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Our children are 4 and 6 years old respectively and we like to travel. In 2012 we spent 2 months exploring parts of Europe together and our son turned 3 in Italy so we needed lots of nappies, changes of clothes, mattress protectors etc. As you can imagine we had a lot of luggage. The trip was a big success in every way;
Having cut our teeth so to speak on an easy destination like Europe (we hold European passports and speak a few European languages between us), we decided to try something more challenging this time. Our children are learning Bahasa Indonesian at school and Indonesia is one of Australia’s closest neighbors, so we decided to venture into the unknown for an Asian adventure. We found very cheap flights from Denpasar to Sydney so we bought those then started to build the trip backwards. We ordered the Lonely Planet Guide to Indonesia and discovered that we can only get 30 day visas on arrival but we are away for 5 weeks so we decided to start in Malaysia where we could speak the same language and become accustomed to the culture.
On Christmas Eve 2013 we flew to Pulau Penang and began our adventure (you can read my daily posts under the Travel menu). Our children have been excellent travellers in many ways on this trip:
Our only real problem is their refusal to eat most foods. Somehow my husband and I have bred children with very unadventurous palates. As a result our children have abandoned their normally palaeo-friendly diet and are subsisting on grains and fruits. Ho hum I just hope that they eat a more balanced diet when we get home.
So far, according to my 4 year old son, the highlights of our trip have been:
Today marks the halfway point of our trip. We are planning from day to day and booking as we go thanks to good 3G networks in Malaysia and Indonesia and I hope that the rest of our trip will be as comfortable and successful as it has so far!