• 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…