Online or Off? Friendships and Travel – Episode 46 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling to see amazing places is wonderful. But the kind of travel that either introduces you to new friends or cements incredible friendships with people you've already met - whether online or offline - is absolutely my favourite travel of all. I have made both short-term and long-term … [Read more...]

Moving to Thailand with kids: If you want to live abroad you actually can

The most exciting years of my life were absolutely those when I lived abroad in Japan, Slovakia and Germany. Being back home in Perth and having a gorgeous son is wonderful too, but living in foreign countries, experiencing the challenges of cultural and language barriers (and overcoming them), … [Read more...]

Saying goodbye to a country is hard – I know, I’ve done it three times

I am NOT a good goodbye person. I'm way overly sentimental, I'm all too acutely aware that once you say goodbye to a place you've lived in that even visiting will never be the same again, and I miss both people and things long and badly. I blogged just recently about the sadness of leaving new … [Read more...]

The sadness of leaving new homes abroad – the perils of expat life

It was a week or two before I would leave Japan, and I was teaching a one-to-one lesson with Ami, a little girl who'd been coming to individual English lessons at our school for a year or so; she was three by now. At two she had absolutely hated coming to our lessons and we had spent many lessons … [Read more...]

Sending postcards with Lettr and keeping in touch with travel friends

One of my absolute favourite things about travelling (and especially living in a foreign country for a while) is the people you meet, locals and ex-pats alike. It's not surprising that the fellow ex-pats I've met while living abroad are some of my closest friends, because we obviously have a love of … [Read more...]

Take me back to Inis Meain, or Inish Maan, or whatever you call that gorgeous scenic place …

Shockingly to me, it's almost a year ago that I was on my last European trip and about to visit Ireland for the first time since my childhood. With friends spending six months on one of the least known Aran Islands, either Inis Meain or Inish Maan depending on your preference, I dragged my husband … [Read more...]

Travelling to meet online people offline and taking my travel blog to the Gold Coast for Problogger

I get to travel again next week - yippee! - although it's only a quick trip, over to the Gold Coast in Queensland, the other side of Australia, to attend the Problogger conference. I haven't been to the Gold Coast since I was twelve and then it was an extremely quick look. I won't have much time to … [Read more...]

The world is smaller now, and friends just keep showing up

Z and I a decade ago! When I lived in Bratislava (ten years ago - eek, that went fast!), I made a totally fabulous friend who in the interests of privacy I'll call Z. We recognised each other one day at the bus stop early in my stay, as she was a student in one of my large in-company English … [Read more...]