Family Road Trip in Namibia – Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

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On the road again.

Following on from my post Windhoek to Sossusvlei, our Namibian adventure continued.  We left the Namibrand with wistful hearts, our next destination seaside town Swakopmund.   Continue reading

Family Road Trip in Namibia from Windhoek to Sossusvlei

Oryx in Wolwedans Namibian desert.

I have still barely touched upon our magical trip to Namibia last December.  No, not Nambia, Namibia – ahem.  Sorting through our photographs recently, the vivid colours and surreal empty landscapes prompted me to finally get writing.  A visit to Namibia is highly recommended should you ever have the opportunity. Continue reading

Planning a trip to Victoria Falls?  Here’s what you need to Know

The Smoke that Thunders - It's spray from Victoria Falls not Low-Slung cloud

Can you see the Smoke that Thunders?  That’s Vic Falls spray, not a low slung cloud.

Victoria Falls is a gigantic earth rending waterfall, It’s neither the highest, nor the widest in the world, but it’s one of the most impressive (we were extremely impressed, EXTREMELY impressed).  Vic Falls also makes CNN’s list of 7 Natural Wonders of the world.  If you have the opportunity, you should absolutely go.

In my previous post I detailed just a few of the highlights that you can experience during a visit to Vic Falls.  Following on from that, for anybody considering a trip there, here are a few of the nuts and bolts details that might be useful, such as which side of the Falls to visit, what to buy and how to get around.

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Visit Epic Namibia – Go. See. Do. Be.

Red dunes, open plain and mountains, Wolvedans.

Epic is the only word to describe the vast, untouched and immensely photogenic Namibian landscape.   The open space and the scale of the diverse scenery is mind boggling .

Would I want to live somewhere so remote? Not on your Nellie. Would I visit again? In a heartbeat.

There is more, so much more to write about Namibia, but here’s a quick summary of our highlights:

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Knocked up Abroad Again: An Announcement

Not Actually Knocked Up Abroad

No, it’s not that sort of announcement. I’m not expecting, but once upon a moonshine I was and hopefully you will soon be able read about the slightly less conventional road to parenthood that we traveled in Lagos, Nigeria in an actual book.

It’s A Book Baby

Following on from Lisa Ferland’s anthology Knocked up Abroad, a second book, Knocked up Abroad Again is in the imminent works and I’m excited to have contributed a chapter.

Winging it in West Africa

Winging it in West Africa is my account of being an expectant-and-then-new mother in Lagos. A phase of my life that involved trying to circumnavigate tropical diseases (a phase of shoe licking did nothing to quell my anxiety), field ‘helpful’ parenting tips from our steward Augustine (bless him, he was always ready with interesting advice) and assess the perils of being pregnant in a Lagos traffic jam, known there as go-slows, especially during monsoon season.

Any parent is bound to agree that first time parenthood is daunting enough, but hurl cultural conundrums, language barriers of life overseas (and in my case, the utter craziness that life in Lagos hurls at you on an hourly basis) and you can imagine that it was one heck of a ride. 

In this case a melting pot of 26 fascinating stories set in 25 different countries contributed by an interesting and resilient group of expat women. The stories cover both the cultural revelations and additional hurdles of pregnancy, birth, loss and early motherhood in a country that is not your own.

To find out more or buy a copy, click on the image below.

Expat Anthology Pregnancy Knocked up abroad again Nigeria Lisa Ferland

 

Update

You can now also find my work featured in Life on the Move, an anthology of stories from women living abroad. Find out more about this volume and how you can get hold of a copy here.

Travelling to or from South Africa with children?

In June 2015 South Africa introduced new regulations for travelling into and out of the country with children. The law applies to both South Africans and foreign nationals. The premise behind it is to counter child trafficking and abduction. Most people are in favour of preventing such awfulness, so the theory is commendable.  However, as with anything new, there has been some initial confusion over the rules.IMG_6033 1

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10 Tips for Air Travel with Toddlers

Travel with toddlers and babies, Mr Men books are ideal.

More specifically, top 10 travel tips for air travel with toddlers and babies from an Expat mum who has dealt with:

  • multiple rapid nappy changes,
  • explosive sneezes,
  • a tiny Marshmellow Man child with an allergic reaction
  • been peed on at 30,000 ft.

If you’d like to read more about these delightful (I can laugh about them now) air travel with toddler experiences, click here.

Toddlers and air travel are not the happiest combination. Thank goodness we’re past that tricky stage. Past it, unlike the couple in front of us on a flight earlier this week juggling a restless toddler who had just pinched her already howling baby brother. Pickle said (i.e. shouted): “That baby is really annoying. Why won’t it be quiet?” All of those “precious” travel-with-tots-memories came flooding back. Here are 10 tips for those of you still in the zone.

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