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

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

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

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

The ‘Stuff’ Update.

Travelling light?

Travelling light?

Right now I’m sitting by the fire in the home that we are housesitting for the next three months. It’s quiet. The children are sleeping soundly, Simon is reading on his tablet and the scent of some Jonquil flowers that I picked from the garden this afternoon is drifting over from the kitchen bench. I am completely at peace and utterly happy. Now that we are 100% debt free, and free from the ‘stuff’ that kept us chained to the daily grind. I have had so many moments when I’ve wanted to pinch myself. Could this be real? Can a family really exist without a toaster or a set of steak knives? The answer is, ‘Yes we can’. In fact we are not just surviving, we’re thriving! Continue reading

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