Becoming a tourist – How to holiday from home

Becoming a tourist

Oh, the places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss

Dr Suess Oh the places you'll go

 

I love being a tourist, travelling, exploring new places, taking photos, making memories.
When I am on holidays I morph into the paparazzi. Anyone around me takes one look and can tell I am a tourist, my Nikon SLR around my neck, my backpack on my back full of all the things I need to make the most of the experience. I have even been known to bring out the tripod trying to catch that perfect sunset, or sunrise.

Unfortunately, though, life gets in the way and we can’t spend all our time on holidays.

When I am not travelling, though I am preparing for my next trip, and that feeling of wanderlust can make the long winters at home feel even colder, the work days longer and the mundane tasks of life feel like a world away from where I want to be.

Can you relate? Do you live with the constant desire to see more, do more, experience more?

But do you know there is a solution? Become a tourist in your own backyard. Take a Journey!

tourist in ballarat Become a tourist in your own backyard

The definition of a journey is

Noun – an act of travelling from one place to another.

Verb – travel somewhere.

Taking a journey doesn’t mean you have to travel a long distance, you just have to travel from one place to another.

Whether it’s ten minutes from home or ten hours you can still make memories, and experience life, become a tourist in your own backyard. Take a holiday from home.

You don’t realize how beautiful the place you live is until you look at it, with fresh eyes. With eyes that are not busy rushing from here to there. You will learn new things about where you live, and some things might surprise you?

Be being a tourist, I learnt that there was a site only twenty minutes from Ballarat that was preserved from the National Trust, the Lal Lal Blast Furnace.

No more sitting around your house wondering what to do. No more wasting money at the shops buying stuff just because you’re bored. Instead, you will be seeing new things, doing new things and experiencing new things.

We spend a lot of time doing day trips in Victoria, our home state. People travel thousands of 1000kms to see the Great Ocean Road, we only need to travel a couple of hours.

We constantly look at Pinterest, to find the top 10 activities in towns around us. There are so many amazing things you can do locally if you just look. Art Galleries, Museums, Bush walks, Playgrounds, Botanical gardens our favourite chocolate mills.

What do you do when you are in between trips? How do you fulfil the feeling of wanderlust?

 

You don't realise how beautiful the place you live is until you look at it, with fresh eyes. With eyes that are not busy rushing from here to there. You will learn new things about where you live, and some things might surprise you?
The Local Tourist, how to be a tourist from home.
When I am not travelling, though I am preparing for my next trip, and that feeling of wanderlust can make the long winters at home feel even colder, the work days longer and the mundane tasks of life feel like a world away from where I want to be.
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Disney youtube channels to watch

Planning your trip to a Disney resort?

What Disney youtube channels should you be watching?

We love Disney in our house, ever since we took our oldest two to Disneyland 7 years ago it seems like we have two moods in our house.

1 – We are at a Disney resort or

2 – We are planning our next Disney trip.

Each time we go, the distance between our trips seem to get smaller. There is something addictive about the magic of Disney. Once you go and take your children and see the magic in their eyes, whether they are 2 or 12 you just want to keep going back.

We have a travel goal which is to go to each of the parks around the world, a Disney cruise and stay at Disney Aulani resort. We have managed to tick off the Disney Aulani resort, and we have gone back to Disneyland, California Adventure Park multiple times and each time we are researching our trip whether for the first time or the third we jump on youtube and begin watching Disney vlogs, we begin researching the rides, the food, the hotels, the merchandise, the wait times. We look through blogs, head to travel agents and get up to date brochures.

The planning is often half the fun.

In further posts, I will explain in detail some of the other ways we research Disney but today I am focusing on our favourite Channels and videos to watch.

Our Favorite Disney Vlogs to watch on youtube

Disneyland Planning Video on youtube (2017)

Disneyworld Planning video on youtube (2017) 

Disneyland and Disneyworld have a brilliant DVD that you can watch on youtube that is a comprehensive planning guide for your trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld. The Disneyland video is 35 minutes long, and the Disneyworld is just over an hour long. Found on the channel ResortTV1 it is a

The Disneyland video showcases both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, all the hotels in the Disneyland park, and downtown Disney. Whilst it doesn’t include prices, it shows you enough information so you can begin to dream “Disney”.

The Disneyworld video showcases the four different theme parks of Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood studios, Disney Animal Kingdoms. It also showcases the Disney Water Parks. Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. There is also a section on Disney Springs.

Disney youtube channels to follow

Disney Parks

Disney parks are the official YouTube channel for all of the Disney Parks. It’s an official Disney vlog so a great channel to watch exclusive videos from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani Resort & Spa, Disney Vacation Club.

Another favourite playlist is the animation academy where you can learn how to draw your favourite Disney characters.

If you are not sure whether you want to go to Aulani, to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Choose a playlist and imagine being there.

Disneyland

If you know that you are heading to Disneyland then head across to official YouTube channel for the whole Disneyland Resort! More than just the parks, it showcases the whole Disneyland Park, from Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park, the Downtown Disney District and all the hotels.

We love looking at the Disneyland – Food and Beverage playlist, the Frozen desert video makes us want to go back and get another Dole-whip every time.

Mickey's Fun wheel

Thingamavlogs

For the last two and a half years our children and I have been following the Thingamavlogs page, they were four Disney fans Patrick, Sarah, Leo & Tiff that posted daily posts about Disney. Most of their videos are Disneyland related as they are all live near California. Whilst their site finished up in October 2017, there is a wealth of information on the page, from foods, information on Disney bounding, dapper days.

Our kids loved the Mickey shaped food day when they ate all the Mickey shaped foods they could find in the park.

Mickey pretzel at Disney Aulani resort

The bucket list family 

Now the bucket list family are not just Disney vloggers, they are a family of four (almost 5) that have been travelling for the last 90+ weeks around the world, they decided to sell everything and adventure together around the world. All the family is involved in the vlog and they have been to Disneyland, Disneyworld and Disney Aulani resort and they have some great videos showcasing it.

Recently they participated in 30 resorts in 30 days at Disneyworld, where they stayed in Disneyworld for 30 days and stayed at a different resort every night.

Disney Food Blog

One of our favourite things about Disney is the food, from the amazing character experiences, the delicious foods, churros, Mickey-shaped pretzels, waffles, ice creams. The Disney Food Blog showcases all things edible at Disney parks, resorts, and cruise ships. If you love food then Disney Food blog is the Disney youtube channel for you.

Mickey mouse waffle

Fresh baked Disney

Is a great Disney youtube channel that has a mix of fun facts, history of Disneyland, ride-throughs.

Adventures from where you want to be

I have also uploaded a few of my Disney videos, with more to follow from Disneyland and Disney Aulani. Head across to our channel and subscribe.

What are your favourite Disney youtube channels?

How do you research your trips? Or are you more spontaneous? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Travel with children, Should you do it?

4 Reasons you should travel with your children.

“Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.”

Since I took my first overseas trip as a teenager to the islands of Santa Cruz, in the Solomon Islands, I have had a desire to travel and see the world. My childhood was not one of travel. Our childhood holidays could be counted on one hand. But I have made sure that my adult life has been different.

When we had children, we didn’t want that to change. So at only ten days old, we packed up our car, and took our first holiday with our young daughter, driving from Melbourne to Batemans Bay. Three children later we have continued to travel and continued to try and install that same “wanderlust” in our children.

So many of friends have questioned our trips? Will they remember the trips? Is it worth taking your preschool children to Disneyland, to Athabasca Falls, across the Nullarbor, to Uluru, Cape York? They have told us, we should wait until they are older. We should go when they can appreciate it. But we don’t Wait, we Travel.

But why do we Travel with our children?

1 – It’s fun.

I would be remiss not to say My number one reason for travelling with our children. It’s fun. Nothing can describe the pure joy and excitement on our children’s face when they first walked through the Gates of Disneyland. The joy I felt when we took our children snorkelling at Hamilton Island. How proud I am as I watch our children make new friends as we travel around.

3 reasons why you should Travel with your children

2. They learn so much about themselves, about others.

Not all classrooms have four walls.

Our children have travelled overseas, and extensively through Australia. They have grown up through our travels, they have learned so much.

They have learned about different cultures. They have learned patience, they have learned about our history (and didn’t realise it at the time). They have learned about peace, and about war. They have learned to adapt when things don’t go to plan. From Delayed flights to incorrect hotel rooms. Through missed transfers that ended up in missed activities. Life does not always go to plan, but that’s ok.

On long road trips, they have relearned to use their imagination, with no TV or Ipads to amuse them. They have learned to be alert and be aware of their surroundings, Playing fun games while they are doing it.

In travel, often the journey is part of the fun. We are teaching our children that it is not all about where you are in life, but how you got there.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

3. Our Children add to our lives.

When we were pregnant with our first Child, A wise mum said to us. Your children should come into your life and fit into your life. They add to it. Make sure that they fit in with your routine, not the other way around.

We love to travel, we love to take holidays, we love to go out for Brunch on the weekends. We love to walk around our Local Lake, we love to go to the beach. So we have always made sure that our children are involved in it. So they to love it.

People always mention how well behaved our children are out at restaurants, how well behaved they are when travelling. That is because it is second nature to them.

Over time we have had to adapt our travel plans, there are some trips that they are not ready for. We couldn’t expect them to walk the 6 day Overland trail track, but they can wander through the Otways with us. They are not ready for a 3-day Whitsunday Fishing Charter, however, they will happily go fishing off the jetty on the way to Cape York.

4 – Making Memories

We want our children’s memories of their childhood to be treasured. We want them to look back on their childhood with love and joy. We feel they get that through travel. When you travel with your children you get away from the normal day to day rush of life. There is no Tae kwon do to rush to, no work, no school. Instead, there is time to create memories as a Family.

Yes, those things are important, but when you are on holidays you can forget about the normal business of life and spend quality time together. It might just be a quick day trip to Lorne or a longer month long holiday to the states. The time itself is not the important part. It’s the quality, not the quantity that matters. It’s the memories.

So why do you travel with children? Why don’t you? Tell us below in the comments.

Should you travel with your children? What do they learn from it? Find out why we have decided to travel with our children. What our top three reasons are?
Should you travel with your children? What do they learn from it? Find out why we have decided to travel with our children. What our top three reasons are?
Should you travel with your children? What do they learn from it? Find out why we have decided to travel with our children. What our top three reasons are?
Should you travel with your children? What do they learn from it? Find out why we have decided to travel with our children. What our top three reasons are?
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Travel Quotes to live by.

Travel Quotes to inspire! Travel Quotes to live by!

I love travel quotes, they inspire me. I spend many an hour on Pinterest looking at travel quotes.  I have decided that many of these travel quotes are really things that we should all live by.

 

Adventure is worthwhile, Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Adventure is worthwhile.

When you travel take an adventure, do something you wouldn’t normally do. It’s amazing what you see when you are a little out of your comfort zone. When we visit somewhere we always try and go somewhere we haven’t been before. It’s an adventure.

Whether it’s a walk to a beautiful waterfall when having a lazy weekend on the Great Ocean Road. A restaurant that we wouldn’t normally choose.

Collect moments, not things. Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Collect Moments, not things

I would much prefer to have a gift voucher for an experience for a gift, than something that I will never use. Over our daughters birthday, we had a holiday planned which ended up with us staying at Disneyland for her birthday. Instead of getting heaps of presents she got a princess makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I can tell you she still talks about the holiday, the makeover long after the toys have been forgotten.

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Life begins, at the end of your comfort zone.

Some of the best experiences I have had, have been when I have been uncomfortable. The time we were heading to a wedding in Thailand, we got off the plane to find out we were in the middle of the 2014 military coup. Definitely out of my comfort zone, however, to see an authentic Thai wedding of two people I care about dearly was well worth it.

 

 

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Live the life people will write novels about.

Now I love nothing more than reading a good book, but why be amused and entertained by everyone around you. I want to live a life that people are fascinated by, I want to do something in life that people want to read about. Maybe it won’t be a novel, but a blog post I would be happy with.

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Memories are timeless treasures of the heart.

There are so many impromptu trips, drives that might not have cost much, but the memories stay with us. Playing in the sand at Lorne, an Ice cream at Halls Gap. The St’Kilda Football games each week with our Nana, who is now no longer with us. These memories are more important, more timeless than the material possessions of the world.

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Not all classrooms have four walls.

We are a firm believer that children learn so much when travelling with us, that is why on occasions we take the kids out of school and take them on trips, we went to Cape York and our children learned all about the Torris Strait Islands, and the communities that lived there. They have swum with Dolphins, climbed on the Athabasca Glacier, learned all about the wildlife on Hamilton Island. We have visited Uluru, learned all about the Legerwood memorial Carvings the list goes on. Whether locally with visits to Scienceworks, their are so many opportunities for children to learn.

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Once a year go, someplace you have never been before.

Whether it is a local waterfall you have never stopped at, a market, some gardens it doesn’t have to be far away or expensive to continue to see more of the world.

Also I make sure every second or third time I go somewhere I try something new on the menu at a restaurant. Well except for breakfast as nobody messes with my Bacon and Eggs and Fresh OJ for breakfast.

 

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Never lose your sense of wonder.

What I have found since traveling with Children is that everything is amazing to them. A walk around out local Lake Wendouree which should take an hour, pushes two hours as you stop to stare at the ducks, the swans, the way the flowers grow in the water, the way the sprinklers make rainbows the list goes on. In this busy world we live in it can be so easy to try and see everything, so we rush through everything, we focus on the negatives and forgot how amazing our planet really is. We forget to stop, to wonder, to dream. Focusing more on travelling to every country, to every place instead of experiencing every country, experiencing every place.

 

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Some people might not agree with this one, they might not think they need to travel. But then again I guess they wouldn’t be reading a blog about travel quotes if they didn’t like traveling.

The world is so big, people are so different, every country, state, province, town has its own culture. The only way you can really experience it is to get out there and see it.

 

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then makes you a storyteller. Ibn Battuta

This is one of the reasons I love to blog, I want to tell stories about the places I have been to. I love listening to peoples travel tales, I love hearing about the good, the bad the sometimes uncomfortable stories. Whilst others are busy watching TV shows, I watch youtube videos of peoples trips, I read blogs, I watch documentaries on peoples adventures. I want to hear the stories of peoples trips.

 

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

We travel not to escape life, but for Life not to escape us.

I think this is so important, I see many people who are going through a hard time and they pack up and leave, but when they go home their problems are still there. Sometimes even worse.

If you are dealing with money pressures, and think that escaping on a holiday is going to help you feel better. It’s not you are going to still have the bills, the expenses when you get back.

Family dramas, still there! Relationship issues. Still there.

It’s so important to have the right priority for your travels.

Now for My two Favorite travel quotes.

 

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R Tolkien

My favorite travel quotes, from one of my favorite movies.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Like Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings, just because to others you seem to be wandering around aimlessly, you are not Lost. They might not understand your fascinations with bushwalking, might not understand why you want to visit a certain place. But who cares, travel your way. See what you want to see.

Adventures from where you want to be, Travel Quotes to live by.

You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way! Oh, the places you’ll go!

Still one of my all-time favorite Travel Quotes, Thanks, Dr. Suess

This is so much more than a travel quote, this is a life quote. No matter how big the mountain is in front of you, you have the ability to climb over it. As a Journey of a thousand miles starts with just one step (Yes, another travel quote). I tell my kids all the time they are off to great places they just need two things. To believe they can do it, and to take that first step.

 

 

What are some of the travel quotes you love?

What quotes do you live by?

Tell us below in the comments.

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