Julie Earle-Levine, is an Australian bred, New York based luxury travel, lifestyle and business writer and editor. She contributes regularly to such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Financial Times, New York Magazine and Vogue. Her recent locales include Essaouira in Marrakech, Burma and Art Basel at  Miami Beach! She is also mum to Jack, aged 5 1/2.

You can see more of Julie's work on her website.

Where is your favourite beach?
Bronte, in Sydney Australia. It has surf, gorgeous wading pools and a sea pool, where waves crash over the ropes into the pool. It's like swimming in champagne.

What’s your idea of the perfect holiday?
Family, friends, great food and wine and walks

Where was your first family holiday with your kids?
Australia, with Jack (who is now 5) when he was 2 1/2. We live in New York city, so he's not your typical beach kid like most Aussies. He was concerned about the big, breaking surf on the beach. Most Aussie kids just run into the surf, it's in their blood.

How do you keep looking chic on holiday?
Pack well - with accessories that pop (great hats, sarongs, kaftans) I only ever pack one pair of heels, strappy sandals.

 What are your top tips for surviving a long haul flight with your kids?
Fly Qantas - great on-board entertainment system, and depending on the ages, pack iPads, books and new games for a surprise element

What do you always have in your hand luggage?
Hand sanitizer (to wipe down screens and handrests), a cashmere scarf that will double as a blanket or pillow and Tic Tacs (Jack will do almost anything for a Tic Tac)

What did you read on your last holiday?
NW by Zadie Smith. I always pack New Yorkers and NY magazines.

How do you keep the kids entertained on the beach when you want to sunbathe?
I don't sunbathe - we are the sunshirt family - all of us. I grew up in Australia when sun protection was just a dot of zinc on your cheeks and nose. Now we know better. That said, a lightweight, flexible frisbee and tennis ball is fun.

 What are your beach bag must haves?
Sun protection, hats, sarong, water, fruit and recently, the card game, Go Fish.