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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...

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How Having Children Has Changed The Way We Travel

Having children has definitely changed the way we travel! In our pre-kids days, we used to do sort of ‘backpacking, rock up and find the quirkiest, funkiest (cheapest) hostel in the area’, type holidays, they were the best ones! The people you met, the places you got lost in, the things you did, the things you saw. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely ours. Then….the children...

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Dad’s First Attempt At Dressing Up Day

To assist with the integration of the kids in the first few weeks of their school in Malaysia, its dressing up day and the children are asked to come dressed in either ‘traditional dress’ from their home nation or in the colours of their flag. This is an easy one for a lot of the countries in Asia, they genuinely have ‘traditional clothes’ and to top it off,...

Practical Tips to Survive a Long Haul Flight with Young Kids 0

Practical Tips to Survive a Long Haul Flight with Young Kids

So you’ve booked that holiday for you and your young kids to a far-flung corner of the world, congratulations, whether you’re going to some exotic beach in Thailand, heading towards Peru’s Machu Picchu, seeking out the Big Five on safari in South Africa or backpacking around Sri Lanka, the excitement will be building. But before you get there, you have to…er…get there, which generally means you’ll have to...

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10 Reasons Why People Who Want To Move Abroad, Don’t

Everyone has been there, you’ve had a tough day, or week, or month at work, nothing has gone right, you’ve been doing the same thing day in day out for years, the weather outside is rubbish, your next holiday is far too far away to get excited about but close enough that you’ve had to pay for it so you’ve got no money, nothing seems like its going...

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Don’t Stalk People in Supermarkets, it’s Weird.

We live in a quiet town on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the school Ruth works at is relatively new and whilst the facilities are absolutely brilliant, it does mean one thing, outside of other teachers in the school, there are almost zero expats living in the area. As amazing and impressive as the Malaysian, Chinese and Korean kids in L’s class are at being bi-lingual...

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Stay at Home Dad, Abroad…the reality

Although when people asked where we were moving to in Malaysia, we told them Kuala Lumpur, as that’s the place that most people have heard of, but whilst everyone is conjuring up images of us living inside the famous Petronas Twin Towers, that isn’t quite the case. This is my reality of being a stay at home Dad, abroad. We actually live about 30-40 minutes South East of...

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Culture Shock #1 The Safety of my Office Job is Gone

I’m not going to lie, the first couple of months were a big culture shock, going from a steady office job to being a stay at home at Dad for the first time is hard enough, but to throw in, literally selling every possession we have and moving to the other side of the world to a country that inspired the temperature inside an oven and starting everything...

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Stay at Home Dad…Abroad

Hi, I’m Dave. I’m mid-30s and married with two kids. I am originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. In 2018 I quit my job and moved to Malaysia to be a stay at home Dad….or stay abroad Dad. I am going to talk about how we survive the heat, the cultural differences, the lifestyle change, the travel and all the other challenges that being a stay at home...