Meet Caz and Craig

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G’day, we’re Caz and Craig!

Thank you so much for visiting our blog!

Along with our two daughters, Kalyra and Savannah, we are the Makepeace family. Yes, Makepeace really is our last name. What can we say, we’re a friendly bunch!

At y Travel Blog our goal is to help YOU travel more, and to travel more often.

Our motto is: Travel More. Create better memories. We believe in accumulating memories, not just possessions. We believe that life is about making it a story to tell, and we do that through travel.

We’re originally from the Central Coast region of Australia, and we’ve been traveling around the world since 1997, first solo, then as a couple, and now with our two young girls.

We’re on a mission to show you that travel doesn’t have to stop after kids”

We started y Travel Blog in April 2010 as a way to share our own personal travel tips and stories to help YOU live your own travel dreams.

Who Can This Site Help?

Anyone who is passionate about travel and creating life long memories, but feels that they don’t have the money, time or resources.

Whether it be a weekend getaway, a two week vacation, a year long adventure around the world, or living overseas as an expat, we can help. We’ve experienced all that and more.

What Do We Share?

On our blog we share our insider tips, stories, strategies and photos highlighting topics such as:

  • Family Travel
  • Travel Destinations
  • Things to See and Do
  • Places to Stay / Eat / Drink
  • Logistics of travel
  • Travel Planning

While we have a variety of experience in travel styles like solo travel, female travel, couples travel, and working holidays, our site focuses on family travel now.

BUT, we don’t just hangout out at playgrounds and aquariums. We still like to do adult stuff too, and find those places that are kid friendly.

We love the great outdoors, cultural experiences, history, sports, eating and drinking.

There is a ton of great information on our site. Check out our start here page which lists the top posts for each section.

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Why Listen To Us?

Between us we have visited 40+ countries throughout South East Asia, East Africa, UK and Ireland, Western Europe, the United States, and Oceania.

We have lived in 5 countries: England, Ireland, Thailand, USA, and of course Australia.

Our work has featured in other publications such as; Huffington Post Travel, The Sunday Telegraph, ProBlogger, CLEO and on ABC Radio Sydney.

We have partnered on campaigns with Qantas, Tourism Australia, Cathay Pacific, Hilton, Canon, Nissan and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Our blog is our business, and our business is TRAVEL.

Our current journey – a one year family road trip around Australia

On September 30, 2013 we left for a 12-18mth road trip around Australia! You can follow our adventures on social media using the #yTravelOz hashtag.

After Australia, we plan on road tripping the USA and Europe.

Meet Caz

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I’m a global traveller, adventure seeker, and a lover of life! Always striving to grow as a person, be the best I can be and have a ton of fun.

I’m a former primary (elementary) school teacher, having taught in public and private schools in London, Bangkok, Dublin, Sydney and Raleigh-North Carolina.

Traveling is my absolute passion in life. I love meeting new and interesting people, and inspiring others to live their best life too!

As a child I remember I loved to learn about the explorers, discovering new lands and people. Imagine being the first to witness such extraordinary sites such as the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, or even a Giraffe!

Just three days after I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Teaching degree, I boarded a plane with very few possessions and moved to London.

Was I scared?

I don’t think I even thought too much about what lay ahead of me, the braveness of my decision or the dramatic impact it was to forever have on my life. I was too excited and just wanted to start this unknown adventure.

In addition to y Travel Blog, I’m also the blogger behind MojitoMother.com where I inspire women (and men) to live an extraordinary life!

Meet Craig

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Besides being a travel addict, I’m also a sports fanatic, beach lover, beer drinker, a doting dad, and the annoying, nit-picking, detailed one in the family.

I’m a former professional Rugby League player with the North Sydney Bears and I also grew up on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.

Travel is something I live for. It’s what makes me feel most alive, I even get excited visiting airports!

For most of my teenage years though, I was totally focused on sporting activities and always imagined I would just play sport forever.

But it wasn’t until my sporting career was cut short due to injuries, that I started to expand my mind and think about what else was out there.

Upon finishing my sporting career, I moved into the construction industry for 4 years which allowed me the portability to travel and work abroad.

However, like Caz, I’ve never been a j.o.b person and travel has since become our lifestyle.

I just love being on the open road where every day is a new beginning and creating life long memories. I can’t wait for the next chapter.

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Meet Kalyra

Kalyra is our creative and beautiful 6 year old daughter. She is a happy and positive youngster who loves to travel and tell stories.

She is very curious about life and is currently saving to go to Disneyland, amongst other things.

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Kalyra

Meet Savannah

Savannah is our 2 year old and newest addition to the Makepeace family. She absolutely adores her older sister, loves to get outdoors, and is the mischievous one of the two!

And of course, she was born to travel.

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Savannah + ice cream

Let’s Connect:

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If you are ever in the same area, let us know as we’d love to catch up over a cold beer or a coffee.

Safe travels!

Caz, Craig, Kalyra and Savannah

77 Comments on “Meet Caz and Craig”

  1. Nice to meet you guys! Sounds like a wonderful adventure, and a perfect fit for the Yakezie Lifestyle vertical!

    Best,

    Sam

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  2. Hey Craig and Caz,
    I absolutely love your website and it was such a joy reading about your story. Thanks for sharing, and as always, safe travels!
    Cheers!

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  3. Just found your blog. My husband and I are currently on a trip too, though not quite as long as yours. Love reading your posts. Will be looking around your site some more!

    Kim

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    • Thanks Kim. I’m glad you found us :) I really like your blog as well. Can’t wait to read more of your travels.

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  4. God, your daughter is adorable!

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    • My email arrived asking if I wanted to approve this. “Of course” Thank you! We think she is adorable too

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  5. Hey Guys, love your about us page. Tons of info but easy to read. Keep up the great work and amazing lifestyle.

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  6. awesome about page guys – you 2 have been busy!!

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  7. Just stumbled across your blog Caz & Craig. Love it!
    I’ve done the working holiday visa & teaching english gig too – and now cruise ships. But not quite as many adventures as you folks….yet :)

    Keep it up :D

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    • Thanks for stumbling across us and liking us. Am interested to hear more about the cruise ships- yet another great way to travel around the world

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  8. Just found your article on travel bloggers and found my way here. That was inspirational. Thanks.

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    • Thank you Jenny! So glad you found us. You live in London? Great city!Hope you are not too cold and snowed under.

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  9. Hey Guys, first time stopping by your site…well done to you both! You guys have some great tips and posts, look forward to reading more. I too am doing something a bit similar…if you want, you can check me out at http://www.MikesRoadTrip.com.

    Look forward to keeping in touch.

    Cheers,
    Mike

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    • Wonderful Mike. Great to meet you and thanks for stopping by. Will be checking out your adventures.

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  10. [...] co-founder, left a comment on one of my posts to tell me that I was the winner. I want to thank Craig and his wife/partner Caz for featuring me. Although I’m private by nature, I hope that opening up about my experiences [...]

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  11. OH, MY GOD! I love you guys. Has your daughter also been to China? I’m Chinese and I’m now living in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. If you come here some day in the future, please let me know. I really would like to meet and have a talk with you guys, you are so cool!

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    • Thank you Lui! We love your country. Our daughter was not with us when we went to China, but would love to take her back with us one day. We would love to visit Chengdu. We have heard so many great things about it. When we get there we will definitely let you know! Thanks so much for becoming part of our blog community

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  12. Enjoying your blog! We’ve been living/traveling in SE asia for the last 18 months with our 3 kids but Asheville NC is our hometown…ever make it there?
    nikki

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    • We love Asheville!! We’ve been there quite a bit, not that far to drive from Raleigh for a weekend getaway. Great to hear you have been travelling with your kids in SE Asia. We really want to go back there soon.

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  14. What an inspiring and adventurous life. You guys are simply amazing and make me want to run free. Thanks for having such a awesome and informative blog! You guys are great:)

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    • Run Juliette Run… Thank you so much for the encouraging comments. We started this blog with the intention of inspiring others to run towards what gives them joy.

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  15. You are all an absolute inspiration! Can I ask how you fund your travels? I travelled up to my 20′s and then fell into the ‘get a career’ trap. Now I want out but am concerned about how to funding an enduring travel experience.

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  17. Hi Caz and Craig!

    I’ll launch my own travel blog as well soon and I’m wondering if you can share one of your most hilarious experience while travelling. I hope to feature your experience in my first few posts:-)

    If you have time you can also visit my site (www.lilprettyleah.com). This will be officially launched on 5/15. I would love to hear your feedback! I hope my site will be as successful as yours in the future :-)

    Thanks!

    Leah

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    • Send us an email at cazcraig [at] ytravelblog [dot] com Leah and I can send something through to you.

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  19. Hi Caz and Craig,

    I love your easy breezy blog. No heavy traveling words, but so informative. Congratulation achieving the best suitable life for you family. I hope me and my hubby could get some of the blessing too.

    I’m Indonesian, and I travel with food as my compass. Don’t get bored coming back to Indonesia again, and we could have a glass of cendol together.

    cheers,
    Mayang
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    • Thank you Mayan. We appreciate your kind words. We’d love to come to Indonesia and have a glass of cendol together. Love your country. What island do you live on?

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  20. Awesome family thanks for sharing – love everything about your blog!

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  21. I’ve just come across your blog and am really enjoying it so far. I love your daughter’s name, Kalyra–I was about to say that there is a winery in my town with that name, and then you went on to say that you were inspired by that very winery! I live in Santa Barbara and visit the winery and tasting room quite frequently. Small world. :) Looking forward to following your blog!

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    • Thanks Kaleena! What an awesome co-incidence. We love Santa Barbara! We’ll be back there soon with our precious Kalyra

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  24. Hi Caz & Craig,

    I just came across your blog and wanted to give you a little thumbs up, very nicely done!

    I recently started my own travel blog and I’m sort of trying to figure out how to get the word out and connect with fellow travel bloggers.

    In case you check out my blog (www.thetravelingdutchman.com) I would be very curious to hear your thoughts and always appreciate feedback and suggestions. Or, if we ever happen to be in the same location, would love to grab a coffee and exchange some travel experiences!

    Happy travels!

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    • Hi Jasper!
      Sorry for taking so long to reply. I have only just noticed your comment!

      I think the best way to connect with other travel bloggers is through their own blogs and any communities on facebook or google +

      It’s also great to attend any live networking events or conferences to start those connections.

      Make sure you have some social media accounts set up and start building relationships through them.

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  25. I was unfamiliar with your blog until just recently. It was mentioned in an article I was reading about the top travel blogs and I of course wanted to check it out. What great experiences and photos you have shared which are both very personal and inspiring. Keep up the great work.

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    • Thank you Shellie! I’m so glad you found us. I hope we can continue to inspire you

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  27. Caroline Crossman

    http://jamesrusselllingerfelt.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/date-a-boy-who-travels/

    Thought this was something you would relate to very well

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  28. Michaela Granner

    Hello Makepeace Family!
    You guys are truly inspiring. I just graduated from High School in Illinois, USA last friday. This is exactly what I needed to ‘stumbleupon’ via pinterest. Among the materialistic posts of celebrities, clothing lines, and makeup brands, I found this blog! I will definitely keep reading your posts, as I have found them very helpful. I am going to college in the fall in Michigan for nursing. I would love to one day be a world traveling nurse, that is my dream. I also am passionate about foreign languages, I speak fluent german and will be working in the fall on spanish. Thank you very much for this blog! Do you have any tips for saving money during college and also working with the huge debt of college and somehow being adventurous at the same time. I am grateful for having found this blog because it has opened my eyes to how big the world truly can be with a wide array of things to explore and yet how small it can feel when the pressures of going to college, debt, having everything figured out at 18, etc. I will never stop dreaming (and reading this blog). Thanks again.
    God bless your travels,
    Michaela <3

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  29. Just check out your site and found some favorable information about travel. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently I am quite certain I will learn a lot of new stuff right here!
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  30. Hi Caz and Craig,

    Just stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far.

    I myself have a passion for travel. In fact, I write my “travelogue” upon return from my travels and send them on to my family and friends. They have been egging me to start on a blog or write a book about my travels. But time has been the culprit as I need to work so I can travel.

    Looking forward to following your blog. You’re both amazing! I’m now an avid fan.

    Keep on traveling!

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    • Thanks Chie! I’d say start the blog. I used to have friends and family say the same thing to me. Well they didn’t really know about blogs back then but they would tell me how much they loved my updates via email.

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  31. Wow. I never thought that traveling with the whole family would be this fun! Thanks to the Makepeace family, my perspective on family traveling has changed!

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  32. Hi Caz and Craig,

    Both of you have such an amazing, inspiring blog. Everyone always thinks that traveling with children is prohibitively difficult (if not impossible)… and it’s great to see you proving them wrong.

    I’m a young travel blogger (I’m in my early 20s) and one of the scariest things about it for me at least is the feeling of a ticking clock…that I can’t keep traveling forever, that at some point I need to Settle Down and Buy A House to have a family. Reading blogs like yours reminds me that that’s not true– that always, you can live whatever life you’re determined to craft for yourself.

    Safe travels!

    Colette Joelle

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    • Absolutely Colette and that is totally the message we want to put across. Don’t worry about the need to settle down, that’s an expectation society places upon you. It’s perfectly fine if that is in your heart, but if it is not then don’t put your focus on it. Life is too short. Believe in the life you want to create and you will. Enjoy the journey!

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  34. Wow, you really inspire me. Even though I am an office girl (working in tourism) I could never go without traveling and like you, I even get excited when being at an airport. My dream is to come back to Australia one day (was there in 2002) to see Tasmania and the Westcoast. Happy traveling!
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  35. Hi Caz, greetings from Canada. We’ve recently started our own travel blog. Much for the same reason you started yours – to share our trips with family and friends. One day it may be more. While still in its infancy, it is growing (albeit slowly). We have four years of trips to build upon and three additional trips planned in the next 18 months. Any comments you have would be appreciated.
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  36. Love your blog and it gives me great inspiration to keep on travelling myself.

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  37. I always want to travel, and living in differents part of the world.
    My husband and i still wanting this. But i`m afraid. We don`t have enough money, and i`m afraid of lot of things. One of them is, what will happen with us when we left our home and family.
    i don`t know where can we start our dream.
    Thank you for shearing your story!

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    • Fear will be the biggest killer of your dream/ Best way to handle that is to come up with a plan for each of your fears. They are always so much smaller than we make them out to be. Keep an eye out for our book we’ll be releasing soon, which will help you. Sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss it. We share all our tips on how to create the travel life you love.

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  41. Hi Caz and Craig,great introduction.! love the pic ‘Savannah meets a village girl in Vanuatu” I see your doing Australia now,I left Newcastle just up the road from the Central Coast in 06 in a camper van..just got home 2mths ago after following on with 4yrs abroad.Don’t miss Glen Helen gorge 120k’s west of Alice its peaceful and the helicopter ride over the West Macdonald ranges is amazing.
    Hope to be in contact with you guys in order to help me out with my product through your professional services..

    Thats travelling..!!

    Cheers Matthew,

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  42. Anthea Whitley

    Hello Caz & Craig,
    I have to say l take my hat off to you both….. especially traveling with kids!!! I had 4 children and l couldn’t have dreamt of doing anything like you do.
    It takes a huge amount of guts, patience and organisation.. and l just have to say … Good on ya Mates!!!
    You do Australia proud.
    many thanks,
    Anthea

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    • Thank you Anthea! I was only thinking last night how crazy we were. One of those struggling parenting moments! Mostly it is good though and worth persevering through the struggles. I would certainly love a nanny from time to time though for some time out :)

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  43. […] blogging friends Caz and Craig have a really nice example of this. It’s personal, it has photos and it gets you deeper into […]

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  44. I love your About page. May I use it as a template for ours?
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  45. I love that you guys are living the travel life with kids in tow. Thanks for the travel encouragement!
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  46. Hello,
    after reading your bloggs, you guys have really excited with the around the world trips with beutiful attractions.
    hope you have also travelled to Kenya too.
    Thanks for your travel advice !

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  47. wow. You guys are awesome. I used to think my hardcore traveling days would be over the moment I got married and had kids. You guys proved my wrong!! Thanks for all the inspiration and hard work, if you guys can do it we can!!
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  48. Hi Caz and Craig,

    You guys have a ton of great info here. As a family travel blogger just starting out, I will definitely be coming back here often. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going with traveling and writing!

    Cheers,
    Cliff
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  49. I’m exploring things to do and see in Paris to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and somehow I ran across your “Things To Do and See in Paris” blog :) I was stoked and look forward to learning more about your lovely family and Paris. We are actually starting in Italy (my family roots) and leaving for the US via Paris (only 3 days to explore) so we want to make the best of it and I believe your blog can be super helpful! Thank you Makepeace Family.

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  50. Hello Craig and Caz, it’s been great to meet you through your blog as well as you’re lovely daughters. I started my day, as many others, feeling miserable about yet another day going to an office where I’m sorrounded by walls and hierarchies. I’m doing great here and just got promoted actually, but somehow it doesn’t get to me still. Ever since I can recall I’ve fantasized about travelling around the globe, meeting new people, trying different food, drinks, experiencing different cultures, etc. But money has been always a huge barrier, as well as visa. Being a peruvian doesn’t give you a lot of access internationally as an australian might have :( Anyway, the last 2 years I’ve been travelling a lot more going to places like Chile, Argentina, NYC and Ireland, but I always feel like I want and need more. People keep telling me I should go to study abroad, but I don’t feel like I need to. I’d love to just travel … but I’m afraid I’ll not be able to sustain it economically. Where should I start? I feel overwhelmed, unoriented and very lost :( Hope you can give me advice. I’ll keep going through your website. Im sure I’ll find something here. Take care!

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  51. Ahh it’s so lovely to see a whole family travelling everywhere, rather than just students.

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  52. This has to be one of the nicest About pages I’ve seen in a while.
    Such a great introduction and very inspirational.:)
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