Family travel writer Yashy and her husband Chris continue to maintain their pre-baby lifestyle with two kids under the age of 6. With a passion for travelling the world as well as exploring all that downtown Toronto has to offer, they focus on food, fun, and culture. You’ll find some hilarious parenting stories along with inspiration and tips for your next family adventure on their family blog, Baby & Life. The family is spending five months travelling abroad, and we at Orange Naturals are following their journey as they embark on this brave, new adventure. Click here if you missed their first post about making the decision to go travelling for five months. In part two, Yashy discusses what they decided to bring with them in just two suitcases.
Author : Yashy Murphy
We’ve been travelling for over a month now and I still can’t believe that we made this happen! Pinch me now! As we reflect on our experiences from last month, we’re shocked by how much we’ve managed to do despite not having a full agenda. Part of the lure in taking five months to travel was to go with the flow and not stress over the details. While the unknown is daunting, especially with two young kids, it has helped us create some unexpected memories that we will hold until we’re old and grey(er).
Life of Travel
Our flight from Toronto brought us to Malaga, in the south of Spain, during the week leading up to Easter. In Spain, Easter is a big deal. Luckily for us, the homes where we stayed were in the centre of all the celebrations. We had the pleasure of experiencing Samana Santa in Malaga, Ronda and Granada. While it is a religious holiday and a time of penance for Catholics, most of the events we witnessed were celebrations filled with night long street parties and parades. We continued our travels in Seville and rounded off our southern Spain adventure in the beach town of Marbella.
It’s hard to say which southern Spain spot impressed us those most. We adored Ronda, where we experienced an intimate Flamenco show and breathtaking views, and had a great time exploring Seville, a thriving city filled with delicious restaurants and a variety of public gardens and parks. The kids loved roaming around the various neighbourhoods and sometimes got a little too excited exploring the unknown. Their knees and elbows have plenty of tell-tale signs of bumps and falls, and many tears have been shed, but they’re adjusting well to this life of travel. Our Orange Naturals Bumps + Bruises for Kids is being put to VERY good use!
While the kids are relatively cautious in what they’ll agree to eat, they have slowly started experimenting with new foods. Baby Boy discovered his love for Foie Gras in Malaga and our 5 year old loves finding Calamari on menus. We’ve lucked out in avoiding any tummy issues outside of some minor indigestion (which is when the kids ask for Digestion for Kids). The main regret I have is not bringing the Nausea + Vomiting for kids because they’ve both had bouts of car sickness. It may be the altitude or perhaps overeating before getting into the car, but the five-year-old once puked six times in a four hour car ride. The incidents only happened in the car, so I think it’s fair to say that we’ve discovered a “new thing!”
Head to Toe
As our travels through the south of Spain winded down, we contemplated heading north towards Barcelona. It was then that we discovered that we were very close to Africa, a continent to which neither of us had visited. So we made the adventurous decision to take a taxi and then a bus to a ferry port that gave us an entrance into Morocco! After a full day of travelling we arrived at Martil, a popular beach town. That is, popular during the summer, but extremely quiet during the off-season, which is when we arrived. While not the smartest starting point, I was glad to put a check on my 6th continent! Martil was a boring spot with not much nearby, not even a supermarket.
The kids woke me up much earlier than I would have liked on our first full day because they were being bitten by mosquitos! Luckily we had the Bites + Stings Cream, which the three year old insisted on rubbing from head to toe. I felt bad for the two of them with bites all over but couldn’t help laughing at how they attempted to itch themselves silly! The cream rescued them a fair bit and the beach nearby won them over quickly.
Luckily for us, Morocco has so much more to explore and the towns of Fez and Marrakesh, plus an overnight stay in the Sahara Desert awaited us. We’ll share more on our Moroccan adventures next month!