How to prepare your kids for a trip to Japan

If you're planning a Japan family holiday, you probably want to prepare your kids for Japan ahead of time. It's an utterly wonderful country to visit but probably pretty different in quite a few ways from home. Learning about Japan and Japanese culture before you get there will make the trip both … [Read more...]

What parents learn from kids when travelling

My series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling continues with a great story from Jessica of Magnets From Everywhere. I love it because the lesson she and her husband learnt about travelling pre-kids and once kids arrived is a very similar one to what I've learnt in the nearly … [Read more...]

Cross Cultural Kids – Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's been happening for decades but I'm sure it's more common than ever before: third culture kids (TCK) or cross cultural kids who grow up somewhere away from where there parents consider home and end up being quite multicultural in their thinking. I'm fascinated by the idea and having taught … [Read more...]

Travels with kids and Jack the toy bear

I quite often talk about the joys (and challenges) of travelling with kids, mostly because I'm so strongly convinced that travel is a wonderful learning experience for children, in so many different ways. Travelling with kids for memories and landmarks in time But there's another reason that … [Read more...]

On Taking Your Kids Travelling – Episode 66 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The topic comes up regularly in everyday conversation for me - the value of taking your kids travelling. Don't get me started on the "but they won't remember it!" argument, or we'll be here all day! Of course, I love talking to like-minded people about the trips they've done with their children … [Read more...]

Exploring Legoland Malaysia slowly with a seven-year-old boy

My name is Amanda, and I have a son who is addicted to Lego. Clearly the solution to this addiction was to take him to the nearest Legoland, stat! Legoland Malaysia is in Johor Bahru, the southern-most part of Malaysia, and just across the border from Singapore. I snapped up some cheap flights … [Read more...]

How to travel with a school-aged child (so that you all enjoy it)

It's been a while since I thought about how to travel with kids, because it's got much easier in recent years (compared to the toddler and preschooler days!). My travel-loving son has just turned seven, and is in the second grade at primary school here in Australia. Partly because he's grown up … [Read more...]

Benefits of Travelling with Kids – Episode 54 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You have probably heard me rant before about my (many, many) answers to the question - "why travel with kids if they won't remember it?" I won't rehash that now but suffice to say, I strongly believe there about a gazillion benefits of travelling with kids and most of them apply whether they … [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...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 8 – Travel with Kids and Kids on Travel

I was super-lucky to get to travel when I was a kid - six months around Europe in a campervan being the most significant chunk of travelling I got to do, and it shaped so much about my life - I'm fairly certain I wouldn't be a travel blogger and podcaster if that trip hadn't captured my imagination … [Read more...]