About Us

What We’re Doing

On the 26th of February 2018, we left behind the familiar comforts of home in George, South Africa, to start a big adventure.  We should’ve left the kids with Granny, but like the suckers we are, we brought all three of them along for the ride. Fun and games everyone!

Artist Point, Yellowstone
Artist Point, Yellowstone

But Why?

Good question! It’s been a long time coming, but a whole host of factors worked together to make us finally take the big step. They will be shared at length on our blog soon, but here are a few reasons for you, for now.

One Day May Never Come

The cliche is true: Life is too short. And after a series of unfortunate events – the truth of it hit home. The time was ripe and we seized the moment to do what we were on the verge of doing more than ten years ago before we started our family: go on a six-month backpacking trip around the world.

We’re not backpacking now by any means because it’s impossible with three kids, but we’re travelling and we’re doing it the best way we know how.

Badlands, South Dakota

We’ve Always Dreamed Of It

Our backpacking trip around the world was abandoned a long time ago, but not forgotten. We decided that instead of waiting for the chicks to leave the nest before we travel as pensioners, we needed to do it NOW while we still can.

That book B bought me, ‘101 Things To Do Before You Die‘, has been sitting on our shelf gathering dust for more than ten years!

South Lake Tahoe, USA

It’s Cheaper To Travel Than To Stay At Home

For real! Running a household in today’s economy is expensive. We did the maths and realised that we could live in different parts of the world for the same amount of money we work so hard for just to spend on maintaining the stressful rat-race lifestyle we were leading. We still work part of the year and travel as much as we can.

How much you spend to travel is subjective and it is possible to travel frugally if you choose to. We try to strike a balance by skimping on many things and embracing minimalism so that we can splash out when it matters.

I hate selfies, but it has to be done. Proof, right? Yes, I was there – at Yellowstone!!!

Spontaneous To The Bone

Yes, you may call us spontaneous. We took the exciting yet terrifying decision to uproot our young family to travel and explore the world. To top it off, we’re taking on the mammoth responsibility of homeschooling our children.  Ourselves! We’ll let you know how that works out.

In October 2017 we discussed the possibility of travelling full time for the first time as the stability of our country became a question mark more every day.

By the end of November, we made up our minds and only three months later, our lives were packed up into too many suitcases for B’s comfort.  We boarded a plane to England and a new story began; the story we hope you will enjoy reading about here.

Our last day in George. At the Airport all packed up and ready to catch a one-way flight to the UK!

Who Are We?

Momument Valley
Brendan in Monument Valley

BRENDAN

The rock of our family! Everything happens around him.  Without him, the wheels will come off and none of our adventures will happen.  Who will fix the broken wheels?  Only Daddy can. 

A private person, he doesn’t like having his photo taken, but we’re slowly moving along and getting over that, thanks to this blog.

This is him saying:”Please Lindsy, not another photo, please?”.

B is a bit of a coffee snob, loves sports, singing, playing cards and general knowledge games, table tennis, mountain biking, chess and travelling.

An adrenaline ninja with no fear of heights, he enjoys snowboarding and has the big ones like paragliding, bungee jumping and sandboarding some serious dunes under the belt.

He does not like orange flavoured chocolates, peas, and corn.  Oh, and Brussel sprouts; he’s not a fan of those.  In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit on his behalf that he is a little OCD. His freakishly well-organized life pre-me is now much better with wife and three kids to joosh things up.

Read about our travel history here.

Four Corners Monument, USA Road Trip

And Me

Hi, Lindsay here, second language blogger from South Africa trying to get my ‘is’ and ‘are’ in the right place while searching for the right words to describe where we go, what we see and what we learn so you can benefit from our adventure and enjoy the story of the awesome memories we make.

I like to think of myself as an easy-going-kind-of-person, although some are entitled to disagree. A lover of books and cinema, I can find a redeeming quality in almost any movie.  Except maybe in gory horrors or very spooky ones; don’t like those.  

Always wishing I have more time to lose myself in a good book, other things I like is anything with fudge or caramel in and on it, more fudge, cats, coffee, and games of all sorts. I love to travel!

I confess I have a strange affection for doilies and I’m a terrible singer, even though I love to sing. In the shower, in the car and sometimes even in church, I sing loudly despite turning heads and not in a good way.

Reading that back, I realize I’m an old soul (nervous laugh), but I’m an adventurous one at least.

Did I mention that Brendan has a great singing voice and that I love wedding music?  Pet hates are cold water, raisins, wasting food, cheap toilet paper, and brusselsprouts. Serious dislikes – things I hate – is child abuse and bullying.

Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey, England. A Harry Potter film site

Our Goal

I started the blog to keep friends and family in the loop as we travel while also keeping a thorough travel record. And then we found you along the way: a new reader!

One of the most rewarding things about our adventure since we’ve started this blog is to hear back from everyone we’ve inspired to travel.

If our stories and the destinations we write about encourage others to think about going someplace special themselves, then we’ve done well.  Even if they’re encouraged to explore nearby in their own hometown, reading about adventure or seeing travel photo’s on social media should no longer be enough.

Going big or small, doesn’t matter, to travel is great!

So, if you’re even slightly tickled, enticed, maybe even confused, please don’t keep it to yourself?  Tell us.  We’d love to hear from you.  

If you have any questions, we’d love to help. Please get in touch?

Subscribe to our newsletter here, which we only send out about once a month, and stay in touch by following us.

After all that: Welcome!

You’re getting a front-row seat to the mayhem of traveling as a family of five by reading our blog and we sincerely hope you enjoy it every mile of the way.

Lindsy & Brendan xxx


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