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    10 ways to be “on holiday” at home

    Saturday morning.  A great time to be alive.  Rest up from the week.  Or alternatively shut your eyes and imagine yourself on a beach somewhere warm, the perfect breeze, sound of macaws, smell of roti bread cooking at the little bakery next door to your little homestay. It doesn’t have to be like this. You don’t need to dream.  It’s not all or nothing. So here’s 10 ways to have the same feeling of enjoyment as being on holidays in your everyday. 1. Play some music. 2. Make a nice healthy breakfast – like a fruit salad. 3. Open your doors to the outside throughout the house. 4. Get up…

  • Logistics,  Mindfulness,  Sri Lanka

    Why Sri Lanka? In summing up…it’s the vibe

    As news of our plan to travel out of Australia with our young family spreads from family to friends and acquaintances, one of the questions most commonly asked is “How did you choose Sri Lanka?” “Because we love it” I lamely reply. The truth is, up until writing this down, I have not had the time to articulate the exact reasons why we chose Sri Lanka other than it feels right for us as the place to start our adventure as a family of 5. In summing up…it’s the vibe, and…no that’s it…it’s the vibe. I rest my case. (Dennis Denuto, The Castle) Our first experience in Sri Lanka was…

  • Myanmar

    So we went overseas with a child: the result – awesomeness in Myanmar

    I clearly remember the moment that solidified my desire to continue travelling when we had our own family. I was waddling, 26+ weeks pregnant, up the large rock which is Sigirya, in Sri Lanka when I was passed by a young couple with a toddler perched happily in a hiking pack – they were all smiling – why wouldn’t you be? Here they were, showing their toddler the world…We would do the same! And, with that, 18 months later, July 2015, we landed in Yangon, with a feverish toddler, a Kelty carrier, a day bag and one 65L MacPac (which had our Phil and Ted Portacot packed inside of it).…

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    The 5 Vaccinations Needed For a Safe and Healthy Trip with Kids (and other health advice)

    If there is ONE thing we recommend ALL Australian families do before heading over for ANY overseas trip with little ones, it is to see the Travel Doctor – TMCV before you leave. You can book appointments over the phone, or on the website.  The other recommendation is to book in early! Some of the vaccinations require courses over 1-6 months, so future planning is crucial. There are three take homes from any visit – described with more deets below: Being given the Little Book of Gold (aka the International Health Guide for Travellers) Assessing the health risks of travelling The vaccination requirements On Thursday, Issy (4), Etta (2) and I…

  • Logistics,  Travel

    Debunking Family Travel Myth #134: Only Rich Families Travel

    I heard the other day a comment from a friend that they “don’t have the resources or money to travel”. I call B.S.  I don’t believe it. “So let’s call it as it is, travel, like any other interest, is a choice.” Only rich families travel.  Oh hang on, you ARE rich.  Most likely, reading this now, your family are probably in the top 1% of all income earners (if you live and work in Australia or other Westernised country).  Did you know that if you earn over $42,000 AUD you are in the top 1% income earners in the world; and in the top %0.19 if you took home…

  • Reflection,  Stories,  Travel,  Vietnam

    The Beauty of Travel

    Scotch.  Scotch.  Movie.  Talk.  Wake.  Walk.  Scotch.  My first travel experience is still so vivid (despite the scotches).   I was on  a flight to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, to meet my then new girlfriend (and now wife) Lisa who was on physiotherapy placement at the Bach Mai Hospital.  I was nervous, and quietly excited, that being my general manner pre-any alcoholic beverages. I didn’t have any idea what to expect. “Travel has changed me. As a person.” I can confidently say that I had little empathy of other cultures prior to this experience.  It just wasn’t important, up to that point I’d lived in country Victoria for 17 years,…

  • 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…