Are We Crazy? Why we are travelling the world for a year.

On Dec 15th 2014 our adventure begins.  It is exciting yet at times overwhelmingly debilitating.  Are we crazy to take our kids out of school for a year and travel the world? Will they miss school?  Will they fall behind?   Will they cope being away from family and friends? These are the thoughts that replay continually.  We live in the suburbs of Perths north and participate in society like any normal family.  Our children all attend school, they are involved in many after school activities including drama, singing, dancing and a plethora of sporting activities. Before getting married my husband had travelled to many countries including South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, the USA and Canada.  He has always expressed his love for travel and we agreed that sometime in the far distant future, we would travel together.

In September of 2012 our lives changed forever.  It was at this time that our then 5 year old nephew Jahvis was diagnosed with AML Luekaemia.  Our family rallied together as we researched the disease and tried to find ways in which we could help and support our nephew.  After going through countless rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant, in March 2013 was declared cancer free. He fought such a good fight however at the end of August 2013 we found out the devastating news that his Luekaemia was back and more aggressive than ever.  Our beautiful little boy then passed away on the 1st of November 2013 aged 6 years old.

As Jahvis was carried out of the chapel his family did a haka to farewell our Lil Hulk 🙂 love you baby

Posted by Vania Nowella Raeli on Thursday, November 7, 2013


When you are faced with a major trial in life, you begin to look at things differently.  Trivial things in life suddenly have no importance and those loved ones around you mean more than ever!  We came to the realisation that we don’t know how many days we have left on this earth, and we have been blessed with amazing children all unique and different and we wanted to make every moment count.  We want to make memories to last forever.

So are we crazy?  The world may see us as crazy, and we probably are a little but we only have one life to live and we want to experience things that will make us grow.  We also want to give back to the world and appreciate everything that we have.  We want to teach our children that the world is so much bigger than the bubble in which we live. We want them to give back and help those in need. They are free spirits and they can achieve whatever they put their minds too.  We want them to dream big and always be happy.

Jahvis and Malikai Best Friends

Jahvis and Malikai Best Friends

We haven’t worked out all of the logistics yet, but our one way tickets are booked and we are getting excited!  Roll on the 15th of December.