May 6, 2017Last post had us whiling away our time at a volunteering gig in Tuscany. Unfortunately our time there had to come to an end and the prevailing winds were set to blow us onward and further into Italy. ...
April 20, 2017Three things happened as we drove the 12 kilometers under Mt Blanc and into Italy; I repeatedly and incorrectly attempted to memorize the phrase “Sorry I cannot speak Italian” in Italian, the GPS unsu...
April 8, 2017My God, how much wine can there be. Oh the choice, the passion, the bakeries! Since buying the Ducato Camper in London, not a day has been less than frantic, either working on the equipment, procuring...
Current Journey – Mexico and Central America
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We are team “Marlie”! After 4 years of experimentation trying the ‘settled down’ life, a dawning realization has leapt upon us. The travel-bug never really leaves the adventure minded, it simply needs to be re-fuelled from time to time. In our case the gas station was owning and renovating a house, getting a dog and starting a tapas bar. Yea, fairly serious commitments for a couple of self professed nomads. At the time it felt right, the direction of life, while considerably more predictable, had meaning away from dodgy internet cafes, crowded buses and the inappropriately placed livestock that travelling throws at you. We thought that our days of collecting passport stamps were more-or-less over, maybe have an offspring or two, possibly even amass some retirement funds ….. well….. we were wrong and it’s time to hit the road again.
But things keep changing. Now we have that off-spring, but it is not stopping our adventures, we simply travel in different ways. Carlie and I do not value material wealth like many others do. Time is our currency because its value is so much more than coins. It cant be be saved, traded or refunded. You can spend it only once and so by this measure, our time spent watching our boy grow, learn and play in all the different cultures we travel through, is golden.
4 years, 3 months, 30 days ago
Levi, a.k.a. Pedrito
Levi – the smallest yet most demanding of the team. A great conversation starter and ice breaker everywhere we travel, people learn his name before they think to ask ours!
We took 9 months off the journey to head back home to Australia and bring the little guy into the world. And for the first 3 months none of us were ready for him being out of mummies tummy (read my “Being Dad series of posts for a “no holds barred’ explanation). He just turned a whole one year old in November 2015 and will spend the first 5 years of his life being dragged around the world wondering exactly what language he is supposed to learn.
Christened “Levi Pedro Schmitt” he goes by Pedro in Spanish speaking countries and the diminutive, Pedrito. Always ready with a quite, cheeky smile for the ladies, he is a dancer already and those ‘baby blues’ are going to get him into trouble.
Carlie – chef, primary care-giver and part time navigator
Check out her food travel blog, Culinary Nomads at www.culinarynomads.com
Author, photography, part-time guitarist and full time driver.
After selling our Tapas Bar and house in Cairns, Australia, it was time to hit the road once more, time to turn nomadic dreams into passport stamps and memories. I have a passion for cultures, nature and how people interact, all of this I try to record in the blog, stories and photographs here on the site.
All true, all entertaining! They say a picture tells a thousand words, but sometimes the written narrative can take the reader on a journey where their imagination isn’t limited by the number of pixels on a screen.
Hopefully you appreciate reading these stories of our adventures as much as I enjoyed writing them. Mark
Traveling as a lifestyle isn’t as hard as it may sound. Simply traveling in a connected world is a different experience than my first trip to Japan in 1989, where a 2 week wait for a letter was the norm (remember them?)
Below are a few of the resources that we use in the organization and planning of our trips as well as a few of the blogs we follow (some for pleasure, some for information)
There are so many insurance companies out there. We researched many of them and World Nomads was the best, especially for those overlanding and who need flexibility in the policy.
We have had amazing experiences through Housecarers.com A great way to travel slow and enjoy cost effective travel not too mention meet some great people!
Nomadly In Love
Nomadly In Love is a well written blog of a family who have been on the road now for more than 6 years, a great read….
Fit For Travel
Fit for Travel is a great source of info on heath issues facing those on the road. It is a UK site and we find it much more realistic, toning down the ‘fear factor’ and providing clear information
PanAmerican Travelers Association Facebook Page
PanAmerican Travelers Association Facebook Page is just that, a page to interact and ask questions with those on the road or about to be, also has a good list of current blogs.
Trans American is a very useful blog about the Pan American route, currently in action as at Nov ’15
Wiki Overland is another great source of traveling info with a breakdown by country
Overland Sphere is a repository and forum of info for those traveling, hmmm, overland!
i-Overlander is as close to a ‘one-stop-shop’ for your camping location needs. Finally someone has collated all the info out there and made it easy to use.
Horizons Unlimited Bulletin Board – mainly for motorcyclists but plenty of great info for anyone over-landing.
To keep up-to-date with news and the latest posts.
Team “Marlie” is a ‘Location Independent’ operation, we offer our services to third party organizations. We work from where ever we lay our hat with a range of both travel related and non-travel related products. Mark is a photographer and creative writer in addition to a web designer while Carlie is a freelance travel consultant, editor and food blogger. Have a look at some of our examples and get in touch if you think we can help you.
Mark and Carlie