Tag Archives for Travel

26Jul2014

Why Every Parent Who Dives Should Do a Rescue Course

Zac hanging off the descent line by his knees.

It’s easy to over-hype any form of diver training, particularly the ones that PADI provides – CMAS covers several of the skills PADI teaches in its Rescue Course during its Open Water (1*) course, and all of them during its Advanced Open Water (2*) course. Still, assuming that, like most of the world, you learned […]

15Jul2014

Death Drop in the Blue Hole

The Blue

With hindsight, it was not the best idea to take my 12-year-old son into Dahab’s Blue Hole, a dive site which claims the lives of adults regularly – albeit usually adults diving way beyond recreational diving limits without the required equipment or skills. Yet, as The Whore, Zac and I set out with X on […]

13Jul2014

When Travelling Kids Hit Their Teens

Zac and friend looking quite grownup on a quadbike.

I’d heard that something happened to travelling kids when they hit their teens – that they became averse to longterm travel, unwilling to make new friends and desirous of (eek!) settling down. It happened to the Vogel family, who cycled from Alaska to Argentina. It appears to be happening now to my online friend Talon […]

11Jun2014

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Mobile Phones

Primary school children in Liu Lin, Hubei, China, playing with a mobile phone.

Could YOU do without a mobile phone while travelling? Given 57% of women in America would (allegedly) rather use their smartphone than have sex, and Hong Kongers seem unable to do without at least two mobile phone contracts per person, it seems unlikely. I’ve teamed up with the folk at GO-SIM.com, who provide prepaid SIM […]

14May2014

Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing with Kids

Forbidden City Beijing

Headed to Beijing? The Chinese capital can be most excellent fun with kids at almost any time of year — though do avoid the main Chinese holidays. Herewith, ten of my favourite things to do in Beijing with kids. (And, no, the smog won’t kill them.) Skate on a Frozen Lake There’s nothing quite like […]

30Apr2014

Art and Alchemy in Florence

In Florence, Zac meets Clet, the artist.

It would be remiss to visit Florence without: a) eating a steak as big as your head b) doing the art thang, c) crossing the Ponte Vecchio and d) (if one of you has a thing for mozzarella and you aren’t headed to mozzarella country) visiting the Obikà mozzarella bar for a tasting. Since Zac’s […]

15Apr2014

We Learn to Make Pasta in Bologna

Learning to Make Pasta

“My great-grandfather bought this farm just before the Second World War,” Federica explains. “He was an industrialist, importing vegetables from Egypt, and he could see that the family would need a place outside the city.” Her farm, Podere San Giuliano, is no longer a farm. It’s a restaurant and agriturismo, a hybrid farm and tourism […]

12Dec2013

In Which the Boy and I Do Some Overdue Travel Planning

World in Hand

“Europe” as a destination might seem quite intolerably vague. I know it always does to me when Australians and Americans plan their month-long vacay to “Europe”. It’s a fucking continent, not a country, y’all! But still, as it so happens, after rising three weeks in Blighty, all we’ve really got is “Europe”. So, sitting in […]

16Nov2013

Top Ten Things to Do in Hong Kong with Kids

Top Ten Things to Do in Hong Kong With Kids

We’ve spent quite a bit of time in Hong Kong by now – it’s actually a great place to visit with kids — and yet I’ve barely written about it. So, in the spirit of public service, here are my top picks for things to do in Hong Kong with kids. Go to Ocean Park […]

10Nov2013

Good to Go!

Zac being prepared for surgery in Hong Kong.

There’s a bustle in the room when I snap awake, an orderly cluster of pastel-dressed nurses, neat in pink, apricot, mauve and chocolate, emitting the sort of gentle efficiency that, as a convent school girl (insert your own joke here), I still associate with nuns. Zac is still sleeping the sleep of the dead, but […]