Who are Exploramum and Explorason?
This website is the story of Exploramum and Explorason as we go on a personal world travel journey as we explore, learn and stay in many exciting places in this big wide wonderful world.
We are a traveling and exploring duo called Exploramum and Explorason. I’m a single older Mum from Australia, and I have been traveling with my son around the world, and more recently the last few years, more of our home country of Australia. When we are not traveling, we are talking travel and helping others to plan the best travel experience possible.
Random Acts Of Kindness
We love to focus on Random Acts of Kindness when we travel.
Anything from feeding the homeless in Hollywood, to the beggars on the streets of Bolivia.
In Fiji, we helped clothe a village, gave out walking sticks, toys and books, personal and household items, and food. We also paid school fees & provided necessities for 2 children whose father just died, and their mother had left them. Just recently I got a thank you note that they were reunited with their mother, and they never forgot our kindness.
I love to motivate single parents, and families to change their lives, and to go and follow their dreams. Many a single parent has written to me and thanked me for encouraging them to get out of the rat-race and to spend time with their child/ren incorporating travel.
There are times we are given money to give out to the poor, but none has ever been kept by us. That is because Exploramum and Explorason love to give!
It’s been a great way to also educate my son, coupled with his own schooling. He learns food, culture, social skills, language, history, the arts, geography, budgeting, currency conversion, and so much more.
So we have sold our home, car, most of our possessions, and we have left our old life in Australia behind for a little while. WE left our precious dog Coco with a pet-sitter, and off we went, planning a year’s travel at the start.
I also left an executive job, and my own small business, having previously also owned several businesses over the years in retail. It was time to leave some personal stresses behind, and have some time to rebuild our lives – just the two of us.
I Started Young
I guess my first travel experience was as a baby. I can thank my parents for my travel bug. We have six girls in our family, and some of us would pile in a van that my Dad had modified, and we had a huge old army tent, and every school holidays they took us on an adventure – somewhere in Australia.
By the time I was 21 I had my first overseas trip. This was to Japan, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, and Central America. It lasted a year and involved Contiki, solo traveling, mission travels, and more.
I continued my love of travel and missions through my 20’s to many countries overseas – in fact, so many I have lost count.
Exploramum then added Thailand (where I learned about a new instant print process), and came back and started an instant print and paper store.
After that, I went on seven trips to Indonesia (actually I lost count how many), with an import business, and a retail homewares and gift store intertwined.
Travel overseas halted for a while, but I moved to Hunter Valley and Sydney and continued Australian holidays instead.
After the birth of my son (he had his first holiday at four weeks, and his first plane trip at six weeks old), I continued trips back and forth to NSW.
Holidays became a common thing in Fiji, as it was a safe place to take a small child, so our love for Fiji and the people was birthed. It was also an important part of birthing our random acts of kindness.
Each time Exploramum and Explorason went to Fiji we took loads of things for the poor, thus, our desire for Random Acts of Kindness was birthed.
So it was not surprising that it was Explorason’s idea to go back to Fiji as the start of our original journey and to take a load of toys, books, and clothes to give to the children when we were there.
When we started
So thus the journey began in 2012 for Exploramum and Explorason.
Travel for us is not just about seeing, it is about making a difference too.
The more we give, the more we want to give.
It has become our addiction to put a smile on a face.
To say “we care”.
We love: To explore; To experience the new; To never give up; to live life to the full; to meet new people; to give when people least expect it And, to do Random Acts of Kindness, as we see and learn, while we travel the world.
When we are not traveling, we are enjoying our home city of Adelaide where we’ve been based since 2015.
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We receive many messages from readers saying we encourage them. Also, I take time to help single Mums who need to chat about their impending travels. Thank you for those messages. You encourage us too. Please continue to send those messages as it is the reason we started this website – to encourage and inform others!
Here s one message we received from Bob of Florida, USA.
Your life is admirable….
I’d call it brave.I remember meeting you guys…It stuck with me.It wasn’t the travel that impressed me…..I was the traveled person…It was the reason that you wandered.Exactly the right reason.It occurred to me, following you, that I was just one of the thousands that you have touched on your journey.And that I was just one of the thousands that you touched too ….At any rate….Thanks for running about…Because you have influenced me….and continue to do so.