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Kodomo.com was created by freelance food and travel writer Cass Chapman. Having had her daughter Lola in 2011, she decided to create a website providing much-needed, authentic, well-written information for parents on where to eat, stay and play with babies, toddlers and young teens in tow. From Batu Batu to Barcelona, Montreal to Marbella, Kodomo.com (and its team of fabulous writers) gives you well-researched, personal, and detailed information on hotels, villas, and restaurants across the world, with much-needed detail on when to visit, what to do once you get there, and essential need-to-know information specific to each destination. Visit us each month to catch up on our latest parent-of-interest Kodomo Q&A or use our endless hotel and villa recommendations to book your next family-friendly, luxury vacation, either at home or abroad.
Cass Chapman is founder and director of kodomo.com. A food and luxury travel journalist who has been working on a freelance basis for 10 years, she has lived in America and written extensively on all things Spanish after stints living in Barcelona, Madrid and Palma. Today, she can be found living by the Dorset sea at Shell Bay with her husband, Jamie and their daughters, Lola and Maya. She has written for Vogue, Elle, GQ, The Telegraph, CNN Traveller, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Glamour, House & Garden, The Independent and British Airways High Life magazine, amongst others.
Becky Wicks is the author of three humorous travel memoirs,: "Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries", "Balilicious - The Bali Diaries," and the upcoming "Latinalicious - The South America Diaries" (HarperCollins Australia). She's been gallivanting around the world since graduating Lincoln University in 2001 and has lived and worked in London, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Indonesia. To earn a living she has sold her soul to the advertising industry, written credit card copy for banks that wouldn't give her a credit card, been a morning radio show sidekick and sold jello shots in Manhattan. She's currently freelancing and working on fiction in Bali. She blogs most days on travel and random ridiculousness at www.beckywicks.com
Ali Horsfall is a freelance writer and Deputy Editor of Girl Talk magazine, where she immerses herself in all that’s fabulous for tween girls. She lives in London with her daughter and loves travelling, running, good coffee, good conversation and working her way through an un-read stack of magazines.
Catherine Cooper is a freelance journalist who lives in the South of France near Toulouse with her husband and two children. She writes for a number of British newpapers and magazines, while desperately trying to get her teen novels published. Favourite travel includes spas, luxury hotels, theme parks and skiing. She is author of Travelling with Children: A Parent’s Guide. Her work can be viewed at www.catherinecooper.net.
Natalie Tenberg lives in Berlin with her husband and two children. She works as a journalist and has just published her first book “Bollywood und Rübenkraut,“ which describes growing up between India and Germany (Random House). Most of all, she enjoys holidays at a quiet hotel in the Italian region of Cilento or with her large Indian family at their getaway in Goa. Her worst holiday experience with children was a trip to the German Baltic coast in August where it rained incessantly. She cannot travel without a writing pad, pen and pencil, although she always ends up buying plenty more stationary on the way.
Lucy Alexander was a staff writer at The Times in London for 10 years, covering features, news, business and property, until she decided to pack her bags and head east, to Tokyo, where she has been living with her family since 2012. She now covers Japanese business, news and features on a freelance basis for a range of media.
Janine Clements is a British freelance writer who writes for a variety of high-profile British and international titles, including Conde Nast Traveller. A self-confessed travel junkie she has travelled all over the world, and has lived in London, Paris, Sydney, and now, Singapore. These days, she shares her travels with her husband and two young adventurers, and spends as much time as possible exploring South East Asia. Janine is a social media addict and writes the award-winning blog www.21stcenturymummy.com, about life as an expat mum in Singapore. You can follow her on twitter at @mummytweets.
Michael Stoneman is a freelance sport and travel journalist based in Sydney. A former deputy editor of FQ Magazine, he has also contributed to CNN, MSN, National Geographic Traveler, FourFourTwo and Family Traveller, and has reported on the last four editions of the Olympic Games. His worked can be viewed at
www.michaelstoneman.com and he can be tweeting at twitter.com/mikestoneman.
Maria Tallarico is a Vancouver-based lifestyle writer and editor, covering everything from luxury travel with children to breaking pop culture stories. She spends her days as managing editor of VitaminDaily.com, Canada's premiere online lifestyle magazine, and contributes to a slew of publications including Forbes Travel Guide and LaineyGossip.com. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, baby boy and grumpy Scottish terrier.
Monica Troughton is a freelance writer and journalist who has been nominated twice for the Travelex 'Travel Writer of the Year' award. She travels as often as she can, in-between teaching, running workshops for would-be writers and writing for both magazines and broadsheets. Born to a Dutch mother she has a special place in her heart for Holland - especially Amsterdam. She took her own children there often and now spends as much time there as she can there, taking her grandchild, Gracie, with her.
Gabriel O'Rorke was born in Scotland but now lives in Santiago, Chile. Previously a TV producer for the BBC and reporter for ABC, she is currently a freelance multimedia journalist specialising in Latin America and contributing to a range of outlets including CNN Travel, Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler and National Geographic Traveller.
A born and bred Montrealer, Marianne has lived most of her life speaking fluent Franglais. After graduating in Film Studies from Queen’s University, she spent several years producing film and television in London, New York and Montreal before settling down in Toronto. Marianne is now the mother of a little girl called Marlow (named in honor of childhood summers spent in the English town). When not scouring cities for the best baguette and English Breakfast, she writes and produces lifestyle content for CBC, Entertainment Tonight Canada, Vitamindaily.com and Aishti's A magazine. Marianne can be found tweeting at twitter.com/MarianneMTL_TO
Originally from the US, Alison Weeks is a Paris-based journalist and a regular contributor to FRANCE Magazine.
A born and bred Londoner, Athena Tsavliris migrated to Toronto over a decade ago where she has become a go-to for Torontonians looking to source anything from Manuka to Marimekko. She is the Toronto editor of popular online lifestyle magazine, Vitamin Daily and a regular contributor at House and Home and Today's Parent. Her brand of sardonic posh has appeared in the National Post and Fashion magazine, among others. Home sweet home is in the Annex where she lives with her husband and children in a slightly lopsided Victorian with a coral pink door.
Marc di Duca
A long established travel author, Marc has written and updated almost 50 guidebooks to destinations as diverse as Madeira and Siberia, as well as penning articles for various newspapers, magazine and websites both in the UK and the Czech Republic. Despite clocking up tens of thousands of miles on his travels in the service of most of the world’s big travel publishers, Marc’s fondest memories will always be of adventures on the road with his two sons, Taras and Kirill, and the unforgettable adventures family travel has thrown his way. When not trotting the globe, Marc can be found in Sandwich, Kent. See where he’s heading next at www.marcdiduca.com.
Having worked as a Travel and Beauty Editor for monthly glossies such as Ocean Drive, Gotham, Hamptons and Easy Living, British journalist Vishaka Robinson settled in Brooklyn with her husband and baby girl, Olive. She now writes (mostly about frivolous things like fashion, holidays and hairdressers) for publications like Refinery29, The Independent and New York Magazine. Vishaka recently founded www.pipandpea.com, a fantastic website for both residential and visiting parents in Brooklyn seeking news, events and inspiration in this gorgeous Manhattan neighbour.
Born and bred in beautiful Vienna, Susanna Hagan has over 25 years of experience in tourism, travel writing and photography. Susanna has lived and worked in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia and has a deep knowledge and interest in responsible tourism. Before settling in the forest region of Austria to embrace a truly sustainable lifestyle, she worked as Senior Editor for Austria's leading travel trade magazine. She now works as freelance travel writer and has co-founded Respontour, a media network designed to promote worldwide sustainable tourism projects for the German speaking market.
Based between Madrid and London, Laura has written on all things Spanish for publications around the world. (She speaks Spanish and has also spent a year living in South America). A tireless adventurer she has visited all seven continents and travelled extensively in Africa, the Polar regions, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Laura loves to share her local knowledge of everything from a region’s ecology and culture to its best eco hotels and seasonal foods so that others, whatever their interests, can sample the best and most sustainable options a destination has to offer. Laura has written for prestigious publications including Dorling Kindersley, El Pais Ingles, The Ecologist, The National and the FT Group.
English Preston owns and operates FingerprintCharleston.com, a website that helps local and visiting families discover Charleston, South Carolina with kids. After spending over 10 years in the tourism industry, English made the dramatic career change to stay at home mom. She enjoys exploring famed Charleston with her family and created Charlestonwithkids.com to help other families do the same. A lover of travel (with or without kids), English always enjoys coming home to Charleston, where she lives full time with her husband and two young children.
Vicki Sleet is Assistant Editor at Good Housekeeping South Africa and the editor of lifestyle blog www.iwantthat.co.za. In between scouting and writing about new eateries, markets and places to stay in and around Cape Town where she lives, she’s dreaming of new international destinations to explore. She’ll take street food over fine dining any day and still regrets not having eaten enough gelati on her most recent trip to Italy.
Holly has been writing about her travels ever since setting off on a two year 'around the world without flying' adventure in 2008. Today she can be found living in London with her 6 month old son and heading off into the countryside, Europe and beyond for adventures whenever possible. Alongside contributing to publications such as The Ecologist, The Guardian, Running in Heels and Real Travel Magazine, Holly is Editor of Green Hotelier and The Weekendist. Find out more on www.hollytuppen.com or @hollytuppen.
Cathy Winston is a freelance journalist who has travelled to more than 50 countries (so far) and is never knowingly underpacked. Mum to her first daughter, she refused to put away her passport just because she'd become a parent and blogs about her experiences of travelling with a baby at MummyTravels.com, as well as being published in a string of national newspapers and magazines.
Philippa Jeffrey spent a decade as fashion producer in the glossy world of luxury magazines before returning to her creative roots as artist and can now be found painting in her West London studio. Press jaunts and swanky openings have been exchanged for a world of dinner parties, Pinterest, good coffee, grey jumpers, mid century furniture, all things Scandi and botanical prints. Always researching the next foodie and child friendly destination, she is currently producing her first solo show before baby number two makes its appearance.