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The Adventurous Life Of A Travelling Nomadic 4 Year Old

Michelle Dale - Friday, October 14, 2011

This week we celebrated our son’s birthday, he turned a whopping 4 years old. We went to the beach, it’s October and there was nobody around. Our kids stripped off and played in the sea, they were laughing and running around, and I imagine feeling very free…

He has been travelling with us since he was in my tummy! I became pregnant in Egypt, then our son was born in the UK, his 1st and 2nd birthdays were spent in 2 different places in France, his 3rd birthday was in Spain, his 4th birthday was here in Italy, and his 5th will be in Greece, where we have plans to settle for a while at least. I have had the most amazing time raising both my children full time, I have loved every moment, and wouldn’t trade it for all the tea in China, those are days you can never get back again, but my son is now coming to an age where school is going to be an essential part of his life, and we don’t as parents want to deprive him of that, but we would like to find a hot sunny climate where we can live a wholesome sort of existence, lots of sun, sea, sand, local fresh fruit, veg and fish, and a fairly simple uncomplicated lifestyle.

Working online provides all the excitement, pressures and technological advancements we could wish for as professionals and entrepreneurs, so it’s nice to switch off the rat race (our computers!) and switch on the holiday (our home). We have chosen the island of Crete for this next adventure after Italy. Our son’s name is Theo, so it’s fairly fitting for him being Greek!

Where it all began…

You might be wondering how we ended up living like this. Birthdays seem to be significant for me. When I was younger we went on a few holidays around the UK, in France and western Europe etc… I have always wanted the get-up-and-go freedom and independence, when I was 16 I bought my first car, and passed my test as soon as I turned 17 – which is the earliest you can take it in the UK. I took different jobs in different locations around the UK, but it never was enough, I needed to go further. The first time I ever went on a plane, and the first time I ever spent a birthday outside the UK was to spend my 17th birthday in Turkey.

Since I went to Turkey that time, experienced the freedom of getting on a plane and a few hours later landing in a whole new world, paddle boating in a crystal clear blue ocean, spending warm nights on the beach with friends having fun, boat trips, going to a new place, seeing new things, new people, having new impressions, I was hooked on the idea of living that ‘freedom lifestyle’ and seeing the world. I used to imagine what it would be like to simply decide to get up and go whenever I felt like it, and fly to wherever I wanted to be. I imagined back then at that age that only the rich and famous ever got to achieve that kind of lifestyle, I was told I was a dreamer, I almost believed it for a while, but I couldn’t get it out of my head… so you can imagine what it was like for me when I finally decided to quit my UK life 3 months before my 24th birthday, and I spent that birthday in Egypt.

I didn’t need to be rich and famous, I just needed to become a virtual assistant to live my dream.

What’s next?

Whilst our son is a nomadic infant and has spent the first 4 years of his life in technically 5 different countries since he existed, we have always been together as a family, doing something fun wherever we are, celebrating birthdays with cake and presents, and making it special, just like it should be for children, I don’t anticipate that he will remember too much over the years of his experiences in the early days, my daughter most likely won’t either, and I don’t know if they will turn out like myself and my husband who both thrive on movement and travel, I can only hope as they grow up that they find their own paths to whatever makes them happy, but I do know they will have quite a story to tell the other kids when they go back to school after the summer holiday break and can tell their friends that they went with their family riding elephants in Thailand, or visited the Taj Mahal in India.

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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