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    3 months into The Small Lane: Sri Lanka –> Bangkok –> Taiwan (as much for us as you!)

    So we are three months in and missing people and work back home now!  We hope that footy season is ramping up and distracting people from the deteriorating weather.  Adam is keeping a close eye on footy scores – both Minyip Murtoa and Essendon. We’ve travelled through Sri Lanka to Bangkok and now in Taiwan.  We’re sorry to those that don’t frequent/relax/addictively check instagram, for our lack of written updates on our trip. We’ll address those questions in our heads (so surely yours): What have we been doing? Why Bangkok and not elsewhere in Thailand? Why in god’s name, Taiwan? If you are truly interested in our weekly doings and…

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    2 months in – Things You Learn Travelling with Kids Under 5

    We’re now 2 months in! Every place we go Issy says “Can we live here forever?”. This is a change from 2 weeks in when the home sickness in all of us was immense. We are also only days of leaving Sri Lanka for the time being. We take Issy’s state more as an indication of her happiness to spend time with us than her want to move to a foreign place where only a few kids speak her language. It’s also surprising given her time is spent playing with her two defiant little sisters, and equally defiant (at times) parents. It also isn’t the truth, she still talks much…

  • 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…

  • Logistics

    The Timeline: How to plan and execute a year travelling with your family

    We started recording our journey of planning for and executing a family gap year in the hope that it may help others take the leap.  The hardest aspect of planning to take a year away is committing to a start date. From there you have no choice but to continue placing one foot in front of the other and continue to move forward with your “to do list”. You are most likely reading this because, like us, travel is or was part of your life prior to having children. We went on our first international trip together 3 months into our relationship and backpacked through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. We…

  • Family,  Mindfulness,  Reflection

    Minimising background noise and distraction

    Tara Brach often talks about the commentary in our minds that is a constant presence as we go about our daily lives…8 days into the 3310 challenge this commentary has moved from background noise to overwhelming white noise.  I am a mum, wife, friend, daughter, professional and a “lady start up” who also happens to be packing up a house and planning a one year trip with our family of 5.  I feel the constant urge to be “productive” and often in doing so this urge equals moving away from the present moment. This constant pull to be researching, googling, messaging, calling, checking up, selling … it is exhausting and…

  • Logistics,  Travel

    The Check List for planning a Family Gap Year

    This plan of ours, to travel for one year with our 3 young daughters, is now less than 3 months away. For anyone considering something similar, with or without kids, here is a list of some of the big and not so big things to consider and start checking off. Some of them, are frogs (the tasks that need to be done but you don’t enjoy) …others,  like selling and donating the excess in your life are immensely rewarding. (see future post on travel insurance and another  on what we are watching/reading/listening to for inspiration). This is a paired down list without the sub categories needed for each task. For…

  • Family,  Stories,  Travel

    Our London Bucket List (circa 2009)

    Lisa was flicking through her journal that she keeps everytime she goes away and found this list the other day. (Sidepoint: Re Journals.  We have 10s of them, sitting in random places around the house, able to be picked at random and at will, the browse through and help support our memories and any reminiscing they feed – by the way, see our future blog post on why memories are not even close to the most important thing about travel). Lists are something we love to create when it comes to travel and experiences.  Lists set challenges and goals for us, and centre our actions.  I think we need to…