Thursday, March 9, 2017

Day 2702 - The Lovin Life Linky - letting go of my baby girl edition #teamlovinlife

Bon voyage baby girl ...


This morning my baby girl jumps on a plane with her grandparents for a few days in Hong Kong . As you do.

Of course, at 17 she's no longer a baby, but she'll always be my baby girl.



Last year was the year of overseas travel for the Langdowns.  We started the year with NYE spent in the USA, then the hubster won a trip for he and I to Aruba for work, I then chaperoned our boy to Singapore for a soccer tour, and then hubby and I had his mid-life crisis trip to Vegas.  Let's just say there was a lot of stamping of passports.

This year is shaping up to be similar with my daughter's Hong Kong junket, my husband's trip to New Zealand for the World Masters Games, an adventure trip to Thailand for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary and then another soccer tour for my son (this time to Japan) which the hubby will do. Not to mention the fact that my baby girl has also been offered her first international modelling contract which may see her in Korea by the end of the year.

How do we pay for all this you ask?

Well, other than the trips that are being paid for by others, it's safe to say the mortgage is being hammered.

Who needs a house anyway? I hear caravans are very cozy.

I guess it's pretty obvious we love to travel.  We're also big on life experience and taking every opportunity that is presented to us.  Because you never know how long those opportunities are going to be around for ... or how long we're going to be around for.

So as my baby girl boards a plane this morning for her first ever Asian experience, I'm lovin' that she gets the opportunity to step outside her world and into somebody else's from time to time. I love that she's leaving the nest (albeit with her grandparents) to test her wings in readiness for what the end of the year might hold.

I love that my baby girl is showing me she's no longer a baby.

What are you lovin' about life this week?

Got any trips planned?

Ever been to Honkers?

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It's time for the Lovin' Life Linky:

The Lovin' Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, Seize the Day Project, Write of the Middle50 Shades of Age and Lifestyle Fifty #teamlovinlife




44 comments :

  1. I think travel is really important, so blow off that guilt about the money. At the end of the day, you'll hold onto those memories more than the time you bought something...it is what it is, and best not to dwell on it....but who doesn't love the exotic adventures overseas? (which is why I'm not a financial blogger)

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    1. I am too scared to look at my finances! Definitely won't be a financial blogger anytime soon.

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  2. I hope your daughter has a wonderful trip! Should be lots of fun!

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  3. How exciting for her! Travel is so much fun. Hope she has an amazing time xo

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  4. Safe travels, T! I'm off in 67 days, not that I'm counting down or anything...

    SSG xxx

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  5. Wow Leanne, it looks like an exciting year of travel for you guys #jealous :) I'm sure your beautiful daughter will have a lovely time in Honkers. IMHO, life would be nothing without travel. I may not get to do a trip every year, but I'm always planning the next one! :) #savingforthenextone

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    1. It's good to have something to look forward to. I have no clue what IMHO is ...

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  6. I love travel for the experiences it gives! Safe travels to your daughter!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Where's your next trip? Are you planning one at the mo?

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  7. My SD is off to Japan in a few weeks with school. She's so excited!

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  8. It's nice that she's making the trip with her grandparents, that will give you some peace of mind as well. And you're setting an awesome example for your kids by travelling so much... not that I'm biased or anything!

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    1. LOL. Nope, you're not biased at all (I may come to you for advice from the whole ex-pat point of view)

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful family motto and I am glad that your daughter is stepping out into a new environment with her grandparents in readiness for what may lie ahead. I have travelled OS once. It was by myself (I liked that) and planned by me. I used to think I would travel to the UK too but finances and health probably wont see that happen. I am nevertheless happy to enjoy travel stories from many sources including yours.

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    1. I did my very first international trip alone. It was huge. USA for 6 months. I had a wonderful family waiting for me at the other end and they were my home base, but I did back packing around for a bit alone. It definitely helped me become the person I am today.

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  10. Thanks for the link up. I have only flown through HK but would love to go again properly. Have a great time.

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    1. I did a fly through as well ... but with a two night layover ... it was great.

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  11. Your daughter is a very lucky girl! I've never been to Hong Kong, but I have been to Singapore. Lots of travel coming up again for you this year too - lucky you! I hope to go somewhere exciting this year - not sure where yet! #TeamLovinLife

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  12. Oh I love Honkers. I spent a lot of time there a few years ago in one of my old jobs. She's a lucky girl. We're the same re the travel - you can't ever regret the opportunities & experience travel gives you. As for upcoming trips? This time in 3 weeks we'll be off to Vietnam.

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    1. Vietnam sounds like fun! My parents have been there a few times. I've not been yet.

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  13. A great experience for your daughter and I would love to enter the Masters Games. What event does your husband participate in? We have a trip booked for October to London, Spain a cruise around France and Italy and finishing in Italy to visit my husband's cousins. I can't wait! I love travel!

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    1. He plays basketball. He did the Australasian Masters on the Gold Coast last year and is very much look forward to the World Masters in Auckland next month. He's played basketball since he was around 16 and is now 50.

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  14. Travel is the greatest gift and an amazing investment - never feel guilty for spending money on an experience with memories that'll last a lifetime!

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  15. Be careful with your little ones because we instil our love of travel very firmly into our children. My two now fully grown up kids have both travelled all over the globe independently. My daughter did a 12 month Gap year in the UK when she was 17 (eek!) and my son travelled for 19 months all over the world when he was about 23. We have gotten used to them flitting off somewhere all the time! But then again we do a fair bit of travelling ourselves! Enjoy it while you can and don't worry about the money! :)

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    1. I flitted off myself when I was 21. Travelled the USA. Best thing I ever did. It's how I found myself.

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  16. What a fabulous opportunity for your daughter!! Travel is an education unto itself---so you can think of the cost as continuing education, right?
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  17. I love that you find travel so much fun. I enjoy it, but it's not a big thrill for me atm. I hate airports and I hate cattle class seating (I'm tall and it's squishy) but I do love it when we get to where we're going. It's lovely to see your daughter stepping out on her own into that big wide world and a potential international career (think of all the places you'll go to visit her)

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    1. My husband is tall (6 foot 5) and my daughter is also 6 foot. Yes, it gets a bit squishy for them too. If only we had buckets of money for business class.

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  18. Looks like you are a busy travel family - and I agree, life is about the memories, not the possessions. Hope your daughter goes well, and good luck to her - how exciting for a young girl. Yes, been to Honkers. We lived on Lantau Island for 2 years. #teamlovinlife

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  19. I think travel is one of those things where you should go and do as much as you can, while you can! I'm hoping my daughter is as into it as me so we can travel together when she's older. I have been to Hong Kong for a few days either side of a trip to the UK in 2005. It was a really interesting place and my first experience in an Asian country. I'd love to visit again.

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    1. I did honkers on the way home from China. I was only there for two nights but it was enough to give me a taste of it. It's a great spot.

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  20. I've only been in the airport in Hong Kong - returning from the Philippines, my previous flight got delayed so I missed my connection back to Australia, and was put up as a guest at the hotel for the next 24 hours. Such a hardship ;-) . I would love to do more travel too. The older I get the more I realise experiences are more important than things.

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  21. Wow that IS alot of excitement and travelling. You're so right that you've got to grab the opportunities! Your passports will soon be full! Thanks for hosting #LovinLifeLinky

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    1. I used to like it when they'd staple visa's etc in the passport because it made the passport feel really full. With all the online visa stuff now, all we get is a stamp which doesn't have the same chunky feel to it.

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  22. My niece had travelled to the US a lot (and briefly to Europe) when she got her Shanghai Disney gig but I think 'the real Asia' was still a huge shock to her.

    I grew up in a family of non-travellers. My parents didn't have a lot of money and never had any desire to travel. My mum's still that way. Her friends go on cruises or train trips around the country, or even just Qld and my mum would prefer to stay home. I think I've mostly inherited my parents' genes. (Though money also plays a part for me at the moment!)

    Whereas my SIL's parents lived in various countries when she was young and still travel o/s several times a year, so it's nothing for my SIL and niece to contemplate o/s trips.

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    1. I was thinking of your niece in Shanghai for a whole year when my girl was offered her modelling contract in Korea. I am pleased ours is only for 3 months because a year without my girl would be too much for me to bear!

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