Sustainable family travel

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We're on a mission to blend worldschooling, eco travel experiences & sustainable living for a magical family life! Latest post:

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2018/02/23 10:10:55

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Know what this is? It's what happens when you give your cheeky 7 year old a camera while site-seeing!.I was going through my Angkor Wat photos and there are several of statue's butts :) And he thinks it's hilarious to take my photo with his finger in the way! Sometimes he also reverses the lens and takes shots of himself while pretending to take one of us :) Kids, hey?! They sure make life more fun!.Dante is actually quite a good photographer, he has a great eye for things. His sense of humour is even better though I think! Do you kids take pics in funny ways?.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #kidswhotravel #kidsforreal #kidscantravel #kidswithcameras #mumlife #kidsarehilarious #kidsview #kidseyeview #littlestoriesofmylife #motherhoodunplugged #adventureanywhere #howwefun #iwasbornwild #letthemexplore #raiseawildchild #runwildmychild #wildandfreechildren #stayadventurous #travelkids #travelwithchildren #childrenwithcameras #ourcandidlife #takethekids #travelfamily #letthembelittle #kidstravelling #simplykids
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2018/02/20 11:22:16

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I have a new post that's a little different today: a guest post I wrote for an inspiring website called the Mindful Mom Blographer. It is about our family's journey to really living the life we dreamed about; from taking the standard path to blazing our own trail..It was really lovely to write this post and reflect on all we have done! I hope you enjoy it, and thank you so much Laura @themindfulmomblographer for sharing our story!.The direct link is in the bio above, or copy + paste: https://themindfulmomblographer.com/2018/02/19/intentional-life-design-creating-long-term-family-travel-and-deeper-meaning-in-our-lives-a-guest-post/.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #themindfulmom #mindfullife #mindfulliving #intentionalliving #intentionallife #livingdifferent #inspireothers #livedifferent #experiencesnotthings #letgoandlive #pathlesstaken #beyourselfalways #itsmylife #ouradventure #ouradventures #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreemama #globalwanderer #conscioustravel #consciousparenting #lifeofadventures #travelfamily #travelwithkids #courageous #loveyourlifeorchangeit #loveourlife #bethechangeyouseek #ecofamily #adventurefamily
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2018/02/16 20:28:34

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We love our organic/bulk store! Today Allegra and I refilled heaps of jars and containers at @cloveorganics and had lots of fun filling them up :) It really is a nice way to shop, slowing the process down and making it a much more sensory experience..It is a little more work for us than buying new all the time; but is not as much work that it takes for companies to constantly make new jars and containers! Or for our waste services to deal with them (or not)..We are not zero waste but we are mindful of our habits and are reducing where we can. What is also great about this shop is they sell unwrapped produce: how hard is that to find in supermarkets now?.You can see from the pics we refilled pulses, laundry liquid, tahini, amazing local honey and olive oil, chia seeds, oats, bi-carb soda, and freshly ground peanut butter. We also refill shampoo, nuts & dried fruit, herbs & spices, flours, and pasta sometimes too......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #towardszerowaste #greenliving #cloveorganics #supportlocalbusiness #slowlivingforlife #gogreen💚 #environmentallyfriendly #reduce #reducereuserecycle #reuseable #reusegram #ecoblogger #ecobloggers #loveourplanet #sustainableliving #trashisfortossers #beresponsible #bethechange🌎 #zerowastegoals #zerowastecooking #tomorrowandbeyond #waronwaste #waronwasteau #lifelearning #naturallearning #ecofriendlyliving #dogoodbegood #italladdsup #littlethingsmatter
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2018/02/16 08:10:07

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Becoming global guardians can be done over breakfast! Instead of our usual Spanish learning, this morning we looked at the new issue of Global Guardian magazine together. This junior edition focuses on endangered sea creatures and it was full of interesting stuff! Did you know that sea turtles can cry? And that blue whales weigh as much as 30 elephants? Well we all do now!.Look up @globalguardianproject if you're interested in subscribing too. The junior edition is for 3-7 year olds, and their longer mag is suitable for 8-14 year olds. They are offering a 24" x 18" world map poster for free when you subscribe at present......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #globalguardianproject #homeeducation #interestledlearning #unschoolers #unschooling #unschoolingrocks #homeschool #homeeducator #learningisfun #lifeschooling #unschoolinglife #unschoollife #ecoeducation #protectourplanet #protectouroceans #endangeredspecies #endangeredanimals #lifelearning #intentionalliving #beresponsible #greenliving #savetheocean #savetheplanet #globalcitizens #theyarethefuture #thefutureisintheirhands
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2018/02/12 12:19:46

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It's a bittersweet time for Allegra and I at present. She is finishing up breastfeeding, which is a bit hard but it's the right time for us..To celebrate this change in our lives we climbed a high lookout together this morning. I'm trying to keep it positive and concentrate on the great things about getting bigger. She understands that there are positives and negatives to it, but it still sad sometimes. I know she'll be ok and she doesn't need it now, but still needs the closeness with me..I am ready to close this chapter of my life: since Dante was conceived in 2010 I've either been pregnant or breastfeeding! I'm really glad I've been able to nurture them so closely, and I'm glad to be moving on now too..I'm looking forward to doing a big cleanse and getting my health back to vibrant again. One of the reasons we came home for a travel break was to concentrate on our health, and I thought it would coincide with weaning Allegra. It's nice to go through this at home and use our known and trusted health practitioners here......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #gentleparenting #transitions #breastfeedingmommy #breastfeedingislove #breastfeedingmum #extendedbreastfeeding #focusonthepositives #breastfeedingawareness #focusonthepositive #bigchanges #readyforchange #mamablogger #mumlifeisthebestlife #mumlifebalance #intentionalliving #mamatribe #consciousparenting #motherhooduncut #itsmylife #ouradventure #our_everyday_memories #livedifferently #breastfeedingjourney #nurtured #littlestoriesofmylife #courageous #womenstrong
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2018/02/11 07:40:01

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We're packed up and on the road again! It's exciting to be travelling even though it's only a few days interstate!.(And I'm extra happy that we can travel with my yoga mat!).....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #ontheroadagain #travellove #travelholics #travelfam #travelfamily #kidswhotravel #travelblog #kidstravelblog #familytravels #familytravelblog #familyoffduty #nomadiclife #nomadicfamily #justtheessentials #livedifferently #liveoutofabag #welovetotravel #yogatraveller #roadtripping
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2018/02/07 15:39:59

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New blog post! I've been working on this one for awhile and hope it's a really useful one for parents who need to find reliable, sturdy and leak-proof drink bottles for their kids..And despite the title, it's not just for parents! Adults looking for the best in insulated water bottles: look no further. Our favourite brands, fully tested and reviewed here by us and Joss from @littlegreenglobetrotter are perfect for you too. Our families use them daily at home and travelling, and LOVE them!.Many thanks to Joss for contributing to this post. Copy + paste: https://www.smallfootprintsbigadventures.com/sustainableliving/kids_drink_bottles/.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #littlegreenglobetrotter #reusable #reusables #reusablewaterbottle #kidsdrinkbottle #kidsdrinks #leakproofbottle #leakproof #sustainableliving #ecofriendlyliving #beresponsible #kidapproved #kidtested #ecococoon #thermos #thermosbottle #stainlesssteel #kleankanteen #purastainless #drinkbottle #drinkbottles #kidstraveltips #travelwithkids #travelwithkidstips #leakproofbottle #greenliving #gogreen💚 #itseasybeinggreen #kidsview
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2018/02/06 10:00:23

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We're never too old to try new things! I rode a bike today for the first time in 30 years!!.Dante filmed this, my first actual ride :) I practised in the driveway first, with Ant holding the bike like a proud dad initially, then I tried alone balance-bike style. After a few tries I got it! And then went on to do heaps of laps of this track! It was really fun and I'm looking forward to getting better and better..I don't have any memories of bike riding as a kid, but I do recall owning one pink bike. It was never my thing and I've never wanted or needed to learn til now. But now, as I have a great desire to learn this for our next trip, I'm motivated and enjoying it..It really is never too late to learn! And it's awesome learning new things, especially when we really want to! I love showing my kids that adults don't know everything, but we can learn more at anytime. It feels so empowering and humbling, and it's a wonderful lesson learnt with laughs together :).....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #lifeschooling #lifelessons #adultlearning #icandoit #unschoolers #unschooling #unschoolinglife #adventuremamas #adventureanywhere #activefamilies #womenstrong #courageous #naturallearning #beanexample #empoweredwomen #travelmom #femaletravelblogger #neverstoplearning #lifeofadventures #letgoandlive #loveyourlife #wearetravelmums #weareworldschoolers #womenempowerment #consciousparenting #ladiesgoneglobal #interestledlearning
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2018/02/04 16:50:06

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A little friend we met on our walk today :) Allegra nearly somersaulted on top of it but lucky we noticed it in time!.I think it's a water dragon or a bearded dragon, anyone know? It was just chillin in a grassy area, not far from the river......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #aussieanimals #australianlife #aussieblogger #kidswhohike #familywalks #newfriend #familythathikes #animalkingdom #hellolittlefriend #naturekids #milduralife #discoveries #naturesgifts #learningiseverywhere #getoutandexplore #getoutandexplorenature #outdoorslife #outdoorkids #lovelifeoutside #familytravelblog
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2018/02/01 13:47:41

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Our hometown Mildura is situated on the Murray River, which divides our state Victoria with New South Wales. We often walk along it and play nearby, and it's fascinating to see how high some of the floods have been over the years..In 2016 we had another flood that got about halfway to the 1975 marker. We watched it slowly rising every few days, lamenting how much land it covered that we couldn't access for some time!.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #mildura #milduralife #travelinyourhometown #exploreeveryday #exploremoreoutdoors #getoutandexplore #wonderseveryday #theworldisourclassroom #outdoorkids #mulberrychildhood #worldschoolers #worldschoolingcentral #outdoorclassroom #murrayriver #letthemexplore #explorerkids #learningiseverywhere #outdoorseveryday #children_outdoors #kidsoftheoutdoors #familythathikes #familywalks #earthtrekkers #incredibleearth #familyhike
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2018/01/31 12:30:56

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Dante has just emailed a friend he met in Siem Reap, who lives in China! They had such a great play together and it's awesome that they're keeping in touch..One of the best things about travel is making new friends. I'm writing about the many things our kids learnt while we were travelling for 4 months, and I love how the experiences continue to enrich our lives from home too!.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #travellove #travelisthebestteacher #kidswhotravel #kidscantravel #kidstravelblog #gotkidswilltravel #naturallearning #travelschooling #worldschooling #worldschoolers #unschoolers #unschoolinglife #weareworldschoolers #homeschooled #homeeducate #homeschooling #lifeschooling #homeschoolers #unschoolingrocks #unschooled #penpals #learningthroughdoing #travelfriendship #keepingintouch #lifelearning #lifelearner
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2018/01/30 09:30:09

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Zero waste easy summer picnics! We've had heaps of these since we got home, cooling off and catching up with friends..I just pack some sandwiches in our @4myearth wraps, plus some cut fruit and veg or some leftover salad in Tupperware, and take heaps of water in our bottles. Simple, light and easy to transport: that's all we need on hot summer evenings!.What are your go-to easy picnic meals?.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #4myearth #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #zerowastefood #zerowastefamily #zerowastetips #ecoblogger #gogreen💚 #waronwasteau #waronwaste #wanderlightly #trashisfortossers #partofthesolution #ecolovers #summerpicnic #cleanliving #beresponsible #ecofriendly #loveourplanet #easysummerdinner #easysummer #environmentallyfriendly #reusable #reusablesrock #reusables #greenliving
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2018/01/29 14:38:01

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Wish we were back on Tioman Island, Malaysia right now! After our week of volunteering helping sea turtles last Sept, we stayed @riverviewjuara on the other end of Juara Bay for a few nights..Behind our room were some mangroves that we're perfect for kayaking down: we even paddled directly underneath a sleeping python!.And in front of our room was this stunningly beautiful beach. It was a pretty perfect place! So hard to leave such a paradise......#smallfootprintsbigadventures #takeusback #tiomanisland #kidswhotravel #kidstravel #islandparadise #islandadventures #outdoorclassroom #kidsoftheoutdoors #familyadventuresummit #goadventuretogether #lpkids #perfectplaces #travelmemories #adventurefamily #bigadventures #kidsinnature #nomadicfamily #travelfamily #worldschoolingcentral #theworldisourplayground #happyadventuring #lovelifeoutside #wearetravelmums #naturelovers #stayadventurous #bigadventures #adventuretravel
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2018/01/27 08:36:37

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Allegra spent a lot of time on my back as we travelled :) We considered taking our Ergo carrier but decided against it; it would have been just another thing to pack, and as we don't use it daily, it didn't seem vital. So whenever she was getting tired she jumped up for a piggy back!.There was only one time we really wished we had the Ergo: at Angkor Wat. She usually sleeps around lunch time, so we'd arrange it so that we could be back at our accommodation if she needed a nap that day. On our first day at the temples we hoped she wouldn't need one, as it's a bit of a drive from Siem Reap city..But with the heat and all the walking at the first temple, she got tired and fell asleep on the way to the main one, Angkor Wat itself. We didn't want to sit around in the tuk tuk for ages waiting for her to wake up, so Ant carried her around the huge temple, fast asleep! We thought she'd just have a quick nap but she slept a good hour, and only woke as we were leaving it :).Poor Ant had quite a sore shoulder after that. Needless to say, we made sure we only visited the temples AFTER her nap after that!.Do you take carriers or strollers for kids bigger than toddlers, or make do like us?.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #smallfootprints #carrymyjoy #ouradventure #travelfamily #toddlerwearing #toddlerwearingmama #travellove #travelstories #travelwithkids #kidswhotravel #takethekids #shesleptthewholetime #lifeschooling #livedifferently #worldschooling #worldschoolers #kidstravelblog #kidstraveller #kidstravelling #piggyback #piggybackpacking #tinybigadventure #adventureswithkids #takeyourkidseverywhere #kidstraveltips #nostroller #travellight #travellightly
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2018/01/26 10:34:42

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Today is Australia Day, celebrated for the date the first fleet from Britain arrived on Australian shores. It's a controversial celebration, as many other colonised countries also have. I think it's good to celebrate the nation we have now while also remembering and acknowledging what happened in the past. For me, celebrating my country always makes me think of our people. I love our diversity and have always held an interest in all the cultures that call Australia home..The rich culture of Indigenous Australians is rooted in their connection to the land. Their deep knowledge and understanding of our unique and often unforgiving landscape enabled them to live in harmony with it for tens of thousands of years. They never harmed the ecosystem or tried to change it..Much of their culture is lost now, and it's my opinion that not accepting their traditions until relatively recently has meant we have struggled as a nation to have our own identity. I feel like Australia is going through adolescence now, breaking free from the influences of our forefathers and finding our own ways..Advertisers have long tried to make Australia Day about eating lamb on the BBQ. Being an Aussie apparently means eating lots meat! Community breakfasts are popular today but apart from them, we do not have any other special tradition for this day..The government's campaign this year is about getting together on Australia Day, and I think it's a good attempt at creating more rituals. All cultures get together with family and friends to eat when there's cause for celebration. I hope today and in years to come we find more to celebrate together, by coming to better understanding of each other, and by creating a country that delivers true equality for every Australian..What does Australia Day mean to you? And what do you hope for our future?.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #australiaday #australiaday2018 #aussies #aussieblogger #multiculturalism #nationalday #celebratediversity #celebrateus #understandingislove #understanding #aussieway #remembering #movingforwards #connectiontocountry #equalityforward #equality4all #equalityforall #straya
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2018/01/25 07:53:49

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A friend we met this morning, who thankfully was on the outside of the window. It's the biggest huntsman I've ever seen!.They're not harmful unlike many other Aussie spiders, but they sure look intimidating.Allegra found it hard to touch the window near it from our side. It was great to be able to watch it move around from a distance though!....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #stayoutsideplease #wegrowembig #aussiespiders #aussielife #aussieblogger #australiana #naturallearning #worldschoolers #worldschooling #unschooling #unschoolers #unschoollife #unschoolingadventures #slowliving #loveourplanet #amazinganimals #openmyworld #our_everyday_moments #ourcandidlife #thesimplelife #tinybigadventure #admirefromafar #littleandbrave #learningiseverywhere
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2018/01/24 10:07:31

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Flashback to our hill tribe visit in Thailand, when I got to have a go at traditional weaving. It was not an easy job!.The beautiful woman on the left can weave fabric from scratch and make it into a shirt in 4 days if she doesn't have too many interruptions. At the speed I went, it would take me 4 years!.I bought the embroidered shirt pictured next and the purple fabric from her, and she had made them both herself. I love the shirt, the beads are made from seeds and it's incredible that it's all made by hand..The fabric is what the ladies use to make their skirts from. I think I'll just hem mine and use it as a travel blanket though. We used it on the way home to cover up on the plane and it was a lovely reminder of our time in the Thai mountains. How lucky and I to have a hand made blanket and shirt, and to have met the woman who made them?.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #slowfashion #fairtradefashion #travelisthebestteacher #ecoblogger #responsibletravel #responsibletourism #ethicalfashion #ethicalclothing #ethicaltravel #traditionalweaving #karenhilltribe #thailandhilltribe #thaimountains #worldschooling #sustainablefashion #sustainabletravel #sustainablestyle #greentravel #slowliving #lifelearners #femaletravelbloggers #travelmom #wearetravelmums #ladiesgoneglobal #travelingmom #weareworldschoolers #travelschooling #traditionalstyle #traditionalskills
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2018/01/23 07:53:42

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Summer time = water fun, picnics, sunshine and ice creams!.We're unpacked, rested up and now having some fun in our hometown, catching up with family and friends..The weather has been scorching hot as it always is for a few weeks here: it's been up to 45 deg Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) most days since we arrived! Yesterday's 35 was a lovely cooler change!.....#smallfootprintsbigadventures #summerfun #itsakidslife #mildura #summertimefun #worldschoolers #homefortheholidays #heatwave #familyadventures #familyoffduty #getoutandplay #howwefun #ouradventure #simplykids #magicofchildhood #magicofsummer #funforallages #fulltimefamilies #childhoodunplugged #milduralife #waterfun #thesimplelife #thesimplethings #worldschooling #weareworldschoolers #theworldisourplayground