Our travels through WA in our Cheapa Campa continue. We traveled through the beautiful Margaret River through to Albany! Wow! Wow! Wow! So much to see, glorious wines to be tasted, beers to be drunk, food to be consumed, chocolate to be devoured and parks to be played, and that’s just the start!!! We started our glorious Wednesday morning with a coffee and chocolate tasting at Temper Temper, this place was recommended by some fellow travellers so we have it a go, and it didn’t disappoint! And it wouldn’t be a visit to Margaret River without visiting a brewery or winery (or both)! Best thing is that most we have read about cater for kids, with huge playgrounds to keep the kiddies entertained it’s a win win for Travelling families!!! We chose the tourist route and headed towards the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, found a great park in Peaceful Bay for the night and did the walk this morning, it’s a must do if you visit the area!!!! This afternoon we hit Albany and headed to the Discovery Bay Tourism Experience, the historical whaling station! It was amazing, weren’t so much about the old whaling days, so glad everyone told us about that one! Thanks to having a motorhome, we had another home cooked meal and kids are in bed! I hope you all have a chance to visit this area, it’s beautiful!!!!! Kell x
Travelled down in our Cheapa Campa towards Margaret River today and saw some beautiful places along the way. First stop was Busselton, taking a walk on the 1.8km Jetty and taking in the gorgeous views! Simply amazing! Grabbed a coffee from the cafe and Zac had a play in the park, all winners here! Grabbed some supplies from the local shops 🙂 We chose the tourist route so we could see more. Stopped at Yallingup and it was another breathtaking place (these WA beaches are pretty awesome)!! Another awesome park for Zac to have a play and Corey & I to check out the views, yep pretty awesome! After this spot we headed down to Surfers Point in Margaret River, home of the Margaret River Surfing Pro, and guess what?? Anther awesome view! So lovely to see the sun over the ocean in the afternoons! Really is a photography paradise 🙂 Was nice to feel the sand between our toes too! We decided to stay in town at Margaret River so we can get an early start to explore the region! Watch this space for tomorrow’s adventures 🙂
Last week Zac, Brett & I went to the Sunny Coast. It was a trip to introduce the little guy to his Aunty and Uncle – us being nomadic it was way easier for them to fly us to them rather than come to us. So we had a busy busy week of playing and adventuring, and I survived two plane trips with two kids solo (#gome)!
Very excited at the airport (sad to say goodbye to Corey), we did the ‘obligatory’ family selfie before we boarded, and I made sure I took a quick snap of Bretto, being his first flight and all. I sometimes feel I neglect the little fellow when it comes to snapping him, so I am making a concerted effort to make sure I have lots of photos (second child syndrome).
Flight was great, kids were perfect! Another tick in the travel check box (keep Zac entertained with books/colouring and the promise of timtam fingers from the Hosties – worked a treat). Breastfed taking off and landing, Brett slept pretty much for the duration of the flight. Had a lovely G’ma beside me who was off to visit her Grandson, so it was a dream flight!! Arrived in Brisbane and the weather was magical – check this shot I took from the window!
Bretto had a few firsts while we were there, not just a plane trip, but a trip to the beach and a little dip in the ocean. Of course he loved it, it wasn’t too cold, big smiles all round! Zac loved showing him the sand and shells, I don’t want to wish time away, but it will be great when they can run along the beach together!
These shots were taken on Anzac Day at Currimundi Lake, if you are ever on the coast this is a great place to visit. There are no waves (you can walk over the dunes to the ocean side), so great for little people, and even better that you can walk across to the other side and go adventuring. Great sand dunes for rolling down too! We got to see some people landing from their sky dive – they couldn’t of picked a better day! Great to see lots of families together and using SUPs too – I’ve jotted that down on the old bucket list to give it a go at some point 😉
We took Zac’s school things with us as well, in between activities we did lots of reading and did all the work he needed to. We incorporated a lot of other activities into his school, we visited Mainly Music, Chipmunks (indoor play centre), Sea Life UnderWater World, and did copious amounts of playing and dressing up with his cousins. He mastered a flip on the trampoline too, feeling very proud of himself!
Then this happened – Brett is actually 16 weeks old, time is flying by so quickly! I always get a snap of the boys together to watch them grow, I hope their closeness remains the same as they get older. Corey didn’t come on this trip so we made sure we sent morning photos!
After a fabulous week, catching up with friends and family and Zac playing with his cousins from morning to night, it was time to head back to Townsville. Was great to get away for a little while and enjoy some of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer! It really is a great place, make sure you visit!
Until our next little adventure – take care x
While Travelling Australia – it is great linking with other travellers, especially other families. It provides an opportunity to meet up, share ideas, assist with schooling and all the other things (good and bad) that come with raising your children on the road!
One of my first contacts was Mandy at TAWKers “Travel Australia With Kids’! She founded this group and has a great blog, assisting other travellers who are out there, not only within Australia but families who are coming from overseas!
I love that we are all here to offer advice and share our stories – we are the current ‘Featured Family’ on the TAWKers site – head on over and check it out – click here. There is also a section on there that you can complete so you can become a Featured Family too 🙂
Hey there readers. I have a little project that I am working on and I need YOUR help! While travelling in a caravan, we are limited to how much stuff we can carry, so we look for easy meals we can whip up, that are nutritious, filling & are on the less expensive side. I have put a call out on Facebook and ask people to send in recipes – this way I can collate them all and have a little guide on my BLOG to help people when they are stuck for ideas.
So – given that the word FOODIE may have attracted you, please feel free to share any recipes of little meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) that you might have, they can be as fancy or as simple as you like. You can post them in the comments of this post or email me – firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 I will make sure I credit your name/Blog whatever you ask, and if you could add a photo that would be great too!
The internet is a great source for people to share information, this is why I love Facebook, Instagram & Blogging, so I thank you in advance!
Firstly, I was super excited to be asked by a fellow blogger, Heike Herrling…..but it tasted good to join her in this new age “chain letter” style of blogging, answering some questions as to why bloggers write? She wrote a fabulous blog about why she writes then recommended me to do the same. I then will recommend some of my loved blogs which will in turn write while they reflect and then recommend some of their favourite blogs. Get the drift? I was excited as I needed to ask myself a few of these questions, which will hopefully make me think about where I want my blog to go. So, here goes.
What Am I Currently Working On?
Like many bloggers, I have a lot of ‘draft’ blogs that need to be finalised and published. I draw my ideas from challenges I face in travelling around Australia with my husband Corey, and our five year old, Zac. I write about travelling, about totally random things that pop inside my head at the time. Sometimes, it’s just having a glass of wine and seeing what happens when my fingers touch the keyboard. I guess my overall plan is to promote The Blonde Nomad brand. To get the word out there and inspire people to live their lives. Time is a precious gift, it doesn’t renew, it doesn’t stop, we need to use our time effectively to ensure that our life doesn’t pass too quickly with regrets.
How Does My Writing Differ From Others In My Genre? Why Do I Write What I Do?
Right, so I have totally merged these two questions because for me, they totally are dependant on each other.
I ‘speak-write’. It’s a term I made up myself just now, to give an idea as to how I write. I write as if you were sitting right beside me having a conversation and me telling you my stories and challenges. While we are travelling, it’s hard being away from family and friends, I guess this is my outlet of pretending that I’m sitting with one of my confidante’s and having a laugh, a whinge, a vent, a conversation about what is happening in my life, think of it as my ten minute time out. I’m known for saying it like it is, I don’t do a compliment sandwich. If you have read some of my other blogs, I am not afraid to say that at times, this ‘living the dream’ scenario can be scary, yes I do fight with my husband, yes I get tired of being a parent to a demanding five year old. Just like everyone else out there. I will never pretend to be the happy rosy family without hiccups, and that’s why I write the way I do. Whatever pops into my mind, is automatically written. I’ve studied, I’ve written essays and fairly extensive projects for university, but my blog writing is relaxed, therefore I ‘speak-write’.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
I’m not very methodical when it comes to blogging, and maybe I need to be moreso. Perhaps I need to plan out my blogs. I do however have a dream book, which allows me to write down ideas for blogs, things that have happened that I will then transform into writing. I do think about what things people might like to read about, and start from there. If we meet people on the road and they ask a particular question, then I sometimes use that for inspiration that perhaps other people would like that question answered.
I draft blogs, like I said I have lots in the wings. For some of the blogs I need to read them and re-read them to see if I am prepared to actually “publish” them, but for others I just “add post” then write write write until I have reached my imaginary word limit. I’m new to the Blogosphere, so if I sound like I am all over the place, it probably means that I am. I have gone from being the most organised person, worker, mother, wife, to now being the most relaxed I’ve ever been. Thanks to our change of lifestyle. This is a medium I use for fun, for engagement, and to connect with like minded people, so there is never pressure for me to have to write, I write when I want to. I totally LOVE it. Hopefully someday, I can use this as a means of income, maybe, maybe I’m dreaming, but sometimes I put a goal out there as something to work towards!
Blogs To Watch
I am a huge Facebook and Instagram fan. That is where I submit little stories, and of course a gazillion photos of things that happen in our everyday life. My first favourite blog is the FatMumSlim blog. Chantelle started blogging a long time ago, and created an awesome photo a day challenge. Her Blog is inspiring as she has worked hard in creating it as a business and has now brought out her own iPhone app. I connected with Heike (blogger who recommended me) using these Facebook and Instagram outlets, and even though we have never met personally, she inspires me in ways she would never imagine. Her images, her writing style, her stories, and mostly her encouragement to me, makes her an outstanding blogger for me, and sometimes I even silently dedicate a new blog to her, knowing that her passion for blogging and for life, inspires me to pull out the laptop and write for myself.
As I am new to the BLOGosphere, I managed to get two of my other favourites to be part of this wonderful blogging experience, Why Do I Write? So watch out next week for their blogs about where they draw their inspiration from!
I found Mandy via Facebook and her fabulous ‘TAWKers page’. Mandy used to live a 5 star lifestyle in England co-ordinating Motor Racing and travelling Europe. She then met an Aussie, married him and moved to Australia. Three children later and the 5 star lifestyle out of the question and camping suggested – to which she reluctantly agree, SHE LOVED IT! It led to a two year trip travelling the country and her life was forever changed. Mandy still yearns for it now and lives vicariously through her TAWKers, through her blog and Facebook page she now supports and provides a great medium for other families currently travelling or those who wish to, Travel Australia With Kids. Other follows offer great advice and it’s nice to be able to contribute by offering my own experiences to other families travelling.
Through Facebook again, I got in contact with Fabi, who was on the countdown in departing for a two year trip around OZ with husband Warrick and beautiful girls Charlotte and Celeste. Fabi moved to Australia from Switzerland in 2005, her love for Australia was ignited from a family holiday to our great country when she was 10. They share the most beautiful photos, Warrick has a drone and takes the most wonderful aerial shots. Their love of stand up paddle boarding makes me want to give it a go. They are truly making the most of every moment with their girls and Fabi’s enthusiasm and continued encouragement is why I love their blog.
So there you have it folks, a bit of an insight into The Blonde Nomad’s way of thinking and writing and where I get some of my inspiration. I knew that writing this would get me excited (thanks again Heike), and now my ideas and thoughts are just streaming. So it’s off to the drawing board for me. I’m going to get more focussed and even though I like my casual style, perhaps a planned approach might encourage me to write more. So for anybody that might read this, then woohoooo, thanks for being part of this magical space us writers call the BLOGosphere 🙂
Please leave comments so I know who has visited, and also leave links to your own blog, Facebook page, Instagram so I can check your stuff out too!!
C’mon, admit it. We all like to receive FREE things from time to time. Most of us though, never get to experience this during our lifetime. How many tickets have you bought to win the Lotto? How many raffle tickets have you bought during your lifetime, and actually won. If you are like us, you have forked out a lot more money to buy these tickets than you ever would have won!
WELL GUESS WHAT?????? We won. We finally won something. We didn’t even have to buy a ticket, we had to complete an entry form. Ok, you have no idea what I am talking about do you? I will start from the beginning.
Back in February I stumbled across a travel competition. The competition was being run by a large company that specialises in caravan & camping products, Dometic Waeco. Otherwise known as “Follow The Sun” ambassador competition. There were three winners being chosen, and each winner would be given the opportunity to win up to $25,000 to upgrade in your caravan and vehicle, plus fuel and accommodation expenses to travel for three months to a set itinerary. Part of the competition, being an Ambassador, was to host Happy Hours at various places around Australia to show other travellers the great range of products, and to thank them for their ongoing custom to Dometic. After reading through the terms and conditions I straight away thought that this competition was created for us. For those of you who know us, we love to meet people, we love happy hours, we love travelling, and yes surprise surprise, I LOVE social media. So I emailed off the entry form, and after a month or so didn’t really think much of it.
It was Monday, May 19th, we had just spent the weekend in Sydney and were on our way back to Canberra. Today was the day something magical was going to happen. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed I casually said to Corey “I guess we didn’t win that Dometic thing, the winners were announced today and we haven’t received a call”. He laughed, and we both agreed that things like this would never happen to us.
We arrived back in Canberra and were packing up our van, we had finished exploring our Nation’s Capital and were ready to head to Victoria. Being so busy packing, I didn’t hear my phone ring. I had a missed call, and a voicemail message. I recognised it was a Gold Coast number, I laughed and said to Corey “Bet it’s Dometic, haha”. As I checked my voicemail, I screamed, it WAS Dometic. They had left a message asking me to return their call. I must’ve called about twenty times, obviously the person I was trying to get through to was busy calling other finalists. When I got through and heard on the other end of the line that we had made the TOP 20 from OVER 8000 applicants my heart stopped, I couldn’t stop shaking and I was absolutely gobsmacked!
So what did this mean, making the Top 20? This meant that we had to submit further details together with a video submission outlining why we should win, and become the top 3. For a bit of extra confidence and support I asked friends to invite their friends to like our travel page. This made me feel loved, I admit it, I started to feel that we could inspire more and more people to travel, to bite the bullet and make sure that they never have a dull moment. Get out and explore our country, whether it be for a weekend, a week, a month, a year or a lifetime. This then gave us some further inspiration to make the videos and answer questions about what would make us great Ambassadors of Dometic.
After the video and extra information had been submitted we had to wait, a whole seven days to find out if we had won. On Monday, 2nd June at 11:58am we got a call. We got THE call. We were told that we were selected to be one of the three Dometic Follow The Sun Ambassadors for 2014. I was beyond chuffed, nothing could describe how I felt. This was an opportunity travellers dream of, to have the financial support to be able to continue our travels, we again were gobsmacked. I screamed in the car and Corey realised that we had won. Not only had we won, we were given our first choice itinerary and that was to explore NSW, SA and VIC. We were yet to explore the areas that are outlined in the itinerary so we were absolutely over the moon! The hardest thing was we had to keep it a secret until the announcement at the Brisbane Caravan and Camping Show, Tuesday 10th June. We managed to tell a few white lies to keep this all hush hush’, it was all worth it in the end.
The moment Brooke Hanson (celebrity Dometic Follow The Sun Ambassador) announced our names, we could finally break out into the dance that had been held inside our bodies for over a week. We met Dometic staff, who were just fabulous, did interviews for various magazines, radio, newspapers, we were on top of the world.
Since the announcement, we have moved in with some friends on the Sunshine Coast until we embark on this new journey. We have emptied our caravan out and have met with the Dometic Reps who have gone through what we can fit in the van. The products that we will be getting installed are just fabulous, and I can’t wait to share this with you all! Corey will be working on the Coast so we can save some extra money for the duration of time we will be away.
I have created a page on my blog “2014 Dometic Follow The Sun Ambassadors” where I will add links from the http://www.dometicfollowthesun.com.au page, and write about our journey’s for that time and share our itineraries hoping that you might be able to come along and meet us. I will continue to write the real stories about caravanning as well, as I’m sure we will hit challenges along the way.
I want to finish off by encouraging everyone to get out and explore this wonderful country of ours. Full-time travelling might not be your thing, but explore your town, your neighbouring town. Spend time with family and friends. Time is one thing you will never get back.
You get ONE Life, so make every moment count.
Kellie (aka The Blonde Nomad)
2014 Dometic Follow The Sun Ambassador (I will never get tired of writing that!)
My Mum recently gave me a present, a bag with the words “see the world….come home for love”.
I’m sure majority of people who live or work away from their family, agree with Dorothy in that there is ‘no place like home’. Wouldn’t it be great if wherever we are in the world, we could click our heels 3 times and be home with loved ones. Since this isn’t the case, I’ve come up with an idea, The Blonde Nomad’s 10:15 TimeSnap! Before I explain what this ‘timesnap’ is all about, I will first let you know why and how I came up with the idea.