What to pack for a day trip with the kids

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Heading out for a day trip with the kids can quickly assume the dimensions of a Himalayan expedition. It can feel like a thousand things have to be packed in your bag – and then you still wind up missing something!   

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New Zealand's best bars and cafés: 6 insider tips

Portershed Café in Christchurch

Whether you're underway as an au pair or a backpacker or some other sort of traveller, at some point you'll be wanting to sit down somewhere cool and inviting with friends or simply to meet new people. The authors at project-newzealand.com have put together six "Insider Tips" to take you to the best places in cities throughout the country.

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New video series: "Au Pairing Made Simple"

Au pair Helena and her host mom Brigitte

We interviewed a German host mom together with her Danish au pair to get their first-hand tips about how to have a successful cooperation and a great au pair stay. 

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5 challenges you will face as an au pair – which will make you grow

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Being an au pair is lots and lots of fun, but it's not always easy. Sometimes it's the hard parts that bring out the best in you! Au pairing expert and author Melanie Josephine tells you how. 

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7 reasons to plan your au pair stay in Northern France

Côte d’Opale

Our new French intern Alexiane shares her insider knowledge and makes the case for Northern France as a great place for an au pair stay . 

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AuPairWorld Family Handbook: For better communication with your au pair

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The AuPairWorld Family Handbook is a customisable tool for presenting all the important information about activities in your family so that a new au pair can get off to the best possible start.

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From "Oh my God!" to "Win-Win": A host mother's 5 top tips for successful au pairing

Win-win written with chalk

Paz Nachón, a Madrid-based host mother blogger and an expert on multilingual family environments, shares her strategies for making the most of au pairing's win-win potential.

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Save au pairing in the UK - Sign the petition today!

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Brexit could mean the end of au pairing in the UK. Sign a petition to help make sure that even in post-Brexit Britain, au pairing can continue as a popular and proven form of cultural exchange.

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7 great cities to work in as an au pair

Skyline of Sydney

Getting the chance to experience living in a city abroad is just one of the many benefits of being an au pair. But don't forget: Every country has more to offer than just its capital and big cities!

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4 things you shouldn't miss as an au pair in Sweden

The Ice Hotel in Sweden

Sweden is a dynamic and beautiful country with a cool, laidback culture and a great mix of wild pristine nature and trendy cosmopolitan cities. It's a corner of Europe that definitely will make for a truly interesting au pair stay.

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