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Sophie

Asia Nepal Travels

24hrs in Kathmandu

Keith visited Nepal 25 years ago and loved it.  He was really keen to return during our trip. Originally, we planned to spend 7-10 days here to include trekking and white water rafting, but for various reasons; being short of time, these actives requiring quite a lot of ‘gear’ that we are not carrying and and being a bit concerned about the overall pace of our itinerary in Asia, we…

Asia Cambodia Laos Singapore Thailand Travels Vietnam

Seven weeks in South East Asia

When we left the UK I had planned the first six months of our travels. We knew where we were going and when. I had most of the accommodation booked and felt really relaxed and excited about the places we were headed to (Canada, North America, South America and Australia). We wanted to spend most of the second half of our trip in Asia. I’ve travelled to Asia quite a…

Thailand Travels

Nine Richmond Rascals Tell Tales from Thailand

We said goodbye yesterday to our friends; the Van Dyk and Sayers families from Richmond. They had travelled to Thailand to spend their Easter holidays exploring Bangkok and Krabi with us.  It was the first time in Thailand for all the children and I asked them to each write something for our blog describing their favourite experience… Mikel Van Dyk (age 11) I went to Thailand and my favourite experience…

New Zealand Travels

Stealer of hearts – Abel Tasman National Park

After nearly seven months of travelling, through 3 continents and 11 countries, we arrived in a remote paradise, on the other side of the world to home and had one of the most magical weeks of our trip so far. Abel Tasman National Park: Situated on the north coast of New Zealand’s South Island and so remote it is only accessed by boat or plane. This wilderness reserve has 60km…

Australia Travels

A different kind of Christmas

I love Christmas. I absolutely love it. Most of all, I love the build up. The irony is, that the six weeks or so leading up to the big day is without a doubt, the busiest time of year for me and so often pretty stressful. As for most mum’s (and yes I’m fairly convinced that in the vast majority of homes it is the mum who bares the brunt…

Canada North America Travels

A letter to my girls

This week, of all our time together on this journey, I have felt most proud of you. My heart is full with love and admiration and I’m feeling a bunch of emotions.  Most present is a weird happy/sad feeling that’s manifesting in lots of tears, so I decided to write down my thoughts to help me understand what I’m feeling and to share it with you. As I’ve reflected, I…

Mexico Travels

Tales from Tulum

Today we left Tulum after ten amazing days. During our last dinner on the beach, we agreed our ratings (as we have done for everywhere we’ve spent more than a night or two).  No surprise to me – Tulum has shot to our number 1 spot! We have all been so happy here, I defy anyone to come to this South East corner of Mexico and not find something to…

Planning Travels

Making our travelling life a little easier

This post definitely won’t be of interest to everyone. It might be of interest if you travel a lot, or are thinking of some extended travel with kids and like me, are keen to lap up every ounce of experience from others doing the same. I have put together a list of 10 things that I think are helping to make our travels a little easier / happier / healthier…

Brazil South America Travels

Falling for Trancoso

I hoped it would happen.  I was scared it wouldn’t.  I thought maybe my expectations were too high but no, this place is more wonderful than I dared dream and I have fallen for Trancoso.  I first read about this relatively unknown destination on the blog of another family who were travelling around the world and who were a big inspiration for me: https://somewhereslower.com/2015/10/23/slowing-down-in-beautiful-brazil/.  When I looked on the map, I…