Hi, I’m Nicci O’Mara.
I’m the founder of Trip Chiefs, Director of the marketing consultancy On the Map Communication, and mother to two energetic and amazing boys aged 8 and 10. I caught the travel bug at age 11 and have gone on to travel throughout 23 countries, before getting married.
Since the boys arrival, we have made a point of trying to live a life less ordinary by getting out of our comfort zone and travelling as much as we can throughout Australia, Europe and the USA, in-between holding down full-time jobs and school. It often wasn’t easy making travel happen, but we’ve come a long way, and now it’s an important part of our family life.
When our first baby boy was born, it was pretty easy to still travel and we loved it. But along came number two, who was sick for the first 12+ months of his life and we lost our will to go anywhere. Actually we lost our will to do a lot of things!!
When we realised we were stuck in a major rut and were going crazy by doing the same things day-in, day-out, it was time to do something about it. So we started by taking trips close to home but where we had never been before. We didn’t have a lot of money but we made it work and now travel is a priority in our lives.
When we started travelling with the boys, the best resources we could find were travel guides which told you where you could go, not the how. So we learnt everything the long and the hard way, enduring enormous hours of research, talking to hundreds of families, and learning from our own mistakes.
Thankfully for families today, there’s no reason anyone needs to start from scratch when we’ve already done all the heavy lifting.
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