The life-changing magic of taking my son to Japan

Since 2010 I've been working on a really important project: I've been educating (or really, brainwashing) my son, since his birth in 2010, to fall in love with Japan. Japan is a country that's really important to me, after living and working there for a couple of years in my twenties, and … [Read more...]

11 world famous Minecraft builds to encourage your kids to love travel

I'm always doing everything I can to encourage my son's love of travel. Mostly because I strongly believe that travelling can bring him so many benefits, but also a little bit so that he'll happily come travelling with me around the world! Over the years, encouraging his interest in travel has … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 19 – Travelling with Kids is Good for Everyone

You do not want to try telling me that it's a waste of time to take kids travelling. (You don't want to tell my first guest this either, because she has just as strong opinions as I do!) I'm totally convinced there are numerous benefits of taking a child of any age travelling, despite what some … [Read more...]

Moving to Thailand with kids, a year on: A second interview with Lalla and her family

Nearly a year ago I published an interview with Lalla, a friend of mine who had moved to Bangkok with her family (including kids aged 6 and 3). It turned out that the topic of moving to Thailand with kids was something a lot of you were interested in and over the past year I've had regular emails … [Read more...]

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 where Canada was (he loves that it is pink on the map, like Australia, although he doesn't understand … [Read more...]

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 university. When I lived in Bratislava I took lessons from a German teacher there (Hallo, Elisabeth!) and … [Read more...]

How to travel with young children and stay slightly sane

So, parents. Let's talk frankly about travelling with kids. There are no two ways about it: it is MUCH harder than travelling without kids! I have done a lot of both, and I can assure you that anything that I thought was tricky about travelling before having a child along for the ride was actually a … [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...]

Do young children remember trips – is it worth travelling with your kids?

It's quite a common search term for visitors ending up on my site: "do young children remember trips"? and I really fervently hope that when parents land here while thinking this question that they realise YES, children can remember enough of a trip, and more importantly learn enough from a trip, to … [Read more...]

Encouraging kids to travel through a love of food

One of the best ways to encourage a love of travel, I reckon, is through the stomach. (It's not just the way to a man's heart.) My son has had a lifelong desire to go to Japan and that is definitely because he has had a lifelong love of Japanese food. How to encourage kids to eat all kinds of Asian … [Read more...]