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

Our Global Adventure

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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I’m Allergic to this Life. I Think I Need a New One.

No. I don’t own one of these, sadly it’s too close to reality!

Did you know I have some pretty freaky allergies and intolerances? Most of the time I just keep it to myself, I always think people will judge me as being a whinger, or a hypochondriac. But since I consider my health to be one of the motivating factors that lead Simon and I to explore our lifestyle options, I’ve decided to go public. I like to think that I am a fairly healthy person. I watch what I eat, I’m within a healthy weight range, I run a couple of times a week, and I swim a couple of times a week, and yet, frustratingly, there are elements to my health that seem to be out of my control. Irritatingly also, all of the things that my body rejects are very common to the average person, so in our house we do joke a little about Mum’s freaky (sometimes deadly) allergies.

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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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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

Reality of the Aussie Dream

Our Global Adventure

I recently watched a YouTube clip of an interview with Australian, Tim Costello by ABC Radio. The clip was from 2012 and Rev. Costello was being interviewed about his book about ‘Hope’ that had recently been released. Tim Costello is absolutely one of my Australian heroes. I’ve never seen an interview with,  or read an article written by this man that didn’t cause me to pause and reflect on his words long after the interview was finished. I love that about a speaker. Rev. Tim Costello is a well known speaker on social justice issues, leadership and ethics, he is also the CEO of World Vision Australia. Continue reading

Thinking of Chucking in the Rat-Race?

The Rat Race

Meet 6 traveling families who are out there, exploring the world with their kids, living the dream.

What they all have in common…

  • They all have children – yes it is possible to travel with kids!
  • They all had regular 9-5 jobs once
  • They all had houses full of stuff and bills to pay
  • They all had a dream, and worked hard to make it happen
  • They are all educating their kids on the road

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