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January has almost been and gone. It was a month that felt a lot like being back in the RV. We’ve had no internet, no television, and we live in a space only marginally bigger (maybe a double wide for our trailer park friends). But we’re happy. Being back at work is exhausting.

It’s not so much the work, but walking to and from. I cover at least 5km a day, and whilst it may not seem like the greatest distance, the heavy winter boots, and 4 layers of clothing, take some getting used to. I think the main issue is the blisters. In a slightly re-seasoned version of the Violet Femmes, ‘Blister in the sun’ it’s more like, ‘Let me go on, like a blister in the snow’. The temperature in the first week averaged -15 degrees, with the worst day being -29 degrees. A bloke from work says to me, “So you walk to work? You do look a little colder than most coming in”.

The family has adjusted amazingly to this phase of our life. The kids just love living in a high-rise building. To be as high as the birds, gives them yet another perspective on life. There are lots of advantages of living on the 30th floor. Spotting school buses in the morning is just one of their favourite things to do! Roamingdays-8001 However, our windows go from floor to ceiling, which makes me very nervous when the kids run full ball at the window. I’ve relaxed a lot! But we still avoid unnecessary leaning or banging against the window for my own health. They also play, without exception, a competitive game of ‘who will pick the right elevator’. It involves selecting one of the 4 elevators, and the excitement can hardly be contained as we wait to see which door opens. The winner usually jumps around in celebration, regardless of who, or how many people are in elevator. These kids bring joy to the building, and a bit of screaming too!

The condo has a ton of facilities and things to do, and we’ve had visitors for the first 3 weekends in our new place. It’s been a really busy, yet fun adjustment into condo living. The kids are swimming as much as they possibly can. Both Dora and Boots are gaining a lot of confidence in the water. Boots a little too much so. Under close supervision, with no arm-bands, he dived off the steps. He was adamant that he could swim. I’d like to say he just magically started swimming, but that’s not the case. He sank. As I pulled him up, he did not for a second appear perturbed. He just asked for his arm-bands back and off he went again. Dora is mastering floating, treading water, and a slightly wild version of, well, swimming. It looks a little like someone trying to fight off a shark attack 🙂 Seriously, she is progressing wonderfully. Most importantly she is becoming relaxed in the water, and she could make it to safety if it were required. We’re very proud of them both.

So life in the Saga is treating us well so far. The outdoor skating rink is a stone-throw away, and we visited the rink with our good friends from Stratford a couple of weeks ago. This was the first time that we didn’t have one of those plastic pushy things for the kids. Previously, a metre was the furthest distance Dora had travelled unassisted. Suddenly, she was to skate around the ice. She would say to us, “I only fell down 4 times that time!” I really love her commitment to things, and her willingness to give things a go. It was Boot’s first time on real ice skates. Last year he had those skates that strapped to his shoes, and they were honestly useless. He was better walking around on the ice trying to get a feel for it. With real skates, he could walk around exceptionally well off the ice, and not at all on the ice. However, undeterred, and with the biggest grin on his face, he yelled “zoom, zoom, zoom” as we hunched over and skated him around. Mummy and Daddy were thinking, ‘pyhsio, pyhsio, pyhsio!!!’

We can’t wait to explore and start roaming around Mississauga. We’re not too far from the water, there a few big libraries and parks, play centres and kids activities. Of course, there’s the Living Arts Centre, which hosts many productions for both the young and old. I think we will have a really great time here.

I’m excited that February is around the corner. It means that we have 1 or 3 months of winter left. Either way, Mississauga is not the snow haven that Grey County was. Unlike the Queensland (Australia) slogan, “Beautiful one day, perfect the next’, Grey County’s slogan was ‘Snow one day, buried the next.’ Mississauga on the other hand has had very little snow (maybe 2 or 3 days in January). The biggest plus is that there’s zero snow accumulation. It’s always gone within 24 hours. Whilst I miss the beautiful scenery of the snow in the country, the practicality of getting to work is much easier.

I’m truly thankful for the wonderful experiences the last year or so has presented us. I may have taken a step back into corporate life, but somehow I still like I feel like I’m on a holiday. Trust me, it’s not a lack of work. It’s the mindset. Happy living everyone!

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Sightseeing comes in many forms and, after a run of downtowns, it was time to get back to nature.

We’d just spent a night in a hotel after a tornado warning for the Georgian State, so we were bustling out of Atlanta with Nashville in sight. But we couldn’t resist stopping at a little place called Rock City, and we were ever so glad that we did.

Rock City is in Chattanooga, a couple of hours north of Atlanta. At first I questioned the admission fee (approx. $27 US) to ‘see some rocks’, but the issue of cost quickly faded as we stepped into an enchanted world. We weaved through some beautiful rock formations, and were mesmerised by the natural beauty of our surroundings.

Having a 4 and an almost 2-year-old, I was worried about how suitable the trails would be, but both kids walked almost the entire way. The first trail ended at a landing where we could see 7 states. We then started the second trail, and the kids were excited by the hope of seeing fairies in Fairyland Caverns. Who knew that they would see a whole lot more!

We stepped into the world of nursery rhymes in ‘Mother Goose Village,’ and the effort spent on the displays was remarkable.

There are some places that just deliver so much more than what you’re expecting and Rock City was one of them. The kids absolutely loved it, and so did we. What else can I say, if you’re in the area… don’t miss it!

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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum (Charleston, SC) is the home of the USS Yorktown. This massive aircraft carrier has been converted into a museum, and don’t expect to get in and out in a hurry. The length of the ship is about 4 football fields, and you can roam through a handful of different tours on multiple levels, including the flight deck.

We learnt that the USS Yorktown was used for service in Vietnam (1965-1968), and also picked up the astronauts and the landing capsule from Apollo 8 in December 1968. If you’re a history buff, visit http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/y1/yorktown-iv.htm to find an in-depth breakdown of the Yorktown’s history.

The museum is reasonably priced given the many hours you can spend on the ship, and kids 5 and under are free. However, if you are taking a stroller/pram, you will be limited on some of the tours due to stairs and narrow corridors. We highly suggest a baby carrier, especially if you will be visiting over your little one’s nap time.

Overall, we highly recommend Patriots Point for all ages and it’s a great family day out.

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Our first 1000 miles of RV life have been exactly what they were meant to be. Full of adventure, laughter, challenges, and things we’ll truly never forget; a cyclone warning, torrential rain and wind, a blown tire, our first couple of nights in a Walmart parking lot, and so much more.

The wheels started turning on Monday morning as we headed south towards the USA border at Niagara Falls. We didn’t rush out early, as the whole point of this trip is to relax and take our time. We had no time constraints, and there was no-where we ‘had’ to be.

Ready to roll, goodbye snow.

Ready to roll, goodbye snow.

I’ve not had a smooth border crossing in to the US for some time, and the trend continued. Despite having a current ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which is the new and ‘easier’ way to travel through the USA under the Visa Waiver Program, for land border crossings it doesn’t help at all. We pulled up to the window and straight away we were told we had to go inside.

The officer inside asked us the address of where we were staying, but Marlea had left the address in the RV. The officer says to us “I can check the white pages”. So we gave him the home owners name and town. He then says to us, “Is the home owner aged between 60-64?” Last I checked the white pages didn’t provide this information, but of course this was not a time to question the privacy of US citizens.

So officially we entered the USA, and we headed east through New York State. We stopped at Denny’s near Batavia, and it was at this point that the weather channel told us that there was a cyclone warning for North and South Carolina, which is where we were heading. The US news tends to over exaggerate things so I wasn’t sure whether this was a ‘blow your hat off’ or a ‘tie down your Motorhome’ type warning? Therefore, it was no surprise that as we started heading south in to Pennsylvania, we encountered some very heavy rain and winds. The Motorhome handled the conditions extremely well, and gave us a lot of confidence that the wind wouldn’t blow us over anytime soon.

It was after midnight by the time we pulled into a Walmart parking lot in Lewistown, for a well earned sleep.

Our first night at Walmart!

Our first night at Walmart!

Tuesday was a slow start. After going into to Walmart and both kids having a minor meltdown, we took some time in the Motorhome to ensure everyone was well fed and relaxed before starting off again. We had also experienced some issues with our RV 12V battery, which powers the radio and interior lights, and starts things like the generator. After buying a new one at Walmart and installing it, everything worked like new.

A few hours later we arrived in Gettysburg, and we were very excited! We drove through the downtown, and as we turned to head up towards the visitor centre, I had to take a tighter turn than I’d hoped as there was a car at the stoplights (and the streets were tiny). The back wheel clipped the gutter/curb and there was a sudden rush of air. We made it to the visitor centre before assessing the damage, as the RV still drove normally.

I won’t lie, I was furious. Firstly because I’d hit the gutter/curb, but more so because I knew the afternoon would involve sitting in the visitor centre car park rather than doing a driving tour of the battlefields. It was an unfortunate incident on the second day of RV life, but if I’m ever going to blow a tire, this is the way to do it. We weren’t travelling at high speeds, and the family was not put in any danger!

The kids having fun while the tire is being changed.

The kids having fun while the tire is being changed.

A blown tire… day 2… good start :)

A blown tire… day 2… good start 🙂

A local tire dealer popped out to put the spare tire on, and this was followed with a drive to a nearby gas station to pump up spare tire. It was at this point that I was ‘almost laughing’. The air valve was on the inside of the outer tire, making it almost impossible to attach the air pump! While the owner of the gas station tried to help me, Marlea had to be on look out for people entering the gas station… seriously!

It took me a while to find the calmness that I’d had up until this point, and nothing like peak hour traffic via Washington to get my attention back on the road. In all honesty, we had a beautiful run through peak hour and found a little mexican/indian taco joint for dinner, not too far passed the city.

We had a great night, and did books and bed time routine with the kids in the parking lot. Everyone was settled after another big day. We strapped the kids into their car seats and we were on the move again. Before we new it, the kids were asleep and the night was ours to chat and get some miles under our belt. We drove late in to the night, finally settling at 1am in another Walmart parking lot. This time we joined a number of fellow RV’ers, and we felt right at home.

Our 2nd night at a Walmart, with fellow RV'ers

Our 2nd night at a Walmart, with fellow RV’ers

Our 3rd and final day on the road to our first stop was the best so far. Our only obstacle was the sudden closure of a small country road. All the driveways on the street were narrow and to each side was a large dip for the water drainage. To add to the drama of performing a 10 point turn in a narrow driveway, the property owners dog had joined us and ran around and under the front of the RV. The owner stood and watched from the house, and eventually came down to drag the dog away.

We stopped for lunch at Greenville, North Carolina. Today we suggested the kids should go in to the food store and pick their own lunch. Dora was great, selecting a yogurt, the makings for a BBQ chicken sandwich, and a juice for herself. We opened up the RV and took an hour to just sit and watch the world go by. What’s fascinating to me is how relaxing a parking lot can be! We had parked in a shady spot near a patch of grass and it felt like our own little peace of paradise.

By mid afternoon we’d arrived at our first stop. We’d driven through Ontario, New York State, Pennsylvania, Virginia to arrive in New Bern, North Carolina. What an absolute gorgeous part of the world this is, y’all. We’ll show you around in our upcoming blogs.

Until then, happy living 🙂

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A magical hidden garden.

A magical hidden garden.

So we have the Motorhome. We were hoping to leave our ‘temporary’ home in South Western Ontario by mid to late March. I thought we would head east first. My wife thought west.

It appears though, we are waiting out an extended Canadian winter. Wiarton Willie told us we had another 6 weeks of winter, and those dreaded words ‘Polar Vortex’ have reappeared in the news headlines. So after little consideration we’ve agreed to head south.

It would come as no surprise that if we’re only just deciding on which direction we should head, we don’t have a set itinerary. It may be a little unconventional, but instead we want to have the flexibility to stop (and go) wherever we want, whenever we want. We want to give our kids the world as their backyard, or at least a Walmart parking lot (as we’ve heard you can overnight in their parking lots for free). If we find a place that we love, we can stay longer (hopefully not a Walmart parking lot).

That all being said, we would love to know of your favourite places in North America. It could be your favourite city or town, your favourite little eatery or tourist attraction, or anything else we just MUST MUST DO!

As we move across the continent, we will take into consideration any suggestions that we get so please send them through!!

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Over a year ago we had a vision, and that was to drive around Canada in a Motorhome. It could be said that this type of travel is reserved until retirement, but sometimes I think we live life backwards. So much of our ‘prime’ years are spent working. Plans to travel, do our bucket list, ‘live life’ is saved for a time when we may no longer be capable.

We decided that whilst we are fortunate enough to be in good health, we should do something big! And what’s bigger than sitting behind the wheel of a bus like contraption? So the big news is that we have our new home. We’ve picked up a 2004 31ft Coachman Freelander and I can confirm that overtaking/passing is now a thing of the past, and downhill skiers move quicker than us. I can also breakout my very old New Kids on the Block cassette tape to play in our vintage cassette player.

Check out the new addition to the family. We’ll be calling this home for the next little while…

Fit with a queen bed above the drivers cabin, king bed in the back, and a great slide to give some extra room in the living area.

Fit with a queen bed above the drivers cabin, king bed in the back, and a great slide to give some extra room in the living area.

Good storage underneath, an awning on the passenger side, and rooftop access. Plus 6 brand new tires for safe driving!

Good storage underneath, an awning on the passenger side, and rooftop access. Plus 6 brand new tires for safe driving!

Looking back from the drivers cabin, this is our living room and kitchen (excuse the spare tires)!!

Looking back from the drivers cabin, this is our living room and kitchen (excuse the spare tires)!!

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Those of you who’ve been following Roaming Days via this blog and/or Facebook would know that we’ve recently packed up our life in Australia, and moved to Canada with half a dozen suitcases.

We possibly underestimated the size of the change. Large city to small town, our own house and space to living in Marlea’s sisters basement, and massive schedules and work commitments to starting anew.

We are now over a month into this adventure and we’re just starting to feel settled.

Since our kids, nicknamed Dora and Boots in this blog, have never experienced a Canadian winter, there’s been a number of firsts for them. In our last post, they were busy tobogganing and playing in the snow. They’ve also been ice-skating, snowshoeing, and a few days ago we made our first ever snowman. They’re now excited when we ask them to put on their winter jackets and snow pants, and little Boots is starting to look less robotic in all of his winter gear. Dora knows NOT to play in yellow snow, and she has also warned us about black snow. ☺

For Marlea and I, it’s been more about getting reacquainted with a real winter, as it was a decade ago that we last spent an entire winter in Canada, and 8 years since we were back for Christmas. It hasn’t taken long to remember the good, the bad and the ugly.

It’s also taken me a month to work out that I was putting on the kids ‘long johns’ backwards, and maybe my own as well??

Canada has put on a real show for us. We didn’t get a dress rehearsal, we stepped right into the live show – and what show it’s been! ‘A polar vortex’ has caused record-breaking low temperatures in Canada and the US. From what we’ve heard, this has made regular news in Australia, as well as the freezing of Niagara Falls. For us, we only need to look outside at the snow bank beside the driveway, which stands over 3ft tall.

The small town we are living in lies in a snow belt, so we’ve been in receipt of fresh powder snow day after day. For the last week the temperature has warmed which has been great on one front but it does make the conditions outside very icy. But today the temperature has plummeted to -18 degrees, (-30 degrees to -35 degrees with wind chill) so we are calling these ‘indoor play days’.

However, I don’t intend Roaming days to become a weather station ☺ I’m hoping that we will have a few other exciting things to share, but we will report on the extremities as they occur.

So the first month has been busy. LA was a nice way to break up flight over and the kids were amazing on the first leg from Sydney. Dora loved her TV and endless hours of Dora and Peppa Pig (which is normally restricted viewing at home). Meanwhile, Boots played with what would’ve felt like a revolving table of toys. After about 6 hours they were both asleep and we actually had to wake Dora for breakfast. After our previous long haul flights with Dora, this was a pleasant surprise.

Once we’d touched-down in LA we had some minor delays with our friends at customs, and then we were on our way down to Anaheim. Disney was essential for our little girl who loves princesses. Entertainment on the other days included the Science Centre in Anaheim and a tour of LA in a big yellow taxi – not strictly legal but a cost effective way to see the sights.

Our short stay in Orange County was perfect and before we adapted to our new time zone too much, we were on the move again. First we needed to deal with the small issue of baggage. We’d chosen to fly with Qantas because they allowed two pieces of checked luggage per seat. However a warning for unsuspecting travellers, if you add a layover the baggage allowance doesn’t carry through anymore, despite what the airline tells you when booking the ticket. As an added bonus, we found out the day before leaving Sydney that American Airlines had allotted us a zero baggage allowance from LA to Toronto.

At LA airport, we made a decision to accept an offer from an AA worker to carry our bags to check-in. The decision resulted in good fortune, as we by-passed the usual check-in desk and before we knew it, we were on the plane with two pieces of checked luggage each, no arguments, and no additional baggage costs.

Again the flight was rather non-eventful which is a great thing to report when flying with two little ones.

Although Boots was involved in a minor ice and cup incident.

As a method of distraction, whilst walking the back of the plane I grabbed a cup and two pieces of ice for Boots to play with. The game was simple. Pick up the ice and put it back in the cup. It was fantastic, and kept Boots entertained obviously until the ice melted.

The mistake was to send Marlea for more ice. In her defense, she thought the hostess had given me the first cup of ice, and she just asked her for more ice.

As Marlea returned to the seat with a full cup of ice, she questioned how this was going to work. No real surprise that it didn’t. Before we knew it there was ice on the seat and under the seat, as Boots started to shake the cup and scream while he lost ice here and there. That was the end of the ice game.

Toronto airport was extremely busy and there are some advantages of having children who have been cooped up on a plane for an extended period. We were ushered to a freshly opened customs line. Soon enough we were in a nice big crew-cab truck and on our way to our new home (for the next couple of months anyway).

Our home is now a small town consisting of a couple of thousand people. We live in the basement, which sounds much worse than it actually is. In Australia, basements are rare whereas in Canada every house has a basement. And more often than not, Canadians finish their basement into a very useable space whether it be a rumpus room, or in our case, a lovely living area, bedroom and bathroom with sliding glass doors which currently looks out onto a snow covered inground pool. And yes, the basement is heated. ☺

What’s funny is that although we have downsized significantly, we still feel like we have too much stuff. It’s a good transition into life on the road, where we will have even less space.

We’ve been surprisingly busy. We’ve been getting ourselves set up, we’ve had friends and family visiting or staying with us, we hosted a large family Christmas day, and we’ve been adjusting to general day to day life with young children (with two parents at home)!

It has been fun so far. I had a night out to a local hockey game, and the company was much better than the actual hockey. We’ve been 5-pin bowling and took a sleigh ride through some beautiful trails in the woods. We’ve taken numerous trips to the barn to watch our niece train and ride her new horse. I, by complete chance, got an hour and a half private curling lesson… watch out Winter Olympics two thousand and never.

Our only ‘routine’ so far is Sunday public skating at the local arena. Dora absolutely loves it, and I think we all enjoy it for the skating as much as the poutine afterwards.

We’ve just returned from 5 days on the road. We headed south towards Toronto to check out a few motorhomes and 5th wheels (trailers). The International RV show was in Toronto and helped us fully explore all of our options and we are excited that we’re not far off finding our ‘home’ for the rest of this year!

What’s coming up? Well part of this trip is not planning too far ahead and going with the flow. We ‘re currently scheduling a few short trips through February before trying to hit the road in March (weather permitting).

The next question will be ‘go east or west’?

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“The weather outside is frightful…” and Canada has welcomed us with -10 degrees Celsius temperatures and it feels like we’re buried in snow.

It begs the question why anyone lives in this near inhabitable land. You need layers upon layers of clothes to even think about opening the front door. Going outside is more or less done on a ‘needs to’ basis. Sometimes it’s quicker to walk to your destination than shovel snow from your driveway, brush the snow off your car and scrape the ice of the windscreen/windsheild. Either way you’re going to freeze your butt off.

All that being said, there is something very appealing and beautiful about it all. Perhaps the novelty will wear off in a couple of days or weeks, as someone said to me, “Stay south, winter is only fun for ’bout half hour.” On the flip side, I was also told that if you “learn to play in it, winter isn’t long enough.” We’ll see!! Right now we’re just enjoying it.

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This is the first time that our kids have seen snow. The pictures above show Dora and Boot’s first experience of snow. Below are some other pictures including Dora’s first snow angel. She’s told us that next she would like to make a snow duck, a snow dog, and a snow elephant. I’ll keep you posted on how we go with those!!!

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Every step, every decision, every moment, we are designing our lives.  What influences us, or the way we view things can be enriched or limited by our mindset, our attitude, our life experience.  Some moments are bigger than others. They change your life.

For me there was one of these moments, almost 12 months ago, as I sat in a mid-morning meeting surrounded by 4 or 5 gentleman in their late 40’s and 50’s.  It was no reflection of any of them personally, they were faceless to me. But it represented an image of where my life could be very rapidly. I was on the same path. Corporate was my working life. I would be one of them. And I wasn’t ready to be.

This image drove an overwhelming urge to try something else in my life, and for new reasons. I was not unhappy in my job, in fact I was loving it. I was working with great people, doing something that challenged me and I believed in. The new reason was personal fulfilment, and what that meant to me.

I pondered on the image in my mind for a few weeks before telling my wife that we were moving to Canada, something that we’d spoken about so often, but never committed to. It’s not easy to turn your life upside down. Often  as humans we always find a reason not to do something. If it were a run, we would say it’s too hot, it’s raining, it’s too windy, my legs hurt today, the kids are sick… seriously, is running really that good for you anyway?

It was this moment in my life that motivated me. It started a change in me and how I was viewing life. It changed my priorities, and I suddenly felt heightened and free.

So this is it. We are packing up our life. We have a three bedroom house, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, an office, kids playroom, kitchen, and 3 sheds… 4 big feet, 4 little feet… and we are leaving with 6 suitcases.

We are moving to Canada. We have less than 3 weeks to go. We have a lot to do. We have a lot of stuff to make disappear. We have to work out a way to entertain an 18 month old on a 14 hour flight. Three minutes at a time. Maybe two minutes. Might still be optimistic. Not planning on getting much rest. We will layover in LA for four days. We will live Saturday twice.  On to Toronto. It may be  a 50 degree difference in temperature compared to Sydney.  Two hour drive North West. We arrive at our new home. With family. And soon there after we hit the road.

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And so our story begins.

We’re designing our life.

By Ben Gray

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Blank Canvas-2A blank canvas is a simple, well-worn analogy. But with a little twist, we have found it to be quite powerful and it has become the premise for our trip and adventure that we’ll embark upon by the end of 2013. But to be honest, the adventure has already begun!

Blank canvas is not about starting a new life. Instead it’s a change of mindset. It’s about a new way of looking at each day. It encourages us to live life through practical learning, emotional experiences, and soul-searching adventure. It’s finding beauty in everyday life, and capturing that picture.

What an exciting time ahead for our family. Wow, in less than 12 months we will walk away from a life that we’ve grown very comfortable in … careers, a home, stability, and routine. We will land on the shores of Canada for an adventure, blended with family time and a road trip that we’ve only ever dared to dream about until now.

What I feel most passionate about is the change in lifestyle. No suit, no clock, no stuff (or at least less stuff). And it will be about freedom, fun and family. Why would anyone give me a strange look if I told them that!! 🙂

Making the decision

We’d spoken about a life in Canada, but a decision to uproot our family is not made lightly. We are happy in Australia. We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, we have a well-established life, and my family is here. Everything I know, everything I’ve grown up with, is here around me.

However, in my day to day life I felt as though I’d fallen into the trap of chasing an imaginary finish line. When you’re moving so quickly through life, it’s like flicking the TV channels; you get a bit of everything but you don’t relax and enjoy the show.

So I asked myself this question. Would I have any regrets in 30 years if I accepted my current life as all that it would be?

And the answer was yes. Whilst I have no complaints about my life, when I looked back at the things that have shaped me, travel stood strong. Walking the Grand Canyon as a young bloke, hiking in Nepal, family camping at a little place called Burrier, and experiencing rural China are just a handful of trips and experiences that have changed who I am. The more one lives life, rather than just exists, the more nutrition there is for the mind. And this is a philosophy I want to share with my kids.

I’m taking this time to be with my young family, to see the world, and to explore my passion of photography. If I end back in the same place, so be it. I have lost nothing, I have gained everything.

And so, the decision was made that we needed to let go, be fearless, and be open to whatever lies ahead for us.

Phrases such as ‘Sea Change’ or ‘Tree Change’ have been coined due to the growing trend of people leaving the hustle and bustle of the city. Our family will be making what we’ve coined as a ‘Season Change’. Moving from Australia to Canada, from the hot to the cold, from Kangaroos to Polar Bears, from roundabouts to 4-way stops, from 2 seasons to 4. We decided to trust our instincts and follow our hearts. We hope you can come along for the ride as we roam Canada!

By Ben Gray

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