Tim Leffel Lessons from living abroad as a teen feature

Guest post: 5 things my daughter is getting out of living abroad (whether she likes it or not)

It's pretty rare for me to feature a guest post here but when Tim Leffel contacted me I knew it'd be a good one. I've followed Tim's work for years and I know he has a lot of great ideas about living abroad and that we think alike on how huge the benefits are. He's currently living in Guanajuato, … [Read More...]

5 mistakes foreigners make in Germany

The funniest 5 mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Germany is a wonderful place to live and I thoroughly enjoyed my three years there: it's an organised place, they have great beer and long summer nights, they are experts at Christmas, and so much more. However, one thing most foreigners soon realise is that there are quite a lot of rules in … [Read More...]

International friendships for kids

Sending gifts abroad to make international friendships for kids (and encourage that love of travel)

Last week, my son and I headed down to the local post office and sent a package to Canada. We had been preparing for that moment for a good week or so, and he knew from the map on our wall exactly … [Read More...]

The promise of Iceland - an interview with Kari Gislason

The promise of great hot dogs in Iceland: An interview with Kari Gislason

In (further!) preparation for my trip to Iceland next year, I've been reading all kinds of Iceland-related stuff, and most recently it was The Promise of Iceland, by Icelandic-Australian Kári … [Read More...]

Do you like green tea

Do you really like green tea? Lessons from Japan and meeting the locals

Everyone who knows me well in person knows that I like green tea. Some of my best friends (and yes, this is probably a criteria you need to satisfy to become one of my best friends) buy green tea … [Read More...]

Perth beaches in winter feature

Why I prefer Perth beaches in winter than summer

My hometown of Perth, Western Australia, has some pretty spectacular beaches, if I do say so myself. And with summer coming up here, a lot of people, both locals and tourists alike, start to focus on … [Read More...]

My partner does not want to go travelling - what should I do

Help: my partner doesn’t want to go travelling

Lots of readers write to me for advice and a lot of the time they have some reason why it's difficult for them to go travelling - and one I get asked quite often is what to do if their … [Read More...]

Tricks to help my son become bilingual

5 tricks I use to help my son become bilingual

I have been learning the German language on and off since I was seven years old. We had lessons in primary school, I took German in high school, I even continued German during my first year at … [Read More...]

German books for toddlers - encouraging bilingualism

German books for toddlers: Our favourite children’s books auf deutsch for age two and three

As the age of two approached, my son certainly began to demonstrate his own particular interests. Choosing the German baby books to read him was a bit random, but as he became a toddler the kinds of … [Read More...]