Our travels with 3 kids and a wheelchair.

Month: April 2015

Afghan tour- Dandenong

Afghan tour- Dandenong

Greater Dandenong hold two Afghan tours each year allowing you to “have an authentic cultural experience without your passport”   The tour started in the new Union Square area of Dandenong. It’s very similar to Fed square in the city of Melbourne. The building that […]

Laos with kids.

Laos with kids.

Here is a ┬ámovie we made showing our adventures in Laos.  

Travel with kids- lets get real!

Travel with kids- lets get real!

To balance out our adventures stories we of course got real. Holidaying especially with kids isn’t all fun, swimming and relaxing! To be honest this was my hardest holiday with the kids. Challenging in trying to balance out everyone’s needs and wants in a different country, different environment, hot hot weather and in limited time. We like to explore and be on the go but I would rethink jumping from place to place in two weeks and stick with the thought that at least 5 nights in one spot suits everyone at this stage of our travels.

It took about five days for everyone to get into sync with each other. We are so use to Andrew being at work and the big kids being at school. We had to learn how to consider each other and share our time and energy. Woody had to learn or rather be put back in his third child spot.

We have had our fair share of travel mishaps over the years. Cooper spent time in hospital with pneumonia in Cambodia, ( this resulted in having to go across the border and organise oxygen for a flight home) Woody had a severe allergic reaction to a mosquito in Sihanoukville and his face puffed up. I’ve spent time in Italy getting antibiotics and Germany getting antihistamines. This time I was armed with two first aid kits, antibiotics for everyone and enough band aids for a whole country. Prepared.

Until Woody is on the sleeper train and the bunk bed bar comes loose thanks to his sister and clocks him on the head, the sharp end. Pepper comforts him and as she takes her hand away there is blood….everywhere.

I did not pack a towel to soak up blood so we grab a packet of wipes and a ready to use ice pack. ( best $2 I’ve spent at the Reject shop) Heads bleed a lot. He recovers. The train master offers a bottle of iodine after screaming is heard from our compartment and we dab that on as my tube exploded on the plane. We were in Northern Thailand, somewhere….and no doubt far from any sort of medical care.

This holiday also saw our fair share of car and travel sickness. Pepper managed to vomit a few times on a return trip to Vang Vieng. It’s a 4-5 hour trip from the border and through some beautiful winding hills! (on the return trip we did it in 3 hours and basically I’m just happy to be alive!) She vomited on the way home from the airport. Lucky we came prepared with a big supply of plastic bags.

No major dramas but just a few little reminders that nothing is smooth sailing and it of course adds to our adventure stories!

And nothing that can’t be fixed with a glass of tequila or vodka or whatever this was for $1.50 a bottle.

Or an icecream!

Go on, get exploring!

 

When two worlds collide- Vientiane with kids.

When two worlds collide- Vientiane with kids.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1Yj0jr1xRY&w=500&h=305]   When you travel and explore new places everyone learns something new. One night while walking through the Vientiane night market a group of kids approached us and gestured that they wanted to walk with us. No sooner had we started walking the […]

Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

Top tips for traveling with a 3 year old.

This adventure saw our youngest child aged three. On reflection it is at this age that some things become easier, gone are naps, nappies and prams but you also have to allow for a lot of flexibility as far as tiredness, determination and moods go! […]

Over the bridge.

Over the bridge.

Over the bridge its seven kilometres to the Blue Lagoon. Seven kilometres on a rough bumpy road. In the back of the tuk tuk we are bounced around and laughing wondering which tyre track paths the tuk tuk will take as not to bottom out.

Along the way we pass small villages and houses and a school. A far cry from the tourist town across that bridge.

Kids are walking to school for their afternoon classes as we head for a swimming experience like no other.

The Blue Lagoon is a swimming spot for adventure. We were there around the middle of the day and it was busy but not crazy. It seems as if the party town of Vang Vieng has really calmed down and it’s seen more of a spot now for adventure and relaxation, without the need for excessive alcohol and drugs. At the blue lagoon you can swim, jump, zip line and just laze by the waters edge.

This time it was Peppers turn to test her adventure skills out as she planned to jumped from a tree branch into the water.

She was amazing! Coming up from the splash so excited that she did it and wanting to do it again. Cheered on from people from around the globe she was so proud of herself!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C7ToVC44iU&w=500&h=305]

 

Back in town the next day a group of men came across to Pepper and shouted ” number 1 jump at Blue Lagoon”

You couldn’t wipe the smile off her face.

 

Strength.

Strength.

Standing at the bottom of the staircase the air is hot and humid and close to 35oC. Our tuk tuk driver is setting up a hammock to sleep in the shade inside his vehicle. We have just ventured over the river Nam Song across a […]

Dad and me.

Dad and me.

As written and typed by Pepper (6) ” me and Dad went on a Motorbike we saw lots of rubbish on the ground then Dad said which way should we go? I said right. When we went right we saw lots of bumps on the […]