Three's A'loud

Join the dots

As kids we love arts and crafts. Drawing, colouring, paint-by-numbers and join-the-dots. In keeping with our philosophy of nurturing the kid within us, this monthly column focusses on joining the dots. But in a nice dignified adult manner. A few pointers, pretty much. Which, if connected correctly, can give us a clearer picture on a given subject. And the beauty of it is that even though different parents from different families connect the same dots, we will never quite get the exact same picture. We are all unique in our approach even when we follow the same philosophy.

Top tips for travelling when you are older - Part 5

18 years ago I met a really cute guy at work. We were best friends for a year before he realised he liked me as much as I liked him. We were together for three years, working hard and slowly but surely building a life together. We had good jobs, reliable transport, a lounge suite, good crockery and nice glasses. We were all set for a good life and a white picket fence when we got a little rebellious and sold our bakkie and most of our crockery to buy plane tickets to London…

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Top tips for travelling when you are older - Part 4

Over the past few weeks I have shared my top travelling tips for older travellers. Because, let’s be honest with ourselves here: You do change a little between the ages of 21 and 36.

When we were 21 we simply booked ourselves into a cheap hostel room with 12 other people and started exploring whatever city we were in at the time. At 21 this is a great way to travel. You get to meet some amazing people (by sleeping a foot away from them), you can drink beer from 6AM without anyone batting an eyelid and you pay very very little for your bed…

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Top tips for travelling when you are older - Part 3

  • “Let’s go camping this weekend.” my husband said one day about 2 years ago. “The kids will love it.”
  • “Okay, that will be great.” I replied. “But hey, let’s also start planning a trip to Machu Picchu. Without the kids.”
  • He looked at me.
  • I looked at him.
  • He looked at my wine.
  • I looked at my wine.
  • I drank some more of my wine.
  • This is how our epic trip to Rio and Peru started…

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Top tips for travelling when you are older - Part 2

When we returned to South Africa from our travels as young adults, a family member asked if we didn’t regret spending so much money on tours and excursions while we were overseas. “Surely” this person said “you are devastated that you didn’t save that money to put down on a home-loan or a vehicle-instalment.”

“The only thing we regret,” my husband replied, “is that we didn’t spend twice as much on travelling while we had the chance…”

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Top tips for travelling when you are older - Part 1

“The world is a book and those that don’t travel read only one page.”
- St Augustine

So let me start off by clarifying the title of this post. My husband and I recently went on a wonderful trip to Brazil and Peru. It might have been our first trip in a long time but we are not old. This is not a post for old people. However, we are slightly older than the last time we got on an international flight. 12 years older to be exact. And I was really surprised at how much we have changed…

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This year

And just like that 2017 is gone. And what a year it has been.

2017 was a year of love and laughter. It was also the year that hurricane Irma and Donald Trump were let loose on the world. In 2017 we went completely overboard with fidget spinners and our eyebrows and we didn’t nearly give enough attention to global warming and people who still wear socks with their flip-flops after all these years…

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