TAWK Featured Family -
'Zahlis Big Lap'

1.  Who are you?

We are the Zahlmann family from Gippsland Victoria.

Michael (36), Ebony (31), Maddyn (2,5) & Emery (1). We are travelling in a Pajero & Jayco Expanda. We plan to be on the road for 12 months and we are going clockwise from Melbourne. 

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2.   Why did you make your decision to TAWK?

We were sick and tired of the everyday 9 - 5.  It was something we had thought about but didn't really look into it. We always thought it would be something unmanageable. Especially with kids. We had our house on the market already as we originally wanting to upgrade.

The house sold and we both decided to take this opportunity to get out there and do it. Something just clicked. We were debt free and super excited to enjoy these special days with the kids exploring our beautiful country. I honestly don't know why we didn't start early or why we thought it wouldn't be manageable.

3.   How did you get organised and how did you prepare?

We sold EVERYTHING and figured what doesn't fit in the van can be replaced at a later date. Memories can't be replaced, materials can.

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4.  What has been your biggest joy?

Our greatest joy has been spending every waking moment with our girls and exploring the outdoors.

5. What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

It's been an adjustment. Each of us has our own role and jobs are split 50/50. It's important to have "ME" time esp cause we don't get much "US" time. Maddyn and Emery are young and need constant supervision, with them testing and learning their boundaries. This would also be a big challenge for us if we were still at home.

6.   Where have you enjoyed the most and Where disappointed you the most?

So far we've enjoyed the Victorian and SA coast, GOR in particular. The weather has been somewhat disappointing. Apart from that - no complaints. The sights most certainly haven't disappointed.

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7.   How did you get organised with schooling, what did/do you do and how did you come to that decision?

We don't have the problem of schooling, that's one of the reasons we wanted to hit the road while the girls are still young.

8.   What surprised you most about the trip?

How relaxed we both are. I (Ebony) am a massive control and planning freak. This trip has really helped me let my hair down and just enjoy each day as it comes. No plans, no stress and no commitments. Something that isn't familiar to me at all.

9.   What would be three pieces of advice to give to future TAWKers?

  1. Don't hesitate.
  2. Don't make excuses.
  3. DO IT!!

10.   How do you think that this adventure has changed your family?

We are early days and still somewhat feels like a holiday, however we can already see huge improvements in both the confidence of ours girls and also in us. Get out there and be open to adventure.  

Our biggest and most honest tip to future travellers is to "DO IT". No  regrets!

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