FAMILY AND TRAVEL

In early 2019, after many years of trying, we welcomed our calm and happy baby ‘Flash’ into the world.

The “two drifters off to see the world” had become three, and more importantly after years of balancing life with fertility treatment we were free to once again focus on being global citizens.

Undoubtedly, my beautiful wife is the driving force behind our travelling family. I had always aspired to travel, but saw it as something best done late in life.

Then we honeymooned in Italy, and, of course, immediately started creating a life that involved a lot more travel.

HARMONY ALDRIDGE WORLD MAP

MAP OF HARMONY’S TRAVELS : Australia; Wales; Spain; Hungary; New Zealand; France; Vatican City; Austria; Fiji; Norway; Italy; Liechtenstein; UAE; Sweden; USA; Switzerland; Hong Kong; Denmark; Slovenia; Monaco; England; Germany; Croatia; Greece; Ireland; Netherlands; Czechia; Turkey; Scotland; Belgium; Jordan; Iceland

Flash aldridge world map

MAP OF FLASH’S TRAVELS: Australia; Spain; Hungary; UAE; France; Vatican City; Austria; Switzerland; Monaco; England; Germany; Greece; Netherlands; Czechia; Scotland; Belgium

JACOB ALDRIDGE WORLD MAP

MAP OF JACOB’S TRAVELS: The only differences (in regards countries) are that Harmony has been to Slovenia, while I have made it to Canada. Of course, just having a country list misses plenty of nuances – me flying over the USA in 2019 to visit Colorado, vs her flying over the USA in 2004 to visit Florida for example. Australia; Wales; Spain; Hungary; New Zealand; France; Vatican City; Austria; Fiji; Norway; Italy; Liechtenstein; UAE; Sweden; USA; Switzerland; Hong Kong; Denmark; Canada; Monaco; England; Germany; Croatia; Greece; Ireland; Netherlands; Czechia; Turkey; Scotland; Belgium; Jordan; Iceland

It’s no surprise my beautiful wife’s world map includes a few more countries than mine. Incidentally, even after marriage, we've remained relaxed about Solo Travelling. I do a bit of it for my work as an international business advisor, and similarly, Harmony has enjoyed exploring Europe on her own and taking other short trips with friends rather than me.

How this will balance with Flash remains to be seen!

I took my first flight aged 18 (when I won the Australian Press Council Prize, and they flew me to Sydney to collect my cheque). My daughter was 3 months old. In fact, she will take more plane flights before her 1st birthday than I took in my life prior to that honeymoon, aged 26! Of course, she won’t remember these early trips. Our intention with the digital nomad lifestyle is to inculcate her into a worldly worldview, where travel is normal and respect for other people and cultures  is embedded. Time will tell if we raise a spoilt travel brat instead. Don’t @ me.

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