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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 community. We are a family of 5.  We are happy. Yet we have 5 tickets. Yet. Yet. Yet.

Yet… we are planning to detour from this, for one year, for a family gap year.  People, friends, family, colleagues think we are crazy. brave. careless perhaps?

We want to instill a passion for travel, adventure and curiosity in our 3 young daughters. We want to see the world through their eyes. We want to slow down.

And then there’s us.  Us.  Well for us we have 5 tickets. That’s it.  We figure life doesn’t get much more chaotic than the juggle of 3 kids under 5; so why not move the chaos.  Let’s pack our bags, remove the excess of possessions and exchange it for MEMORIES, TIME and EXPERIENCES.

We want to instill a passion for travel, adventure and curiosity in our 3 young daughters. We want to see the world through their eyes. We want to slow down, to disrupt the status quo of the linear expectations of life – because, despite our rules, organisation, planning and attempts, life is not linear.

We have been discussing and planning this adventure together for over two years.

So, our flights are booked. Now what do we do?

Click here for what we did next.

6 Comments

  • Rob Hamilton

    Inspiring stuff guys! You started a conversation in our road trip back from Yea today. Looks like we will be taking term 4 of 2022 off to live and work in a ski village in Europe. Millie will just be finishing Grade 4, Gracie grade 1 and “Dusty” his last term of 3yo Kinder (currently 36 weeks in the womb). Love it!

    • thesmalllane

      Rob and Sal,

      You would not believe how excited we were to read this comment. When we initially spoke about whether or not we made this blog public what got us over the line was hoping that we might be able to encourage families (even just one family) to rethink the “normal” and potentially take on a similar adventure…And here you are, in our first week, committing to your adventure in 2022. This is a similar time frame to when we first threw our idea out into our world.

      So excited for your adventure. We will be there, along the way, reminding you of your plans. 🙂

  • Tracey

    Well it’s final,your going off on your family adventure. I’m so excited, yet a little anxious, for you to have the courage to take a year out of your ‘normal’ lives and travel. I will definitely miss working with you Lisa and will be following you and your families travels from January 2019.

    • thesmalllane

      Yep, it’s out there now Tracey so there is no backing out! It is interesting how often we need to remind each other – that yes there are opportunities right now for our careers, but, new opportunities will still be there for us when we return home – so many challenges already and we haven’t even left yet, not even close 🙂

      I will definitely miss working with you. Luckily I will still be back at WImmera Health Care Group for a stint before taking my years leave without pay 🙂

    • thesmalllane

      Thanks Ev and Ted! It is going to be a wonderful adventure for all of us. We have a lot of research and logistics to work through (as you know!) and we will be keeping you all updated as our plans firm up.

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