Travel Bugs.

by Lori Dwyer on February 19, 2014 · 6 comments

I have caught some kind of travel bug, and seem to have infected my children as well.

I’ve been more places, and travelled more distance, in the last year than in the total of my thirty one years before that. Borneo. Bali. The Great Ocean Road. Every town between Melbourne and Sydney. The eternal sunshine of Cobram and Shepparton. The Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the Alps in Victoria. 

Last night we caught a boat to Tasmania. We’re going to the Tarkine- they say it’s one of the most remote, untouched places in Australia. One of the school mums got back from Tassie not long ago, and when I asked her how it was she replied in a hushed, reverent tone “Wild. Its wild, down there…”

The kidlets are excited, happy little travel bugs always ready to explore a new place, see new things. They are consummate little voyagers. I have supply-buying, packing, and hotel routines down to a veritable modern dance of flexibility, planning, and parenting.

I don’t think I did a lot of travelling as a kid, or as a teenager, or as a twenty-something uni student. It was always superficially a matter of cost, but it came down more to being afraid than anything else. I’m not even sure what I was afraid of exactly, and I didn’t want to admit to anyone that I was scared.

I want to give my kids the chance to not be afraid of travelling the way I was. Because going new places and seeing new things… it’s good for the soul.

So far, so good. As long as we can manage it, we’ll explore as far and wide as we can.

And as you’re reading this, we’re in Tasmania. A place we’ve never been before. The place where the wild things are. 


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Loreena February 26, 2014 at 12:45 am

Can’t believe we missed you guys! How amazing is Tassie!!! We have been here 2 weeks and are staying another 2.5 months. Serves me right for being MIA off twitter or I would have noticed :/ We haven’t done the Tarkine yet, high on the must-do though xx
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Marianne February 23, 2014 at 7:14 am

That is fantastic! I traveled all over the United States as a child…because of my father’s work. My husband had barely left a 3 county area when we married. We’ve tried to give our daughter more of my wanderlust by making sure our vacations were varied.
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Rosie February 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Magic place – best to see it now before World Heritage accreditation is wound back.


Emma February 20, 2014 at 2:56 am

Absolutely loved Tassie – the air is just so beautiful and clear. I didn’t have a sniffle or anything the whole time I was there, which was amazing. :-) Enjoy yourselves!


Caroline February 19, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Squee. You will love Tassie (but then I’m biased lol)
Have an awesome time!!
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Manda February 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

So excited for you! If you find any creek beds, you should look for smooth stones with holes in the middle of them – fairy stones, if you look through them, you can see the true form of things and no-one can tell you lies. xxx


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