An Open Letter to all the Students I Ever Taught

To all the students that I ever taught,

Let me start by saying what a privilege it was to have been your teacher within your first few years of starting school. Being an Early Childhood Teacher has many perks, and for me, the best was teaching a student like you, who was always looking for new lessons to learn. Young kids are great like that, they want to know and do everything like great explorers. Continue reading

Tanja Lagoon Camp

Sunset over the Tanja Lagoon

Sunset over the Tanja Lagoon

On the weekend we had the absolute privilege of staying in one of the Luxury Safari tents at Tanja Lagoon Camp for a couple of nights. More ‘glamping’ than camping these tents have all the comforts of home including a private ensuite bathroom and kitchen, without losing the feeling that you’re getting closer to nature. In fact, being perfectly positioned on the edge of a beautiful saltwater lagoon it’s hard not to feel completely surrounded by nature. Hundreds of birds above in the tall gums sing in chorus with the frogs and the distant roar of the ocean, whilst kangaroos graze lazily nearby. Continue reading

A Year Later. What’s Happened?

Adventure is out there!

“Adventure is out there!”

It has been almost exactly 12 months since Simon and I decided it was time this family had an adventure. Suburban life and long work hours had taken their toll, we yearned to dust off the backpacks we travelled with years ago, and hit the open road. In June 2013 we started putting the wheels in motion toward carving out a new road to follow. One that would give us more time with our children, and less of the stress, debt and financial commitments. This week, after 2 months of toing and froing with the buyer, and 7 months on the market, our house finally sold! So what’s happened over the past 12 months? How did we get this far, and what does it feel like now that we are 4 weeks away from our new lives? Continue reading

Why We Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Ask The Kids Opinion of Our Travel Plans.

Our Global Adventure

It’s been almost a year since Simon and I decided Enough! We need a change!”. We were both working long hours, him commuting an hour each way to work, me running a small business and the kids attending the local private school. Nearly a year later, we’re Unschooling the kids at home, the business has sold, we’ve sold over $10,000 worth of junk from the house, and the sale of the house is frustratingly close, (but not quite done). A year on, we feel like we’re a lot closer to seeing out our dream of Our Global Adventure with the children, but it is still difficult to include them in the planning. Continue reading

Please Don’t Hate Us. Not All Australians are Racist Assholes.

Our Global Adventure

*photograph by adelaidenow.com.au*

Despite what the evening news, or your morning newspaper may say, not everyone living in this big, isolated country is racist. Those of us with a heart implore the rest of the world not tarnish all Australians with the same brush. I am both saddened and ashamed to see Australia appearing in international news for all the wrong reasons. The Australian Government’s current policy on Asylum Seekers and border control has recently come under criticism from the UN Human Rights Council, suggesting Australia is violating international law obligations toward people seeking Asylum in our country.  Continue reading

Slow Travel Vs Quick Trips

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“Where are you going?”

People are curious about the travel that we plan to do with our children, and it’s an obvious question, yet we hesitate with the answer. Yup, you read right. We are selling our house, it’s entire contents, our cars and quitting our jobs and school for the kids, but we don’t know where we are going, not exactly anyway 🙂

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10 Tips to Start Bushwalking with your Children

 

Our Global Adventure

We’re Aussie’s so we say “Bushwalking” but you may call it Hiking or Trekking

 

Australia is a continent of many contrasts. From desert to coastal, rainforest to alpine peaks, grassy plains or gum tree wilderness there are so many opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors. Much of Australia’s wilderness is protected in over 500 National Parks. Over 28 million hectares of land is designated as National Parkland, accounting for almost four per cent of Australia’s land areas. Above that, a further six per cent of Australia is protected and includes State Forests, Nature Parks and Conservation Reserves. So that human activity in the parks can be controlled, but still accessible, there are a thousands (it’s a big country!) of walking trails to suit all experience levels. Getting out on foot with your children is a fabulous way to explore Australia’s many landscapes and unique flora and native animals. Continue reading