2017 was our first full year on our family Instagram account. I wanted to do a wrap up on Insta-stories, but all these screen shots didn’t fit the screen. So, in order to put them to good use, I thought that I would share with YOU what our followers thought were the best posts each month and put in a little bit of back story.
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The spectacular south coast of Western Australia is often featured on our Insta feed and why not? It offers some of the most stunning, raw scenery you will see! People absolutely loved this completely unedited shot of a storm rolling in at Mandalay Beach, in the Walpole wilderness.
For more information check out our post Things To Do In Walpole For Kids.
Six months after our first trip to Bali as a family, we were still basking in the after-glow. In fact, we were so in love with Bali, we started planning our next trip! If you would like to see our itinerary, check our our Off The Beaten Track Bili With Kids post.
Also, here are some of the books we read in order to get inspired for our great Bali family adventure.
Our Favorite Bali Books
We were still on the Bali high, sharing more stories about our travel to lesser known areas of Bali.
Read all of our recommendations in our post Bedugul and Munduk For Families post.
We loved being part of Instagram in 2016 as we shared our joy of travel with kids; by April 2017 we had made the decision to create an extra “alternative” income from having a travel blog that shared inspiration and travel ideas for families.
It made sense: Mumma’s first passion was writing, and her second one photography; joys that had somehow been lost in the mix of professional life. She always wanted to be a travel writer, running a business wasn’t ever a dream. She had made it connect with her values through ensuring it was a sustainable and responsible business that advocated supporting indigenous people, but it wasn’t what she imagined herself doing as a young person.
So, 2017 was about reconnecting with values and dreams. But you can’t eat dreams; we need to find a way to be passionate and enthusiastic about something while also earning some money.
We were invited to participate in the Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup and headed down south where this gorgeous picture actually was a result of bad parent planning (we didn’t pack sunscreen or bathers). But, by then, I’d also gotten caught up in what made a good Insta picture and I made her walk this section of beach a couple of times after the initial amazing shot – just to make sure I got it. #parentingfail
We feel truly blessed to live in Western Australia, with its incredible natural beauty. We enjoy heading down south at every moment and have been collecting great lists of things to do with kids, like this one, our post 11 Great Things For Kids On The South Coast Of Western Australia.
The Insta Post mentions I was working on “Tips for Sustainable travel while traveling as a family” – a post that I haven’t finished yet!!! It was complicated to write and research. Also, the blog is still very much a labour of love that must come after everything else – family, friends, and money making work.
July’s most popular picture was a surprise dark horse. People loved this moody shot of our son playing in the water fountains in Adelaide. We were attending the Womadelaide festival but enjoying this lesser known of the Australian cities.
Read all about our experiences at Womad in our post WOMADelaide With Kids.
Our most popular post from August was this picture of our little Peruvian baby arriving in Australia for the first time. In the post we asked for advice of what to do with kids in Sydney and were overwhelmed with the amazing ideas, help and suggestions. We did a lot of the things that were suggested! Find out how we liked them in Things To Do In Sydney For Kids.
In both Adelaide and Sydney we stayed in Airbnb’s, and some of the experiences we had contributed to this post – Pro’s And Con’s Of Airbnb For Family Travel.
Airbnb can be a wonderful alternative to staying in hotels, especially for families. We’ve got a voucher for AU $50 when you sign up to AirBNB. Take the opportunity by clicking here!
Even though we were traveling in Fiji for the first half of September, this picture of Mumma lugging a 3 year old on the rice terraces of Bali really appealed to people. It is nice too, for people to see the face of “The Mum”, otherwise the voice of our Instagram and the photographer as well.
For more info about us, and our travel style, check out our Q&A With World Of Travels With Kids post.
Our A Guide To Baby Travel Gear post was also very popular. It is filled with tried and true recommendations.
Fiji…it was certainly a tropical paradise!!! It was also a huge learning curve for us as we learned about our travel style, and what we like, and don’t like, in a destination.
Some of our top posts on Fiji are:
November & December
What, Bali again? No, unfortunately we didn’t travel to Bali at the end of the year.
At the end of November, Mumma “turned over a new leaf” – nothing in particular inspired it, except a feeling of overwhelm. Life was going past too fast and the kids growing up and Mumma was editing photos…for her Instagram. It felt like things were out of kilter. She found a whole folder (yes, a whole folder) of previously un-reviewed Bali photos and decided to stop working like a mad woman on preparing Fiji posts and blogs and instead finish up Bali posts!
How To Travel Bali With Kids was a very popular post at the time.
Now that you have seen our best of 2017 Instagram Family photos, read about our Best of 2017 Remarkable Family Travel Experiences.
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