• 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,  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…

  • 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,  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,  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…