The Big Adventure

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My feet are, if I’m honest, a touch on the itchy side.

At the top of every list I make for self improvement and fulfilment is a new place to travel to. I’ve not always been so confident about seeing the world, and I’m not the most widely travelled person in the world, but I am working on it.

Chris and I have been planning our Big Trip for years now. Neither of us ever took gap years, but now that we’re married, and looking to move out of London (finally!) and generally thinking about all that big life stuff, we finally made the decision to take some time to scratch our prickling tootsies.

Which is why from January to March next year we will be off roaming this big, wide, wonderful planet. Let the planning commence! We’re both really fortunate to have been granted sabbaticals for that time, and although three months doesn’t seem like a lot, we plan to cram in as much as possible.

The adventure begins just after Christmas in Borneo (a place I have been before and loved), before moving on to Northern Australia via Singapore. Australia has been top of my list to visit forever, not least because I have family there, and while Chris has been on a number of trips for work he’s never had time to properly explore and get to know the place. So Australia will be the main focus of our trip, taking in Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and everything in between. Then it’s on to New Zealand, where neither of us have ever been, and then to California. The trip ends with a few days in New York, another place I have never been to, before returning to London at the end of March. I told you we wanted to cram a lot in!

With only 9 weeks to go until our departure, there is a lot to plan. And for me, a lot to make! I plan on taking as many me made garments as I can. I’m currently drawing up a list of everything I want to make, so keep your eyes peeled for that, and if you have any suggestions for simple patterns that would be good for hot climes then please let me know!

What do you think?

  • First time I’m visiting your blog via instagram. LOVE the soft pink wool dress from a few posts back!
    Your trip sounds exciting! I live in Singapore where it is warm all year round. I don’t have specific patterns to recommend, but shorts (in linen or cotton) and sleeveless tanks (in voile) are great for battling the heat if you are sightseeing outdoors. A sundress would be great for exploring the city with a cotton cardigan for fending off air-conditioning. Looking forward to seeing your sewing plan 🙂

    • Thank you for the tips! I am on the hunt for a perfect sundress pattern at the moment – I’m thinking something in linen. The pile of patterns is slowly growing on my desk, now I just need to go fabric shopping :).

  • i’ve lived in Aus since I was a child. Summer here can be HOT, in a way that is almost inconceivable. Sunscreen is a must, applied often as you are likely to sweat or rub it off. Bottle of water is a good idea, usually lots of places to refill it. Wear a wide brimmed hat and polarising sunglasses. Be careful to rub sunscreen in places like the inside of your elbows and back of your knees. If you’re wearing sandals then your toes and feet will need sunscreen too.

    In terms of clothing, having your shoulders covered makes a lot of sense. You’ll see Aussies wearing close fitting clothing made of lots of synthetic fibres. We hate ironing too. However, it is easier to manage the heat when your clothing is a loose weave and fit.

    The Melbourne fabric stores to visit are Tessuti, the Fabric Store, Rathdowne Remnants & Darn Cheap Fabrics. All have an online site & Instagram accounts. Announcing when you are coming on their Instagram feeds would be a good way to organise a meeting with locals.

    Enjoy your trip!

    • Oh my goodness, how did you know I would need fabric shop recommendations??!! Poor husband isn’t going to know what hit him :). I’ve been making a few light jersey dresses and tops to take, because they pack well and tend to work well in the heat. I have family in Adelaide who have warned me about the heat at that time of year. The sunscreen is a great tip – it’s the kind of thing I would definitely forget!