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Electra's picture
29 January 2013

Enjoying a wade in the river

Waipawa is a town that we frequently find ourselves in, but haven't stopped to see it through the eyes of a tourist.

Our usual itinerary takes us to the playground and the library, with sometimes a side tour of the local op shop.

Today we did both of the former then continued on to Waipukurau.

We stopped at the visitor information centre, a local grocers - where we got the largest scallopini you have ever seen and so cheaply, then we lunched in somewhat breezy and drizzly conditions at a park and playground.

Keen to check out another of the i-Site's recommendations for families, we headed off to the nature walk along the river and were the only car in the park.  The walk was easy even with Kita in the backpack, and didn't take too long to complete the loop-track.  

On the way home we stopped at the Waipawa River Park where the children went for a swoosh in the water (be careful here as the current is quite strong in places); and then visited the Clock Shop.  This was a surprisingly fascinating place where we all spent some time (pun not intended) looking around at the wide variety of hour-pieces.

A very full day indeed.

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Electra's picture
08 November 2012

So how does one start the process of considering a vagabond lifestyle with a largish family?

What we have done predominantly so far, is make lists. Ok, so it's me that's started them off!

  • What are our reasons for doing this tour? What goals might we have along the way (ie intellectually, physically, socially, spiritually etc)? Who do we want to be?
  • What would each of us take? Clothing and other possessions. What extra equipment have other family's found useful?
  • Where do we want to go? What do we want to experience?
  • What has to happen before we leave? Ie house repairs, cessation of services, insurances, business exit strategy etc
  • What was our budget for the last 12 months? What could it be for the next 12 months?
  • What could we do to earn a satisfactory living whilst location independent – immediately, short term (3-6 months) and longer term (12 months)? How will we access the internet?
  • What amenities / services / shops etc do we need to know where they are, in each place we go to in order for the family needs and our experience objectives to be met?

While all this may seem onerous to some, it helps me get things out of my head and clears the way for the next 'thought' to enter.

Lists are also a great way of others seeing what you are thinking, becoming involved and adding their perspective too.

Write out what your perfect life would be like.