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!
Maybe I’m naive.
Or slightly twisted.
But when I found out that there was an organisation called couchsurfing that would allow me to travel the world with my teenagers (for free) while meeting other like-minded people, I jumped at it.
Yes, it would mean that we’d be sleeping under the same roof of complete strangers, maybe even on a couch, but we’d get to know interesting people and listen to stories that I hadn’t heard a thousand times before.
And who knows? They might even invite my teenagers to stay for a few years.
The funniest thing happened yesterday.
Because it was Father’s Day, I said my husband that on this week’s podcast episode we should talk about him being a homeschooling dad. Give some tips to all the other dads, husbands, or partners out there that are currently faced with being a new homeschooling parent.
If you are wondering how to balance homeschooling and working at the same time then you are in the right place.
Let’s do an elbow bang.
I have been homeschooling for almost ten years, and for the second time in my homeschooling career, I find myself, once again, in the position of balancing homeschooling with earning some money.
If you have always dreamt of living in New Zealand, are under 30 years old and have a bit of dosh saved up (enough to get you back to your own country) you can spend a year working in New Zealand by getting yourself a year-long working Visa.
That way you can see how you like it.
This weeks podcast episode features Adam, a twenty-something chappy from the UK is doing just that.
After being persuaded by his mate to leave Thailand and come to New Zealand to work on a fairground, he got himself a year-long working visa and headed down under.
In the ten years that we have spent living in New Zealand, my family and I have never been glamping.
Let’s face it. It’s not the sort of thing you want to do with two kids, is it?
But. With the kids now old enough to make their own beans on toast, Brian and I decided that it was time to check out what this New Zealand glamping craze was all about.
Get us a little bit of hippy outdoorsy fun.
And while we were there – glamping in New Zealand – we made a podcast episode for you. And wrote a post.
After all, what else would a husband and wife do when they find themselves alone without their kids for the first time in nineteen years??
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.