• Expat Life
  • S’Lovely Slovenia

    Image of Lake Bled island

    Slovenia was another last-minute holiday for us and it couldn’t have worked out better if I had planned it! The kids had two weeks off over Easter (seriously it feels like they are always on holiday…) and we wanted to make the most of it. But we just didn’t get our act together and suddenly school had […]

  • Advice
  • Brief Encounters

    FIGT Binnenhof

    Last week I went to the Netherlands. Without my children. To a conference. It was the annual FIGT  (Families in Global Transition) Conference, which I found out about on Instagram, digital guru that I am (not). With no kids. Did I mention that bit already?! The FIGT conference was for three days but, not knowing anything […]

  • Advice
  • Moving schools mid-year?

    Coloured pencils in a circle, moving schools mid-year

    Moving schools is always hard. Moving schools mid-year is even harder. We moved our daughter half way through a term when we moved to Bangkok. My advice based on this? Avoid it if you can. And in an ideal world, we would avoid it. Every move would be timed to coincide with the start of […]

  • Family
  • Lake Como with Kids – Top 5 Travel Tips

    Lake Como, Italy, Travel with kids

    We drove up to Lake Como from Florence, arriving mid-afternoon. By that evening, my husband had decided he wanted to live there. Now we have been to many beautiful places, but none have elicited quite so strong a reaction – not sure though whether the greyer he goes, the more he’s wondering, ‘What would Clooney do?’ And although […]

  • Advice
  • Home for Christmas?

    Christmas tree, decorated

    Are you going home for Christmas? The longer we have lived away, the more complicated the ‘home’ question has become but, for my family, going home for Christmas means going back to parents’ house. When I lived in England, the Christmas chat would be around where you were going to have Christmas dinner – and the tensions […]

  • Advice
  • Expat Move with Kids?

    So, we all know that making an international move can be stressful (click here for more on that…). But looking back I realise the thing that stressed me out the most was concern about my children. Are we doing the right thing? Will they be happy? Will they like their new school? Will they hate […]