Welcome to The Great Family Escape. My name is Reanna Smith and I am the founder of The Great Family Escape, the website designed to help you plan your next family holiday adventure within; New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. I started this website with the desire to make family holiday planning a lot more simple, less time consuming and EASY! Having everything in one place just makes so much sense to me!
Anyone organising a busy household wants to take the easiest options right? Well, The Great Family Escape is designed to alleviate stress, cut search time down, simply by bringing all of what you’re looking for into the one place, specific to your family travel needs. Not only will we cover the main destinations but we will also find vendors who may be off the beaten track with hidden gems that offer something quite unique.
Our aim is to provide you with options to suit all ages, from the teens to the tiny tots, we have loads on offer. Plus we can help you find vendors who can cater to any special requirements that you may require.
About me…Firstly, I’m from Christchurch, New Zealand and love living in a city that is slowly on the mend and ever evolving. I share my life with my partner and between us, we have 5 children varying in age from 17 years old right down to the youngest at just 7 months. My children and family- are my everything!
My background is in Television and video production and in my previous job I produced and presented a South Island wide travel show. It was during this time that I was fortunate to showcase many beautiful places, meet some amazing people and form some well-established relationships with the tourism operators and industry throughout the South Island of New Zealand.
The idea for The Great Family Escape came about during my pregnancy with my youngest. He was a big surprise, in fact, we didn’t find out I was carrying him until I was almost 16 weeks in. Naturally, the idea of adding another child created some financial tension especially when you are relying solely on the one income. I knew, that, somehow I needed to explore my options, so I could contribute and build a comfortable future for my family.
Coming up with the idea was the easiest part, but it hasn’t all been straightforward. Obviously, there was a lot of research and I had to get all my ducks in a row, deal with teenagers, my stroppy toddler and give birth to a baby, plus all the day to day home life stuff. But somehow all my stars lined up and the universe opened up and the opportunity was presented to me – I believe having the right mindset had a lot to do with this! This whole process has been an eye-opening experience. I’m learning things that I never knew were possible, and completely out of my comfort zone, I thrive on doing things that I know are challenging but achievable.
One year on and what was initially a dream has now become a reality -The Great Family Escape is finally here! Check us out; take a tour through our easy to use Directory, sign up to our mailing list or, if you’re a business and would love to work with us, click on the ‘For Businesses’ tab. We would love to see you there.