German books for toddlers - encouraging bilingualism

German books for toddlers: Our favourite children’s books auf deutsch for age two and three

As the age of two approached, my son certainly began to demonstrate his own particular interests. Choosing the German baby books to read him was a bit random, but as he became a toddler the kinds of books and topics he was interested in became more specific to him. So if you have a son (or daughter, … [Read More...]

How do you wash your dishes - Cultural differences

Unexpected cultural differences: How do you wash your dishes in your country?

I love that chatting with people from other countries can lead to bizarre revelations about cultural differences that you never realised could be an issue at all. And I have to tell you, of the many such conversations I've had over the years, nothing has struck quite so many chords as the whole " … [Read More...]

How to travel with young children

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 … [Read More...]

Strategies for coping with reverse culture shock feature

Tom’s saxophone and salsa strategies for coping with reverse culture shock

I love talking to fellow travellers who, like me, have had some difficulty fitting back into their home country after spending time abroad. In this post, I've got an interview with Tom Bourlet who … [Read More...]

Moving to Thailand with kids

Moving to Thailand with kids: 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 … [Read More...]

Five destinations I'd like to revisit

Five destinations I’d like to revisit

Some travellers like to check places off a list and never return. I actually love returning to places that I've been before: it's interesting to see what has changed, to compare it to my memories, to … [Read More...]

Two weeks in Tunisia - Backpacking itinerary

Two weeks in Tunisia: My backpacking itinerary

When people ask me that super-tricky question about the best place I've visited, I can't really give a good answer, but my two weeks in Tunisia always rate extremely highly. Tunisia wasn't exactly a … [Read More...]

Life as an ESL teacher

Life as an ESL teacher: When Pedro tried to cheat at his English test …

Some of my very favourite multicultural experiences have come from my years spent working as an ESL teacher, both abroad and here in Australia. Teaching English to students from every continent not … [Read More...]

Do young children remember trips?

Do young children remember trips – is it worth travelling with your kids?

It's quite a common search term for visitors ending up on my site: "do young children remember trips"? and I really fervently hope that when parents land here while thinking this question that they … [Read More...]