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I feel completely unqualified to write about travel. Simply because I haven’t travelled much in my adult life.
I have had the great fortune of travelling around a lot of Australia (and it’s a reaaallllyyy big place!!!), most of my holidays occurring when I was a kid and my mum and dad were still married. So basically, before I was 16.
20+ years later, and my family and I have stayed closer to home. We have had some wonderful trips across the country, but have been very limited by a lack of funds to be able to do this more often.
Well, that’s always been my thinking. No money for holidays and travelling, either within Australia or anywhere requiring a passport.
I’m starting to realise what a lie that is.
Yes, you need money to travel. But my perception of never having enough money has always been because I’ve never made it a priority.
I don’t need anything fancy for a holiday. Give me a tent, a fire and some food, and I’m a happy girl. Really, I’m that easily pleased.
But I still haven’t made that a priority, for a whole variety of reasons. That right now seem really lame.
My eldest son is 16, and in the last few months it has struck me with stunning clarity just how little time we have left as a complete unit under one roof full-time, this little family of mine. In a few years, he will be finished school and off to live out his adventures in the world.
All of a sudden, going places as a family seems reaaallllyyyy important.
I don’t care where, just as long as we’re together. Somewhere. Anywhere.
In the ongoing, beautiful process of putting our family back together, I want us to see new things together. To have new experiences together. To make memories together.
I don’t care where that is. I just want us to do it together.
I am admitting my smallness in the enormity of the world. To quote Tsh, I want to experience ‘the best way to understand our smallness is to leave our comfort zones and start exploring, one foot in front of the other‘.
There’s a whole world out there. I’d better get started.