Happy New Year!
First off, thank you so much for your support as we travel and work to make travel easier for everyone. We really appreciate it more than words can express. 2018 was a year of new experiences, learning, and growth. 2019 is adding a family member to our adventures as we continue to explore new places and continue our work to make travel easier for all.
We’re starting the new year off with bi-monthly personal updates. We’ll share stories from our travels, the ups and downs of working on the road, and travel tips. Expect to get them every two weeks with Jenny and Bradley rotating as the authors. To kick off the year, here’s Jenny’s update:
“I hate wearing clothes.” – Jenny, January 5, 2019
Don’t get the wrong idea, it isn’t that I want to become a nudist! It’s just that at 35+ weeks pregnant, even the stretchy pants or flowy dresses feel too tight and uncomfortable around my ever-expanding belly. I have purchased some maternity clothes but don’t want to get too many as I still need to be able to pack all my belongings and worldly possessions into my suitcase when we leave Cape Town.
Speaking of packing – how does one pack for a nomad baby? As first-time parents, I think we WANT to purchase everything that we MIGHT possibly need for every imaginable situation. But as somewhat minimalist travelers (plus being on a tight budget), we’ve been forcing ourselves to really think over every possible purchase and only get the absolutely necessary items. Okay, to be completely honest we may have purchased a couple of extra adorable outfits because they were just too cute. I mean, how can you resist pajamas with baby sheep?! But other than that, we really did our research and came up with a list of items we’ll be bringing with us while we travel with a baby. We’ll be posting our list on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for it!
Last month, we celebrated Christmas by gifting experiences instead of things and went on two safari game drives. You can view our gallery here. While it was wonderful to go on the 2+ hour drives and see the animals freely roaming, it also made us appreciate the quality of experiences we had available when we lived in central Florida. With Disney’s Wild Africa Trek, Busch Gardens safari + giraffe feeding, and Brevard Zoo’s rhino encounter, we were fortunate to learn about and interact with many African animals. I love that travel can both open your eyes to new experiences in other places, AND help you to appreciate things that you may take for granted at home.
We also met up with a friend of a friend in Hermanus – about an hour away from Cape Town – and got to experience a local braai. A braai is essentially a South African barbeque, but the meats are prepared with different spices and fillings than what we’re used to from the US. They were all delicious, and my favorite one was the sausage with cheese in the middle.
It was great to meet up with friends – or even friends of friends and hang out in a home for a day. We’ve been traveling for just under 10 months now, and we’ve been fortunate to meet up with friends or extended friends about every other month. My parents will be coming next month to Cape Town and I’m excited to show them around the area we’ve been in for the past couple of months. Especially the penguins! After our baby is born, we’re planning to go to SE Asia for at least a few months. Let us know if you’re interested in meeting up with us!
If you read this far, you’re a rockstar. Again, thank you so much for following along on our adventures and helping others travel more. Let us know if you like these types of updates and what you’d like to have included. Look for Bradley’s update in a couple weeks!