Next up to be interviewed for heartfelt traveller is Jake Cassar whom I stumbled across on IG a few months ago and instantly was mesmerised by the visuals on his account as well as all the magical places him and his family have been venturing to. It seems that travel is a necessity for Jake, and as a father of two young boys adventure is never far from his mind.
Let’s read more about Jake Cassar from This Wild Time.
Who makes up your family?
Our family is a European mix up of Maltese and Polish. We have two boys, Otis who is 3 years old and has been to 20 countries, and Sonny our new born son who is 7 months old and has some catching up to do at 4 countries!
Where can we find you on social media or website?
Instagram @thiswildtime , Travel blog coming soon.
Where are you currently calling home?
We are based in Melbourne, Australia, a convenient 15 minutes from the airport for a quick and easy getaway!
Tell us about what family travel means to you?
We travel because we need to. It’s in my blood. Naomi would be happy with one holiday a year but that just won’t do! The world is the best text book we can provide for our sons and hopefully it helps shape their futures to make them better people. I get the biggest kick out of hearing Otis name cities and countries that he wants to travel to. He has a world map on his bedroom wall and at night we lay in bed and talk about future adventures.
What are your current or future travel plans and what is important for you when you consider a destination for your family?
The next confirmed getaway is going to be a big trip with my extended family. I have 3 sisters and between us we have 9 kids. My mum and dad have recently sold our family home, and are using the money to very generously shout all of us a white Christmas in Europe next year – kids and grandkids alike! Hoping to also sneak in an African safari and tropical island getaway to escape the Melbourne winter blues.
Have you got a special way you document your travels? A way to store the memories?
A travel blog is in the works. I am also a travel agent which is a great way to share my experiences and help others create their ideal getaway. I also print our holiday pictures and store them in albums which seems old school these days but it’s nice for the boys to have something to look at and kickstart their memories down the track.
What would you say to others considering travelling as a family? What advice would you offer?
My advice would be to do it, and not be scared! Start when your kids are young if you can. We have done big trips when our boys were between 4-5 months. It might seem like the last thing you want to do when you have a newborn, but once you’re off the plane on the other side of the world, it’s a fantastic way to all be together and to bond. My wife is a firm believer in travelling with a baby that hasn’t started solids yet. If they are breastfed then you have everything you need where ever you go! Other than that, I always try to convince people to not focus on how horrific a long haul flight with kids might be, and to instead keep your eyes on the prize! Obviously travelling with kids is a different ball game than solo travel. You need to put your children’s needs and daily routines first, and work in activities that fit into their nap times etc. It takes some juggling but you find your groove.
Thanks so much Jake! Happy Travels.
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