Archive for June, 2013

List 26/52 – The Places Lil’s Been

Today is Lillian’s 6th birthday! So in honour of that, this week’s list is all about the places (major cities, anyway) she has been to during those 6 years. We’re looking forward to adding many new places to this list soon. Only eight days to go!

1. Dundee, Scotland – where she was born!

Anstruther in the hotsling

Visiting Anstruther

2. Glasgow, Scotland

near Perth

Near Perth, driving from Glasgow to Dundee

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

4. The Hague, The Netherlands (transiting through Amsterdam) – her first Christmas.


The Hague

5. Berlin, Germany


The Essentials – Guidebook and Passport(s)

6. Dubai, UAE – a stopover on the way back to Australia.

7. Sydney, Australia

zoo nap

A snooze at the zoo

8. Newcastle, Australia


Nobbies Beach

9. Melbourne (and the Mornington Peninsula), Australia

"I'm a man"

St Kilda

10. Brisbane/Sunshine Coast, Australia

Not a bad effort! (If you count places visited in utero you could add Bangkok, London, Tasmania, and Canberra.)

List 25/52 – Updated To-Do List At Two Weeks To Go

The last to-do list published here was the six weeks to go version. Here’s that one again with some updates.

1. Get vaccinations for grown-ups (kids have had theirs.)

2. Buy a day pack.

3. Buy an e-reader.

4. Cull stuff from house and deep clean (ongoing) – bathroom and kitchen have been culled and cleaned. Still need to do playroom and bedrooms.

5. Plan Lil’s birthday/our farewell party – party is next weekend so preps will be happening this week.

6. Apply for travel credit cards.

7. Pack!

8. Book accommodation in Sydney for the night before we fly out.

9. Make arrangements for house sitters to get key.

10. Finish writing information pack for house sitters.

11. Send some winter clothes ahead to the UK via sea mail – we’ll do this the day before we fly out seeing as it’s freezing here and we’re wearing them at the moment.

12. Meet with Lil’s teacher and find out what she’ll be missing – happening this week.

And the new additions:

13. Double check house insurance and update car insurance to include house sitters.

14. Set up remaining direct debits for bills.

15. Notify centrelink of 13/14 expected income and period of absence.

16. Notify credit card of travel plans.

17. Move money around bank accounts and travel cards.

18. Scan important documents.

19. Print flight and accommodation  confirmations.

20. Tax documents.

21. Forward mail to my Dad’s address.

22. Register for postal voting for federal election.

23. Clean car inside.

24. Monitor air pollution situation in Singapore and decide if we need to change itinerary plans.

List 24/52 – 7 Reasons For Our 6 Month Family Trip

1. It’s always been a dream of ours, since before we even had kids to do it with.

2. Life is short, and shorter for some than others. My mother died at 41, and these days too many of my friends are also being touched by cancer. You just don’t know what’s around the corner. I don’t want to put off a dream and then not have a chance to do it.

3. Now is a good time. Dave has been at his job long enough that they agreed to leave without pay. Lil can miss the second half of kindergarten. Ed is not too little. I can defer my uni studies.

4. To spend time with family who live far away.

5. To spend time with each other away from the distractions of normal life.

6. To experience other places with the kids and open their eyes to the wider world. Even if they don’t remember all the details later.

7. To revisit favourite places from the past and show the kids.

We leave in three weeks tomorrow!!


List 23/52 – Things We Might Do In Singapore

Singapore is our first stop ad we’ll be there for five nights. I’m trying not to plan out too much and give us some time to ease into this travelling business. But here are five things we will most likely do while we’re there. Food features prominently!

1. NEWater Visitor Centre

2. Singapore Zoo

3. Wander and eat in Little India

4. Eat at a hawker centre. (Or two, or more.)

5. Chinatown

What Sort of Travel Blog Will This Be?

With less than 5 weeks to go I’ve been thinking more about what sort of blog this will be while we’re travelling. I read a lot of travel blogs but my favourites are the ones that are simply personal accounts of a person or family’s travels. I enjoy reading about the practicalities. How did you get there? Where did you stay? How much did it cost? Would you recommend it to others? What did you see and do there? So that’s the sort of blog this will be. Hopefully it will be a great record for us to look back on and might help others planning a similar trip in the future.

I will be continuing the 52 Lists project along the way and will still aim to get a list up as close to each Sunday as possible. If you have any ideas for future list topics let me know!

While we’re travelling I’ll be uploading photos to flickr and iphone pics to instagram. And don’t forget to like the facebook page for quick status updates and notifications of new blog posts.

What sort of information do you like to read in a travel blog?

Prague train station

Prague train station 2005


List 22/52 – The Gadgets

Electronic do-dads we’ll be travelling with this trip:

1. Ultra-book laptop.

2. A digital camera.

3. Iphone 4s.

4. Ipod 4th gen. (Lil doesn’t know it yet but she’s getting this for her birthday just before we leave. It will have her games, music, audio books, e-books, movies and she can use it as her camera too.)

5. Kobo Glo e-reader.

6. 1TB external hard-drive.

Let’s hope we don’t get too tangled up with power cords.

must babyproof

Fully charged baby Lillian.