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 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...]

Abingdon Miniature Village, Mandurah: Kids choosing the destination in Western Australia

Edit:In 2015 the Abingdon Miniature Village closed - but in 2018 it reopened as Amaze Miniature Park! I have a theory about encouraging kids to love travel and if you let kids choose the destination - or at least make lots of choices as part of a bigger trip - then they will be a lot more … [Read more...]

Are you afraid to travel? It’s not always safe at home, either!

Are you sometimes afraid to travel? I've talked about my travel anxiety and pre-trip nerves before but earlier this year I had such a big reminder of why getting over those fears is not only important but utterly sensible.   I admit: I was afraid to travel with my son 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...]

An artist’s impression of Hong Kong, with bonus musings on apartment life

Regular readers will remember my 25 years ago in Europe series in which I laid bare numerous pictures of me as a nine-year-old (fortunately, I haven't received *too* much ridicule as a result!). But wait, as they say, there's more. I recently came across the diaries I kept during those trips and … [Read more...]