Evie Farrell on Being a Viral Traveling Mum
Evie Farrell’s life was reawakened after the sudden loss of a dear friend and mother of two small children. As a single parent of a then 5-year old girl, Evie had been struggling to balance work and quality time with her daughter for years. So, she decided to do something about it.
“It was just a wakeup call for me—that you never know what’s going to happen in your life,” she explains. “If that had happened to me at that stage in my life, Emmie wouldn’t have even known who I was, because I wouldn’t get that bond with her that you have from spending a good amount of time with your kids. So, I knew that something had to change.”
She sold many belongings, rented out her home and booked tickets to Southeast Asia for the next year. That’s when her blog, MumPack Travel, was born. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from her site:
“I've always thought that in 10 years my daughter Emmie wouldn't thank me for installing a brand-new kitchen and bathroom in our home, but she would thank me for filling her early years with amazing experiences, learnings and sights and sounds from around the world.”
For many parents, taking risks while raising children—especially for single parents—can be extremely daunting. But from her experience, not doing something extraordinary in Emmie’s early years was exactly what scared her most.
“...sharing the wonderfulness of a mother and daughter bond in an environment where we’re relaxed and learning new things, and we can just run around and be as wild and free as we want, is incredibly fulfilling,” she says.
In this interview, we discuss:
- how traveling has affected Emmie’s development,
- how to make long-term, non-working travel economically possible,
- how her blog and large following have affected her career,
- shifts in modern parenting philosophies,
- and the importance of being authentic in building your own brand.
Plus, Emmie wakes up from a nap to say “hi.”
- Scientists Study Why Human Women ‘Nest’, Huffington Post
- When people ask ‘aren’t your children enough?’, Sydney Morning Herald
- Hideos Kinky – a movie, featuring Kate Winslet, about two sisters traveling with their hippie mum through Morocco and the adventures they encounter—a favorite of Evie’s
Evie routinely features stories of other families traveling the globe on her blog, MumPackTravel.
Photo credit: @mumpacktravel
Music: "Cali" by Barefoot McCoy