Hello and welcome to my first blog post on Travels with Mum!
I have been dreaming of starting this blog for a while now, and I have a billion different ideas for blog posts to write, but to start off I am going to share with you who I am and why I decided to write this blog.
So here goes.From a young age my Mum, Dad, Sister and I camped. Many school holidays we would pack up the car and hit the road on trips together, pitching our tents along the way, while exploring Australia. We would hike, explore the touristy stuff, spend lots of time together and make lasting memories that we still talk about today.
Soon I was enrolling in the Girl Guides and my love exploring and adventure continued, it’s where I first canoed, abseiled and my love for snow skiing was born.
Fast forward to now.
The years went by and 5 and half years ago I found myself single with 5 kids from newborn to young teen, I also found that I was becoming obsessed with travel bloggers and families that travel long term. It started to bring me down, thinking “It’s not fair, I want to do that, I want to do continued travel, I can’t go anywhere, I’m stuck here because I have shared care of my kids” Now, I’m not saying that It should be any other way… kids need to have contact with their father… but I suppose I was using that fact as an excuse for not doing anything, and feeling sorry for myself. Finally, I decided that enough was enough, I had to be grateful for everything I had and to make the most of what life had given me. I slowly gathered up some camping supplies (mostly second hand) and after a few small local trips, packed up the kids (aged between 18months and 17yrs) and took them to Tasmania for three and half weeks over the Christmas break, flying the older one’s home in the 2nd week to their Dads and continuing on with the little ones. It was amazing! often hectic, but an adventure full of memories. I definitely learnt a lot about myself and the kids during this time!
Since then I have travelled with the kids, sometimes one at a time, to lots of different places within Australia and a few overseas trips. The trips have ranged from overnight to 3 and half weeks (maximum time I have with the kids in a block) and each one has brought its own challenges but also rewards.
So why do I want blog about this?
Because I want every mum to get out there, no matter what your circumstances, and explore your neighbourhood, state, country and the world! I want all mums to feel confident to spend time with your kids outside of your house, away from the TV and internet, and experience what it is like in the real world!
My hope for this blog is to help mum’s get the confidence and skills to go travel with their kids whenever it is possible. I will be writing about the travel tips I have learnt (and are still learning), reviewing experiences we have had and places we have been, inspiration on why you should travel and money savings tips (to go traveling), because after the question “You have how many kids, and you travel ?” most people are curious of how I afford it.
So there it is, my story and why I am writing this blog.
Hope you find my blog interesting, informative but most of all I hope it inspires you to travel Australia and the World with your kids.