This time next month my family and I will be setting off on a 5 week adventure. We have spent a long time dreaming and planning and now the excitement is building because it’s actually happening! We’ve remortgaged the house, told the girls schools (both authorised the trip) taken unpaid leave from work – husband. Got a lot of work to do in the next 4 weeks to keep my understanding clients happy – me. It’s time for an adventure!
The girls are the perfect age to embrace an adventure. Money can be spent on many things but surely it’s better to have less and experience more. The girls aren’t going to remember a new sofa but they will remember this and when it’s over they won’t have more but will be more. It’s time for an adventure!
Years ago there was a cheesy advert, for what I can’t remember of course but featured a young girl doing loads of mad shit in loads of amazing places and at the end it said: ‘If your life flashes before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching’ Not much made sense in my 20’s and typical of me back then it was an advert on TV that resonated with me and made me sit up and make some life decisions. I think so far my life would be worth watching, I have made a few dodgy decisions but have been lucky enough to come out the other side relatively unscathed. Life is precarious and can change in the blink of an eye. This year has been a weird one and it’s made me realise more than ever that if you are lucky enough and have worked hard to have the opportunity to do something then only you can grab it and go for it.
So where are we going? Well first stop is bonkers Bangkok for 10 days in Thailand. We’ll be visiting the southern islands for a chilled out beach adventure and then onto Chiang Mai the northern capital and gateway to an adventure of rain forests, waterfalls, hot springs & elephant sanctuaries….
We then fly to Queenstown via Auckland where we pick up a campervan for a 3 week adventure. Freedom on the open road all the way back to Auckland stopping off with old friends in Wellington for Christmas. No plans just stopping off for wild swimming, mountain hiking and stargazing whenever we fancy. How perfectly blissful that sounds!
Last stop on the way home will be in Dubai for 2 nights. Not somewhere I fancied until I saw Jessica Zoob’s beautiful Instagram pics of her visit there and as it was on the route and Hong Kong (our first choice) wasn’t we were very happy for it to be the last stop on our adventure
As I will have 5 work free weeks I am setting myself a couple of creative challenges
- To pack 10 items of clothing (not including a coat and shoes) a travelling sustainable capsule wardrobe. As an ethical fashion lover I am always trying to buy less but better and this will be a good test for me. I love clothes and want to see how many outfit combos I can come up with using 10 pieces. I think it will be all about layering. Thailand will be hot but summer on the south island, New Zealand could be chilly. I’ve already been gifted 2 gorgeous merino wool base layers from Finisterre so they’re on the list. Watch this space for the big reveal of my travel capsule wardrobe soon!
- My second challenge is to make a visual diary of our trip on Instagram and take some really good photos. I’ve been on Instagram for 4 years and I go through phases of loving it and knowing it’s a great tool to showcase my blog and then not being arsed at all. This trip is one massive photo opportunity and I need to make the most of it on a personal and professional level…It’s time!
I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my challenges but most of all I’m looking forward to spending 5 weeks with my family of four. Nothing in the way just us being together, making memories….