As you all probably know, sometimes you wish there were 48 hours in a day instead of 24. Everything is coming at the same time and you don’t exactly know if you need 20 mugs of coffee, 13 litre of wine, or a week of sleep to get it all done. The last thing you want at those moments, is someone wasting your precious time. Well, that happend last week when I send back an Interview for a Family Travel Website. They had send me some questions related to travelling with kids, to put on their Travelling Families Page. I thought nice, lets spread the word about travelling with kids. Spend a good amount of time, got some nice pics to go with it, and send it off. The next day I received an email saying ‘ Thank you for sending back your interview with the answers, but unfortunately due to lack of time we don’t have this part on our website anymore’. Eh Say what?!?! What about of my time? Anyway, instead of trashing it, I thought lets put it out on our website, so some of you guys can get to know us a bit more 🙂 So here is our interview about travelling with kids.
1. Where is home for your family? Originally? Now??
My husband ( Lion ) and I ( Jo ) are originally from the Netherlands and our son is born in Kununurra, WA, Australia. After living in Kununurra for 3.5 years, we moved to Queensland and are now based in Cairns, but hitting the road again in a few weeks.
2. Who are the people in your travelling group including their ages? A little about each of them.
My husband Lion ( 1984 ) Me (1984 ) and Sem ( 2015 ) are a little adventurous family and we love to discover new things. Before Lion and I met in 2012 we both travelled extensively all over the world and we are both adventurous, loving the good things in life, and never stopped travelling when Sem was born. Sem is a happy and easy-going dude, and a typical Australian outback kid as he loves the water, animals, playing outside and exploring new things.
3. What are your usual occupations when you’re not travelling?
Apart from being parents, we both work full-time. Lion works at a Furniture & Interior company and I work at www.woodyworldpacker.com and as a freelancer in marketing, writing, and photography. Apart from that, I have a great job for a few days a week at a Photography business specialised in Child Care Centre Photography and Family Portraits. Although, we both quit our jobs, for our next adventure in a few weeks time. We will be travelling for 3 months while focusing on fine tuning our website and I will keep on working freelance, which I can do from anywhere in the world. And most importantly ; Lots of family time 🙂
4. When and where was your first overseas trip as a family?
Our first overseas trip as a family was when Sem was 7 months old. We went to the Netherlands to visit friends and family and this was the first time Sem met all of his Dutch family and friends. During that trip we also went on a cruise to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman to celebrate my parents in law’s 40th wedding anniversary.
5. What is your favourite family destination and why?
So far, that’s still our own beautiful Australia. There is so much to discover, the perfect country for epic road trips, it is safe, and really family orientated.
6. What is your family travel style? e.g. back packing, luxury, slow, fast Why? What do you like about this?
It’s a bit of everything. In general, we are fast travellers, but that has to do with our curiosity as well. We always want to discover and explore more, get everything out of it. We love luxury backpacking, like discovering different places in one holiday, but absolutely no dorm rooms. We go for hotels, motels and b&b’s but also love tourist parks and staying in a nice cabin.
Australia is of course a great place for camping, which we also love. Before Sem was born, we went out for camping and road trips many times, and slept in the car during some road trips ( sometimes not in the trunk on a mattress but in the front seats! 😉 At this stage we prefer a bit more luxury.
7 What are the challenges when travelling with children?
I think the fact that you never really know if your child is going to have a good day or a bad day when you plan a flight or a long road trip. Lucky us, Sem is really easy and goes with the flow and that’s exactly how Lion and I are when we travel ( And actually always 😉 ) . We are really relaxed and take Sem everywhere we go. We never experienced any bad situation like crying for hours in the car or on a plane. Of course he had his moments like every child, but he did pretty well on all the road trips and flights he had done. We just take it as it is, and make sure that when we re having a massive trip ahead of us, everyone is happy, relaxed and comfortable.
8. What are some of your favourite things about travelling with kids?
That you see the world through your children’s eyes. For example; sometimes you are at a certain place, take a picture and you are ready to move on, then your child points to something interesting and you stop for a while, look at it, and take it all in much slower. You might see some other things and the real beauty of a place, which you otherwise, when you’re just taking that photo and move on, would have missed. And I really love all the new things children discover, which are so normal for us.
9. Tell me about your travels before children?
Free, careless, and no plans. The latest 2 trips we did before Sem was born, were a road trip through the South West of Australia and an epic Asia trip to the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Maldives, Malaysia, Borneo and Brunei. We booked a ticket from Australia to Manilla and a ticket from Manilla to Bangkok and just went with the weather and booked our accommodations the day before, or on the day we decided we wanted to go to the next place. And we can still do that with Sem in a certain way, but we would never step into one of those dangerously fast and old busses in Laos where you get squeezed in with building materials and animals. It was just us and 2 backpacks against the world and now we have to plan a little bit more and be more aware of certain things.
10. How do you fund your travel? i.e. remote work, save up to travel?
One of our motto’s is work hard, live smart, play hard.
We always worked a lot, saved a lot, didn’t have to pay rent or a mortgage when we went for long trips, don’t spend money on material stuff you don’t need and as a travel professional, I know where I can find the best deals and know the tricks of travelling 😉 Also, our website helps us in a way that we sometimes receive FOC accommodation, entrance fees and other freebies in return for marketing services we offer. On top of that, with our website and with my freelance work, I can basically work from anywhere in the world.
11. What are your current travel plans? Where are you, where have you been, where are you going next?
We are currently in Cairns, Australia, but taking off in a few weeks for a road trip to Brisbane ( 1686 kilometre) Then we fly from Brisbane to Hong Kong, where we will stay for 6 days before going to the Netherlands to catch up with our family and friends. When we are there, we are also planning on traveling around in Europe for a few weeks, before heading back to Australia for our next exciting adventures.
Do you travel a lot with your kids? Or would you like to, but have no idea how? Talk to us in the comments below!
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