An Aussie Family in France

Australians in France

It’s hard to believe that we have been living in France for six weeks now. I know that we have been a bit quiet on the blog as we’ve settled in, so it’s time for an update on what we’ve been up to, and how things are going on Our Global Adventure. After all, it’s not every day that you find an Aussie family in France.

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We’re All In This Together

We're all in this together

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Making Christmas Special for Our Travelling Family

Our little Christmas Tree in the windowsill.

Our little Christmas Tree in the windowsill.

Christmas is only a week away, and for the first time ever, our children are spending Christmas away from their extended family of Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins. We are acutely aware of what a huge difference this will be for the children, and to be honest a little worried that our Christmas celebrations just won’t have the usual festive feeling. But, experiencing different things is what Our Global Adventure is all about, so we are taking special measures to ensure that this Christmas our kids have an experience that is different, yes, but still jolly! Continue reading

Rejecting a Way of Life – Not the People We Leave Behind.

 

Goodbye! Farewell!

Goodbye! Farewell!

We’re living out of our suitcases at the moment, staying with friends for just over a week before we leave Australia for Ireland. As I look at the bags and their contents spilling out I feel frustration that there is still too much stuff. I want them to be lighter, easier to pack, more manageable. Why on earth did we choose a cold country to start our adventure? Shorts and t-shirts would have been so much easier to pack! But most of all, when I look at the pile of bags, I’m reminded that this is about to be all the possessions that we own. Simon is busy arranging our car to be sold, there are (more!) bits and pieces to be donated to charity, and then that’s it. Shit is getting real around here. Continue reading

Three Months in the Australian Bush – Just What the Doctor Ordered

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After three and a half months in rural New South Wales, it’s hard to believe that we’ve only three days left of our housesitting assignment. This has been the first leg of Our Global Adventure since selling our home, belongings and business and quitting jobs and school to travel the world with our children. In terms of ‘world travel’ we didn’t actually go that far. The eco-friendly, off grid house that we have been living in, is in fact only about 1400km from our Adelaide suburban home. However, the differences between the two are enormous, and living here has been the therapy that we were looking for – Just what the doctor ordered… Continue reading

Dad Fears

Son, I’ve worked hard all my life to put a roof over our heads, food on the table and clothes on your back. Now, you want to throw that all away and hit the road like some sort of Gypsy? What will you do when you’re old and can’t work anymore? What about your retirement? What about the kid’s education? How much do you earn at your job now? AND YOU’RE PREPARED TO THROW THAT AWAY? There aren’t that many jobs that pay {insert any salary here} you know.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING!

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These are real fears. Ones that our own Dads verbalised as we planned and embarked on Our Global Adventure. Fears that are born out of genuine love and concern for our wellbeing, and based on the rationale of their own upbringing and their own paradigm of the world.

I’m a Dad too.

I bring my own set of fears to the table (aside from the unthinkable fears that all parents share). What if this does all go belly up? What if I did leave a great paying job to embark on a fool’s errand of dream chasing? What if I do let my family down? What if “I TOLD YOU SO”? What if, what if, what if. Continue reading

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Our Interview with Family Adventure Podcast

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Family Adventure Podcast has been started by Erik and Rachel Hemingway to “Inspire families to dream, travel and accomplish epic adventures”. The Hemingway Family know all about family adventures, they lived on a boat, sailing the Mediterranean with 6 children for 3 years! Their youngest child was born at the end of their first year sailing, and rather than head home to the Arizona with their new born, they kept going – how cool is that?! Erik and Rachel have even shared their story in a podcast if you’d like to learn more. Continue reading

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

Walking Away From the Past

One of the sections toward the property boundary.

One of the sections toward the property boundary.

Since starting on Our Global Adventure we have been doing a lot of walking. Literally, walking. We are using our legs every day for physical exercise for sure, but it feels like so much more than that. Our walking is therapy. In the metaphorical sense, our family is walking away from our past toward a bright new future full of possibilities. Continue reading

Welcome New Followers!

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Now that our house has sold and Simon has resigned from his job, it’s so lovely to finally be able to share our plans with everybody here in Adelaide and abroad. As a result, we’ve been blessed with so many new followers here on the blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. We really hope that you enjoy traveling with us through our blog posts, and that maybe we might even inspire others to have an adventure of their own!
As you have learnt, we plan to slow travel with our children. We’d like to live and work in different communities around the globe, immersing our family in different cultures, languages and experiences, learning as we go. Simon and I will need to work as we travel (there isn’t an endless pool of money unfortunately) but by keeping our living expenses low, our dream is to work less, and live more with the children. We are also hoping that this blog, and it’s associated social media outlets will also help generate a little trickle of income to keep us travelling longer, and that’s where you come in dear readers!
We need your help… Blogs make money through advertising on the side panels, sponsored posts, product reviews, and paid writing for other sites, BUT to get the attention of travel related companies and products we need to have a constant flow of ‘traffic’ visiting our blog as well as a strong following of subscribed readers. YOU can help us without even leaving your couch, and it won’t cost you a cent. If you like what you read on our blog, Facebook etc, please share it with your friends. If you think that you might know somebody who dreams of world travel with or without children, long or short term, please send them a link to our blog or social media accounts. If you haven’t already subscribed to receive email updates from the blog, please do! Basically, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE like crazy! We would be eternally grateful for each and every comment on the blog or other social media platforms, and for each time that you hit the ‘share’ button. In return, we promise to keep you updated with regular posts to inspire you to have your own adventures (big and small) and to keep you updated with the realities of family travel on a budget.
Before we head to Europe later in the year, we are spending 3 months Housesitting a gorgeous rural home in the Bega Valley in New South Wales. From there, we will be able to explore a beautiful part of Australia that we’ve not traveled to before, as well as see lots of Australian wildlife. We’re using this time away from the distractions of suburban life to focus on family time, our health and general well-being, and further exploration of Unschooling and natural learning with our children. During this time I also hope to put together a little guide on how we went from regular suburban family, to a world travelling, Unschooling one! I hope that this will be of interest to a few readers as well, so keep an eye out for that 🙂
Once again, thanks so much to all of our followers. Having you all come along for the ride makes us feel like the world really isn’t so big and scary at all!