• Logistics

    Minimalist family travel: how this family of 5 managed to pack 1 checked bag for 12 months.

    One year of travel.  3 kids under 5. One checked bag. When we started planning our trip away we did the standard thing and started looking at blogs that similarly reflected our wants: slow travel, simple life, travel with kids, etc. We quickly found our way down the rabbit hole which is ‘minimalist travel’ and enjoyed every minute of our research. Minimalist Travel is about taking the least amount of stuff to ensure the greatest level of enjoyment on the road. It’s based on the premise that the less ‘stuff’ you have, the more easily you’re able to move, adapt and enjoy the moment. We adapted the Minimalist Travel Packing…

  • Destinations,  Family,  Sri Lanka

    A month in…

    So we’re a month in. We’ve been in a total of 4 places in that month. Certainly slow travel. Here’s four things we’ve done and noticed. There are SOOO many families travelling Sri Lanka and SOO many families doing the long-term travel thing. We still have to play Mum and Dad, and the kids still play the [insert relevant adjective here] kids. We are sooo lucky, and like at home, often forget it. Hiriketiya may have ruined Sri Lanka for a few people. “Travel is so much more than the seeing of sights; it is the change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the philosophy of living” Mirian Beard…

  • Family,  Sri Lanka,  Stories,  Travel

    5 mistakes resulting in a hospital admission: lessons learned for managing dehydration in kids whilst travelling in a developing country.

    This is a confronting piece for us to write and share. This is a full disclosure post. All of our mistakes outlined, what we’ve learnt and how you might avoid a similar situation. If this post helps just one family avoid the situation we were faced with it will be worth reliving the heartache. We are not medically trained, all we have is our lived experience to share. Mid January 2019 our family of 5 left Australia for Sri Lanka to commence a planned year of travelling through South East Asia. With 3 daughters under 5, we had taken the time to have extensive consultations with a specialised travel doctor…