Travelling helps kids: my son’s Bali experience with shyness and confidence

Travelling helps kids for so many reasons, and our recent Bali trip was good for my son for a reason I really hadn't expected - it helped him gain confidence and act less shy. Yay for travel! How travelling helped my shy preschooler become confident My son was four when we went to Bali a couple of … [Read more...]

Five years of travel for my favourite young traveller

My wonderful little man turns five this week, and it seems like a good time to reflect on his travels over the first five years of his life, in happy combination with Instagram Travel Thursday. I'm thrilled and proud to say that he's a keen and curious young traveller who talks about other countries … [Read more...]

Armchair travel: One for families, one for escapees (to Prague or elsewhere!)

My month of armchair travel is coming to a close and it's been so fun, as part of celebrating the blog's 10th birthday, to spend a few weeks immersing myself in some new books about travelling - not quite as good as actually travelling, but certainly a lot cheaper! In this final post of the series, … [Read more...]

Packing list for Bali or Penang or pretty much any tropical destination – and my new luggage

I have to warn you: I'm a pretty light packer. I've done a lot of independent travel which requires me being responsible for lugging my stuff around all the time and that taught me to be pretty frugal about what went on my packing list. (Although by my standards, my packing list for Bali recently … [Read more...]

Berlin museums for kids – planning my 2015 trip to Germany, with help

I'm busily planning for our next trip to Europe in the middle of this year, and I'm very excited that it will include a chance to return to Berlin, one of my all-time favourite cities (potentially my favourite city in the world - I'll test that theory out this trip). I've visited Berlin numerous … [Read more...]

6 ways the Courtyard Seminyak helped me enjoy Bali

Bali, hey? I was never really planning to go there but when the chance kind of fell into my lap, I finally thought it was worth a shot. The Courtyard Seminyak was a new Marriott hotel, they were looking for bloggers to enjoy a few days there, and who was I to say no to an intriguing way to help the … [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...]

Guest post: 5 things my daughter is getting out of living abroad (whether she likes it or not)

It's pretty rare for me to feature a guest post here but when Tim Leffel contacted me I knew it'd be a good one. I've followed Tim's work for years and I know he has a lot of great ideas about living abroad and that we think alike on how huge the benefits are. He's currently living in Guanajuato, … [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 a family: 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...]