Childhood Family Travel Memories: Marianne from Mum on the Move

September 8, 2018

This week’s childhood family travel memories interview is with Marianne from Mum on the Move. Her global childhood experiences have inspired her to continue traveling and living internationally with her own family.

You can find more childhood family travel stories, as well as our family travel goal stories, here.


A bit about Marianne:

I’m Marianne and I’m a British Expat currently living in Sydney with my family, including two kids aged 5 and 7. We moved to Sydney just a month ago and before that we lived in Singapore and Hong Kong for 11 years. I was born in Vanuatu and grew up in Papua New Guinea, and have also lived in Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica and Scotland – so I have been traveling all my life.


What kind of travel experiences did your family do growing up?

We lived in both Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea when I was growing up and a lot of our holidays were traveling back to the UK to visit family. My parents were very adventurous and would take us all over the world on our trips back home.

One trip they visited Tahiti, Mexico City, Florida, Dublin, England, Los Angeles and Honolulu – with a 7-month old baby, a 4-year old and a 7-year old. This was in the 1970s before internet, inflight entertainment or even Lonely Planet books. That’s impressive and a real inspiration to me.

How has your family travel experiences growing up affected where or how you travel now?

Growing up in the tropics I naturally gravitate towards to warm climates! We have spent most of our travels exploring Asia and ended up living there for 11 years.

My parents never had a lot of money but they always managed to save enough to go traveling and this has been really important in my own traveling history. These days we can afford to stay in nice hotels, but even when I couldn’t, that didn’t stop me traveling and wanting to see the world. I backpacked as a student and as time has gone on our traveling has become a bit more luxurious slowly but surely!


World is Wide Travel Gift Ideas

Looking for personalized gifts for the travel lovers in your life? Click above to see the keepsakes we create in our home in Minnesota!


How has your family travel experiences growing up influenced your or your family’s travel goals today?

I love that my parents gave me such an exciting start to life. I grew up traveling and I believe my open mindedness and tolerance for other people’s beliefs and cultures stems from this. I hope that I am doing the same for my children and I try to introduce them to different cultures and local experiences whenever we travel.

What travel habits did your family have that you still do? What do you do differently?

My parents were real foodies and they always tried out all the local food wherever they went. This is definitely something that has rubbed off on me. I am obsessed with trying out local food when we travel!

The main difference with how we travel today all stems from the availability of travel resources these days. It’s easy to research everything before you go – where to stay, what to do, what to eat, where to eat. You can read blogs, guidebooks, get advice from other people online…

When we travelled as a family when I was little, my parents took advice from a travel agent and then worked it all out when they got there from asking locals, fellow travellers or just giving things a go. That’s a very different ball game.

What are childhood travel memories stand out the most for you?

When I was five years old my parents took us on a road trip around Australia. Three kids in the back of a hire car and off they went. I was only five but I remember the long straight roads, staying in different motels and some of the tourist attractions we visited. The smell of ginger still reminds me of the Ginger Factory in the sunshine coast!

What would you tell people who are parents right now about how your experience of childhood travel (or lack of experience) has impacted your life?

All experiences in childhood plant seeds in your mind, even if you don’t remember them years later. Travel truly opens your mind, and for little kids it can be so influential on their way of looking at the world and their fellow citizens.

Travel has made me much more adaptable in life and able to embrace change. This is so important in expat life as you are continually having to make new friends and adapt to different cultures, living arrangements and daily circumstances. I have also learned to not be scared of the unknown, to take risks, try to make the most of every situation and to ‘seize the day’.

Tell us more about your blog. Where can people find it, and how can they follow it on social media?

My blog is Mum on the Move, a family travel blog full of travel tips, destination information, product reviews, and hotel reviews. A lot of the destination information focuses on Asia and Australia travel, although we do sometimes wander further afield.

I am a strong believer that having kids doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying adventurous and cultural activities when you travel and this is reflected in the blog.

You can find it at

My social media accounts are:





If you want to learn more about how your family can create and reach their travel goals, you can subscribe here for my free quick and easy guide, How to Create Your Family’s Travel Bucket List:

Pin it for later:


  • Reply
    Eric Gamble
    September 15, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Great interview with Marianne of Mum on the Move. I love her story of her parents…what a great lot to provide them with such great adventures even before in-flight entertainment!! I love how she said that travel at a young age plants seeds even if you don’t remember the trip. It is so very true! Whether you take in country road trips or around the world adventures, I think it is the feeling of adventure that sticks with you more then the memories of the actual place!

    • Reply
      September 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      I totally agree. I thought Marianne captured that well.

  • Reply
    Toti and Alessia
    September 16, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Have your parents pushing you to travel since young age will help a lot to open yourself to the World. I totally agree with your point of view, and you are getting a good true shot in the life.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 7:22 am

      I agree, Toti!

  • Reply
    Adrenaline Romance
    September 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

    That’s a pretty cool interview. We also do this with our teenage daughter; we let her come with us during our trips. It makes her realize that there’s much more to just phones, gadgets, and games.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Good for you!

  • Reply
    September 16, 2018 at 10:19 am

    I have a few friends who are often telling me how difficult it is to travel with children. This interview has shown that it is possible. I think that travelling is a great experience for children and it does truly open their minds. I definitely believe in the saying seize the day. When I was a kid I never had the opportunity to travel. And now, I try to travel as much as I can.
    What an inspiration!

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Totally agree with you. 🙂

  • Reply
    September 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I also have strong memories of travelling as a child. My parents are European but I grew up in Toronto. My parents took us to Mexico, the Caribbean and California by plane back when NO ONE travelled in North America practically (1970s). Family travel was maybe a road trip. I remember dressing up, how the planes bounced around a lot, and how my ears killed! But, I also remember being so fascinated by what I saw and wanting more. Great interview! It brought back lots of memories.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Priya Florence Shah
    September 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I love reading the stories of families that travel and this is a very inspiring interview. Travelling with my child is very important to me. Some of my best childhood memories are of trips I took with my family.

    • Reply
      September 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Agreed. That’s why I love doing these interviews! It brings me back to my childhood.

  • Reply
    September 17, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Hi Kristie, thanks for sharing this beautiful interview with Marianne, As a mum myself, I often debate with hubby on pro and cons of traveling with our young daughters on long and far trips. For sure, Marianne gave me good food for thoughts!

    • Reply
      September 17, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Thanks, I agree.

  • Reply
    Alexander Popkov
    September 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Oh yea! Nice to see that people bring kids to travel from such an early age. I wish my family has done the same.

    • Reply
      September 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Yeah, it really does make an impact on kids! But as you prove, it doesn’t mean you won’t love travel as an adult. 🙂

  • Reply
    September 20, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Fantastic! Living in Papua New Guinea must be incredible! Travelling since an early age is the best education ever!

    • Reply
      September 21, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Totally agree.

Leave a Reply