When Heidi began this blog (which at the time was called “Connection. Intention. Joy.”) she thought the focus would be philanthropy and generosity, two (related) topics that had consumed much of her time and mental energy outside of work. But as the months went by it became clear that the blog was mostly about family, travel, and life abroad. With that revised focus in mind, and “Our Little Rookery” was born.
Today about half the blog is dedicated to travel, with the rest focused primarily on expat life and the unique perspective gained by raising a family in three different countries.
Why travel? And what kind of travel?
Travel has always been important to both Heidi and Fernando, and ease of travel was a big motivator in their initial decision to move abroad. As far as how we travel, we aren’t backpackers, but we also aren’t luxury travelers. We usually stay in Starwood hotels (like the Westin, unless it’s a special occasion and we splurge on the St. Regis) using points, but if there isn’t one available you will most likely find us at an Airbnb (or if we’re feeling flush, a Kid & Coe property). Usually, we fly coach and when we get to our destination, we take public transportation if we’re in a city or rent a car if we aren’t. Since one of us has a “9-5” job, most of our trips are 2-4 day “city breaks,” with a few longer trips thrown in the mix.
As for what we do, it’s not that different than what we would have done if we didn’t have a kid. Although we often add a visit to the aquarium to the itinerary, we spend the rest of our time wandering the city and touring museums or historical sites. And eating fancy meals if we can swing it, but that’s tough with a toddler.
By sharing our stories, we hope to inspire other families to take risks, travel, and actively create the lives that they want to live, while providing some practical tips for how to do it.