If we weren’t so focused on travelling the world, we’d be hippies… focusing on a natural, sustainable lifestyle. I imagine us shopping at farmers markets with our home-made bags, planting trees and vegetables, raising chickens, playing in a teepee in the garden, and doing crafts. Oh- wait a minute – we do all those things but we also drive a new car, and our fashion sense isn’t hippy – more like utilitarian! We do, however, say no to plastics, use chemical free products and eat fresh organic food wherever possible.
One of our biggest balancing acts is between the need to work (earn money) – while at the same time seeking natural alternatives which are also time consuming. We embrace the ideas of home-schooling and world schooling but haven’t yet made the leap into either field. Our children attend a small, community based school that does follow the Australian curriculum but also has a great music program, gorgeous gardens (that the kids help out with) and a focus on the natural environment. Depending on the pace of life, we ebb and flow with our use of screens – sometimes they are present (especially kids TV/DVD) – and sometimes not so much. Small screens are very individual items and we try to limit their use.
Here we share that you can be a travel family while also embracing sustainable living!