How is it possibly already February? The summer holidays seemed to stretch on forever and now all of a sudden school is back and the year is speeding away at bullet train pace. I’ve never experienced the back-to-school vibes before but my eldest started school this year and all of a sudden I find myself catapulted into the world of school drop-offs and pick-ups, lunches, play dates and birthday parties. To be honest, it’s a little overwhelming! Not so much the routine of school but just routine in general. And with the year thundering away there is a part of me that is slightly dreading the seemingly infinite routine ahead. School is 13 years right? For ONE child? I feel like I’m still running behind everyone at the back of race track, struggling to get my breath and we are only just off the starting blocks!Read More
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Homecoming and what it really means has been on my mind lately – predictably I guess, since we’ve just come back to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland after nearly two years living in Vanuatu. But it’s something that I know lots of other people living away from home ponder too, especially as time marches inexorably on to Christmas, with all of the home-ness that Christmas always inspires.Read More
OK so it’s that time of year already. Crazy, I know. But my five-year-old is actually begging me to put the tree up so I’ve been thinking, as I do every year, even though it’s only November, if I don’t get my butt into gear early, I will miss the online shopping window. And it’s a legitimate fear of everyone who is striving to be a more ethical, sustainable consumer am I right? If we don’t plan ahead and put some thought into our Christmas shopping we may end up caught in the chaos of buying whatever pointless, meaningless, piece of junk we can get our hands on the week before Christmas at a soulless shopping centre where everyone is walking (read: running) around like highly anxious maniacs at one of those ridiculous all-nighter pre-Christmas shopping events. Or maybe this is just my nightmare????Read More
There is perhaps nothing more beautiful - literally and philosophically - than the skill of turning something that was used for warfare, for death, for genocide, into a symbol of beauty, a message of hope and a means to provide for one's family.Read More
There's nothing like a good power ballad to get you in the mood for an adventure. You know the kind - fake microphone, belting out the chorus to at the top of your lungs, windows down and hair blowing in the breeze. The promise of an adventure so close you can taste it.
This great article posted on Matador Network highlights 28 songs that capture the spirit of travel. Take a trip down memory lane, crank up the tunes, pour yourself a glass of wine, shake off those Monday blues, pull out a map of the world and start plotting your next adventure.Read More
In just a few weeks time the Wanderlust People family will grow again! I am getting ready to welcome baby boy #3 to the WP tribe so it goes without saying that I've got a million things to do, no time and do it and a list as long as my arm. I mean I should know what I'm doing (having done it twice before) but there still seems to be a significant amount of selective memory, missing crucial items (I probably donated a whole bunch of nursery items in one of my ruthless clean outs) and just plain EEEEEEEEKKKKK-what-am-I-doing-I'm-about-to-have-a-third-child?!?! factor. Actually, if I am completely honest, it's probably mostly from line item 3.Read More
It's true that there is no perfect place to travel. No ideal locale that will suit every individual's whim. You might love a particular destination while for someone else it's a little too busy or there's not enough [insert whiny tourist gripe i.e. coffee]. But I think it's also true that your experience and what you take away from a trip, mostly comes down to attitude.
I've recently return from a week on Norfolk Island - a big family trip where we all stayed in one beautiful, big house and explored every inch of the island we could possibly squeeze into seven days. Now Norfolk Island actually wasn't high on my hit list of travel destinations but my parents planned the trip and I'm generally a get-on-board-and-enjoy-the-adventure kind of person and when it comes to travel, I think it's the only way to be.Read More
There's no doubt the world can be a crazy and sometimes overwhelming place. News of war and politics, famine and drought bombard us daily. In fact sometimes by the minute if we are connected to our smart phones. And yes, we should be concerned. We should be aware. We should have an opinion. But amidst the madness and the upheaval there is something simple and beautiful. Amazing people, doing some pretty cool stuff.
Frontier Innovators is highlighting some of these amazing people through the Frontier Innovators awards which honours some of the most impactful businesses and organisations across Asia Pacific. And trust me, there are plenty of projects and innovators to choose from.Read More
Is anyone else slightly perturbed that it's already the end of January? Did we not just pack up the Christmas tree? Was it not only yesterday that we started with ambitious goals and aspiration for a better year? A new you? A healthier body, a closer family, a wiser consumer a more centred-self? Are you on your way? Or are you still like me - running out the door with a processed snack in hand, an unattainable list of jobs to complete, kids half dressed, dreaming of your next getaway?Read More
Once upon a time, there was only one reason I could really see to travel: to experience new things. To see with my own eyes the Eiffel Tower to be sure it was really there; to eat the deep-fried guinea pig to check if I’d been missing out on something spectacular all my life (I hadn’t). My itineraries were infamous for being packed to the brim with places to see; my preferred mode of travel was of the tasting plate variety rather than the house specialty - why dwell on one country/city/sight when you could dip into 12? This means skimming across the top, admittedly, but at least it rules out the possibility of dying without seeing it all - and there’s always the option to go back, once you have run out of new places to explore.Read More