We’re All In This Together

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Travel Now Vs Travel in Retirement

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After dating Simon for about three years, I told him that when I graduated University, a year later, I wanted to go to London to teach. He was most welcome to come with me, but either way, I was going. I was so head strong and determined to carve out a path that was ‘my own’ that I was willing to risk leaving him behind, even though I really loved him. THANK GOODNESS he said yes! And so did I shortly after, when he proposed that we marry before going overseas. We were young (probably too young!) and in love and ready for our first adventure. Continue reading

Inspiration and Awakening

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while. The bones for it have been forming in my mind, but I kept putting it off. My intention is to explain how it is that an ordinary family from Adelaide in Australia could find themselves where we are – in the middle of selling all that we own, to quit our jobs and travel with our children. But, the reason I have been putting it off is because it seems impossible to piece together. In other posts I’ve said how we’ve felt trapped by our 9-5 lifestyle and the ‘lightbulb‘ moments that Simon and I had and the feelings of stuffocation. In hindsight, the last 15 years have been like a jigsaw puzzle, and bit by bit pieces have come together to reveal the next adventure that life is sending our way. Continue reading

The Road Traveled So Far and Looking Forward in 2014

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We’re the Nitschke Family. You can learn more about us here. If you’ve been following along, you will already know that we currently live in Adelaide, in South Australia, but we hope to soon become citizens of Planet Earth. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it? No, we’re not Superheroes, just an ordinary family who have had enough of the rat race. We are tired of being consumers, and we believe that there is a whole world of amazing lessons for our children outside of the classroom. We want to be their teachers now, and our lessons will include… Continue reading

We’re Stuffed!

Yup, this family is absolutely stuffed! We’ve got more stuff than you can poke a stick at. We’ve still got so much stuff that I am worried about how on earth we’ll sort, sell, donate or dump what’s left when our house is finally sold. Our goal is to only own what can be carried with us in the luggage allowance for four people on an international airline, with just a few treasured possessions, (family heirlooms,  photos etc) that are to be left with family. So why such a dramatic goal? Continue reading

Simon’s Story

Whilst Gina has experienced a series of “light bulb” moments, I can say that my journey has been more like an emerging dawn. For a long time I’ve had this feeling , this nudging from inside that says “there is more”. For the best part , I thought that meant riches. The car, the job, the house and the things. As we set about building our suburban life, I dedicated myself to being the provider of those things, just as my father did, along with just about every other father I know. We built a home, purchased cars, wired in 5.1 surround sound.
But that nudging inside. It didn’t subside. Continue reading

The Great Aussie Bucket List

Uluru, Australia

Uluru, Australia

I recently read a News Ltd. article What’s on Australia’s holiday bucket list – and how we’re really spending our time. Apparently Australians want to do things like get fit, road trip along the Great Ocean Road, experience the Northern Territory and see Uluru, swim with dolphins and learn languages Continue reading