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 feeds my soul. It makes me happy and excited. I think about the world, all the places that I have not been, and it makes me daydream about that next destination. I think about all the places that I have been, with the people that I love most in the world, and I feel blessed, so very, very blessed.
I'm Nicole and I'm a 49 year old happily married mother of four teenagers who lives in Western Canada. I have two boys and two girls, who range in age from 12 to 19 years old. Our lives are busy. My children all go to different schools, play different sports, have different academic interests and abilities, and have very different 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 nourishes us. The adventures that we embark upon reconnects us as a family; remind us that although we are all very different, we are rooted together in fundamental ways. Often we leave on holiday, grumpy, tired, and not wanting 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, gasp in awe at a breathtaking vista, sigh happily after a delicious meal, and are often quietened by incredible people that we meet 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 - when 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 and 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.