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School Sores or Impetigo, a Horrible Tropical Disease.

We live in the tropics, Far North Queensland, we get horrible tropical diseases, more so, because we have children, adorable little germ factories that they are.  Today’s disease is impetigo or school sores. It’s so bad I’m going to add it to my list of travel horror stories, I didn’t even have to leave home for this one! … Read more

Marine debris, Cape Tribulation

Being a Beach Cleaning Volunteer with Tangaroa Blue

I’d love to get a long-term volunteer position while we are traveling, but, it’s hard to get into. it’s often a voluntourism scam and it is expensive for the volunteer. For me, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. Somebody else, with fewer family commitments and more cash will have the privilege of taking … Read more

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Packing Anxiety

My husband laughs at my packing. He laughed even harder when I mentioned that I was going to blog about packing for, you see, in the last 4 years of full time travel, of constantly moving on to pastures new, packing anxiety has been my constant companion. I hate packing! I really, really can’t stand … Read more

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Kookaburra Sausage Snatchers, Lake Tinaroo Wildlife

It’s not unusual to attract wildlife when you’re camping in Australia. Living in the tropics involves plenty of up-close wildlife interaction. We’ve had wallabies and possums visit our tent more than once. But did you know kookaburras like to snatch your food too? I’ve seen them snatch chicken legs directly from somebody’s hand down south, … Read more

Things to do in Ubud Bali. Easy Family Travel

Things To Do In Ubud, Bali

There are plenty of things to do in Ubud for families or with kids, there are family-friendly activities, dining and accommodation. You could spend weeks or months in Ubud Bali and stay busy. Some places in Bali have been ruined by their own tourist trade, we know because we tested several locations during our many trips … Read more

Finding The Money to Travel, How to Fund Travel

We were able to travel full-time for almost 7 years, without a full-time traditional job between us and loving our new non-conventional life. Raising the money to travel was hard work initially, we weren’t rich, didn’t win the lottery, and for the preceding 5 years we only had 1 income, my husband’s chef’s salary. This … Read more

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Travel Horror Stories

Travel is amazing, but it’s time to ‘fess up. I have a few travel horror stories to tell. Sometimes travel sucks. It can be hard, exhausting, dangerous, boring or just plain icky. If you are squeamish or don’t like reading about matters lavatorial, maybe this isn’t the post for you. Here are some of my … Read more

Flying with children

Flying With Children

Most people worry about flying with children. I used to, but now I don’t know why I ever did. We’ve done it many, many times including flying the seriously long-haul UK to Australia routes with kids. It holds no horrors for me and hasn’t for years. No, my children are not angels, far from it, … Read more

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Some People Don’t Get Home Schooling

Some people just don’t understand homeschooling at all. That’s OK, its not something that most people have ever come across or researched. It’s not “normal”, school is the best thing for kids in the conventional mindset. Surely it’s compulsory? It’s not compulsory, it’s a choice, parents have a legal obligation to provide their children with an education. … Read more

Queensland Stinger Season Port Douglas Cairns Australia

Stinger Season in Cairns and Port Douglas (2024)

Stinger season Cairns, Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef area and the whole of Far North Queensland is something you need to be aware of. Insider knowledge on how to be safe, for you and your kids is essential. We live up here and work on the Great Barrier Reef, we can tell you about … Read more

The platypus pond at Tarzali Lakes

See Wild Platypus Near Cairns

We saw an Australian animal that less than 10% of all Australians have ever seen near Cairns, the fantastic, and surprisingly tiny, platypus. That’s wild platypus, not in a zoo.  If you’d like to share in this incredible experience, check out the Atherton Platypus Park near Cairns at Tarzali Lakes. You can visit for the … Read more

Port Douglas Inlet Crocodile Warning Sign Near The Sugar Wharf

Living With Port Douglas Crocodiles. Salties in Port.

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, was closed a while ago by a 4-meter saltwater crocodile. He didn’t do much, just swam along the beach about 20m from shore. A crowd gathered and watched, that’s about as exciting as the day got.  It made me think though, not many people have the experience of sharing their home with … Read more