October 6, 2015


Hey pals!
I know how much you love this new series so here goes another one :) 
This time I want to introduce you Tamara who gently answered all the questions, her husband and 11 years old daughter. Although Tamara and her family travel very often, they consider themselves as part time travelers since they aren't on the road all the time. But that's awesome! So we have different points of views here, in the blog. And this might be the situation of mostly of the readers: they don't want to travel as a lifestyle, they just want to go away to their family sometimes per year. Take your notebook and pen and write notes how to do it. Tamara said she wish to started earlier so... what are you waiting for?


1- Hello! First of all I’d like to thank you to collaborate with your fantastic and inspiring words. Can you introduce us your family?
Thank you, I’m Tamara, a working mom of one, and together with my husband and 11 year-old daughter we are We3Travel. I started our blog to encourage families to travel more and to not be stuck in thinking that “family travel” had to mean amusement parks or beach vacations. By providing families with tips, destination reports and reviews, we hope to make family travel planning easier.

2 – How was your life before you decided to travel as a lifestyle?
We are part-time travelers, which means that we have a fairly standard lifestyle (work, school, home, etc), we just prioritize travel in our free-time. Generally this means that we take one to two “big” trips a year, along with several long weekends and local day trip exploration. So in some ways, our life hasn’t changed a lot, we just aren’t home very much!

3 – Why did you take that decision?
We love to travel and believe that it is the best gift that we can give our child. It is just amazing to see your child learn about something in school and light up because they know all about it because they’ve been there! Through travel I’ve seen my daughter become more resilient and more open to new experiences.

4 – So far, which places you think are more kid friendly? Why?
I truly believe that you can take kids anywhere. It requires planning and some compromise but there is no reason why you can’t all enjoy any trip. I think the trick is to start small and get some confidence and success, then begin to branch out. Soon your kids will be craving new experiences.

5 – From all countries you have been, if you only could choose one country to live, which would be?
Italy, hands down. I’m just in love with Italy — the food, the architecture, the landscape, the people. Living there for at least some stretch of time is my dream.

6 – How do you travel? Do you rent an house? Go camping? Use bus or plane?

We are neither luxury or budget travelers, but somewhere in the middle. We definitely prefer to rent apartments or houses with Airbnb or Homeaway to get the extra space and more local experience. The one thing we splurge on is food — we love experiencing a place through its food and don’t want something you can find anywhere.

7 – Which kind of advices would you give a couple who have kids and want to travel badly but are afraid?
Just to do it! Start small with local experiences. Visit a museum, a farm, or a local attraction. Then do an overnight or longer trip somewhere that has the services to make you feel at home. Make sure to schedule downtime and do your best to stick to your children’s schedule. Soon you will be building up to longer and more exotic trips. Believe in your kids, they might surprise you! Once they learn to accept new experiences and try new things, they will be well-traveled foodies.
8 – Is it possible for a single mom or dad to travel with their 3 children? In your opinion, which are the main obstacles and how to find solutions? 
For sure. I only have one child so it is hard for me to say but from what I’ve observed, one of the challenges is making sure you are sitting together on the airplane, especially when they are small. Airlines can be terrible about moving people around even if you book seats together and other passengers are not always helpful. I’m willing to pay extra for assigned seats, early check in, etc. to ensure a better flight experience.

9 – Do you have future plans? How is going to be your life the next 3 years? Do you want to keep traveling?
I wish my husband had more vacation time so we could travel more but we plan on keep squeezing in whatever we can. Next up we are going to Iceland and then I’m taking a two-week roadtrip with my daughter. Next year we are planning a couple of multi-generational trips to the Caribbean and Alaska, but are also thinking about Sweden. I’m sure there will be plenty of smaller trips in between.

10 – Why is travelling so important for you? What about your kids?
My daughter’s birthday is this week and instead of a present, she asked to go somewhere. She values experiences above material things. That alone is reason enough and proof that she enjoys it as much as we do. I believe that by seeing more of the world you become a more open and accepting person, and that is really important to me.

11 – How do you manage your kids and school?
We try to mostly schedule trips around school breaks, which can be harder on the budget. As kids get older it is harder to pull them out, but I’m not opposed to it. Our trips always have some educational element that outweighs missing a day or two. Luckily she is also a good student and can catch up quickly.

12 – By your travel experience, what would you do differently?
Started earlier!

13 – How do you fund your travels? While travelling or saving?
Since my husband and I both work, him full-time, me as a freelance marketing consultant, we have a steady income. We prioritize whatever extra we have for travel and we make the most of our credit card points and frequent flyer miles.

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September 29, 2015


As I'm working on my way to live as independent as possible I struggle many times, especially with the system we are currently living in. It was made for consumerism: to buy new when it's broken ("why fixing? A new one is so much cheaper and well... it's new"), to buy new because it's trendy, to buy knew because I had a terrible week so need to go shopping and relax. 

I'm trying my best to find solutions, instead of buying new. I have been trading as much as I can, buy second hand, if buying new buy Made in Portugal or Spain or France, no China or Vietnam or Cambodia or buy handmade or from a single person instead of a huge company. But still, I'm in a loooong process. Being sustainable is also living with quality of life that includes food, daily necessities and experiences (travel, travel, travel). 

The last two years I've been posting about sustainability and today I wanted to share all those posts, to inspire you to have a more sustainable life as well. 

This Summer I mostly used my bike to go shopping, see a friend or go to work. It's pretty safe where I lived so I could cycle at 3 am :) If I drunk more beers I should a bike ride was all I needed to get fresh air and do not get a ticket from police hahaha Read some benefits of riding bikes here and use less as possible your goddam car. 

 Are you those people who live in a small apartment and no space to plant garlic, cilantro or other herbs/vegetables? See this Do It Yourself Vertical Garden, it's made with recycled plastic bottles, so all you need is a small wall and to make sure you give enough light and water to these fellows. 

A house doesn't need to be made of brick or wood, there are other options, better for environment and your pockets :) I can't wait to build my own Bio House with Earth. Oh and to learn more permaculture tecniques. 

First time I heard about this menstrual cup I was ceptic about it until my friend Claudia talked about it and two other bloggers told about their amazing experience. I went to ebay website (don't worry I bought it new) and purchase one for 10€ that will last me at least five years. Not sure yet? Read more here

If you are wondering how come I get to travel so much and get all this money to spend on my travels, one of the reasons is my shopping habits and lifestyle. In this post I tell you all my deep secrets to save money and be more eco-friendly. 

In May I had the pleasure to cross paths with this beautiful soul called Andresa, who lived 1 year and 11 days with 1111€ and a buuuunch of trades. Her story is so inspiring!

Last but not least, Boom Festival! This is a festival that born in 1998, pretty small with enviromental visions already. I don't think I ever been in such festival with so many compost toilets, water treatment, solar panels, recycled vegetable oil for generators (there's music 24 hours/day), bio construction... Boom is definitly in the way for a almosy 100% sustainable festival!!  

What about you? Are you aware of Mother Nature issues? Do you think you can count in your government? Any links to read about sustainable DIYs, stories, ideas? 

September 25, 2015


This is my story for this Summer. I was tired of traveling so I thought to stop for a while. The first 2 weeks resting is alright but after that time you feel useless and don't have nothing to do. Your bank account goes down until almost zero because you are only spending and not earning. Let's try to find a job now! 

Luckily is not that hard to find a job during Summer in South Portugal, if you are not so picky of course. Mostly you will find jobs in hotels, restaurants and bars and many of them in front of the beach :) I deciced to work in a pub in Vilamoura Marina, I worked there several times: Cds Store, Irish Pub, Bella Italia restaurant, Toys Store so I know my salary would be something like 700€ but in bars/pubs you get great tips, sometimes another salary. This means I could live well during Summer and save for my next trips. (Also for the first month in Lisbon). 

I left 3 CVS in the bars I enjoyed but I got a call from the boss of a completly different bar. It was meant to be. I never heard about this tiny bar before but as soon as I knew it was an irish pub I said yes. Irish people are fun and so damn easy going. The schedule was only one day off but it was a mix of day and night shifts which means no routine, yes please.  The first month was great, learned so many different things and was so happy. The second month was more of the same, I started being tired especially to work until 2am. That's when I started dreaming of my next trip again. I definitly want to travel Asia again after traveling Central and South America. The best thing is that my best friend Ana had the same plan without talking with me - twin souls? 

I promised to stay until the end of September, we weren't sure if Bruno is going to College in Lisbon (now we know he will) on October and also 5 months of working was more than enough. Although I love my bosses and coworkers I have to deal with their problems since we spend so much time together (Thanks godness I work with each of them 2 shifts only), not that I don't mind but that energy gets into me and I feel weak. Many times I had to deal with stupid costumers, drunk, calling me bitch and trying to touch my butt, some were pretty rude and I don't have the patient anymore. I was always polite but inside me I was ready to explode and scream loud. 

This is another experience to add to my life. I guess I was really happy before as a waitress or barmaid but now I'm not anymore. At least, full time. Same with other jobs. If you aren't freelancer or work for yourself somehow, you will have to deal with coworkers personalities when you also have your bad days. Of course, there are not so good things about being your own boss, but that's what I want for my life: Be able to work anywhere in the World, planning my own schedule, get paid fairly. 

Time wise, it really sucks working 8hours/day and the worst: one day off only. Me and one coworker exchanged some shifts so we could have 2 days off. At least I got a chance to go to some festivals because of these shift swaps. But guys, working 16 hours straight is not easy at all, the last working hours I was destroyed... guess I can feel my thirties now hehe like I'm really really old :P 
These last months I felt I didn't have time. My books would pile up (I took more then a month to read a book I was enjoying), my friends who are living overseas would come to visit and I barely could be with them once or twice, my day off was far away but rushing, my house needed to be clean urgently. And oh boy, so glad they feed me in my job, didn't have to waste time cooking ^_^ So, by the time I woke up, I only had 5 hours to live that day!! Wow that not too much. I know it's probably your case or mostly of the people but it's not for me. Perhaps I just need to find a perfect fit for me, a job that feels like a hobby? Looking forward to find you my dear!

So yeah, imagine a traveler who is free to go anywhere, who wakes up and decides to go to a sunny place with beach and the next week wants to do snowboard, the real freedom, you know. And now imagine a person working with mostly no time for what they enjoy in life? No fun. It was a huge struggle but I'm glad it's over. I feel proud of myself because I made it until the end :) 

How did I survive? My day shift was quite sometimes so I used that time to plan in my agenda and make lists. This way I started focusing in what needs to be done and what is more important. Like I said, my days off were spent somewhere far so I needed to plan ahead with train schedules and friends. In my day shifts I tried to have dinner out with friends and family and instead of taking a nap after work that was exactly what I needed, I forced myself to get sh*t done and go to bed early like 11pm or so. Since nearly all my friends work during the day I used to go to the beach from 2pm until 5pm and work at 6pm or using that time to finish house chores, or go for an ice cream. 

 It's true back in May I needed a job, I was feeling down, I didn't want to travel and needed to settle down. But now it's obvious that two months is more than enough time to settle. Now I know. I don't want to repeat same mistake in Lisbon. Anyway I have a trip planned after 2 months in Lisbon... great timing hein? This trip is very important because I will travel with Ana (we have so much to catch up, really need 24 hours together) and when we separate (she also wants to travel alone) I want to rent a bungalow in front of crystal water sea and white sand and think... think about life.