So, it is a 1month today going by dates since we left and I bet you are wondering if I have any niggling issues or questions as to the sanity of our decision to attempt this trip and whether or not at any point I have wanted to just pack up and head home….well, the answer is no!
I won’t lie and pretend that it has all been smooth sailing as there have been times when I have questioned why we thought such confined spaces would be such a good idea, or when I questioned myself at the thought that it was a good idea to pull the girls out of kindy and preschool but overall it has been the best thing we have ever done and it has been an added bonus that we have been able to share the experience with you all to try to share/show it is possible.
Honestly, the budget challenge has at times been a challenge and I have pondered with the idea of increasing the daily limit from the $150/day but at the $150/day it means that at the total of $1050 per week, well, increasing it would not then be a possibility for some families (and to be honest isn’t something that we wanted to do in that it was part of the challenge to succeed in doing it all on $150/day as we had been scoffed at when we said we were going to do it so part of it was proving a point that it indeed could be done- and many have also done it on much less I would like to point out too). It is a challenge only in the sense of adding in the attractions but as you may see we don’t always do the touristy attractions and that saves some of the money and it doesn’t detract from the experience. We still at times get the girls to line up for their photos outside the attraction to show them that we did get there but just didn’t go in……..
I have found the self discipline a bit tough, the remembering to switch from complete holiday mode to fitting in the schooling and the SK work as well and fitting in the exercise too. It has been somewhat of a relief some days when there has been no internet reception but at other times it has driven me barmy and I have struggled with the simplicity of that.
The holiday come researching trip has been the ultimate experience in bonding with the girls as we have experienced so many things we would not have ordinarily had the opportunity to with everyday life but it is also slightly unrealistic to believe that this is sustainable for us in the long term. You do get in a bit of a mode though I must say.
So if you asked me with what I know now would I do it all again I would say a big YES and would happily and willingly recommend it to anyone and everyone that has the opportunity. While we have not done all the attractions we have learnt so much, gained a greater appreciation for the environment, others and Australia and have developed the ability to make something out of nothing in more ways than one….and we are only 4 weeks in and with about another 8 weeks to go, only another 8 weeks now that I say it…….
Renae is the founder & CEO of SK who has been working with families for decades. Her educational background in Early Childhood teaching as well as Social Science and Community services has given her a broad base to her approach which focuses on balancing the informative but never at the expense of providing an entertaining read.
From working in the private setting, not for profit, as well as government agencies and at times combining her love of travel and work on a global scale, she is also a mum who has experienced the poo blowouts, the shopping tantrums and the sleepless nights.