Dreaming of Dubai

Dreaming of Dubai

Reading the AlexinWanderland post about Bahrain, stirred my memory pot and led me to thinking about the United Arab Emirates and the times I’ve visited. When my husband’s dad was living in Dubai.

Now my photos from back then – when I was green around the gills – are tucked somewhere safely in the loft. So you will have to forgive the polished, professional ones I use here, whilst I tell you a story. Continue reading

Escape the problem – by BEING the solution

Originally posted on Travel with the Strings:

So, the kids are growing up and you want to travel, life before now has been about providing a secure base – keeping steady and putting the family first.

Suddenly the home you thought you would live in forever, no longer seems appealing, as you realise that to stay in one place means another 35 years of walking up the same road, parking in the same spot and looking out of your window seeing the same scene.

A re-orientation is upon you.

How DO you balance out being a parent of teens and doing what you want with your life, as they grow older and you do too?


 Step 1. Work out your priorities

Step 2. Once you know what your priorities are, create your plans with them to mind.

Step 3. Does what you are doing FEEL right and if so, on what level – check it out?

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5 Top Tips on long-term travel as a Family

Originally posted on Travel with the Strings:


Travelling with a family, especially when leaving  a structured western culture, a few things can be done to make the start of the trip and the adjustment to leaving the family home and community built way of life a little easier. Here are 5 of my tips.

  • A good way to say ‘hasta la vista’ to friends and family is to organise a charity night – where you can all get together, say your goodbyes, let everyone have your blog and/or e-mail addresses, printed on business cards of course – to keep them close, earn a bit of cash for a good cause and have a lasting memory of a fun goodbye combined with a touch of philanthropy.
  • Evening/Night flying – the parental friend. When traveling long-haul with children, booking a late afternoon flight can bring the excitement of flying to them, but also as the evening draws on…

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