The papa of our family, Norman, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Advanced Pancreatic Cancer in May 2018. From the first day we knew this was a particularly aggressive form of cancer and that he was terminally ill. We never wanted to believe that diagnosis, not even on the last day. He passed away in February 2019 after a horrendous 9 months of chemotherapy, radiation and the pain of the cancer. He was 39 years old, a father of 5 children. Our youngest, a baby girl, was just 30 days old when Norman died.
When Norman was diagnosed we cancelled a 4 month trip where we’d planned to explore California, spend time with his family in Nicaragua, hang out in Costa Rica and do some trekking in Peru. Instead of our family heading to Nicaragua, Norman went by himself because the country was on the brink of civil war. Despite the risks, he had to see his family before he started chemotherapy -and with a dire life expectancy – see them again,
Now, with our life in pieces and our hearts shattered we literally need to “learn to live again”. For this Mumma, she has the wonderful gift of new life … with a newborn to nurture. The 9 months Norman had cancer there was no time to pause nor process… and we always hoped and prayed that the end of the story would not be his death. Now, blogging about the cancer journey will be a place to put the pieces of the puzzle on the table. And maybe, even connect some of the pieces and make sense of what happened to Norman, and by extension, our family.
And… with adventure, a sustainable lifestyle, and travel at the core of our family life… there will be places to go and things to do. I don’t want the children to be defined by “cancer” or by the loss of their father. We have no idea why this was our journey but would be privileged to share with you what we discover along the way.
About us – how we defined ourselves prior to Cancer
We are family of 4 –1 born in Nicaragua, 1 in Peru, and 2 in Australia.
The adults have been travellers & adventurers our whole lives, but now we are now embracing the adventure called Parenthood. Discovering the world through the kids’ eyes means a short excursion anywhere is an adventure.
Everyone has different experiences with becoming parents, and the second child is different again. After years of being on the road with our little Miss between Australia, Peru and Nicaragua, our little boy grounded us. For us, 2 children seemed like triple the work, juggling schedules and also trying to maintain a work schedule after he was 4 months old. To not travel was the only decision to make: we stayed in Australia for 18 months, and we travelled very little. this time being settled in australia was a wonderful chance for us to experience and savor the wonders of australia, while also working up our appetite for overseas adventure.
In October 2016 our Instagram account was selected by Eric Stoen, of Travel Babbo, as one of the 25 Best Family Travel Accounts in the world. This was a huge thrill for us and a turning point in our blogging career. (Ok, let’s be honest, there was no career at that stage.) Read about our inclusion in the 25 Best Family Travel Instagram Accounts
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We have been featured in a number of different places:
Learn more about us; and what motivates to travel>>> An interview with Our Tribe Travels
How our travel style has changed since becoming a family with this interview with Wandermust Family
Here we chat about our favourite holiday in Asia with Kids to Lovina, Bali in the Asia Interviews with the Travelynn family
What a thrill to have been selected as “Top 10 Travel Bloggers You Should Be Following” by Linen and Latitudes, who, like us, believe in responsible travel and giving back to the places you visit.
It is so nice to be included on an “inspiring” list… The most inspiring new family travel blogs to follow in 2017, including World of Travels with Kids
Get to know Cusco like a local! Here is our wrap on things to do in Cusco with Kids, featured on Explore my City!!!
We don’t recommend anything that we don’t know and use ourselves. One of our favourite ways to live like a local and immerse ourselves in local culture is AirBNB. By staying in ‘real’ homes there is more opporunity to mingle with the locals, plus the family settles into a routine, with space for kids to play and the parents to cook. We’ve got a voucher for AU $50 when you sign up to AirBNB. Take the opportunity here!