It’s A Drama Podcast.
The idea for this podcast was thought up by my son on a flight from Bangkok to new Zealand. “why don’t we start a podcast telling people what it is REALLY like to travel the world with two kids”.
And that was that.
As is mostly the case with any new project that I undertake, I believe the ‘let’s just do it and see how it goes’ approach is often the best.
And that’s what we’re doing. It’s code for winging it.
So here we are. A teenage boy (who is far to laid back for my liking) and his middle aged but-no-way-does-she-look-it mother (who laughs like a miner and interrupts far too much) duo, talking about world travel, adventure and being a stronger family unit.
In a world crammed with digital media that promises social interaction it is a sad fact that more and more families feel disconnected form each other.
This podcast was born to help everyday normal families like you and me see that reconnecting with the ones you love through travel, adventure and conversation is easy peasy.
Well, ok then. Maybe not easy peasy, but quite peasy, very easy and most importantly – fun!
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.
How old is too old to travel?
You know how when you get to a certain age, and you suddenly start ‘playing on it?’
“Ohh I couldn’t possibly take the bins out – I’m far too old for that.”
“Don’t ask me to hold the dog down while you cut her toenails – I’m getting on a bit. I can’t kneel for long.”
Well, this weeks guest made me feel like a right old fake.
He put me in my place and showed me that you are as old as you feel.
It’s easy for me to bang on about how wonderful New Zealand is – my family and I have been living here for the last ten years and although the country has its pros and cons, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I adore living in New Zealand and will always bore anyone who will listen.
So yes. I probably am a bit biased.
So we thought we’d give you a treat…
Jet lag. Is there anything worse than finding yourself wide awake at 3 am with the dreaded jet lag? Pacing around the house like a deluded tiger, trying to decide whether it would be best to watch TV or clean the cutlery drawer out?
In this week’s podcast, Sonny and I talk about jet lag and a few proven ways in which you can avoid it.
My suggestion wasn’t to get as drunk as possible on the plane thank you very much. I am far too sophisticated and grown-up for that.
Last year my husband and I took our two kids ( teenagers age 16 and 13) to Charleston, SC for a long weekend.
There was a catch.
As always we were on a budget (nothing new there then ) and I must admit, I was somewhat worried as to whether we’d be able to make our money stretch.
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…
This week’s podcast is hosted by Liz and Sonny (first one of the year!) and looks at what happened in our lives last year that left us feeling grateful.
Teenagers are always getting a rough time about how privileged and ungrateful they are so we thought it would be fun to discuss exactly what (if anything) this eighteen-year-old boy (sorry Sonny, young man) and his mother feels grateful for.
This week’s podcast episode is brought to you by Liz and her husband, Brian. In thirty short minutes, we try our best to cram a year’s experience of New Zealand living into a helpful guide of how to move to New Zealand (and what you can expect when you get here)should you be thinking of starting a new life in New Zealand.
This week’s podcast on moving to New Zealand is hosted by me, (Liz ) and my husband Brian.
We moved to New Zealand from the UK with our two kids in 2009 and have now been living in New Zealand as a family (our kids are now 18 and 15) for more than ten years.
Our reasons for leaving the UK to start a new life in New Zealand were personal and rather jumbled. It was a kind of ‘let’s give it a go’ decision and one which neither of us has ever regretted.
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.