• 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,  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…

  • 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,  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…

  • Reflection,  Sri Lanka,  Stories

    What I want for my girls (and other reasons to travel…)

      Some people say 3 kids overseas is crazy.  I agree I started this post as a private reflection, but half way through realised that it was probably the perfect post to begin my contribution towards our sharing of our experiences raising our three girls and living out of Australia for a year.  There are three reasons why we have decided to take The Small Lane in 2019. Reason 1) My adult daughters Lisa and I have a plan to do something similar with our family every 10 years – allowing us to commit fully to our communities/roots in the meantime – yet still cultivating experiences that allow our family…

  • 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…