Visiting Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Should you visit Rottnest Island for a day trip or overnight? No contest!

I'm very lucky to live near Rottnest Island - just a short ferry ride away from my hometown of Perth. I'm sure I'm lucky, because when my German husband first moved here he couldn't believe we had this amazing place just off the coast. Of course Germans are usually busy flying somewhere to be able … [Read More...]

5 reasons to take your child to Penang

5 reasons Penang is a great place to take a three-year-old child

My destination choice since I had my son has been a lot more conservative than when I was travelling in my twenties and childless thirties. Pre-child, my strategy was pretty much only to avoid war zones; but now that my precious son is coming along for the trip, I see things differently. So while … [Read More...]

Reverse culture shock after study abroad

Reverse culture shock after study abroad: Jessie on returning from Australia

The next post in my occasional interview series with fellow travellers who've experienced reverse culture shock features a blogger I've known online for a few years now, and the thing that really … [Read More...]

The sadness of leaving new homes abroad

The sadness of leaving new homes abroad – the perils of expat life

It was a week or two before I would leave Japan, and I was teaching a one-to-one lesson with Ami, a little girl who'd been coming to individual English lessons at our school for a year or so; she was … [Read More...]

Gold Coast accommodation, whale watching and the beach

Gold Coast accommodation, whale watching, that long beach and more: I’ve changed my tune!

On my last trip to Queensland a year ago (my first as an adult), I wrote about how it the Gold Coast wasn't really my favourite place. The Problogger conference took me back to the Gold Coast recently … [Read More...]

Itinerary for Tasmania with a toddler

Things to do in Tasmania with a toddler: Our itinerary and tips for 10 days in Tassie

Finding things to do in Tasmania with a toddler was a bit of a mystery when I was there a couple of years ago.  It turned out there were plenty of tourist attractions that were perfect for young kids … [Read More...]

How I won half a million frequent flyer points on the Gold Coast

So I went to a conference and I won a few frequent flyer points …

I went to the Gold Coast again last week for the Problogger conference. Astute readers might remember I wasn't a fan of the Gold Coast last time round. Well, it turns out I can totally be bought and I … [Read More...]

Send postcards online with Lettr

Sending postcards with Lettr and keeping in touch with travel friends

One of my absolute favourite things about travelling (and especially living in a foreign country for a while) is the people you meet, locals and ex-pats alike. It's not surprising that the … [Read More...]

Writing secrets of a travel blogger - Amanda Kendle of Not A Ballerina

On being a travel blogger and how I write

I'm part of a "blog hop" about how I write, thanks to the lovely Leyla at Women on the Road. Since I always explain that my route into blogging and social media all came about because I wanted to be a … [Read More...]