Tag Archives for around the world


Should I Vaccinate My Child For Travel?


The single most surprising question I get asked by readers of this blog is this: “should I vaccinate my child for travel?” I say “surprising” because, to be honest, the travel jab question was a no-brainer for me. As, I think, it is for most child-free adults contemplating travel to the developing world. Y’know. You’re […]


Travels with a Ten Year Old

asleep on bus station floor

Today is Take Your Child To Work Day, so a bunch of lovely folk who travel with a wildly varying selection of spawn — from teens to infants — are putting our collective heads together to talk about the pros and cons of travelling with children of different ages. Now, I’ve traveled with Z since […]


7 Practical Things To Do Before You Start Longterm Travel


1: Sort Out Banking Check the expiry dates on all your cards and apply for new ones if required. Ensure you have internet banking enabled on all accounts, even savings accounts. Also, warn your bank you will be travelling in different countries to avoid the cards being stopped when you try to use them. 2: […]


Back to School!

Class lesson on snakes: children handling a reticulated python.

Can You Take a Child out of School for a Year? I recently came across a parents group arguing against longterm family travel on the grounds that “many children will never catch up after a year out of school…” This seemed a bit bizarre to me. Firstly because the context was Emma Thompson’s plans to […]


The S Word

Valentine's Day

When the lovely Colin and Tracy asked me over appropriately, err, lubricating quantities of beer, to put together a piece on sex on the road, for Christine, I was a little tentative. I mean, how long does it take to say, “Nada, nish, zilcho, nothing since January last year, thank you… And, before you ask, […]


Help! I'm Location Independent

young rice, green shoots

“Location independent” is a phrase I, frankly, loathe. Though, with its implication that anyone who’s not travelling has somehow failed to think about what they want in life, “lifestyle design” is worse. Like “digital nomad”, another way of saying the same thing, it’s a phrase you don’t often find in print. “Location independence” is more […]


The Sunday Six: Greece


Every Sunday, we’ll be featuring six favourite places in a favourite country or region. Our first? Greece. A lot of people think of Greece as a destination for package holidays. It’s one of our favourite places – we’ve visited ten times between the two of us. Here’s six great things to do in Greece: 1: […]


A Very Little House

view over rice fields, ubud, bali

This is the view from our very little house in the rice fields in Ubud, Bali. We’ve taken it for a month, to study Indonesian formally before we take our pidgin east to Papua, so Z can do some arts, and I can work a little. Herons and egrets come to the fields every morning, […]


10 Most Common RTW Planning Mistakes

brightly coloured curls of packing tape.

1: Booking a RTW Ticket If you’re following a fixed route through expensive cities and your time is very limited, RTW tickets can work out cost-effective. In general, most longterm or budget travellers are better off piecing together a route using cheap airlines, last minute deals, online specials and local travel agents. RTW (round-the-world) tickets […]


Our World School: An End of Year Report

elephant cuddle

For anyone planning longterm travel with kids, anyone who would like to travel and is delaying having kids to do so, or any parents who would love to travel but feel they can’t because of the kids, probably the single biggest concern is what sort of education a child will get on the road. This […]