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Jacqui answers when she and the kids hear London calling

WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE: Nina Hilton, Brodyn Hilton and mum Jacqui Read are going to live in London for five months. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE: Nina Hilton, Brodyn Hilton and mum Jacqui Read are going to live in London for five months. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A BUNDABERG mum is setting off next week for a study abroad adventure of a different kind: she's taking her two children with her.

"It won't be your typical backpacker's story with lots of beer," Jacqui Read said.

"It's an incredible opportunity and it will be a really wonderful experience for the kids."

Jacqui is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in creative writing at Central Queensland University and jumped at the chance to go on exchange to Southbank University in the centre of London.

Nina, 11, and Brodyn, 9, are excited to explore their new home, swapping the hot sun of Bargara for snowmen.

They will be home schooled by their aunt, Jacqui's sister, who will stay with them in a home they've found in Fulham - learning as much by exploring as from their daily spelling and maths worksheets.

Brodyn is keen to ride the London Eye and buy lots of souvenirs, while Nina will be documenting their journey on Instagram.

"It's the perfect age for them to travel around London because they're free on public transport, and if you want to go across to Europe and buy a Eurail pass, kids aged 11 and 12 are free," Jacqui said.

"It's a great age for them too - they don't miss out on too much at school and they're old enough to have great memories and spark that travel bug."

Jacqui was born on a cattle station near Charleville and went to school in Toowoomba. She later worked in advertising at the Toowoomba Chronicle and since moving to Bargara in 2008 has decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author. She has already illustrated a children's book, My Big Bear Story, released by Creative Regions.

Topics:  kids, london, travel



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