Throwback: Life changing 2016

On the road again, this time we’re heading to #clarens

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“Everybody dies but not everyone lives.” – William Wallace

This was the reason for why we decided to turn our lives around last year. We took a risk and, for the most part, it looks like we failed. Except we didn’t. Not really. The difference between how we were living last year, in comparison to what our lives look like now, is pretty huge.

Life changing 2016

Last year this time, we were home owners and were drowning in debt. Our kids had just attended their prize giving ceremonies at school and we were waiting to see their report cards. This year we are living with our incredibly generous in-laws, the kids haven’t written a single exam and we have explored 7 of the 9 South African regions on our 11 week road trip around South Africa.

While my job in government gave me financial stability, it made me sick. My job made me so anxious that I literally felt nauseous every, single morning. You’d think that after 11 years I would have acclimatized to the open hostility I worked with every day, because I managed to complete projects that were lying dormant for years. People saw me as a threat. Their excuses looked ridiculous when I made it look easy. (And no, it wasn’t easy. It just took HARD WORK).

Becoming a parent is hard. Raising children is even harder. Zac was not coping with being bullied at school. It was killing him inside, and something had to change. It’s pretty hard to home school when you’re not home, so this year gave us to chance, to find out feet in home education. Of course, at some point the bills need to be paid, which is why working at Yuppiechef from 2-10pm until 23 December is working for me. It gives me a chance to teach the kids in the morning, and then go to work in the afternoon. Since this position is just for the festive season, I will still need to find a job for next year, but I know God is in control. I will keep hunting and trust that the right position will come up.

We are so grateful for all the travel opportunities we’ve had this year. It has taught us so much that we’ve managed to collaborate on 3 sponsored posts with the intention of writing many more next year. It would have been pretty hard to get to know South Africa, without taking a chance and hitting the road. We have a lot of family travel content that can be written about the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Gauteng. So if you hear of anyone looking for content, we’d appreciate it if you point them in the direction of TazzDiscovers.

Thank YOU for all your support. Even when I neglected this blog, many of you followed the other part of my life on our family travel site. THANK YOU!!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you the most incredible festive season shared with loved ones and a New Year full of possibilities. Jesus was God’s gift to us, when we didn’t deserve it, so that we could have eternal life through Him. He is the reason for the season.

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Hi! Welcome to our family travel blog. The TAZZ in TazzDiscovers doesn't imply we drive a Toyota Tazz. TAZZ stands for Tami, Anton, Zac and Zoe. We hope you enjoy the content we share here. We tried the nomad life in 2016 and, while we loved exploring 7 of the 9 regions in South Africa, we found it tough. We are back in Cape Town and enjoy going on mini adventures as a family. Our kids are 11 and 14 years old, and they love the outdoors. Anton is a stay at home dad and helps me to home school the kids, while I hold down a job and find time to write. One day when the kids are older and have settled into their own lives, we plan to explore the rest of South Africa in a 4x4, so that we can also visit Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Contact us for unique, family-friendly content about Cape Town, most of South Africa and what we have learned from our travels so far. You are most welcome to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@tazzdiscovers) to see what we share on a day to day basis. We look forward to working with you. Our email address is

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