We have introduced a brand new section to our website, Tribe Travel, where we chat to some of our favourite families around the world about exploring different countries and cultures with their little folk in tow. First up is Jes White, power vinyasa yoga teacher, wife to Radley, mama to Ace and Lux and the lady behind popular Instagram account @theacelife. Jes and Radley have been having many an epic adventure since they first fell in love and spent an entire summer together living out of a panel van and making their way from Melbourne to Noosa. Fast forward a few years and now their two beautiful babies join them on their adventures everywhere from Hawaii to Sri Lanka. Children of the Tribe caught up with Jes to chat about making memories with her tribe.
WHO IS IN YOUR TRIBE?
Radley White (hubby), Ace Jacques, two, and Lux Blossom, eight months.
A TRIP TO SRI LANKA AND NOW BALI IN A MATTER OF MONTHS! YOU REALLY DO LIVE THE ACE LIFE, DONT YOU?
Ha ha! We try to!
HOW WAS IT EXPLORING SRI LANKA WITH YOUR TWO BABIES?
Sri Lanka completely satisfied our thirst for wanderlust with its crystal clear sea, jungles and waterfalls. Having our babies there on the adventure made it extra special. Ace's little mind was blown by the abundance of wildlife he saw. While traveling around in a tuk-tuk, we passed wild elephants, monkeys, deer and even a leopard and they were all only metres from us.
CAN YOU SHARE ONE SPECIAL MOMENT FROM YOUR TRIP?
One afternoon on the beach in Mirissa, we were lucky enough to witness over 100 freshly hatched turtles making their massive journey out to sea. The locals were very excited and told us it was very rare to witness. They told us to pick them up and carry them down to the waters edge, as it is quite common for birds and dogs to attack them. Ace was even helping carry them to the water and waving them off as they swam off into the ocean. He still talks about it today; it was a real goosebump moment!
INCREDIBLE! WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES DURING YOUR HOLIDAY?
The heat was a challenge some days. It was actually impossible to walk on the sand on one beach because it was so hot. They were having a lot of power outages while we were there so we quickly learned to make sure we stayed at a place with a generator as it was way too hot not to have access to air con or fan for the babies.
YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM BALI. WHERE DO YOU STAY AND WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU'RE THERE?
We generally divide our time between Bingin and Canggu. Our favourite place to stay in Bingin is Mu. It is extremely kid-friendly with a killer view of Impossibles and Bingin surf breaks, so that keeps Rad happy! In Canggu, our favourite thing to do would be go to the beach for sunset and get Bintangs or fresh coconuts. Ace always buys barbecue corn from the locals. He is obsessed!
YOUR TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH KIDS?
We generally just wing it but I would say be flexible and don't expect too much from them, remember it is their holiday too. We do try to keep some things the same as at home. For example, we always try to finish the day with a bath followed by a book and bed. Oh, and pack lots of their favourite snacks - hungry toddlers do not make good travel buddies!
WAS IT ALWAYS THE PLAN TO BE A GLOBETROTTING FAMILY?
I guess you could say that. Ace's first overseas holiday was to Hawaii when he was four weeks old. His passport photo is hilarious - he is two weeks old in it! Now we are seeing the positive impact our travels are having on Ace, it is something we definitely want to try and continue as much as we can. He is learning and experiencing so much from our trips and we find he always thrives whenever we are away.
WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM FAMILY HOLIDAY LOOK LIKE?
At the moment, we have our sights set on Central America. We travelled a little through there on our honeymoon but there is so much more we would like to explore. So I would have to say possibly Costa Rica followed by the Bahamas, where there are those pigs that swim in the ocean! We would stay somewhere where you could see the ocean from our bed with an infinity pool with a baby pool. We would fly first class and bring a nanny along of course!
WHAT THREE THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR LUGGAGE WHEN YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR FAMILY?
Eucalyptus spray - the uses for this little can are endless
Mountain buggy pram - you can take it on the plane as carry-on luggage! It is a lifesaver for when we have connecting flights.
Natural mosquito repellent and zinc-based sunscreen - I don't count on being able to find them quickly in a foreign country.