It’s a lot of work

You know what’s a lot of work?  Organising an international move for your family.  You know what else is a lot of work?  Organising three months of travel for your family.  You know what ELSE is a lot of work?  Being a stay-at-home mom to an energetic, dramatic and slightly-too-clever three year old.

So, forgive me if I forgot to mention in my last post where we’re actually GOING when we leave Sydney.  I’ve got a lot going on right now.

My pile of Planning Crap. It's more organised than it looks.

My pile of Planning Crap. It’s more organised than it looks.

To answer the question that many of you asked, when we depart these fair shores we’re heading to Japan for a few weeks with my parents, then Andy, Georgia and I will fly from Tokyo to London and spend about a month around the UK with friends.  Then, in the new year, we’re off to The Netherlands to spend time with more friends.  We’re also hoping to tack on a long weekend in Germany or Luxembourg, and possibly some time in Scotland and Ireland if time and budget permits.

See!!?? That’s a lot to plan!  Then you add in booking moving companies, selling furniture and the car, determining what to pack for the trip versus what to send on to America, cancelling a thousand bills, organising apartment inspections and travel insurance and doctor check ups and about 99 other things that I’m sure I’m forgetting and you can see that it gets a bit full on and we’re eating a lot of take-away pizza right now because Mama is burnt out by 6pm and I’ve already emptied out and cleaned the pantry.

All of which OBVIOUSLY explains why I’m sitting here typing away on our little blog whilst having an apple and a nice cuppa instead of tackling my 72 item to do list for the day.

I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, because I’m SO not.  I’m in my element!  The Type-A Planner in me is LOVING all the notes and lists and Andy even drew me a bubble chart because he knows how much that turns me on.

Have you ever seen anything so sexy?

Have you ever seen anything so sexy?

If you guys have any tips or recommendations for things to see in any of the places we’re traveling, please let me know.  We’ve been to all these places before, but never with Georgia so it’s a whole new thing.  I’ll do a post next week about some of the things we bring on the plane to keep her happy and occupied for 24 hours in a tuna can, so let me know if you’ve got specific questions around that and I’ll try to cover them.

Oh.  Look at that.  I finished my tea.  Guess I’ll go be productive now…

Here we go again!

Facebook just reminded me that five years ago Andy and I were in Corioco, Bolivia and I published a post on this blog about our adventures on Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca.  Thanks, Facebook!  As I sit here now, five years later, surveying our crumb-covered apartment in Sydney, listening to our neighbour spend 90 minutes mowing his 3ft x 3ft patch of garden (how long does it take??) and wondering what our little girl is doing at playschool right this minute, I cannot help but think, “My, oh my.  Hasn’t our world changed?”


For those of you who followed along with our blog during the year that Andy and I traveled the world, welcome back!  Let me catch you up….

“Previously on Abercrombies Abroad… Andy and SarahKate returned to Sydney after an adventure-packed year of travel, got an apartment, got jobs, got pregnant, got a different apartment, left jobs (just SK, really), got a baby daughter, got super happy in Sydney, took baby daughter on lots of fun trips and ultimately decided to move back to America for a few years.”



So, that’s where we are.  Andy’s at work, little Georgia is at playschool, I’m at home where I’m meant to be listing our furniture to sell online and booking flights and travel insurance, but instead I’m reviving a blog that no one but my mum and dad will read (hi, guys!)



We’re leaving our beloved Sydney after another amazing stint living here.  We’ve been living abroad for almost 12 years now and moving home to the US was not an easy decision.  In fact, if you’d asked us 3 years ago we’d have told you we were never moving back.  I mean, we named our daughter Georgia.  You just don’t DO THAT if you’re planning to move to Georgia!  (facepalm)  But, there’s something magical about seeing our girl with her grandparents and cousins and having that warm family embrace and also access to free babysitters oh my God why are babysitters so expensive I haven’t left the house in months grandparents are the best come take my kid.



But, ya’ll know us!  We are not just going straight from Sydney to Atlanta.  Instead, we’re hitting the road!  For 3 months!  To 3 different continents!  With a 3 year old in tow!  We’re totally bonkers!  Send wine!

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So, I thought I’d revive this blog to document this trip.  Georgia has already traveled a lot (I think she’s been on about 28 flights in her 3 years on Earth) and we’ve learned a ton from our experiences on the road with her so far.  I’m frequently asked for tips about traveling with a kid.  I thought this blog would be a great place to cover where we’re going, what we’re seeing and what we’re learning.

Welcome back!

The end of the road…

I’ve been putting off writing this post for weeks.  Partly because it’s been a busy few weeks since we moved to Sydney.  We’ve been catching up with friends, settling into our new apartment and Andy’s started his new job.  It’s been a whirlwind.

Sunset in the Amazon

After climbing Cotopaxi volcano!

The other reason I’ve been putting off writing this post, the biggest reason, is because I don’t know what to say.  I have no idea how to do this.  We were on the road for more than 9 months.  We visited 10 countries.  We took about 10,000 photos.  But, I can’t think of a way to wrap up our travels.  It’s too big.  We saw too much.  How do you distill all that down into a blog post?

Machu Picchu

Andy and Moai on Easter Island

St. Augustine said that “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  I believe this is completely true.  And, like a great book that you can’t put down, once you begin to travel you don’t want to stop.

Learning to tango (badly!) in Buenos Aires

At Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janiero

When we were in Vietnam, there were days that I was desperate to get home to Sydney.  After an exhausting 20 hour train ride, or when I had a stinking cold and felt like crap, or just on a rainy Sunday afternoon… all I wanted was to be in my own space, surrounded by my own things.  Able to cook a pot of soup and cuddle Andy on our couch.

Lobster night with Grandpa in Rhode Island

Celebrating New Year's Eve at home in Georgia

And now, I have all that.  We have moved into a fantastic and cozy apartment.  I spent all last Sunday sharing a bottle of red wine with my husband, watching movies and making spaghetti sauce.  It was perfect.  I went to bed that night so thankful to be home.

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Motorbiking around Cat Ba Island

But today, I wouldn’t mind being in Tokyo.  I wouldn’t say no to a flight to Auckland.  Today the idea of a trip to Shanghai sounds very inviting.  Because today, I want to read on to the next page in the never-ending story of a traveler.  Today I wouldn’t mind  picking that book back up and seeing what’s on the next page.

Celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary in Hue, Vietnam

Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island

And we will read on.  We will continue to travel.  And we’ll also continue to enjoy cosy Sunday’s at home in our new apartment.  We will strike a balance that is perfect for us in our new home.

Crazy traffic in Saigon

At a food hawker centre in Singapore

We’ll continue to update this blog when we do begin to travel again.  In the meantime, thank you all for coming on this journey with us.  Having the love and support of all our friends and family as we’ve travelled has meant so much to us.  I hope to see you all very soon… someplace in the world.