I’m that person you hear about who comes back from a holiday and is already planning the next. I can’t help it. Travel makes me happy and excited. I think about the world and it makes me daydream about where I want to go next. I think about all the places that I have been, with the people that I love most in the world, and I am filled with gratitude.
I’m Nicole and I’m a 49 year old happily married mother of four teenagers. We live in Western Canada. I have two boys and two girls, who range in age from 12 to 19 years old. Before I stayed home to focus on raising my children, I was a lawyer.
Our lives are very busy. My children all go to different schools and play different sports. They all have distinct academic interests and abilities, and individual temperaments and attitudes about most everything in life. Day in and day out, we seem to exist side by side, but not always together. And yet, when we travel, the minuscule details and schedules that make up our daily lives get left behind and our family and the world before us becomes all that matters.
Travel binds us together. The adventures that we embark upon reconnects us as a family. They remind us that although we are all very different, we are rooted together in fundamental ways. Often we leave on a holiday, grumpy and tired. We don’t want anything to do with one another but to keep living our own lives on our own terms.
And yet, a couple days into our trip, we start to find each other again. We laugh a lot and eat delicious meals together. We share adventures and amazing experiences that, years later, we remember happily. Often, we are quietened by incredible people that we meet along the way who are, more often than not, living in our definition of poverty, but who are happier than most people we know. We do this altogether and it is these moments that I love. We are all reminded of how lucky we are to be where we are, and how privileged we are to have our life.
In my estimation, I have taken my children to 32 countries, mostly since 2012. We have gone to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, many European countries, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Prior to 2012, when they were little, I kept things simpler. We went to beaches or theme parks, in Hawaii, Mexico and many parts of the United States. My budget was smaller, and the challenges of travelling with young children kept me closer to home. But once my youngest child turned seven years old, it was time to try new adventures.
On this website, I hope to share my passion for travel with you. I will highlight my trips with my children, but also share my trips that I take alone with my husband, and my girlfriends. I will provide our itineraries, advice as to how to balance the different needs, attitudes and interests of everyone in the family, and even ways to save money or to make the most out of your travel time. In the process, I hope that you will share in our adventures, whether virtually from home or with some world wide wanderings of your own.