Welcome to my blog. I’m Elizabeth aka Wander Mum, mum of two (a 4 and 1 year old), journalist and travel junkie trying to prove you can still travel the world with children in tow. After four years of exploring with our daughter we now have a new kid on the block who had her first taste of travel when she was just six weeks old.
I fell in love with travel in my early 20s when I did the whole backpacking thing around the world on my own. You name it, I did it: bungee jumping, sky diving, zorbing, tubing, trekking. After settling into a job in TV journalism and meeting my future husband, we enjoyed seeing some of the world together.
Then we had a little one, Mrs Tiggywinkles, Mrs T for short, and were determined to continue our travels. We did so, exploring Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US which have all been documented here on Wander Mum. Four years later, along came ‘Cheeky’ our second daughter and we have been adjusting to travel with an extra one.
Yes, travelling has taken on a slightly different edge since having children. There are a few more obstacles to overcome but we want our children to see the world and experience different cultures. I strongly believe that travel is an education and I hope our experiences can help and inspire others planning trips away as a family.
My husband, Paul, is a ‘say it as it is’ Yorkshireman who makes a largely comical appearance in this blog. We can laugh a lot more now but we’ve had many ups and downs over the past three years.
In 2015 he became critically ill with bacterial meningitis while on a work trip to Chicago. It was touch and go and he was in a coma for over a week. When he woke up, he was told he had to have heart surgery. After an eight hour operation to replace two heart valves, he began to recover and we made plans to come back to the UK. But then he had a serious setback, almost died and was miraculously brought back to life! It has been quite a rollercoaster!
Prior to that life-changing experience, in 2012 we went through another tough time which has already helped shape our ‘live for the moment’ attitude.
When I was heavily pregnant, Paul was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After completing eight rounds of chemotherapy, he is now in remission. Paul’s fantastic attitude and positivity has helped keep us going when things looked very dark indeed and Mrs T was a brilliant distraction.
There is nothing like having a brush with a life threatening illness to make you look at life differently and savour every hour, day and moment you have with your family and friends.
We believe in making the most of everyday and helping our children get the most out of life and experience as much of it as possible. Also, we want to prove wrong those who said our lifestyle would have to completely change now we have children. Enjoy reading this blog as I document our travel with two children in tow and discover its challenges and rewards.