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Why This Mom Quit Her Job To Travel The World With Her 6-Year-Old Daughter
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Why This Mom Quit Her Job To Travel The World With Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

When Evie Farrell’s close friend died of cancer at the age of just 42, she realised that life really is too short. And so instead of spending her AUD $30,000 savings on a new kitchen, she decided to take her then 5-year-old daughter travelling the world instead.

“My girlfriend passed away from cancer,” Evie told Daily Mail Australia. “She was the most wonderful, gorgeous woman and she had two children. It was a big reminder to grab life and do everything while you can.” The 43-year-old public relations consultant from Sydney set off with her daughter Emily (now 6) in February 2016, and they have no plans to return any time soon. In the past eleven months they’ve visited thirteen countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, UK, France, and China.

“There’s more to life than sitting at a desk every day to earn money to buy stuff. We’ve travelled for a whole year with one backpack… and there’s no way I’m going back to my old way of life now.” You can follow their journey on Instagram, where the travelling duo have almost 50k followers.

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When Evie Farrell’s close friend died of cancer at the age of just 42, she realised that life really is too short

So instead of spending her AUD $30,000 savings on a new kitchen…

She decided to take her 6-year-old daughter travelling the world instead!

“My girlfriend passed away from cancer,” said Evie. “She was the most wonderful, gorgeous woman and she had two children”

“It was a big reminder to grab life and do everything while you can”

The 43-year-old public relations consultant from Sydney set off with her daughter Emily in February 2016

And they have no plans to return any time soon!

In the past eleven months they’ve visited thirteen countries

Their destinations include Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, UK, France, and China

“There’s more to life than sitting at a desk every day to earn money to buy stuff,” said Evie

“We’ve travelled for a whole year with one backpack… and there’s no way I’m going back to my old way of life now”

“I thought that in ten years my daughter Emily wouldn’t thank me for installing a brand new kitchen and bathroom in our home”

“She would thank me for filling her early years with amazing experiences, learning and sights and sounds from around the world”

“I’ve learned this year that if you want something badly enough, you can make it happen”

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.gas.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm always skeptical about these "quit my job" pieces. They must have more than the listed savings: getting a loan, selling stuff on the side, family member who supports them, etc. Even the most frugal traveler will find that $30K can only get you so far 'around the world.'

FlowerChild
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

30,000AUD is about $21,500 in American currency. That is actually double the amount of $ I live on each year. It can be done...easily.

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Alusair Alustriel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is really nice to see. I'm happy she had all the money needed for such travels. Not many are lucky enough that they can afford that.

Quant
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is amazing, when/if I have kids I'll do that as well, maybe not for a whole year, but a few months every year until they decide that they hate me and rather be with their friends ;P The girl was the perfect age to understand, build memories and experiences, and they've bonded like only very few parents will ever bond with their kids. Love it.

Arty
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think 6 is still a bit young. I travel with my parents at 6 and the memories are still a bit blurry (even if they certainly had impact beyond simple memories). I think the best age for traveling with kids is between 7/8 and 12 (of course after that is totally ok but they may have other centre of interest)

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.gas.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm always skeptical about these "quit my job" pieces. They must have more than the listed savings: getting a loan, selling stuff on the side, family member who supports them, etc. Even the most frugal traveler will find that $30K can only get you so far 'around the world.'

FlowerChild
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

30,000AUD is about $21,500 in American currency. That is actually double the amount of $ I live on each year. It can be done...easily.

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Alusair Alustriel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is really nice to see. I'm happy she had all the money needed for such travels. Not many are lucky enough that they can afford that.

Quant
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is amazing, when/if I have kids I'll do that as well, maybe not for a whole year, but a few months every year until they decide that they hate me and rather be with their friends ;P The girl was the perfect age to understand, build memories and experiences, and they've bonded like only very few parents will ever bond with their kids. Love it.

Arty
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think 6 is still a bit young. I travel with my parents at 6 and the memories are still a bit blurry (even if they certainly had impact beyond simple memories). I think the best age for traveling with kids is between 7/8 and 12 (of course after that is totally ok but they may have other centre of interest)

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