Bella & Burton Feet don’t go looking for trouble … but it always finds them. Follow the expat twins from country to country, from adventure to outrageous adventure, in Bella & Burton’s Misadventures.
For 7-11-year-olds, the first three books in the series are:
Bella & Burton travel a lot, but when Burton buys a map from a mysterious old man in outback Australia, they end up travelling further than they’ve ever gone before. Follow Bella and Burton as they uncover the legend of Lasseter’s Reef, in Lasseter’s Lost Gold.
The twins now live in Tokyo, but Bella finds it difficult to make friends… until she visits an old theatre and meets Kitch. Never mind that he’s a dead samurai. Journey with Bella & Burton as they explore past and present Japan and meet The 47 Ronin
Rama is searching for Sita and the twins find themselves in the middle of a battle of epic proportions.
Daisy Feet has lived all over the world … and it’s not always easy. Read her diary—the record of her latest move from Australia to Japan. She leaves behind friends and her first boyfriend, and moves to a strange country and is enrolled in yet another new school. With typical 13-year-old angst, finds herself torn between her new life and the one she left behind.
While The Daisy Diaries—Japan is a teen romance, it includes her impressions of Japan, so it’s also a travel guide. There are anecdotes about people and events, likes and dislikes and personal opinions—a genre called Zuihitsu in Japanese.
The Daisy Diaries—Japan is a record of Japan through the eyes of a truly well travelled, if somewhat precocious teen. It’s a funny, observant tale of how moving overseas can be challenging at first, but worth all the agony once it’s finally embraced.
Time to introduce our next Itchee Feet guest blogger, Ariel Feet.
Ariel is an expat mum of five, currently based in Tokyo.
Tell us a little about yourself (and your family).
I LOVE travelling. It’s in my blood. My great, great Aunt is Victorian traveller, Alice Winterbottom. I was born Australia, and raised between Sydney and South America by my anthropologist parents. After a particularly nasty experience with a water parasite, I moved to London and began a life-long love of photography. My photographs have been shown in two galleries all over the world and are regularly used in magazines such as Horse and Hound and Dirtbike. I’m married to Frank and we have five kids, Freya (who recently left home), Daisy, our twins Bella and Burton, and Banjo.
I’m thrilled to be a regular guest blogger here at Itchee Feet. I’m no expert, but my experiences will surely show you how NOT to do things.
So you’ve travelled a lot?
Absolutely! I grew up all over the place, as have my children. Together, we’ve lived in ten countries and travelled extensively in-between. I live by the wise words of my great, great aunt: “No matter where you go, there you are.”
How do you prepare your kids for a trip?
I don’t. They’re so used to travelling that often I even forget to tell them we’re going somewhere until we’re on our way to the airport. They each carry their own bag, they know that once they’re on a plane or train that they’re there until we reach our destination, so there’s no point complaining.
Any travel tips?
Apart from always travel light? Drink… I know everyone always tells you not to drink on a plane, but why not? Where else do you combine high stress (travelling with kids) with free booze? I’m a really relaxed traveller … who’s to say that’s not at least partially due to the regular vodka sodas I toss back.
What’s the one thing you can’t travel without?
Contact Ariel here at Itchee Feet with any travel questions.
Travel is music to Frank Feet's ears. Literally!
As a conductor and composer Frank hears music in everything.
Check out some of Frank's favourite travel tunes
Freya Feet has spent her life travelling the world. She’s a TCK (Third Culture Kid), and proud of it.
But now she’s finishing up school and ready to go out into the world alone. Next stop college? Not just yet. Freya intends to spend a year ‘giving back’ first.
Stay tuned for Freya’s adventures.