We spoke to photographer Sarah about her recent trip to Europe with her family in their beloved camper Hippi.
She shared LOTS of tips for traveling with kids and gives an insist to her slow life by the sea in Dorset.
Tell us a little about you and your family.
There is me, Neil, our two wild boys Reggie and Mobi and out fifth family member being Hippi our camper. We live a quiet life of adventure in Weymouth on the Dorset coast.
Outdoors is our happy place. Sunsets and campfires, sand in our hair, salt on our skin. Just each other and the open sky. We all love the water and swim in the sea as much as we can.
Your recent trip in Hippi looked amazing! Can you tell us a little more about it. have recently been on a trip?
We took our 1992 camper (lovingly named Hippi by our four year old) across the water to Spain and spent a couple of weeks road tripping from San Sebastian up the west Coast of France finishing up in Cherbourg and catching the ferry back across the water to our home in Dorset.
Where was your favourite place to stay and why?
We came across a little eco island called Il de re and we fell in love with everything about it... the long stretches of sandy beaches backed by dunes and pine trees, the wildly beautiful villages with flower filled cobble lanes. Everyone gets about by bicycle and all the villages are connected by bike lanes, where you will by pass salt marshes, nature reserves and vineyards its such a lovely simple way of life.
We have loved seeing our wraps being used with older children! Did they love playing with them as much as we’ve loved watching it?
They really did... Reggie loved playing superhero and pretending it was a batman cape, Mobi loved playing peek a bo and they also make for a great den accessories... so yeah they brought them alot of joy .
How was it travelling with two small ones? Any tips you’d like to share?
Our Camper and being on the open road is our happy place, the boys get so excited when they know we are heading on a trip. We have always had a van of some sort that we have made into a little home on wheels and our adventures haven't changed too much since having our littles, just adapted, we actually now travel a little slower and don’t put any pressure on seeing everything along the way, just enjoy the ride and don’t plan too far ahead (not that we’ve ever been good at making a plan anyway ha) .
Everything we need is in the van including a toilet and a solar shower so it ideal for family life on the road, we love finding new parks ups where there are large open spaces for them to run, swim, ride their bikes and be free, Europe makes this so easy and accessible.
5 things you always take with you while travelling with kids?
Lots of them - We keep a fully filled snack cupboard in the van.
2. Audio books
Audio books or you can play some really good audio books through spotify... great for travelling time and keeping them entertained.
Especially when going somewhere hot... we have a parasol that packs right down and is easy to carry to the beach or pop up outside the van. can also add more shade by using your beautiful wraps for when the little ones are napping
4. Refillable water bottles
There is drinking water taps most places where you can fill up your reusable bottles to keep everyone hydrated
5. Entertainment for those rainy days
Obviously we don’t have too much room in the van but some of our faves are puzzles, lego, water colour paints (great for painting stones or shells and washes off easily), card games like snap and pairs and we normally take a trip to the library for some new books to enjoy.
You have captured some beautiful moments during your time away… What is your favourite part of being a photographer?
I’ve always loved how photos can open up whole memories in themselves. You see a smile or a look, a hand on a bump, a tiny foot or a chubby leg and a million memories come tumbling after. One day these little doorways into the past will be among our favourite things in the world. It’s not often that parents don't have a million things on their mind and i love that i can hold a space for families to not have anything to worry about for our time, a chance to be completely present, completely there in the moment, surrounded by the people that matter the most.
SEE SARAH'S WORK HERE
Best swimsuit recommendation?
Batoko - swimming costumes actually made from rubbish into the most funky designs
Sand and Palm - a sustainable surf and swimwear brand based in Newquay have some utlery gorgeous pieces made to order and I love the names they have for their items... who wouldn’t want a bikini in sacred earth?
Bravissimo for the best support for a mum running after her wild kids on the beach 😜
Whats been your favourite part of your motherhood journey so far?
Finding out my heart had been 10 times bigger all along and witnessing this beautiful, complex, abundance of energy, love and life.
If you could give a new parent one piece of advice what you would say?
Motherhood is not one size fits all, every journey into motherhood and beyond is unique to you and your baby and that's such a beautiful thing that your journey will be so different to anyone else's.