Hello, Kiaora, Bonjour, G'day, Kon'nichiwa! We are the Chasing Summer Family, or at least we hope to be! With our home town of Christchurch, New Zealand, sitting somewhere between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antrartic Circle, Summer isn't something we get a whole lot of! Chasing Summer around the world is something we have dabbled in, and aspire to do more of.
So, we are putting life on hold, to experience life... to enrich our lives by seeing the world. Two parents, two kids and a baby, traveling as far and long as the road will take us, starting May 2017.
HI, I'm Rebecca, otherwise known as Mumma. I am a full time Mum, and part time 'trolley dolly'. I am the original nomad in the family. Growing up I moved countries 4 times, our family moved homes 20 odd times, and I changed schools 13 times! As an adult, I have lived in three different countries, and explored many more. When I am not making little kiwi nomads, and at home raising them, I am sticking to my nomadic upbringing, and flying around the skies, as an International Flight Attendant. Prior to flying, I worked in Airline Ground Operations, and Retail and Wholesale Travel Agencies. It goes back even further.....my Grandfather roamed the seas in the British Navy, and my Mum moved out to Christchurch, New Zealand from England, via ship (not one of the first four, like I originally though!) Travel is in my blood. It is like my whole life has been leading up to this nomadic family adventure. I am spontaneous, and love an adventure. So, so far all we have planned is one week in Southern California, then one month in The Caribbean, our trip is flexible and if we love a place we will want to stay and live and learn like the locals. What I do know is that we aspire to show our children the world, to open their eyes, their minds, and their hearts, one adventure at a time.
Hi, I'm Jono, otherwise know as Dadda. I take real claim to the nomad name in the family, as I kind of have it tatooed on my body. More (or not) of that later. I lived in two houses growing up, and went to two schools! I guess I had the traditional kiwi lifestyle, upbringing, and education. My parents were cool enough to take us on great overseas family holidays, and Beck and I have done our fair share of exploring this world. Now that I have kids of my own, I could say it is opening my eyes to how fragile this world I have brought them in to is. I want to show them all of it's awesomeness, and teach them to appreciate it and the importance of looking after it. I recently watched a doco, that got me thinking I should become vegan, but hey, let's not get too crazy, let's just empower ourselves and the next generation to get out there and see what we have left, and hope to make the right choices, so it's not too late! I love a challenge, and from time to time set myself all sorts of weird and wacky goals. Oh, and yeah, I ran 100km - for fun.
Hi, I'm Bodie, apparently Bodhi from Point Break is cool, so my Dad named me after him. I will be five just after Easter, so I am about to start school. I will go to 'normal' school for a couple of weeks, then I am going to 'World School.' I'm not quite sure what that means exactly, but I think it means I go to school at Disneyland, so that's cool. I like learning, and asked Mumma to buy me some reading and writing learning books the other day, but I like it better when we catch bugs and go exploring.I love Star Wars, Legoland, and the beach. Oh, and my little sisters, especially Summer right now, as she is cute, and doesn't steal my toys, although Lola is better to have on the seesaw.
Hi, I'm Lola. L....O.....L....A Lola. Yip, Mumma & Dadda like that song, so that's my name. I just turned three, and don't let anyone else fool you, I am the boss of the family. I like princesses and chips and bananas, and cuddles with Mumma. I love Bodie, and always make sure that he is near me, and has what I have too. I love bubba Summer, and don't tell Mumma, but I am actually her Mum!
Hi, I'm Summer, it seems Mumma & Dadda like naming us kids after things they like. I hear that they like Summer the best! They think that they are chasing Summer the season around the world, but before they know it they will be chasing me! I've been in this world for 4 months, and think it's really about time I see what it's ALL about. A lot of people think traveling with a baby would be hard, but I am super cruisy, and when I went to Wellington, Dadda said it was just like having an extra piece of luggage. Cute, smiley, cooing luggage. Anyway, Mum & Dad learned through trial and error on other trips with my big brother and sister...... just don't forget to apply for my passport!