We are celebrating a very important milestone this week – our baby girl turns 6!
Although our blog is only a couple of years old, the
family travel adventure started long before the blog. It was the number of air miles our oldest girl had clocked up by her third birthday that took me by surprise (100,000!) – and that she had already been to 5 continents! (sorry South America and Antarctica, we are getting to you!)
She was born in
on a snowy February day – now she declares anything below 20 degrees to be freezing. London
It’s hard to believe those chubby little arms and legs have grown into such an energetic and courageous little girl. We would never claim every step exploring the world with her has been easy – I can regale you with exploding nappies, temper tantrums and
horrendous jet lag tales – but today I just want to reflect on how much we achieved with her in those first few years.
Other than an extreme bout of morning sickness in late 2011, nothing has stopped us from continuing to see the world since our children have come along.
In celebration of her birthday today, we are opening up our family photo album from the pre-Globetrotter blog days, I hope you enjoy and we help inspire your future baby travel adventures.
May 2010 – Sharm el Sheik, Egypt
August 2010 – Side, Turkey
Yep still taking on the resort route (pre-walking) – our latest escape before returning to full-time work December 2010 – Madfish Bay, Denmark,
January 2011 – Ultima, Victoria, Australia
Back to my husband’s family home near Swan Hill January 2011- Mauritius
April 2011 – Washington D.C., U.S.A.
June 2011 –
A great break away from resorts and a lesson in how to make city stops work well for you all July 2011 – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
August 2011 – Devon & Cornwall, U.K.
September 2011 –
Only a short train ride away, Paris is an idea City Break to take with kids if you live in the UK February 2012 – Orlando,
Disney World? What’s that? – give me some Gators! August -September 2012 – Leaving London for our new
Abu Dhabi Home
A new job offer saw us pull up sticks on our London home and relocate to the Middle East after Globetrotter #2 was born December 2012 – Abu Dhabi Western Region, U.A.E.
February 2013 –
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Weddings and special occasions always a great excuse to travel to our Melbourne home March 2013 – Langkawi, Malaysia
This is the trip we got it all wrong. We had two infants now and we took far too much hand luggage (oh Trunki, what were we thinking with a 3-year-old!) We didn’t pre-book the bassinet seat, we forgot spare clothes. We had a hideously long layover where no one could sleep. We had jet lag for days. The baby started crawling, the kids started fighting. Why did we bother??? (Have you tried Malaysian food, massages and sunset cocktails on the beach though – ‘nough said). July 2013 –
Broome, Western Australia August 2013 –
Little Beach, Western Australia
Discovering our little bit of paradise on our summer homeward bound trip. Summer temperatures in Abu Dhabi reach 50 degrees so its great to escape to the mild Western Australian winter and let the kids out to explore. Globetrotter#2 had only just learnt to walk here. October 2013 – Hon Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Very nostalgic – the trip where we worked out we really could do it, and Our Globetrotters blog was born (and I just found out that Globetrotter #3 was joining us for the journey too) October 2013 – Ha Long Bay,
And then those faces kind of say it all. This was one of those trips for my bucket list, and this is as far as we got. Nearby cyclones meant we couldn’t get out on the water this day. 4-hour bumpy bus ride up there, even longer on the way back, in a cramped mini bus. Possibly our family travel low light only days later…. March 2014 –
A great beach escape – our last with only two little people to run after, though from our first few visits the decade before. This trip was also a great lesson in Phuket has certainly changed and why it can be great to bring your in-laws along for the holiday too! multi-generation travel August 2014 – Madfish Bay, Denmark, Western Australia
And then there were 3!! Master J joined the Globetrotters in July 2014. As soon as his passport was issued we were off back home to our native Australia for a little relly bashing, and of course visiting our favourite family photo rock in Mad Fish Bay! November 2014 –
Wadduwa, Sri Lanka March 2015 –
Florida road trip
Inspired by the success of our previous multi-generation holiday we again caught up with the in-laws, this time on the other side of the world! Tackling one of the longest commercial flight routes in the world we spend two and half weeks in Florida from Miami up to the theme park mecca of Orlando – a big bucket list item ticked off for us all. Meeting her heroes at such a young age where the princess magic is still very much alive was a special moment for us to see (though our views on overweight people and queues at Disney remain unchanged…) July 2015 – Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia
And she henceforth declared Victoria to be the coldest place in the world. Sadly, at this point, I was yet to advise her how cold Canada was going to be…. August 2015 – Madfish Bay, Denmark, Western Australia
Yep, back on our rock again. Whatever the weather we love coming down here. Th’s kids can explore the rocks but I love the mesmerizing crashing waves. Some of our wedding photos were taken down on this coastline on a cold and dramatic day. Henceforth, we have officially claimed it as “our rock”. October 2015 –
Cape Town, South Africa
I love it when friends and family get married in exotic places, much of our travel plans we have managed to build around other important events and give the children some amazing experiences that we may otherwise not have thought off. and Cape Town were amazing family travel locations that should be on everyone’s radar. Stellenbosch January 2016 – Banff, Alberta, Canada
Well despite the freezing temperatures and the extreme time zone change, we did it! Our Globetrotters made their first trip to Canada, persuaded through the gruelling 16-hour flight by the opportunity to have an “Elsa Experience” but not much persuasion was needed once they saw snow. Daily snow angels, dog sledging, ice skating and tobogganing kept them all from noticing it was averaging between -10 – -20 degrees. are another thing now on our annual must do list (how many months are there in a year??) Winter wonderlands January 2016 –
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Miss Z was certainly not a fan of the steep hills but we always manage to find some small spots of fun for the kids in our city escapes. She loved the fact that this was where Riley lived in Inside Out and she felt like she was visiting a film set.
We are looking forward to a quieter time in 2016 (somewhat..), with a lot more exploring around the
and UAE to come – there are so many of our neighbouring countries we still haven’t visited! We will be back in the Middle East
We will be back in
and Vietnam over the Spring Break and Australia for our annual summer escape ~ but the world is still an open book. Where should we add next? I know Cambodia Morocco, are high on my personal bucket list. Turkey & Jordan Are there any family travel gems you think we have completely missed so far? What is the most far-flung destination you never expected to end up in with your kids?
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