Jun 29

Crikey! We’re counting down . . .

by in Australia

Suitcases flung on the floor.  Laundry piled and sorted, and sorted again.  Dogs boarded?  Check.  Someone to feed the cat?  Check.  Bills paid?  Check.  It’s crunch time.  We’re headin’ Down Under.  G’day mate!

Our vagabonding adventures seem to follow a common chorus.  First, they are months away, and Nellie dives in — planning, reading, discovering.  Sacagawea and Dundee weigh in with their “must do and must see” requests, and gradually, an adventure takes shape.  Now suddenly, it’s mere hours, and the “to-do” lists are endless.  It’s been my personal goal this year to take the stress out of lift-off.  Never one to have been keen on packing lists, I now find I’m singing a different tune.  The epiphany:  surely a bit of strategic planning, tactical execution and measured follow-through will make it easier…maybe even fun.  OK…maybe fun is a stretch, but even the kids report it seems easier this time, and we’re actually taking time to enjoy the lift-off. 

Old school:  Chaos and bedlam as we head out the door.  New school:  Delegation.  Packing lists.  Assignments and to-do lists.  Excitement meter is peaked; stress level is down.  Who knew?

4 Responses to “Crikey! We’re counting down . . .”

  1. From Kat:

    HOW WONDERFULLY EXCITING!!! I cannot wait to read about all of your adventures and wish I was with you all! Love to all and safe travels! Let me know if/when you make a trip back east. xoxo

    Posted on June 29, 2009 at 9:50 am #
  2. From Christina G:

    You are amazing! Breath……check!

    Posted on July 1, 2009 at 8:29 am #
  3. From cristina:

    just browsing throughour website redirected from home exchange ; you are very brave to travel so much with kids
    we are organising to do the same this year, business permitting , keep my email if you ever want to swap house for a little while
    location Brisbane; kids 2 ( 7 & 11) 1 dog 1 cat
    thanks Cristina
    email cristinac@aapt.net.au

    Posted on February 14, 2011 at 3:53 am #


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