Welcome to the Groen Family Travel Blog

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.

Our Start

We are an Afrikaans, South African born family of four… I, Yolandé, my husband Paul, our 8 year old son Ernest and our almost 7 year old son Anric, have taken a massive leap of faith and following our dream of travelling. A year (starting February 2016) has been set aside for travelling as much of the world as possible, without rushing the experience.

Due to a very unstable political standing in our beautiful country, many South Africans are forced to seek greener pastures abroad. We have never in a million years thought, that we would be one of those families leaving behind everything familiar, in search of a safer and more certain future for ourselves, but more importantly for our two young sons. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate for having the opportunity of first travelling and seeing as many countries as possible, before making a choice of where we would like to settle.

The first step of this journey has been to sell as much of our assets and belongings as possible and all I can say about that is… ULTIMATE LIBERATION!! Yes it was probably one of the most scariest experiences yet, to let go of everything we have worked so hard for, but in the process we have also started to come to the realisation of what the real important things in life are. We are also very fortunate to have a very loving, caring and supportive family and friend structure, which of course is the hardest to leave behind. We have very strong family bonds and appreciate the fact that our family sees the bigger picture and instead of making this leap even more difficult for us, supports us all the way.

The first step of this journey has been to sell as much of our assets and belongings as possible and all I can say about that is… ULTIMATE LIBERATION!! Yes it was probably one of the most scariest experiences yet, to let go of everything we have worked so hard for, but in the process we have also started to come to the realisation of what the real important things in life are. We are also very fortunate to have a very loving, caring and supportive family and friend structure, which of course is the hardest to leave behind. We have very strong family bonds and appreciate the fact that our family sees the bigger picture and instead of making this leap even more difficult for us, supports us all the way.

Seeing that we want to really try to “Go-with-the-flow” we are trying to plan only the most necessary aspects of our trip. For the rest, we want to have the flexibility of staying longer, should we find a very nice location or to move along sooner, should we feel we want to. Destinations we are planning on visiting are Zanzibar, Dubai, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Ireland, Alaska, Spain, Italy, Greece and Mexico. Many of these destinations are places we’ve always wanted to visit, but not necessarily want to settle in. Who knows, we might fall in love with a place we never even thought of…

I trust that you will find our Blog interesting and that you will enjoy this journey with us. We welcome any contact or interaction and invite you to please keep in touch.

Kindest Regards

Yolandé