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Making a Papier Mache Plane

In an attempt to avoid the midday sun whilst not giving in to the temptation of putting the TV on to provide entertainment, T and I decided to try and fashion a papier mache plane out of the general rubbish we have in the house. As is often the case I was completely unprepared for this but having a scrawl through the cupboards, I found an almost-empty egg...

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Backpacking in Vietnam with young children

Vietnam with Young Children – A brief outline of our December 2019 itinerary Hanoi Day – 1 night Ha Long Bay – 2 nights Ninh Binh – 2 nights Hanoi – 2 nights Fly to Hoi An – 4 nights Da Nang – 2 nights Fly to Ho Chi Minh City – 4 nights In December 2019, we went backpacking through Vietnam with our young children aged three...

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Homestay or Hotel – The Answer

We have travelled a fair bit throughout Asia with our two young children, but one consideration we have when booking trips is, should we stay in a hotel or a homestay? For those of you who don’t know what a homestay is, it’s exactly what the name suggests, you stay in someone’s home. More often than not they have carried out internal alterations to their existing building in...

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Cameron Highlands With Young Kids

In order to try and avoid the heat of Kuala Lumpur, I would definitely recommend visiting Cameron Highlands with young kids. We recently took a trip up there for three days two nights and I think this is a good amount of time to visit the majority of the main attractions, though any amount of additional time in the cooler temperatures would always be welcome! First things first,...

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Moving Abroad with Kids – A Checklist

Ok, so you and your family have made the decision to move abroad. Great. You’ve also found a job or potential job. Brilliant! Ok. What now? Well, we have been in the exact same position recently when we moved from the UK to Malaysia with our two young kids and I can almost guarantee we’ll have been asking the same questions and facing the same anxieties that you...

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Fraser’s Hill with Young Children

If you and the family are looking to avoid the scorching heat of Kuala Lumpur for a few days take a trip up to Fraser’s Hill with your young children. As you climb into the mountains, the temperature drops considerably. We saw the thermometer hit 21 °C at one point, a world away from what we’re used to. Fraser’s Hill is about a two-hour drive from the centre...

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Who Works Harder – Working Parent or Stay at Home Parent?

Who Works Harder – Working Parent or Stay at Home Parent? Having worked in the corporate world and been a stay at home dad, I would now say I’m pretty qualified to answer this question that has no doubt been the topic of discussion in many households. My Corporate Life 18 months ago, I was working in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England for one of the...

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How Not To Give A Nature Lesson

Today is a new day in my efforts to find anything to entertain my son. As you may know, we live in a town where there is very little to do! So today we jump in the car and an hour or so later find ourselves at a lake we’ve never been to before, according to Google, there’s plenty there,  parks,  fairground rides even a static hot air...

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How Peanuts Taught Me A Life Lesson

We recently took the kids on a trip around Sri Lanka. This is not about the trip, but you can read about that here, it is an amazing country. Anyway, what this is about is, how I and many others, got caught up a great big peanut scam and in the process, learnt a valuable life lesson. Whilst on our travels around the country, we heard about an...

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Backpacking in Sri Lanka with Young Children

*This post has NO affiliate links. All links are for information and all opinions are my own* A brief outline of our April 2019 itinerary… Negombo Day 1 Mirissa Day 2-5 Tangalle Day 6 Tissamaharama Day 7-8 Ella Day 9-12 Nuwara Eliya Day 13-16 Kandy Day 17 Colombo Day 18 In April 2019, we went backpacking through Sri Lanka with our young children aged two and four. Our...