Teaching happy tears: What kids learn from travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam

I'll always remember the first time I saw my son cry from joy, sentimentality and compassion. You know, happy tears, basically. He's eight, and he has cried plenty of times out of frustration, anger, tiredness and grief, but never like this. We were sitting in our hotel room in Hoi An, at the end … [Read more...]

Trips and Holidays With Teenagers – Episode 107 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I had a very memorable (and life-changing) trip as a teenager - and I want to encourage people to both travel with their teenagers and let their teenagers travel without them, when the opportunity arises, because it's such an impressionable, changeable age and travel can really be so eye-opening! I … [Read more...]

Vivid Sydney with kids: A really quick trip!

On our way home from our Fiji trip, the timing of our flights meant we had a short overnight stay in Sydney. Short in that we arrived about 7.30pm and had to be up at 5.00am for our connection on to Perth. In any normal circumstance that would mean just a simple night in an airport hotel - but no, … [Read more...]

Seeing sumo in Osaka, Japan, with kids

The timing for our Japan trip, being in Osaka in March, was more to do with cherry blossom season than sumo, but as soon as I realised that the annual Osaka sumo tournament coincided with our stay I made sure we would be there. What kid wouldn't want to see sumo wrestlers in action? I knew for sure … [Read more...]

Child-Friendly Cultures for Travellers – Episode 102 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Before I went on my recent trip to Fiji, a friend of mine who's taken her kids to a million different countries (okay, closer to 40, but still a lot!) told me that Fiji was the most child-friendly culture she had ever come across. That was a big call coming from someone that well-travelled but it … [Read more...]

Thoughtful travel and empowerment tourism in Fiji with Hands On Journeys

"Do you want to come to Fiji with me in a couple of weeks?" I asked my son, a bit of a random question for a Sunday afternoon. "Where is it and what does it look like?" I showed him the brochure I'd got. I got an enthusiastic yes. (Who's surprised?!) (Pre-reading warning: Hands On … [Read more...]

How Travel Changes Kids – Episode 94 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling as a kid completely changed my life path (I feel confident I wouldn't be a travel blogger now if my parents hadn't taken the massive step of dragging two kids around Europe in a campervan over thirty years ago ...) and I can see already that travelling has changed my son's life (for the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]