MY LIFE ON THE BEACH: TRACEY FROST
Tracey Frost is the CEO and founder of Citibabes, the uber-cool family members club in New York. She lives between Tribeca NY and The Hamptons, with her husband and two daughters, having emigrated from her native Australia eighteen years ago.
Where is your favourite beach?
This is just such a tough question for me. I have so many all over the world. But I think I have to say Bondi Beach in Australia as I have so many memories there. My Mum and Dad met there when my Dad was a surf lifesaver. I have been going there my entire life. When I return to Sydney for a holiday , my trip is centered around Bondi – I love to a run along the coastal Bondi to Coogee. I usually go with my brother Ashley, husband Fil or anyone else I can find. I open up an email every day from the website Aquabumps so I can see how it looks! We also named our house in Sagaponack after it. Our house is Bondi North..very north!
What’s your idea of the perfect holiday?
Another tough one! I consider myself a bit of a professional traveller in all climates, but since we are on the beach theme I will give you my perfect beach holiday. It would be somewhere where we can access beautiful clean beaches and even better if it has waves so we can surf or body-surf. My family loves to surf! I love a place where we can eat healthy fresh food, where we can hike and my husband and I can go on long scenic runs. Did I mention we also like it HOT HOT HOT! You can see why we go to Australia every Christmas!
Where was your first family holiday with your kids?
It would have to be back to my home, Australia. We go home to visit my family every year…my kids learnt very quickly about long haul travel! We rented a house up at Palm Beach in Sydney. It is on a peninsula with the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. The house we stayed in was on Pittwater Bay. We ate tons of fresh seafood and went kayaking and fishing every day. It was heavenly!
How do you keep looking chic on holiday?
Lots of great cover-ups, a good hat, and great sunglasses! One of my great travel tips is dry hair shampoo…it’s a must have when you are travelling to make your hair look fresh and clean.
What are your top tips for surviving a long haul flight with your kids?
We take a small rolling bag of lots of activities to keep them entertained. I also pack lots of healthy snacks. I make sure everyone is really well rested, hydrated and fed before we get on the plane. There is nothing worse than hungry children on a flight - it’s a recipe for disaster. So we aren't just stuck with plane food, I pack my own. I cut up apples, mix in blueberries and squeeze lemon juice on them so they stay fresh and crunchy. I also usually try and buy the kids something new, but small, for the plane – this keeps them excited. There are so many great act activity kits with stickers and puzzles and drawing. My girls are happy that they have something new to enjoy.
What do you always have in your hand luggage?
Healthy snacks, my favourite green tea bags, Cleanwell hand-sanitizer, rose face spray and lots of face moisturiser. I also make sure I have and drink lots and lots of water. And of course my new iPad mini…my mother’s day present!
What did you read on your last holiday?
I read two books. I re-read Wild Swans, which I just loved. It is amazing what 20 years perspective can do on a book. It’s a fascinating read about 20th century China. I also read Lean In-another one that I loved.
How do you keep the kids entertained on the beach when you want to sunbathe?
They just love the beach so much- I really do not need to try that hard. I absolutely love to swim in the ocean - it is like healing water for me - and luckily my family does too. I do make sure that I bring lots of fun things for them to play with. Both my girls are great on boogie boards and both have tried surfing. They still love to make sand castles with my husband and they often build these masterpieces, which take them a long time. All I need to do is comment on how amazing the sandcastles are and take a few photos - a perfect opportunity for me to catch up on some reading.
What are your beach bag must haves?
Definitely lots and lots of sunscreen. I grew up in Australia so I am extremely careful with the sun. I also have a leave-in conditioner for my hair and a hair brush. After a body surf, my hair can get crazy messy. I definitely take healthy snacks so we can stay as long as we can and always lots of water. In the Hamptons I love to take the New York times and read it cover to cover….
P.S If you head over to the Citibabes blog you can see a post by the Sunuva team, listing some fab beach products for families, plus there is an exclusive competition!