About Us

We are just an ordinary family travelling part-time now that the kids are in school. We’ve visited 85 countries between us, and plan to visit a whole lot more amazing and thought-provoking places until we can travel no more. We discovered when the kids were very young that our travels and associated family time had a positive effect on their development and that we became stronger through travel.  We have not looked back and hope that by documenting our travels here, we can inspire other families to try something similar.

Who is Jacs?

Jacs in our guest house in the beautiful city of Jaiselmer
Jacs in our guest house in the beautiful city of Jaiselmer

Hi! I am Jacs. I am first and foremost mum to 2 beautiful but crazy blonde boys. I used to be a work hard, travel hard city girl and who saw a lot of the world in a whirlwind and then I met Ed and I learned to enjoy travel at a more leisurely pace rather than ticking boxes and getting stamps in my passport.  I now enjoy wandering the world with the kids and seeing a different view of it through their eyes. I love researching our destinations and have been known to put our itineraries into spreadsheets.

Who is Ed?

Ed heading to the Himalayan ski resort of Solang near Manali
Ed heading to the Himalayan ski resort of Solang near Manali

Ed is dad to the same beautiful but crazy blonde boys. He works hard as a marketing director for a travel company to enable us to go on these crazy adventures. He was a born backpacker and has worked for Hostelbookers, Travel Intelligence, Expedia and Ebookers and is the brains behind the majority of our travels, spending hours researching the perfect itinerary to pull together a magical trip. He likes to mock the spreadsheets but secretly admires them.

Who is Ernie?

Ernie exploring the caves and crevices of Petra
Ernie exploring the caves and crevices of Petra

Ernie is a 6 year old football playing, pokemon hunting, blonde haired, blue eyed wonderdog. He is kind and considerate. He loves our travel adventures and is very concerned about the plastic waste problem and the welfare of the animals we meet along the way. He is a born explorer and loves his little brother George…most of the time.

Who is George?

George happy with himself after hiking up Little Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka (and being promised an ice cream for his efforts)
George happy with himself after hiking up Little Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka (and being promised an ice cream for his efforts)

George is a 4 year old football playing Tasmanian devil who does not have an off button. He likes to know the answer to everything, and his favourite bedtime story is the ‘National Geographic Kids – Why?: 1,111 answers to everything’! Travelling provokes a whole lot more questions. Thank goodness for Google! He also likes snacks. Lots of snacks. He loves his brother Ernie…most of the time.

We are the Flashpacking Family and we love to travel. Nice to meet you!

For more on us, read how a backpacking couple became the Flashpacking Family