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What are New Zealand kids like?
This is a question that we get asked this a lot from families who are moving to New Zealand with kids.
So we thought we’d spill the beans.
The Watties ones, not the Heinz. And give you an insight into kiwi parents & how the kids in New Zealand are raised differently than in the UK.
Building your own home is what most people dream of.
We were no different.
When we moved to New Zealand twelve years ago, building a house in New Zealand was right up there on our list of hopes. Along with eventually mastering the New Zealand slang words.
And after two years of living in New Zealand, we took the leap and set about building a new house on a piece of land in Taranaki, New Zealand.
In this podcast, we show you how things played out.
Are you thinking of emigrating to New Zealand from America?
Then you’re going to love what we have to share.
In this New Zealand podcast episode, I talk to Katie and David, an American couple who recently made moving to New Zealand a reality.
Katie is a nurse from California and David worked for the LAPD. They had dreamed of living in New Zealand for a while and now that dream is their reality.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing…
Is New Zealand behind the times?
In this podcast, Brian and I talk about a topic that so many people (people who have usually never even been here) like to say.
That is that New Zealand is behind the times. A bit backwards. Slow to catch on.
“Ohhh… it’s like the UK in the 1950’s”. There are air raid shelters and everything…
This is Part two of the interview with Jenn, a New Zealander who spent lockdown in England with her British partner.
If you didn’t catch part 1: Life in New Zealand vs life in the UK then go and listen to that now. it’s a cracker!
This week’s podcast is a little bit different. We have a real New Zealand guest.
Jen is one of those New Zealand people that you are going to fall in love with.
Just as her British boyfriend did.
We moved to New Zealand with kids (age 8 and 5) from the UK twelve years ago.
To say that we were wet behind the ears is an understatement. Rather we were sodding drenched.
We emigrated to New Zealand from the UK and within the first year of being in the country, we had made more mistakes than we had in our entire lives combined.
We have been living in New Zealand for twelve years.
We arrived from the UK where we had a comfortable home, my husband was on a good wage and both of my kids were at school.
Within a year of moving to New Zealand, we were living in a rented house and my husband was on half the wage.
Did I want to go home? At times, yes. But we were so determined to make New Zealand work that we did everything in our power to make it happen.
She’s a typical Brit. I’ve heard that saying more times than I’ve had hot dinners in the past twelve years.
And right there is a perfect example of typical British ways. Right up there in that first sentence.
Being British is fab. It’s brill. You can say things that make no sense at all to the rest of the world and every other British person understands what you are saying.
British Culture Habits
In this podcast episode (which also has a video to watch should you so wish!), we talked about 12 of the most typical British ways that the world finds both confusing (and often infuriating!)
Get a nice cup of tea and enjoy!
I am Liz, a travel and lifestyle blogger! I met the love of my life, Brian, in the late 80’s. We spent our first 10 years together wearing very large shoulder pads, saying “rad”
As tends to happen, we grew into adults (sort of), got a mortgage (boo hoo) and started a family (yay!). We still continued to travel the world with our little children but our itchy feet were never far away and we decided that rather than mess about with holidays, we’d go all out and emigrate instead. And anyway, British wine is rubbish.
So, we emigrated to New Zealand. Once there, our lifestyle changed dramatically. We are currently backpacking the world with our two teenagers, trying to regain our youth (joke. Sort of) whilst trying to conceal the amount of wine we drink each night (truth). We would love you to join our journey on this honest (a bit too honest) blog as we try to discover ways to make this lifestyle achievable, not just for us, but for you too!
I am Liz, a travel and lifestyle blogger! I met the love of my life, Brian, in the late 80’s. We spent our first 10 years together wearing very large shoulder pads, saying rad alot, and travelling around the world. It was within those ten years that we discovered our mutual passion for travel, adventure, food and wine. And chocolate peanut M&Ms.
As tends to happen, we grew into adults (sort of), got a mortgage (boo hoo) and started a family (yay!) We still continued to travel the world with our little children but our itchy feet were never far away and we decided that rather than mess about with holidays, we’d go all out and emigrate instead.
In 2009, we took our family and emigrated to New Zealand. Once there, our lifestyle changed dramatically. We are currently backpacking the world with our two teenagers, trying to regain our youth (joke) whilst trying to conceal the amount of wine we drink each night (truth). We would love you to join our journey on this honest (a bit too much sometimes) blog as we try to discover ways to make this lifestyle achievable, not just for us, but for you too!
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In this week’s podcast, Sonny and Liz talk about the culture of Japan and a few things you need to be aware of before you go.
Life in Japan is very easy to adjust to and the Japanese people are amongst the most generous and welcoming folk in the world.
The Japanese do have one tiny downside…
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I love you India, I really do.
I dedicated an entire India podcast on what it was like travelling in India for the first time.
No matter what time of day you ask me – regardless of whether my hormones are playing up or not. I will always tell anyone I meet that travelling in India for seven weeks – backpacking across your beautiful land with my kids was one of the best experiences of my life.
But bloody hell.
After spending seven weeks backpacking around India with my kids (teenagers age 16 and 13) I thought we should do a podcast on the country (and put to bed the silly myths that surround visiting India).
When I told people that we were planning a trip to India the response was…let’s say colourful.
Some (mostly those who were born before the 1960s and had spent their youth discovering Asia on a couple of quid) encouraged us: ‘you’ll love it’ they said and went on to talk about the beautiful Indian beaches or the temples in Hampi.
But others weren’t so encouraging.
ho doesn't love a bargain? But the trouble with bargains is they usually came at a cost. There always seems to be a catch. That's why you are going to love me for this blog post on where to stay in Sri Lanka. I have for you the ultimate find...
e careful in Japan. It can catch you out. My family and I spent a month backpacking around Japan and we learned a lot about the things not to do in Japan. It might help to brush up on some culture facts about Japan before you arrive. Especially if...
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