Have you been thinking about travelling again? Why should starting a family mean you should stop travelling? Have you been promising yourself that you’ll take the kid(s) on a trip after ‘such-and-such’ (insert milestone you’ve created), or before school starts? I was becoming guilty of these exact same excuses myself. In fact I even declined a close friends wedding invitation on the other side of the world because I thought it would be impossible to travel with a 12 month old. But then I started to think, “if not now, then when?“…. Life is short. Will there ever be a RIGHT time to travel with family? I decided the answer is “yes”, and that time is now. In case you’re wondering, we changed our mind’s and travelled from Australia to Europe for that wedding.
I am Ali, a family travel blogger with more than a decade of experience in the hotel industry, and I’ve also worked in social media and digital for the past five years. What Ali Sees aims to help your family improve your life through more meaningful travel experiences, by sharing practical tips and stories from my own family travels.
I lost my mother to cancer a few days after my 25th birthday. This experience helped me appreciate how important it is to make the most of this one beautiful life I’m living. Eventually when I became a parent myself, I finally understood how important it is to go after the life I want. The life I always imagined involved travelling.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
Before having a child, my husband and I used to travel often, travel was an important part of our identities…. We first met each other on the other side of the world, during an extended working holiday. We even got married in a Scottish castle to begin our story the way we intended to continue – to live a life full of adventures. Our plan was to continue having these amazing travel experiences, and never settling for a ‘normal’ life. We moved back to Australia, and eventually started a family.
Then somehow our lives started to become so normal. Don’t get me wrong, I value the normality and the healthy routines we have set up for our child. However, I soon started to realise that our jobs, commitments and lifestyle was beginning to own us, instead of us going out there and creating the life we intended.
I believe that life that is all about collecting moments, not things. Becoming a parent has reinforced the importance of holding on to my core values of continuous learning and never losing my sense of wonder.
“Don’t stop travelling because you’ve got kids. It is because of your kids that you should travel.” – Ali May
What kind of life are you going to create for your family? What do you value most?
Our approach to family travel is simple: To seek out experiences and destinations that will make a lasting impression, and teach us something new.
I hope to inspire you to travel in a more meaningful way with your kids by sharing:
This blog is filled with posts about far-off destinations, outings we take within a couple of hours from our adopted home in Melbourne, Australia. As well as plenty of tips and tricks we learn along the way to help find value in your travels. When traveling with kids, its fun to plan, but you’ll have more fun if you expect the unexpected!
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