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!
This week’s podcast is brought to you by me (Liz) and my husband Brian.
It is brought to you with love. And with wine and with sushi.
This is a different kind of podcast format from any other that we’ve done in the past (and, I won’t lie, it was slightly scarier).
Brain and I will talk about what’s on top for us right now. As parents. As husband and wife. As friends.
What share we are loving, what are we struggling with and how we are dealing with both.
I wish I’d read a post like this when we were looking to move to New Zealand ten years ago.
At least then I would have been prepared. I could have packed a hot water bottle and a sun hat and some hankies.
But I didn’t.
Instead, I got to the other side of the world and blubbed for six months about how my family never returned my calls and that the bathroom in the house that we were renting was cold and smelly and damp.
Last week I received this email.
“Hi. I am thinking of moving to New Zealand with my family but I am concerned that as we are moving from the UK, my eldest son (who is 12) will be bored. Could you give me any advice?”
I have two kids, a boy age 18 (note to oneself, must stop calling him a kid) and a daughter who is 15.
We have been living in New Zealand for almost eleven years. We emigrated from the UK for a better way of life.
We found it.
If you had to pick just a few, which would you say were the most beautiful places in the world to visit?
This is a question that our family hears a lot when we tell how we spent twelve months travelling the world together (two adults and two teenagers) on a budget.
We visited thirty-three countries in total – all of them magnificent but some being crowned more beautiful than others.
Which were the most beautiful places on earth?
This is the question that everyone asks you when you tell them that you spent twelve months travelling the world with your teenagers.
That, and did they miss their friends?
This week, Sonny (my 18-year-old son) and I made a podcast episode that talked about our favourite places around the world and why they were considered by us to be deemed beautiful.
What is a tiny house and why would a twenty-six-year-old girl want to invest all of her savings and live in one in New Zealand?
Because she can and they’re cool.
Could you live in a tiny house?
In this week’s podcast, Sonny and I get to chat with Laura.
Kids playing video games is so new thing.
Even I, who, according to my kids is a dinosaur who knows nothing – used to play Pacman and space invaders.
So why are parents becoming more and more anxious and stressed out over the fact that their kids are spending more time on the screen and less time interacting with the people around them?
Why do you need a homeschooling schedule? Because without one you will spend your days wandering from one project to another. Feeling extremely busy but accomplishing very little, if anything, at all.
How strict does the home-schooling schedule need to be?
Strict enough to keep everyone happy but not too strict that you become a slave to the schedule.
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.