Welcome to my website and blog and welcome to my About Me page. I’m so excited that you are here!
Since I started this blog, it has become my passion to talk to other families like us about how to make travelling with kids not just easier but something that is super fun for everyone. I truly believe in the many many benefits of family travel (as long as it isn’t stressful!) and in how you can make lasting, positive memories with your children.
I want to empower you and your family to take holidays that you might think are beyond your reach now that you have kids because until recently that was ME! Now don’t get me wrong, this is not (necessarily) about having the same holiday that you had pre-children, nor is it to say that everyone should take their kids backpacking in India for 6 months. Although… if you want to and can do either of those things then good for you!
It’s about understanding that there are ways to have the holiday YOU want to have but that also works for your kids. There’s truly is no right or wrong to family travel. Every person and every family is unique and it stands to reason that the holidays that they take will be too. And that’s exactly as it should be.
So a bit about me…
I’m Emma. I’m a mum to 2 mostly adorable but mad and often also very irritating young kids and I’m married to a
long suffering lucky travel mad husband. We’re currently expats on our third assignment out of the UK.
My love of travelling was instilled at an early age – living in the UK, US, and Australia by the time I was 10 and adding South America at 18. Since then I’ve lived back in South America, in the US twice, in the Middle East and now we live in Southeast Asia (and that’s not to mention the backpacking holidays we have had)!
I had thought a few times about starting a blog but I never really felt I could contribute any unique content which for me was a deal breaker. Until I had an epiphany in Bali of all places…
Since having kids we have struggled to find the balance between holidays that feel authentic to our passion for travel and yet that work for them. We’ve had some disasters I can tell you!
The Bali holiday just hit the spot. It ignited one of those ‘when we retire and if we had a hotel and if we had money to build what we wanted…’ type conversations. It was on this holiday that I had my lightbulb moment and realised there are ways for us all to have an enjoyable holiday. It doesn’t have to be just for the kids (I call them the Things) OR just for us… It can be both! A bit of time and distance from the more traumatic holidays has also shown me that maybe a little adjustment in expectations can go a long way.
That awesome holiday and the conversation about it were what sparked my idea for this blog.
I want this blog to have that sense of community where you get ideas and inspiration – not just from me but from other people. Travelling with kids and having a holiday that is true to who you were before kids is totally possible (with some compromises).
International Life / Expat Life
As part of my adventures in writing and international life, I’ve developed a deep passion for supporting expat families. In particular, I support women who are struggling to adapt to expat life. I’ve written a lot about this topic including some of my most popular posts:
- An open letter to the new expat woman
- 13 pieces of advice for new expats
- The expat wife: A “lady of leisure”?
- How to say goodbye
- Expat mental health
- Expat emergency planning
Let’s find out how together!
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