Family Travel

An adventure manifesto

15 August, 2013

Well, FINALLY! We have made our way across the seas to begin this family adventure in Europe. Turns out, to get the Passport Office to print a passport you need to have an ACTUAL MELTDOWN on the phone to them- crying doesn’t cut it, that’s been happening for weeks. 20130811-155132.jpg

So, 90 days around Europe, spanning summer, autumn and a little bit of winter…. here we go! We have been having a think about how we can embrace a bit of the wildness during this trip, to really make the most of this family time together and we felt it would help to jot down a few thoughts.

Here is our Adventure Manifesto:

To skim the stones. To pick the fruit.

To splash in every water source- the fountains of the city and the waves in the sea.

To leave a gift in every new place – a kind word or a cross-stitched message of hope.

To receive a gift in every new place – a welcome smile or an unexpected city happening.

To drive and drive and drive, all the way to Croatia, if we want to. Or just stick around the first wonderland we reach, and not get very far at all, really.

To skinny dip. To write our names in sand.

To dance – when there is music and when there is just the rustling of leaves.

To embrace every chance to eat with people. To taste the local menu.

To belly-laugh with strangers.

To join in with each collective moment – a crowd watching a busker, an open air exercise class, a march.

To let our children lead, to explore the world on their terms and be abandoned to a song of childhood.

To stick around for 5 more minutes to watch the sunset from a bridge or shore.

To climb the rocks and to clamber along walls. To play chase on every bit of grass.

To follow the sun. To jump in puddles and spin in the rain.

To love the earth in every local spot; to choose to walk and mind our diesel use.

To be carefree in activities yet careful in attitude- resisting a throwaway lifestyle.

To tune in to our instincts.

To let go of the need to achieve something; to perfect the art of doing nothing.

To pause.

To sit in the silence of a cathedral.

To be still in the forest.

To be idle in an inbetween place.

To stretch and do yoga.

To watch the army of ants.

To sweep the floor and pack up with joy.


I hope to tell you some stories about the strangers we meet and the peculiar things that travelling throws at you. I’ll be trying to blog from different places so please keep in touch. Follow through Facebook or Bloglovin or even just enter your email to get them pinged into your inbox. I won’t be spamalot, promise!

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  • Sonya Cisco 16 August, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Love this, wish I was one of your kids! Have a blast xx

  • Mum2BabyInsomniac 16 August, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Ah it sounds AMAZING!! Have a wonderful time x

  • Ruth 16 August, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I think I might have to print out that second photo and tuck it into my notebook. Have just emailed this to my lovely husband in advance of our own adventures which begin soon. It’s a beautiful post, and if you manage even half of it you’re going to have the best family time ever. Good luck! Xx

  • Patch 16 August, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Sounds most excellent, wish I was coming with you! Enjoy every minute. I will be following your adventures.

  • Kat Wray 16 August, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures, though I’m sure it will leave me desperately jealous!!

  • LondonHeather 16 August, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Sorry it took a meltdown to get the passport but so glad it’s here at last. Wonderful manifesto – can’t wait to hear your stories from the road!

  • Jacqui Daly 16 August, 2013 at 9:45 am


    sorry I have boring practical question (think your van looks ace tho!)

    me and my boys recently rented a van very similar to yours it runs on lpg gas and we went from london to the brecon beacons for our holiday and it was about an 8 hour round trip it nearly cost us £200 in fuel!!!

    I know amazingly thrifty you guys are just wondered how you were gonna tackle this? just as I loved our trip but it has really put me these vans due to how its costs to run!

    Really appreciate some tips!!

    Jacs x

    • Lucy 19 August, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Yes that sounds like ALOT!! Ours is diesel so is a bit cheaper, also cheaper in Europe so we’ve just done 600 k on £100 which is a bit better. However, it isn’t the thriftiest of trips. Thankful for my maternity pay coming in still and need to watch our pennies in other ways! X

    • Lucy 19 August, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Also, in France there are free over night stops which means massive savings. And we drive slloooow.
      Campers aren’t really frugal at all as you have to get work done all the time!!

      • Jacqui Daly 22 August, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        yes driving slow is a must!!!! thanks for the reply have an amazing time!!!

  • Jenny 16 August, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Really glad to hear you are on your way at last – looking forward to hearing about your adventures/encounters/moments…..,,,,

  • Thalia Kehoe Rowden 16 August, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Go, go, go!

    Have a blast!

  • Jen aka The Mad House 16 August, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Have a wonderful adventure and remember to breath!

  • Eeh Bah Mum 16 August, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’m exhausted just reading the list. Have fun splashing and strectching.

  • vicky myers 16 August, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Sounds wonderful:) Just back from a mere 4 days camping – my highlight lying on our backs spotting shapes in the clouds:) Enjoy. Vicky

  • Bake 16 August, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Have an amazing adventure! Looking forward to hearing your stories 🙂 Keep safe too! xoxo

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  • Libs 17 August, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Congratumalrations! I’ve been sending positive vibes to the passport office on your behalf for the past few weeks. They were obviously far less effective than your full on breakdown. So glad you’ve finally escaped Blighty. I love love love the manifesto – it made me cry little happy mini tears.
    Good luck and happy travels.

  • Molly 18 August, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Sounds amazing – hope it’s an incredible experience and you embrace every moment!

  • Mammasaurus 19 August, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    And you are off! You are going to have such wonderful adventures and chilled out family moments x