Category Archive: Things We Learned The Hard Way

Clash Of The Suitcases: Toddlers v Nonagenarians

Judging by your comments on the last post, you’re about to be shocked. And then excited! See, one of the first things I did when we started talking about this trip was invite… Continue reading

Packing Cabin Baggage For Kids

Recently, someone asked me what we pack into our hand luggage when flying with kids. Specifically, what happened was my father hoisted our bag into the car at the airport, exclaiming, “Heavens above! What… Continue reading

Ways To Stop Young Travellers Getting Overstimulated (Without Resorting To Actual Sensory Deprivation)

In every discussion I’ve had about travelling with young babies, somebody will say, “Oh, babies are so easy! You just put them in the stroller/carrier and they sleep while you go sightseeing!” My… Continue reading

Five Family Travel Tricks Only Grandma Knows

My parents left last night, and I can only assume they’ve arrived home safely and crashed straight into bed to sleep for a week and/or had their internet and phone connections cut off… Continue reading

SURVIVOR STORIES: How To Travel With A Sleep Thief

Until last week, I thought the highlight of October was going to be P accidentally wearing his sister’s uniform to school, in an incident which will go down in family lore as That… Continue reading

Dealing With Customer Service In Eight Easy Lessons, None Of Which Involve A Machete

I won’t go into the sordid details which prompted me to write this post. Suffice to say that if you’re a traveller, an expat, a parent, a member of civilisation, or a person… Continue reading

How To Write Your Own Children’s Travel Guide (For Three To Eight Year Olds)

There are four ways to use books to prepare children for travel, but some involve more cake than others. Way Number 1 – Read age-appropriate non-fiction books about the destination Advantages One hundred… Continue reading

This one weird trick to save money for travel – which isn’t what you think – was invented by a mum, will restore your faith in humanity, and your doctor doesn’t want you to know about it

A few weeks ago, Æ emerged from the study in a great flap of excitement asking if I knew how much money was in our bank account. I glanced at the calendar and… Continue reading

Six* Things To Pack for Sensitive Young Travellers

I like to think my previous posts on games for sensitive young children have conjured images of the type of thing you’d get if you crossed McGyver and Mary Poppins and then threw the result… Continue reading

Teaching kids to pack: a prospective, randomised, uncontrolled trial

Parents of young travellers have concocted a variety of tools to aid in the development of packing skills in their children, as they transition from incapable neonates to mature adults. In this experiment,… Continue reading