• 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…

  • Destinations,  Family,  Sri Lanka,  Stories

    Sri Lanka Week 1: In search of the Small Lane.

    Well, our plan was to settle; and then launch.  We haven’t quite ‘launched’ yet! Needless to say, like any well planned coaching move, it hasn’t quite been executed as well as we would have dreamed it to.  If we’re half way through the first quarter, then we still haven’t settled. We didn’t expect to necessarily, but hoped to. It didn’t happen.  It happens. We most definitely scored, maybe a goal, most definitely a few behinds. We’re looking forward to quarter time. We hope that’s what Hiri (Hiriketiya Beach) is about – a quarter time break to assess.   Highlights and Lowlights We start off with Highlights and Lowlights. If you…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Family,  Myanmar,  Stories,  Travel

    Our daughter’s 1st birthday present – a ticket to ride (to Myanmar)

    Adam and I, we booked flights to Myanmar.  Issy’s first birthday crept up on us, or not so much crept but stampeded toward us like a toddler you’ve told to be quiet! As we tidied up from the aftermath of Issy’s first birthday party, we realised that although we had always said we would travel with kids, we had yet to board an international flight. “It seemed easy enough. How hard could it be?” It was time to live the statements we had made pre-children and take the plunge. We had seen it done on previous trips, the smiling families with kids asleep in their backpacks as they hiked up Sigirya…

  • 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…