We have been travelling the world with our two teenagers for almost eight months. To us, it was a dream that we had been nurturing since the children were babies. Not only were we desperate to travel, but we were also adamant that we would share that experience as a family. And so we made it happen. But what is this travel longing? Why do people travel? And why are some families more addicted to travel than others?
If you are thinking of travelling, be it around the world or on a two-week holiday, then know that not only will you need to make room in your case for a change of clothes but you will also need to make way for a new set of views. Travel changes your perspective of the world in the most incredible, positive ways imaginable. (more…)
Before you begin the process of renting your house to another family, shifting your whole life into the loft so that you can live out your latest dream and travel the world for a year with your family, you will wrongly assume that you are living a sort of normal, clean, unattached life.
You will have this illusion that possessions mean nothing to you, that you’re a hippy chic that could wipe around her relatively clean and tidy house with a bleachy cloth and be out of the door and on the next plane to Florida before the sun sets.
And oddly enough, other people will have this misconception of you too.
They will come round to your house for dinner, see a clean-on-the-surface house; but will never be allowed to venture into the bedrooms.
They may see a dog that has just been walked and so doesn’t sit there with her teeth chattering when someone picks up her ball.
Or they might see kids that have just been rolllocked and warned that if they get their phones out at dinner there will be hell to pay. And finally, they will see a husband and wife that always seem so relaxed and chilled but who actually downed half a bottle of rum before you arrived.
You and I have a lot in common. Let’s be friends. (more…)
Worrying about the future. That’s what I’ve been up to. This post is over a week old. I’ve been too scared to share it with you. It’s a post about worrying about the future and what that looks like. I couldn’t bring myself to hit the publish button. I thought you might think I was a big baby. A mardy scaredy pants. And then I remembered my promise to you -that I would always tell you the truth. And so here it is. My diary from ten mornings ago. Written at 7 am after having spent half the night lying awake worrying about the future. Worrying about our big adventure. To leave everything behind and travel the world for a year. (more…)
Is it possible to leave everything behind for a whole year? The house, the job, the schooling, the bills.The dog. Is that possible? Leave everything behind to go and travel the world. Could I start a travel blog? Take two teenagers, a shed load of hormones, four rucksacks, and a fistful of savings and go around the world?
I’m in my late forties. Am I too old? Will Brian’s back be able to take sleeping ion a futon? These, along with a thousand others are the questions have been plaguing me for the past few months.
We are somewhat addicted to change, Brian and I, and have always lived by the rule that if something wasn’t making us completely happy than we would have to set about changing it, to live life differently. (more…)
Judging the judgemental is like watching a dog chase its tail around in circles endlessly. It is a pointless exercise. You will never bite off the tail.
Judging The Judgemental And How We Need To Catch From Ourselves Doing It.
Dear judgemental person,
I am trying really hard not to judge you for what you said about me. I know that judging you for being judgmental of me, is like (more…)