We are Kath and Babs, a 30-ish couple from Belgium addicted to traveling the world. Ever since we met (almost 13 years ago!) we’ve been exploring the most beautiful parts of the earth together. The highlight of those travels was a 6-month trip from Brazil down to Patagonia and all the way up to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. But we’ve ventured through Europe, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well!
Almost 2 years ago, we welcomed N., our little crazy Elf, into our life. And thus we became mums! A lot of people give up on longterm and far-away traveling when they’re having a baby, but we firmly believe that by doing these kind of trips we’re both tightening our bond and creating wonderful lifelong memories.
Our travel family
I am Babs (or Barbara if you’d like to use my full name) and I am the main writer of this site. At least for now – Kath might discover in the next couple of months that she likes writing too. Ever since I was little I’ve been traveling with my family, thus planting the seeds for my travel addiction. I was really fortunate to meet Kath at such a young age so we could set out and explore the world together.
Apart from my obvious passion for travels, I love reading, blogging and walking as well. Whenever the sun is shining I feel like I’m on top of the world. So yes, I prefer countries with a lot of sunshine!
Up until now I’ve been a teacher, teaching Dutch as a second language to adults. A very interesting and rewarding job, that’s for sure. But I want more. I want to set out and explore whenever we feel like it, I want to tell our stories and inform others (you!) on how to travel with children around the world, I want to improve my skills mainly focussing on blogging, social media and fotography. So that’s why we’ve decided to become digital nomads. Though very scary at times, it definitely feels like a new chapter.
This is Kathelijn, but about half of the time she’s known as Kath. Though she doesn’t have such a writing bug, I firmly believe she is the one who is going to make this blog big, because whenever she puts her heart into something, she will do everything to make it work. Ever since we met she’s been craving to see the world and loved all the adventures we’ve been on. She is a big fan of slow travel, especially now with N., giving ourselves time to really get to know a place.
She has been working at the office of her dad for the last 7 years, but in reality all she ever wanted to do was working with her hands. Give her a bit of wood and she can make the most beautiful things!
Kath is also the kind of person to give everything for the people she loves (N and me are so lucky!) and she has such a great sense of rightfulness. She’d love to fight for the whales on the Rainbow Warrior, but since that is rather difficult with a toddler, she is constantly seeking for other places where we can help.
N was born in November 2015 and has filled our lives with joy from the second she was born (and even before that!). She is such a caring little human being, for humans and animals alike. She loves to travel the world with us, making friends and swimming in pools wherever we go. However she does not like to be touched by strangers (which can be rather difficult, especially in Malaysia) and she’s the only one in our family that doesn’t mind going to cold(er) places.
Why we travel
We love to explore little cities, meander through streets and watch the sun set in a new place. We enjoy the feeling we get when arriving somewhere new and trying to get the feel of the surroundings. Working out where the supermarket is and the most convenient route to get there.
What we like even more than traveling, is traveling with a child. It’s rather obvious that you won’t be doing the same things as you would have before, the same way your life isn’t the same anymore. Ofcourse there will be difficult times and tantrums, just like at home. BUT you get to show your little one(s) the most wonderful things and you get to be around them way more than at home. It’s also amazing what a conversationstarter a child is. We also love the memories we are creating both with an for our daughter. And we do believe that this is going to shape her personality, make her open and understanding to different cultures, beliefs and people in general.
Our travel history
We started traveling “with kids” when we were 8 weeks pregnant as we went on a luxury 4-day get-away to Mallorca. A few weeks later we completed the babymoon feeling with 3 weeks in Thailand.
When N was 4 months old we went on a trip to Cape Verde, but that was not our biggest success. Because of that and some financial difficulties we didn’t travel until N was 20 months! We booked tickets to Kuala Lumpur and in the months leading up to our vacation we decided we wanted a different kind of life. We had been talking a lot about that in previous years as well. We had a lovely 3 weeks in Malaysia, but it felt we were moving from one place to another way to fast. So we’re definitely going to look into slow travel a bit more.
Our travel future
As we want to make travel our lifestyle and source of income, we sure have to travel a lot! In november 2017 we are heading towards Colombia for a 7-week try-out. For the first time we’re not only going on a ‘vacation’, but we’ll be trying to work on our online businesses as well. We don’t have any idea how that will work out, so we’ll keep you posted :). As for the first half of 2018, we are definitely going on a few shorter trips, but the where and how is still a big question mark. There are a few other plans as well, like building a travel bus to cruise through Europe and/or worldschool N. while traveling the world, but we’ll probably be deciding on that over the course of this year.