Caz Makepeace is the founder of ytravelblog.com, one of the world’s biggest travel blogs. When not travelling and writing about it, you can find her swinging in a beach hammock at sunset to the tunes of Jack Johnson, or buying another crystal to meditate with at a local market. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
What do you think you would be doing if you were not on the road now?
This is a hard one to answer as I’ve always lived a life of travel! So I couldn’t even imagine what any other life would look like. I can’t see myself living, nor enjoying anything else. Possibly gardening! I think I’d have a herb and veggie patch that I’d lovingly care for.
How do you share your work while travelling? Who does what?
Craig does most of the photography and social media and I do most of the writing and product creation. We share most other tasks like administration, email management and campaign proposals.
How do you take decisions together for next destinations?
We consider the interests of each other – we’re usually both in sync with what we want to see and do. We have to think about what makes sense in regards to the kids – ease of travel and whether they’ll enjoy it. We then consider our budget and also whether we can manage our business on the road or not.
Are there any personality changes that you can observe on yourself and on your partner since you have hit the road?
A lot more patient and tolerant and more able to adapt with change. Things don’t bother us as much as they used to – we tend to just go with the flow more.
Living and travelling together 24/7 may bring stressful moments related to disagreements, changes of mood or misunderstandings. How do you cope with these situations?
Long solo walks!! We actually have a bit of a diversion travelling with the kids 24/7 too, so the moods and craziness is shared amongst four people. We do our best to ensure everyone has their moments of time out during the day.
Which is the most beautiful moment you are glad you have experienced together?
Spending time together at Uluru was pretty magical. We did sunset camel rides, biked and walked around the rock, and enjoyed beautiful sunsets together. Uluru is at the centre of Australia – physically and it’s spiritual heart.
Can you tell us about one crazy or risky thing you’ve done while traveling that you would and one that you wouldn’t want to repeat again?
Yes. We lived in the Top End of Western Australia for six months in 2004 on a pearl farm. One afternoon my crew finished early and we decided to explore a small nearby waterfall. The only problem was, this hidden treasure was on land and we were on a boat. We had to swim a short distance from the boat to the shore through the mangroves.
I have no idea where my head was, but I must have thought since there were about 10 of us we were safe. It was the most stupid decision I’ve ever made. This area of Australia is the home of the saltwater crocodile and they love mangroves. I realised how dumb the decision was when it was time to get back in the boat and the driver coasted away before my friend and I could get in. We were stuck waist deep in the water waiting for him to reverse it back against the ebb. The look of fear on his face was enough to give me an insight into my stupidity. Thankfully no hungry crocs were around. I would never do that again.
Can you think of two-three biggest pros & cons of travelling with kids?
The biggest pros of family travel are that you get to spend quality bonding time with your kids making amazing memories. It’s also incredible to view the world through their eyes. Everything becomes new again and it’s so much fun seeing how they interpret things. The biggest challenge is you are with each other 24/7. This can become really challenging, as everyone needs their own space at times and you do get sick of each other!