Goodbye Bali, hello Australia with baby on board

Today is our last day in Ubud, Bali. It’s our last day of travelling for a long time because of our baby on board. But we couldn’t be more excited.

In a few hours we’ll be picked up and whisked away to Seminyak on the coast where we’ll do some last minute shopping, settle into a hotel near the airport and get some sleep.

Then it’s an early morning flight to Perth, Western Australia, back to the real world with a home in the suburbs, a proper job for me (one where I have to wear pants and closed toed shoes) and a baby on board.

Beautiful Carmen with the bun in the oven

Beautiful Carmen with the bun in the oven

Second thoughts?

When you put it like that, the changes we are making in our lives can seem a bit of a downer. Going from the freewheeling life we’ve created on the road as digital nomads with friends and trips and hard work mixed with lots of fun to a much more regimented station with bills, commitments and of course our little bub.

Sounds scary. It sounds like an ending. And for the weeks leading up to this D-Day we’ve been questioning the decision and questioning ourselves about whether this is the right thing to do.

Good friends and good times - it's hard to leave!

Good friends and good times – it’s hard to leave!

But you know what? We’ve come through the other side of these doubts and reckon this is going to be our biggest adventure yet – and everything we’ve done over the past three and a bit years is just the prelude.

Because of course it is…

Baby on board = Life evolves + gets better

I was talking to my Dad a few months ago and he said stop using the word change, as in “there’s lots of change coming up” and “our lives are going to change”.

Change can be a positive word – just ask Obama’s 2008 election team. But change can also add a shade of negativity, especially when you’re faced with a drastic difference, a fork in the road, a path less travelled.

But Dad told me life doesn’t change. It evolves.

You go to higher and higher levels – and if you keep your positivity, it gets better and richer, no matter what happens. So instead of looking ahead and seeing curtailments of freedom, creativity and fun, I see a crucible of challenges where our best selves will emerge.

Jump! You'll grow wings on the way down... right?!

Jump! You’ll grow wings on the way down… right?!

I’m really looking forward to becoming a father, and the way Carmen smiles when the little baby on board kicks in her tummy, I know she’s going to be a wonderful mother.

I’m looking forward to my new job, getting back in the saddle as a news reporter and producer with lots of stories to tell. Plus I’m looking forward to honing my writing with my local writers’ centre, launching a new writing website (coming soon!) and setting up a home and study in the bosom of our families and friends.

Carmen’s going full steam ahead on launching a new business idea, taking on all our Red Platypus client and copywriting work and growing a bub at the same time – who run the world?

Our life isn’t about to change. It’s about to evolve – and get better. And you never know where the path ahead leads…

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All aboard!

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About the author

Dave is the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel and has been nomadic since May 2013. When he's not busily working on a novel, he can be found exploring a war museum, sailing a yacht (unfortunately not his own), or hiking up a mountain.

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