• Family,  Logistics,  Sri Lanka

    How do you eat an elephant? Our plan to get to Sri Lanka in 2019.

    “How do you even start to plan a trip like that?” A friend asked.  “Booking our flights” I responded, which seemed like an obvious place for us to start.  As the analogy goes, the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. That, and ensuring that our workplaces/families and friends in our small community were aware and supportive of us both taking 1 year’s leave without pay from our respective positions.  It’s amazing what can be achieved with little actions and celebrating them along the way. Yesterday we booked flights (well it was in March but you get the drift), today I got approval from work…

  • Family,  Logistics,  Travel

    Travel with kids. Is it worth the hassle?

    I was talking to a friend of mine last week, we met at college whilst studying in Melbourne 15 years ago. Lots has changed for us in this time: Marriage, mortgages, kids. One thing that hasn’t changed is that we still love to travel. The adventure. The stories. The culture. The food. We’ve had kids, but that underlying yearning is still there. We always said we would travel with kids. That it couldn’t be that hard. We were both wrong and right: having kids is hard! Travelling with kids is no harder than just the having kids part. *Kate* asked me what I thought about the idea of taking her…

  • Family,  Logistics,  Sri Lanka,  Stories

    Confirmed: Our family of 5 have one way tickets to Sri Lanka for January 2019!

    We have 5 tickets. We are content, comfortable, and secure in our home.  Yet we have 5 tickets. When an AirAisa sale appeared on the March long weekend, we jumped in at the deep end and booked one way tickets to Sri Lanka for January 2019.  In less than 7 months we will be living abroad with our 3 children under 5.  Holy Hell, we are just a little bit excited.  As Adam would say: “I think I just did a little wee.” Life doesn’t get much more chaotic than the juggle of 3 kids under 5, so why not move the chaos. We love our home, our jobs, our family and…

  • Family,  Logistics

    Our 3 non-negotiables for travel as a family

    We are not (yet!) experts on travelling with young kids, we’ve just done it a few times, rolled with the punches and adjusted our plans on the hop (See our previous post on the ups and downs of our trip to Myanmar). However, if you are wanting to travel overseas with young kids (we mean little people < 5 yrs old) and ideally would like to have an enjoyable time, then these are the 3 things we believe are non-negotiable.  As you read this, have a pen and paper ready – on one side write your dream locations, on the other write these criteria. Non-negotiable One: A Kid Friendly Itinerary…