That Moment I Realised, ‘We’re Free!’

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Today started out like any other day, well any other day for us I should say. But, I suppose our days aren’t really what most would consider normal. There’s no morning rush to get ready for school and work, because there is no school or work anymore. There’s no more watching the clock, or even the calendar, and there aren’t really any rules any more either. But for us, the day started out quite normal, breakfast, feeding chickens, playing, and reading, and social networking to keep Our Global Adventure ticking along.

Simon wanted to go to the local post office to see if some camera filters he’d ordered had arrived, and I wanted to pick up a few staples at the local store. We had vaguely discussed going for a quick trip at some stage to do these very ordinary errands, but Spring had other ideas in store for us today. A tiny joey, taking its first solo trip out of Mamma Wallaby’s pouch caught our attention not far from the house. We all crept out into the bright morning sunshine to witness Spring’s wonder, and our day took the most delightful turn. Continue reading

10 Tips for Stress Free Road Tripping With Kids

 

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Australia is a BIG country, best explored by road, but that does mean that visitors will be in for some BIG road trips! We’ve been road tripping with our kids since they were both toddlers, that’s over 10 years of experience hitting the open road, and keeping our sanity intact along the way. For readers considering a BIG road trip with kids, we’ve come up with 10 tips for a stress free experience. Continue reading

OK New South Wales, the Joke’s on Us…

In the spirit of being completely honest here on the blog, it’s time to tell the truth about our housesit here in the Bega Valley, southern New South Wales, Australia. We told you it was heaven. We’ve been posting pictures regularly on Facebook and Instagram of beautiful scenery and stunning coastlines, amazing wildlife, and lazy days in the winter sunshine… but we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you about the horrible dark secret the locals keep, if we didn’t tell you the whole truth about living in the Bega Valley… Continue reading

Ordinary Australians Inspiring Us on Our Global Adventure

Ordinary Australians

Ordinary Australians

Names have been changed to protect identities, but we hope that if any of these kind, generous, warm people should read this one day, that they will smile and know that we are grateful to them. With thanks xx

It’s been a month since we hit the road on Our Global Adventure. We’re travelling slow, and trying to integrate into the communities that we live in as we make our way around the planet. We decided to begin Our Global Adventure not too far from home, two days drive away, in southern New South Wales. Our family has been housesitting in the beautiful Bega Valley, which we have been exploring, along with the Sapphire Coast. This has turned out the be a stunning corner of the country; rolling hills, forests and bushland, and a jaw-dropping gorgeous coastline, but even more than the scenery, it’s been the ordinary Australians that we’ve met who are inspiring us the most. Continue reading

Family Thredbo Snow Trip for $500

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A family snow trip to Thredbo in New South Wales Australia for $500? Yes we did!

No doubt about it, a winter holiday to the snow fields in Australia is expensive. The season is short, and the prices are high. When I first started researching a trip to the snow I was disappointed to find that most accommodation and hire packages for a family were around $500 – $600 per person for a short stay even if we had our own vehicle. Our housesit is so close to the snow, (about 3 hours drive away) so we really wanted to take the kids over, but the idea of spending over $2000 for 3 days away, just a month into Our Global Adventure seem ridiculous. But with a little bit of research, and some sacrifices, we had two full amazing days playing in the snow for around $500, and I’ll tell you how… Continue reading

Tilba, New South Wales, Australia

Tilba, New South Wales, Australia

Tilba Tilba and Central Tilba are actually two beautifully preserved villages just north of Bega on the New South Wales south coast. The villages were settled in the 1890’s and early 1900’s in the region’s gold rush years. Much of the original timber Victorian style buildings are still intact thanks to the protection of National Heritage Listing for both villages. Continue reading

Merimbula and Pambula, New South Wales, Australia

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Merimbula Main Beach

Merimbula, and the nearby coastal village of Pambula are two exceptionally pretty spots on the Sapphire Coast in far southern New South Wales. Both are very busy with holiday visitors in the summer, but the warmer winters than Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart make it a popular destination for the Grey Nomads in the off season as well.

Merimbula is a 7 hour drive from Sydney, 6 hours from Melbourne and 3 hours from Canberra. It also has a small airport serviced by the regional Rex Air. Luckily for us though, it’s just over an hour drive from where we are housesitting on the opposite side of Bega. Continue reading