Travel Hack – Power Adaptors

Travel Hack – Power Adaptors

Wouldn’t it be so much simpler if the world could just coordinate? All drive on the same side of the road? Stick with the same weights and measures? Agree on the degrees? How about Electricity? Wouldn’t it be great if every socket and plug just matched, and the voltage was the same?

Hack This Powerboard

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Our Expert Advice on De-Cluttering Your Home

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After selling, donating and tossing almost everything we own, we are calling ourselves self-professed Home De-Cluttering Experts. OK, so our efforts in de-cluttering were quite extreme, and minimalism may not be your thing, but we certainly learnt a few things along the way about de-cluttering that we think will be useful to many. We firmly believe that when you get rid of the excess ‘stuff’ you will save money, save time (cleaning and sorting) and save your sanity.  So, here are our top 5 tips for a clutter-free home. 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?

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

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

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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The Mexican Fishing Man Story

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Apparently this story is adapted from “Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral,” (“Anecdote Concerning the Lowering of Productivity”) it is one of the most famous short stories from German writer Heinrich Böll.

Simon and I have read this tale many times now, it is one of our favourites and reminds us that happiness doesn’t have to wait until retirement.  Continue reading