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!
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.
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…