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My name is Monique van Tulder, I am a freelance writer and also write LUXURY ESCAPES for The Urban Mum blog.

Our focus is Luxury Family Travel & Lifestyle.  A resource to save you time (and money); highlighting tips to make holidays special.

A insiders travel guide if you will…


Apart from being super Mum and  amazing Wife (self-appointed titles mind you); I am an avid traveller; lover of cake; list maker; A grade Shopper; and I write.  Hence the Blog.

For 20 fabulous years I worked as a Travel Industry professional;

Airlines – (Air New Zealand; Ansett; Australian Airlines): Hotels – (Intercontinental; Heritage Hotels New Zealand):Tourism Board – (New Zealand, Sydney based): Tour Operator – (Whitsunday Rent a Yacht)

You could say I really know the business of holidays.

Most of the year I wake up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

Travel with kids. Luxury Escapes. Holiday at home in Sydney, Australia.

When I need to escape the bustle we decamp North; to our holiday home in The Whitsundays, Queensland.

Needing school holiday inspiration? A trip to The WHITSUNDAYS keeps kids busy and parents relaxed. A fantastic and easy recipe to keep hungry tummy’s full…great for the Easter Holidays…

For the rest you can find me trotting the globe –  gathering insider info on glamorous destinations.

Vail North America

Vail North America

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

Hamilton Island Australia

Hamilton Island Australia

Taj Lake Palace India

Taj Lake Palace India


I get around…

Born in New Zealand, my early teenage years were spent in Fiji.  My father recently moved back to his  my sister has made London her home.  All this moving means I give great travel advice.  I travel as much as I can – then share my experiences.

I sleep around…

Hotels and Resorts are my thing. When I was 11 we lived in a resort for three months, and my fate was sealed. I’ve been seeking that lifestyle ever since. Unfortunately it is not my permanent address; but a good night’s sleep in a bed someone else has made is my preferred location. I keep an eye on the detail and let you know why you should follow my lead.

My standards are high…

Good customer service is my Nirvana – bad – well let’s just say I am not afraid to point out the path to improvement.  Then share Travel Insider’s Tips.

The way to my man’s heart…golf…

For my man it Is a cold beer on the 19th!  At at least one holiday a year is spent on or near a Golf Course. He plays, the kids play, I write about them playing (I swing a club too – just not as avidly). By osmosis this has made me a go-to on many aspects of the game of golf.

On style…

Oh and I shop…frequently.  Making me very experienced in this field.  However I do it well and will let you in on my Style Guide.


Because I am, besides all the fabulous light bulb moment Blog names were taken, so The Urban Mum stuck.

Monique van Tulder x

Getting in touch:  I always love to hear from you so do not hesitate to contact me.

Photography:  I am not a brilliant photographer by any stretch however most of the images on my blog I snap myself.  I will credit any others I post.  If for some reason I display your product in a way you are not happy about please advise me so I can rectify this immediately.

My policy: If I am working with a brand then I will clearly identify this in the post. I may also include some affiliate marketing links, which means I earn commission on sales of those products. To maintain integrity the opinion shared in the blog will always be my own and will no way be influenced by another party or brand. This blog may contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content will always be identified. I may receive product or services to trial.  These are received with no guarantee that it will be written about or favourably reviewed. The owner(s) of this blog is (unless clearly stated) not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics.