Today’s post is written by Lisa.
Caz, Craig and their two daughters live an unconventional life.
They encourage us as readers to make the jump into the unknown and travel for the love of new experiences. Many families are on a similar journey following the open road living their Australian and overseas dreams.
Yet, what if life has given you other plans?
What if like myself, you live in suburbia or a normal everyday life, in which the most exciting decision each day involves whether you plan to stick with the full-cream milk or branch out for the coconut milk?
My husband owns his own business as an IT recruiter, so at this moment in time we are not about to break open the camper trailer, hook up the 4wd and disappear into the horizon for 12 months.
My two oldest children are in school next year and I for one am not signing up to teach distance education, when I barely passed grade three math all those years ago.
How do you find the travel bug? How do you find the excitement if you live an ordinary life in the suburbs?
Explore Your Own Community
Be a tourist in your own hometown.
What would you recommended the tourists do when they visit your hometown? When you have visitors, where is the first place you take them, to show off your community?
Where are the best playgrounds, beaches, restaurants, camp-grounds, kids activities? Does your town or city have tourist websites that you can explore and discover a new sense of your town.
Let the Reins Off Your Child’s Leash
Wander aimlessly…just follow your child. Where do they take you? Often in a playground or beach, I will follow behind our 18-month-old (obviously within sight and an arms reach away) and see where he wants to go.
We have found insects, bugs, shells, the beach, sticks etc that are all treasures to kids. Just watching their eyes and minds at work gives them a sense of adventure and curiosity.
Join The Magical Mystery Tour and live dangerously
Get in the car with your family, and if you are brave enough, just with your bare necessities. A wallet, baby wipes, a couple of nappies and drive.
Follow the freeway, follow the coast, let the kids pick the exit they want to leave. You might end up at the beach, you might disappear into the local wineries, or just end up at Nana’s house in time for afternoon tea.
These are all adventures in their own little way.
Swallow your own fears and limitations
Don’t put them on your child.
I am scared (no make that terrified) of heights but I have encouraged my kids to walk across bridges, scale climbing rocks, and fly through the air on flying foxes. When it gets too much, I go get a coffee or take a walk and leave hubby to supervise.
As a shy child, I now encourage my own children to say hello, talk to strangers, to get used to developing a sense of what people are like and how to interact with them. Encourage conversations and small talk so children can ask for help and develop an awareness of people.
Walk into your travel agent or get online and just put a deposit down on anything
It doesn’t matter if it is a trip to Bali, a weekend away in the next town, or a full-scale trip overseas to Disneyland.
If you want it bad enough it will happen, you can only lose your deposit or you just might work to have a fantastic experience.
I have traveled as a student with $20 to my name to places such as Fiji and America.
When I was single, I also explored Australia on a bus trip as the only Aussie. As I have gotten older, my husband and myself have traveled as a couple overseas while pregnant with son No1, we then transferred to camping with my hubby and three boys.
I also have an annual girls weekend away with some friends from university.
I usually book my tickets (at least a deposit), then work extra shifts or find casual jobs to work until I have the money saved. In the past, I have also taken my holidays in blocks.
For example, 4-6 weeks if going overseas to Europe and America, or 1-2 weeks break if going to Fiji or Bali.
While we all aspire to live the dream of traveling as a full-time career goal, and it is possible, sometimes we need to turn the mundane on its head and see the beauty of adventure in our own backyards.
Where will your next adventure be?
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Lisa Berson is a midwife, wife and mum to three boys. Based in Western Australia, Lisa blogs at Mummy Manifesto. As an aspiring freelance writer, Lisa enjoys writing about motherhood, birth, travel and life. She one day dreams of writing for the magazines that she has been addicted to for all these years. Lisa’s travels have taken her all over the world, now with three boys, the adventure of travel has taken a different turn and perspective. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.