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Homeschooling With Wine And (Sometimes) The F Word

Homeschooling With Wine And (Sometimes) The F Word

Nine years ago, when I first started homeschooling, I felt a little bit like a duck. A duck without any water on its back. A dry, ducky freak. Not because I had chosen to take my children out of a four-walled box so that I could spend more time with them and teach...

Staying Positive In Lockdown (It’s Not All Worm Sh*t) PODCAST #20

Staying Positive In Lockdown (It’s Not All Worm Sh*t) PODCAST #20

Yesterday, at 12pm, New Zealand went to level 4 and as such, the entire country is currently in lockdown for (a minimum) of four weeks.

Saying it and doing it are two different things.

When you are going about your daily life, walking to work and drinking coffee in cafes with buskers outside, the idea of spending a month with the same people behind closed doors seems somewhat of a novelty.

It wouldn’t be too bad, you think to yourself.

And then it starts.

The Difference Between Me & My Husband.

The Difference Between Me & My Husband.

  They say opposites attract.  I met my husband when I was 17. I turned forty-seven this year. Thirty years of opposite behaviour and still he hasn't told me to sling my hook.   He is calm. I am an erratic nutter.   He says to the kids: "let's just...

What To Pack For A Successful Road Trip (As Well As The Kids).

What To Pack For A Successful Road Trip (As Well As The Kids).

Of course, you have to take the kids, but apart from that, if you are looking for ideas about what to pack for a road trip then you are in the right place. Road trips are all the rage this summer.  So you for one are in the trendy line. This post may contain...

7 Benefits of Homeschooling (Excluding The Usual Baloney)

7 Benefits of Homeschooling (Excluding The Usual Baloney)

can't believe it.  After years of blabbing to anyone who'll listen about the benefits of homeschooling, the world is finally warming up to the idea that there might just be more than one way for kids to learn  - other than school. This...

The Bog Diaries. The STD Talk With Your Teen. (How NOT To Do It)

The Bog Diaries. The STD Talk With Your Teen. (How NOT To Do It)

"My friend said that all parents should have told their teenage daughters about STD by the time they are at least 14. When are you going to tell me about it?" My daughter. 15 next week. Going on sixty. For Christ sake. Just when I was about to settle down with a nice...

HELLO THERE!

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. 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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Japanese Culture. 10 Things You (Probably) Should Know. Podcast #15

Japanese Culture. 10 Things You (Probably) Should Know. Podcast #15

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. 

But.

The Japanese do have one tiny downside…

Bloody Hell. Travelling in India by Sleeper Bus. Podcast #11

Bloody Hell. Travelling in India by Sleeper Bus. Podcast #11

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.

India. Is it as scary as everyone says it is? PODCAST # 010

India. Is it as scary as everyone says it is? PODCAST # 010

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.

Sri Lanka Villas. A Review On This Slice Of Paradise.

Sri Lanka Villas. A Review On This Slice Of Paradise.

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...

5 Things To Do in Japan (That Won’t Leave You Broke)

5 Things To Do in Japan (That Won’t Leave You Broke)

You cannot visit Japan and do what every other tourist does. You just can't. It's against the law and I won't let you. If you are looking for cheap or inexpensive things to do in Japan, you have a sense of adventure, don't mind heights and want to experience a...

Backpacking in Japan. How You Can Still Be Posh On a Budget

Backpacking in Japan. How You Can Still Be Posh On a Budget

he word backpacking and Japan are not often used in the same sentence. It is assumed that the country is far too expensive to accommodate the lowly backpacker. But it's not true. Backpacking Japan is the best and very, very do-able on a limited...

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