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

Brogo Dam – NSW Australia

Kayaking, canoeing and boating, in some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable in South Eastern Australia, topped off with great fishing in a dam stocked with hundreds of thousands of Australian Bass!

Kayaking on Brogo Dam

Kayaking on Brogo Dam

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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!

A Year Later. What’s Happened?

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“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

Talking Family Travel with Lonely Planet

Last night we had the extreme privilege to ‘Hangout’ on Google+ with some of the coolest folks in the travel world. Our sincerest thanks must go to Tasmin, Emma, Tom and Sebastian from Lonely Planet. Thank you all so much for the opportunity to join in the conversation re Family Travel.

To Caz and Craig from Ytravel Blog, we are in awe of you everyday. You both set the benchmark in Australia for your ‘go anywhere with kids’ attitude to travel, and we are honored to have chatted to you both on the panel. We wish you every happiness on your family roadtrip around Australia, and hope to meet you again on the road one day.

To Kirstie and Stuart from The Family Adventure Project, it was wonderful to chat with you both on the panel. You have such a wonderful attitude to family travel, and we aspire to even a smidgen of your bravery for adventure travel with children. You are amazing!

We are still grinning like Cheshire Cats, completely gushing over our experience on the panel, talking Family Travel with some of the biggest experts wandering the globe with kiddies. If you missed our live Google+ Hangout, here’s another opportunity to see it again, we hope everyone who see’s it will be as inspired as we are to follow these folks and their children on a Global Adventure.

 

15 Steps Closer to Family Travel

Our Global Adventure is so close we can almost touch it, we’re almost ready to hit the road and start sharing the world with our children. Getting this dream off the ground has been 12 months in the making, but 12 years simmering under the surface. So how did we get here, and what practical steps can you take toward heading off on a Global Adventure of your own with the kids? Continue reading

Gumeracha Medieval Fair, Fun in the Adelaide Hills

The children are huge fans of the BBC Horrible Histories series, it has really been a large influence in their Unschooling this year. So when the opportunity arose to visit a Medieval Fair in the beautiful Adelaide Hills village of Gumeracha, we just had to go along for some fun! This year was the eighth annual Medieval Fair to be held here in South Australia, but it was only the second time that we have attended. The children got a lot more out of the interactive displays this time because they have been so interested in this particular period of history through Horrible Histories, lots of Library books and preparations for our trip to Europe later in the year.
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Why We Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Ask The Kids Opinion of Our Travel Plans.

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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

A Parents Guide to some of the Coolest Playgrounds on the Planet

Our kids love a good playground, throw in the adjective ‘adventure’ to describe a playground, and they’re onto it. We have an ‘Adventure Playground’ not far from our Adelaide home. In the school holidays it’s crawling with small folk, pepped up on adrenaline, but when those kids are at school, our ‘unschooled‘ kids just about have it all to themselves… Heaven for the kids, and mum! Adventure playgrounds are the really cool ones with huge slides, climbing frames that dubiously pass ‘safety inspections’, wooden forts with a fireman’s pole and flying foxes. Sadly due to modern ‘safety inspections’ and general mollycoddling of kids, these days, adventure playgrounds are a rare and sacred space for children. A recent visit to our local St. Kilda Adventure Playground, north of Adelaide, had us wondering, “Where are the coolest Playgrounds on the planet?”  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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