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Besty in Bologna

Week 6: Part 2: Day 38 The Bologna Chapter 18th January, 2017 Before this trip, Reuben had a best friend in school for many years named Cormac. As a result we became friends with Cormac’s lovely family including Sonia his mum. They lived near our home in Perth. Due to work and a desire for […]

8 Free Secrets Revealed: 1 Day in Venice

Week 6: Part 2: Day 37 17th January, 2017 Today we were determined to seek out Venice’s best kept secrets and luckily they also came with no expense… Ssh let’s keep them to ourselves… 1. Venetian Glass Roman experience, Byzantine period skills and trade with the Orient led to Venice being a glass-manufacturing centre. One […]

Final route: Where we ended up…

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller If you have seen our initial plan (Part 1) and/or read our travel blog; you will see that, as is normal in longer-term budget adventure travel,… plans change. Travel is more than the seeing of sites; it is a […]

20 Reasons to Write a Personal Blog?

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ― Dr. Seuss Unlike many travellers of this era, we travelled before the age of the internet. Yes, we wrote travel journals with a pen and paper. We remember posting post cards and international phone cards. […]

RAF Red Arrows, 50th display season

Week 46 West – I ♥ Aircraft Noise

11th – 13th July 2014 Prunella and the boys have headed off to Oxford and I’m sticking around in Gloucestershire for a couple more days.  John and I drop Prunella and the boys off at the Stroud station and we head home via a hardware store to pick up some cement and aggregate.  We spend […]

Servas International

Volunteer Hospitality Host, Leader or Guest Volunteering, Participation, Donation, Membership, etc. June, 2014 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). Our host […]

Paris Greeters

Volunteer Local Tour Guide Volunteering, Participation, Donation, Membership, etc. June, 2014 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). Our Couch surfing […]

Week 38 – Romanian Rhapsody: 25 Fascinating Facts

12th – 18th May 2014 Romania is a fascinating country. The word derives from the Latin Rominus meaning “Citizen of Rome”. It is located on the crossroads of Eastern and Central Europe and has played a significant part in history. We have been sheltered in the warmth of it’s people, felt peace in it’s lush forests, […]

The Love Story

The Love Story In 2013, whilst embarking on our family gap year – The Sabretoothed Chickens Tour – we were 14 years married, 19 years together, parents of three wonderful boys, travelling for a year as a family – and still very much in love… Now we are back home but still enjoying family adventures both […]

Top 10 things to do with kids in Luang Prabang, Laos

Welcome fellow travelling parents and kids! So we spent two months living in wonderful Luang Prabang with three small children whilst on our budget family gap year. If you want the details you can read all about it in our weekly travel blog (weeks 5 to 14). So to help you, we thought we would […]

Ock Pop Tok: Part 2/2

Ock Pop Tok – Volunteer English Teacher/Trainer/Marketing/Public Relations October 2nd to December 1st, 2013 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). […]

100 Waterfalls Trek: Nong Khiaw, Laos

21st of September, 2013 (Spoiler alert: If you are going to go on this trek anytime soon. Please don’t read this post yet. Go first. Every experience is different but we went not knowing much and enjoyed it all the more. Nothing we write can capture a whole experience and this account will be different […]

Ock Pop Tok: Part 1/2

Ock Pop Tok – Volunteer English Teacher/Trainer/Marketing/Public Relations October 2nd to December 1st, 2013 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a […]

Making an Initial Plan: Practical Stuff – Part 2/2

So you’ve got the dream and the right mindset. Now you need to start on the nitty-gritty of making your dream into a reality. Here are some things to consider. Travel Documents We got our passports in order. Don’t put it off. Do it now!  They last five to ten years so you will use […]

Making an Initial Plan: A Starting Point – Part 1/2

Many years back, we had a dream of a family gap year. We hope you share such a dream and that our experiences may help you bring that dream into reality. You can read more about the reasons in our first post – Here. You must first have a dream and believe in your dream […]

The Road Not Taken

Many years ago we started to dream of a year away, just our family. My husband, our three small boys and myself. This was not because we were unhappy with our lives and needed to get away, but simply because we valued our family and wanted to better appreciate what we had. We wanted firmer, […]

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