in the UK and me here in Australia.  I understand what it’s like to rarely see them in a physical sense, and I never take time together for granted. 

Recently I was blessed to spend three beautiful nights staying at Wyndham Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, with Ari and Chloe, as well as my gorgeous Mum and Dad.  My husband happened to be on a trip overseas, so I saw this as the perfect opportunity for some bonding time with my side of the family.  At the end of the day your time is what family values the most, and holidays are such a great way to spoil them with that.  Our Gold Coast vacation was full of love, laughter and memories I will cherish. 

Ari from This Sweet Life Of Mine at Wyndham Surfers Paradise This Sweet Life Of Mine at Wyndham Surfers Paradise This Sweet Life Of Mine at Wyndham Surfers Paradise Pool


Staying at the Wyndham Surfers Paradise was a dream, from check in to check out our stay was faultless.  All the staff were incredibly helpful and welcoming.  The room we occupied was a two-bedroom suit with a large living area and fully equip kitchen.  The view was phenomenal, taking in everything from the Gold Coast hinterland, canals, city sky scape to the beach.  Ari’s favourite, of course, was his bedroom view of the quaint little Gold Coast tram track.  The facilities at the hotel included a large swimming pool, spa, gym, restaurant and bar.   Although the rooms are fully self-contained with everything you need to make your own meals, there is also yummy room service.   The best part for me was that feeling I got of staying in an apartment, and how it felt like being back living with my parents.  We all enjoyed feeling relaxed and at home, possibly because Mum even did my washing for me and made pancakes for breakfast!  Also, any extra help with Mamas duties is totally amazing!  Seriously, traveling with parents is the best travel hack ever! 

While staying with Wyndham we took full advantage of its location which is situated close enough to all the must-see places, yet not on top of the hustle of the city.  We headed to the beach, swam in the pool, made pizzas in the apartment and went for ice cream.  One of the most exciting nights was when we headed up to the Sky Point Deck in the Q1, (which is located practically next door to the hotel) and marvelled at the insane view up there.  On another evening we jumped in the car and headed to Burleigh for a late afternoon swim the Tallebudgera Creek (recently voted Australia’s best swimming spot in the 2019 Uniquely Aussie Awards), following by dinner at The Tropic - Burleigh Pavilion. 

This Sweet Life of Mine at Tallebudgera Creek This Sweet Life of Mine at Wyndham Surfers Paradise


With all the things that we got up to, it was the moments of fun and relaxation inside our Wyndham apartment that were the most memorable.  The children jumping on my Mum and Dad’s bed, tram spotting in the mornings, making dinner together and afternoon naps cuddling on the bed.  Those simple moments of bonding as a family.  It was so valuable that now I want to book a holiday with Ryan’s side of the family, or perhaps altogether.  Growing up my favourite thing to do with my parents was to travel.  They took me on my first overseas trip at five weeks old and continued to travel with me at least three times a year to the moment I moved out of home.  It’s where my passion for travel comes from, and what fuels that passion is the joy I get from being with my loved ones. 

Life can be so busy, with so many things to do, that sometimes you just need to take a moment to be together and remember how fun it is to surround yourself with family that you love.  I am so grateful for the special time that we spent together and would highly recommend a family stay with their childrens grandparents for anyone.




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