From Nomad to Bald Dad in the proverbial 'Blink of an Eye', Journeys With Kaia is a testimonial to the fact life comes at you fast. Often when you least expect it, ESPECIALLY for two new, 40 something year old parents.
Growing up, the term 'mid-life crisis' had always conjured up images of gold chains and convertible sports cars. At least, in my impressionable imagination. How was I ever to guess my own would involve midnight feeds and sourcing biodegradable nappies?
Needless to say, it was all a big change. A change that opened our eyes to a sedentary lifestyle and, more importantly, to the realisation it really wasn’t necessary to wander the globe in order to get lost, or gain a sense of insight and perspective.
But then, I guess, old habits do die hard and there just wasn’t any escaping the fact insight and perspective from the road isn't such a bad thing, either. So with time before our daughter is scheduled to start school at our disposal, a year or more in South America as a family seemed as good an idea as any.
And we're happy to report, it still is; with each new day together on the road providing one more reminder that making memories that matter is what it's all about.
Memories that add to an ever increasing middle aged awareness that the distances we travel in life aren't always measured in miles or kilometers.
- Let’s give credit where credit is due: Colca Canyon is a sight to behold. At 10,725 ft deep (3,270 meters) it is one of the world’s deepest canyons, more than doubling that of the US’s Grand Canyon. Even without theRead More »
- We were less than one day away from considering undertaking a bit of a, shall we say, a long family outing along the spine of Lake Titicaca’s Isle del Sol, when another traveling family said something that stopped me andRead More »
- “Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked,” said INXS front man Michael Hutchence back in 1987. And though it’s unlikely he was referring to travel adversity when we wrote those lyrics, it’d be those words that would come back toRead More »
- Initially, a three day journey into the Salar de Uyuni (Saltflats of Uyuni) didn’t find itself on our radar. It seems preposterous now but, the fact was, numerous days rambling through a white expanse of nothingness just didn’t compute. ItRead More »
- The amount of ink Lonely Planet’s South America guidebook dedicates to Camiri, Bolivia can be best described in two words. These being, ‘virtually zilch’. The valley town of approximate 65,000 inhabitants is little more than a dot on the guidebook’sRead More »