We're now almost five months into this great big adventure, and so far a "fan favorite" was definitely our stint in El Chalten, Argentina. It's got an awesome outdoorsy vibe, yet some of the most spectacular views are available to even casual/moderate hikers like ourselves! Check out our favorites and get planning for your own Patagonia adventure.
Another awesome day in Tassie, and another fun “first” for our crew! We spent the evening out paddling with Freycinet Adventures exploring the unique rock formations, secluded coves and even edible marine plant life - and check out the gorgeous sunset 💗The company did a great job making the kids comfortable, with kid-size fleeces and life jackets for the tour and even cocoa with marshmallows for our snack break. We all agreed that it won’t be our last family paddle!
(Don’t you wish you had a fashionable spray skirt like mine???)
We are LOVING Tasmania. There’s so much to do, from beaches to historic sites to amazing nature trails. We spent the day in Mt. Field National Park hiking around all day amount the tall trees and gushing waterfalls (and then eating ice cream). Any other waterfall lovers out there? #tasmania #australia #thefamilyvoyage
Day 1 of Australia is in the books and we couldn’t have asked for a better introduction than Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. These folks take conservation and education seriously! Most of the critters in residence have been rescued in one way or another - we met an adorable orphaned wombat (check our story for her adorable pic!), an amputee echidna, an endangered Tassie Devil and more. And, or course, over a hundred kangaroos!!! These guys are NOT rescues, but are holdovers from... Bonorong’s previous status as a zoo rather than a sanctuary. There were 80 in the group to begin with, but they’ve increased their number through (frequent!) mating despite fairly regular controlled releases of mature kangaroos. We spent over an hour hanging out with these guys - feeding them, giving cheat scratches and even getting sniffed. The kids got to practice their hopping skills alongside the experts. It was such a memorable day! #tasmania #australia #thefamilyvoyage
Goodbye New Zealand, sorry you didn’t get much insta-love. We’ll get there eventually. But today, after some travel hiccups, we’ve landed in Tasmania to begin our two month Aussie adventure! We’re so excited to explore, but of course we’re starting off with a good old fashioned winery lunch here at picture-perfect Cole Valley Winery. Check out this view, just a few minutes from the airport! #tasmania #australia #thefamilyvoyage
Happy weekend! People always ask these days about what we’re bringing with us as we travel and whether or not we feel like we did well with our packing. I’m here to tell you that even as fairly experienced family travelers, we still made some really silly/costly mistakes! So feel free to come laugh at us. Have you made any big packing mistakes? Tell us in the comments so that I don’t feel so alone!
If you’re coming through the South Island of New Zealand, get yourself over to Bike It Now to hit up the Central Otago Rail Trail. We had an amazing day taking in the peaceful scenery, learning about the area’s cool history and even squeezing in a little exercise in our 30km ride. Check out this super cool tunnel lined with a mix of bricks and local schist, and head over to our IG story for lots more pics and videos. On a more personal note, I’m so thrilled to have works with Fletch, Duncan and Lisa - were extremely impressed with their operation in every sense, from their friendliness to their business savvy to be top-notch gear they provided. Next time we make it back to NZ, you can bet we’ll be booking one of their multi-day tours!
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I’m still working my way through some camera troubles here (I’m looking at you, Get Olympus) so it’s time to flash back to our first stop on New Zealand’s South Island. While Ronnie had an amazing time taking in Marlborough’s wine offerings, the highlight for me and the kids was making friends with the funny alpacas at our rental home! These boys were super fun to feed, and the kids even got to take them for a “walk” around the paddock. #blenheim #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage
Happy New Year! I’m spending some time writing about our favorite spots on the North Island of New Zealand, and this picture so perfectly captures what I loved about the scenery - lush plants juxtaposed against gorgeous turquoise waters and rugged mountains. Have you visited the North Island? #coromandel #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage
Now that the page has turned to 2018 here in New Zealand, we’re reflecting on 2017, one of the most unique years in our lives. Click to find out how things are going for us personally and as travelers:
Proud. Kvelling, for my Yiddish speakers out there. Jacob only learned how to ride a bike in October just before our departure from the US, and he hasn’t really had an opportunity to practice since. So naturally we took him for his first real solo ride on an 8km dirt track 🤣 Through blood, sweat and tons of tears he made it like an absolute champ! We’re so glad that we partnered with Trail Journeys Nelson for the day - our rental bikes were BY FAR the nicest we’ve had anywhere in the world, and the kids’ gear was top-notch. Another new one for us was a purpose-designed “bike ferry” that took us across to Rabbit Island for our ride (and bath-temperature beaching). The staff was great with the kids and let them ride around in front for an hour when we got back. Awesome day and a great company! #tasman #newzealand #thefamilyvoyage