The Invitation

 One story. Five blogs. Infinite paths. Your choice....more

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 destinationAdvantagesOne hundred percent pure knowledge.DisadvantagesDue to the tendency of these books to be dry and dull, over-reliance on them may lead to suboptimal leaning and an excess of cake bribes (with subsequent hyperactivity and sugar-crashes)....more

A picture of urine-soaked paper disguised as a request for opinions on old guide books

We've been married a little over fifteen years and during that time we've lived in twelve different homes. That's disregarding any stint too brief to make it on to a utilities statement....more

This one weird trick to save money for travel - which isn't what you think - will restore your faith in humanity

 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 itA 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 estimated $X, because it was just after he'd usually get paid, but before I'd got around to doing anything about it....more

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, we supply two children (a three-year-old female and a six-year-old male, respectively) with two randomly-selected visual packing guides for kids, and observe to determine if there is an effect on their performance....more

How We Launched Our Six-Year-Old's Online Presence

No, actually, it might just be me. But in any case, I'm going to pass on our current techniques for maintaining internet safety as our children reach the next stage of digital awareness, covering general device settings, our arrangements for gmail, Skype, twitter and wordpress, and resources for teaching about online safety and etiquette. ...more
Thanks Jenny. Yes, I'm too scared to wait til they're teens - they wouldn't be comfortable with ...more

ANZAC Biscuit Diplomacy: a statement on food, national identity, and home-made costumes involving paper plates

from: Æto: Bronwyndate: 21 July 2014 08:49subject: So apparently"We have two children going to school now and both of them are expected to be racially harmon...more


We bussed five and a half hours from Singapore to KL and four more from Hat Yai to Krabi without trouble. The ride that unhinged us took only an hour. What would you have done differently?I would advise, for a start, not telling the travel agent at Kata Beach exactly what you're looking for, or in other words making it incredibly easy for her to lie for a quick sale....more