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‘Pack up, take the kids and enjoy life together’: Meet the couple travelling around Australia with their toddler AND newborn baby in tow – and promise it’s easier than you think
- Rob and Tracy Morris travel across the country with their kids Marli, 2, and Ziggy, five months
- The young family travels for about six months of the year and spend no longer than seven hours in the car at a time
- They keep the kids entertained with snacks, stickers, colouring and DVDs and said they have no expectations
But Rob and Tracy Morris have not only mastered seven hour car trips and extended camping holidays, they have done so with a toddler and five-month-old in tow.
The Sydney couple, known as The Blonde Nomads, spend about six months of the year travelling around Australia with their young family, and told Daily Mail Australia it’s easier than most people think.
‘The main message we would like to share to everyone is to give it a go and not put things off until retirement.
‘Pack up, take the kids and enjoy life together.’
As a young couple Rob and Tracy bought a camper van and travelled around Australia for six months.
While they would move around each day, that stopped once they welcomed their children Marli, 2, and Ziggy, five months.
The Blonde Nomads share their tips for travelling with children:
Car trips: Pack snacks, books, stickers and toys and invest in an in-car DVD player. Change the baby’s nappy regularly.
Travel time: Make car trips shorter and spend more time at each destination.
Essentials: A pram bassinet for the baby, foam fold out coach for toddlers, baby carriers and waterproof outerwear to put over the kids’ clothes.
Snacks: For a healthy snack try hummus and wrap bread, chia cups, celery with peanut butter or an avocado with a spoon.Source:
Rob said they would spend at least three days at each place and divide their time between exploring and having a ‘lazy day’.
‘We’ve learned to expect nothing,’ Tracy said.
‘Some days you get a good run out of the kids and some days are too much.
‘You learn to have a good balance between time to themselves and time to play, just normal days, not sitting in the car.’
To keep them entertained in the backseat they have colouring in books, stickers, toys and snacks.
But the best thing the couple bought were in-car DVD players, which they only turn on once the kids have finished playing with their other toys.
Rob said the family mainly travelled by the coast as it was easier to keep the kids entertained.
‘It tires the kids out good as well.’
Being outdoors has become a part of Marli’s education, and Tracy said she was able to name the types of fish she had caught and is well educated in nature.
While Ziggy is still young the couple choose to stay closer to amenities, supermarkets and chemists but plans to embark on a bigger trip when he is a bit older.
‘Don’t overthink it,’ Rob said.
‘Start with a few short trips, the best way to learn is by doing it and talking to people you meet along the way.’
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