5 ways Australia’s Coral Coast stretched my comfort zone (in a good way)

Last week I got a very last-minute call-up to join a group of UK bloggers exploring my beautiful home state of Western Australia. It was a hectic 24 hours of figuring out who would take care of my son and when, what I should pack and where on earth I was actually going, and I won't say it wasn't a … [Read more...]

Becoming a backpacker: My first budget trip in Australia

When I interviewed Laura recently about how her travel plans for her first big trip have changed from a long-term trip starting in Asia to a short-term trip close to home (which, for her, is Europe - lucky thing!) her comment about being a first time traveller reminded me of my first independent … [Read more...]

Are All Aussies Tanned and Tall? – Episode 27 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Given that when this episode goes live, I'll be halfway up the Western Australian coast exploring a bit of country Australia, this is a particularly relevant topic (by complete coincidence, I must add) - what's the stereotype of an Australian? I was born and bred in Australia and have lived here … [Read more...]

Anzac Day explainer, although it’s too complex for me to explain

Two things you need to know about me, before I attempt to explain Anzac Day: I'm a massive pacifist. War terrifies me. Anything that leaves people dead for no good reason makes me cry. And guns - oh dear. My son is six, that age where every young boy pretends to play with guns; it drives me … [Read more...]

9 great things to do in northern Tasmania with kids

Ah, Tasmania. It's obviously a good spot because this was my third trip there, and it's not particularly close to my home base of Perth at all, even if it is all part of the same country. Actually, my son kept describing Tasmania as a different country, since it's an island apart from the mainland, … [Read more...]

Learning English in Australia: ESL books that sound like we do

Before my son was born, I taught English as a second language (ESL) for almost a decade, mostly to adults. It's the job that took me to Japan, Slovakia and Germany before returning to Perth to teach English to people who'd come to Australia from South America, Europe and Asia - some to improve their … [Read more...]

Travelling at home: Kakadu dreaming and visiting Kakadu National Park

Last weekend I was chatting to another parent at a kid's birthday party and she confessed to me (not knowing I was a travel blogger) that she'd never left Australia (not even to go to Bali). Travelling at home was all she needed, she said. You can probably imagine that I didn't know quite what to … [Read more...]

Showing travellers around your region – meeting the locals

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - one of my absolute favourite ways of travelling is to stay with some locals and learn all about how they go about their daily lives. Figuring out the similarities and differences from my life to theirs is something I find fascinating. It both reminds me of … [Read more...]

Perth for kids: Fun at the Castledare Miniature Railway

Give me a four-year-old boy and I will say he is a train lover and I will always be right. Right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctA4YYcjsI8 So when my husband heard about the Castledare Miniature Railway from a colleague, I did agree that it sounded like a winner - but for once left it up to … [Read more...]

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 the beach. Not me though. Perth beaches in summer All up and down the coast of Perth - it's … [Read more...]