My parents saved a lot so we could have holidays. We’ve been to Bali and got our hair braided. We’ve been down the east coast and up the center of Australia. We’ve been by car and plane, mostly visiting relatives. We’ve even been snorkeling in the Whitsundays but only during winter when it was cheaper and it was usually just me, my mum and sister to save money. When we didn’t have the money to go away Mum encouraged us to use our imaginations, creating art, cooking, learning a new craft or taking us to the outdoor cinema. I think it’s hard to see whats right in front of you some times but luckily my mum was switched on enough to point us in the right direction to keep ourselves entertained.
Now I’m a mother I’m very aware of my environment. Whilst Sydney is mainly a man-made beauty I’m in the process of training my eyes to find the natural wonders so I can share them with my son. Thankfully we live in the foot hills of the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River so nature is abundant. Steve and I always said we wanted our children to have adventurous spirits and that we would do our best to nurture them, taking time out to see the world together, as a family. It’s one of the reasons we’re both so enthusiastic about buying a caravan. I’m not sure what our family holidays will be like in the future but I hope they involve lots of sunshine, laughter and adventure like mine were when I was growing up. It wasn’t about jet setting off overseas or spending hundreds of dollars on a hotel room, it was about changing your environment for a brief amount of time and having people you loved around you to share it with.