Interested in living abroad? 6 ways to help your family adjust to your new home.

Living abroad alone can be challenging, but living abroad with children can be enough to test even the strongest of families. Depending on the ages of your children and their affinity to their home country, their feelings can vary from extreme excitement to dread and opposition over having to leave their home and friendship circles behind. Preparing your children for a move overseas can help make the transition as positive as possible. When I prepared to move to Japan with my son, the process happened so quickly that I didn’t have enough time to adequately prepare him for the transition….

We’ve been in Addis for 2 weeks now…

The boy and I have been in Addis Ababa for a little over 2 weeks and here are some of the reflections I’ve gathered so far: 1. I absolutely LOVE my place of work. (The jury is still on out on my actual position, as the chiren aren’t here yet. And I haven’t yet assessed the level of crazy with the coworkers either) But the passion admin has and the action they take to ensure we are well taken care of, are taking care of ourselves, and are working collaboratively with one another for the good of these kids is…

6 ways to make traveling with kids easier

Planning travel with children can seem like an overwhelming task, even for the experienced traveler. The uncertainty of toddler tantrums or pre-teen mood swings can make a family vacation seem as fun as a root canal. Whether they’re yours or someone else’s, factoring a child’s needs into your travel plans is more than just downloading apps on the tablet or packing enough snacks for a road trip. In my son’s short 10 years on this planet, we have been to 14 countries, 23 international cities, and on countless planes, trains, and busses together. We have discovered some amazing parts of…

Then and now: Things I’ve learned in moving to another country

It’s May. Damn. It’s actually the end of May and I’m realizing that I haven’t posted on here in some time. The last time you heard from me, I was talking something bout buying gifts for your travel-minded family member or distant friend. Wowzers! Anyway…In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been busy getting my life together and preparing to move to another country. Yes, you read right! We’re moving away from Japan to Ethiopia! (No worries, I’ll probably back date a post or two about that dark and desolate time in my life later on) But as I’m packing away…

2016

It’s now 2017 and let’s be honest – 2016 was ass. I honestly spent most of it in a state of depression. It started off with me in Thailand, decompressing from the move and the challenges we were having with his school to him transferring to another school and ended with me ultimately questioning this decision to move to Japan every single day. The reality of possibly making a mistake in moving to Japan, not handling the stress of my job and living in Japan well. Balancing being strong and defending Chris against his schools. It was exhausting and all…

Last-minute holiday guide for the traveler in your life.

I’m a procrastinator. In all aspects of my life, which is why this post is coming late AF. You all know this about me. Love me anyway. Just 2 more days until Christmas and if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to get the traveler in your life. The person who has a shirt that reads “I have more passport stamps than you“. The person who is forever gallivanting across the globe with the Instagram page that makes you want to #bookdatish. We all have that person in our lives. Maybe you are that person. So it’s…

There is pee in my boot.

This past week, I went on a field trip with the grade 11 students from my school. We went to Gunma Prefecture to do some outdoorsy stuff and be at one with nature. Now, I am not the most outdoorsy type of person so I had my reservations initially, but it ended up being really awesome. The camp is about 3 hours outside of Tokyo, so I put on my headphones and got some work done on the ride with about 35 talkative girls. No biggie. The scenery was amazing on the way up and you could just smell that…