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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The colossal list of printables for kids on a road trip – resources to entertain children on long drives

My son is a great traveller in many ways, but he is not a fan of long car trips. It's about an hour and twenty minutes in the car when we go to visit my Dad, and that is too long for him - he's fine in a plane or train when I can interact with him more, but a car is like a prison. Road trip … [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...]

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...]

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...]