Who are we?

This is about 2 years old, but you know, we’re still the same people, just less cute. 


Chris. Pack carrier and wheelchair driver extraordinaire. Makes things happen! And not always in English!  He is looking forward to traveling with a guitar this time around. Chief photographer and beer sampler. He underwent somewhat of a transformation on our last trip.




IMG_7397Jill.  She is reconciled to the fact that she may have to travel forever, to be in her happy place. Enjoys aimless wandering through new places, thinking hard about the world, and of course, trying new foods. Chief blogger, ideas woman, and cleaner -upper. Loves her wild and precious life




IMG_2569Sparky (10) Our sociable hilarious wonderful girl.  Sparky has profound Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, a communication device, and a tube feeding system.  She is healthy, happy and keen to jump on an aeroplane, or in fact anything that goes faaaaaast. Her favourite part of travel is when Grandma visits, and she wrote about it here.


IMG_8895Tintin (10) our dreamy singing boy. Tintin can construct almost anything out of junk, he packs his imagination in his pack, and uses it more than anything else!  He really loves music and is delighted to be bringing his new guitar on the next leg of the journey!  He loves recording his travel memories, and wrote this lovely story.



IMG_6363Meana-badeena (10) Our cheeky and talkative bookworm. Meena is our horse loving girl. She would happily return to Mongolia and spend her days out on the steppe riding bareback. She has a growing interest in all things cultural, linguistic and anthropological, and is ready to get going on the next adventure.




IMG_9025Snowy (6) When we left home he was a singing dancing arguing spectacle of a 4 yr old boy who could leap from reasonable to ridiculous in a single bound. Then all of a  sudden he got all tall and strong! How he is a hiking climbing debating reading chilli-eating traveler in his own right!




IMG_1026Baby  Boy (2 years) A truly delectable, cuddly, laughing wonderful baby boy. He learnt to crawl in Singapore, walk in Indonesia and say ‘beer’ in India. He has spent exactly half his life traveling. He opens doors, wins smiles, and makes friends like no other. He inspired these thoughts .

14 Responses to Who are we?

  1. Jamie Mairata November 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    You guys are beyond inspirational. If only we could all have the courage you have. Good luck.

  2. judith Armstrong November 21, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Good luck, God bless on your adventures.
    Keep safe and enjoy. Will be with you in spirit and prayers always.

    love Judith xoxo

    • admin December 1, 2011 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Judith lovely to hear from you! We’d love to know more about your experiences with the elephants. Was it in Thailand? i wonder if you could give us the contact details? thanks !

  3. sue lonsdale December 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Dear Gill and Chris,
    Mary-Louise has told me of your fantastic adventure. And a new baby! You are amazing!
    I have such happy memories of the couple of hours I spent with you all on Mondays.
    Have a wonderful time.
    Love Sue

    • admin December 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Sue! So lovely to hear from you! Do keep in touch… Jill

  4. Vortex December 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I want to say only one thing: You guys are awesome! You are inspiring and brave!
    I said three thoughts, but it is still too little but too much! Thank You! Much Love! V@

  5. sue lonsdale January 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi Jill
    I remember how hard you battled with those nits! Love your shaved heads. You look fabulous.

    Happy birthday
    Love Sue

  6. Heather Simmons January 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi Chris, Jill and the Gang
    You won’t remember me but I met you at St Barnabas and had some wonderful times singing in the Easter Choir…big Scottish woman!
    Just read of your adventures…how fabulous…have the best time, you and your gorgeous brood…have adventures and be safe!
    Grace to you all…

    • Jill January 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      Hi Heather, yes we remember you!! (and the macaroni cheese you kindly cooked us)
      How did you find us here? So lovely to hear from you!!

  7. Helen Riseborough February 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi guys, my favourite family travelling around Asia at the moment, I kept thinking that I must catch up with what you were up to, and I finally have. How amazing and wonderful to read about all your adventures, and your final solution to nits. I look forward to reading the rest of your blog. Say hi to your gorgeous tribe from Barnies, we throw you all into our congregational prayers from time to time too. Bless you all, Helen

  8. Gaynor Ridley February 5, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Hi lovely Palmer family, Thinking and praying for you all as you continue on your wonderful adventures. I love all the pictures you have posted. Happy travelling. Love to you all, Gaynor x x x x x

  9. Mike Cross-PItcher August 15, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Dear Wonderful Palmers on the Road! You are truly wonderful and inspirational. Thankyou for sharing your travels, we are all rejoicing in the magic you are creating. Love to all, Mike and the rest of the Cross-Pitchers

  10. ana January 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I just noticed your blog a few minutes ago and read a few posts and I am completely amazed!
    You are really an inspiration for all families. God bless you all.
    From now on you will be on my prayers.
    Would be wonderful to meet you some day..on travelling.


  1. People who live differently… | Living Differently - January 31, 2013

    […] Going Anyway – One of the most inspiring blogs I’ve read.  Jill and Chris (and their 5 children – one of whom has profound Cerebral Palsy) – went travelling all over Asia for a year.  In spite of the nay-sayers and doubters – they “went anyway” – and discovered that long-term travel benefitted their family in such profound ways, that they’re currently back in Australia (their home country), taking some time to sort a few things out before they hit the road again.  I just love the “can do” attitude of this family.  The world has so many whingers and grumblers – and this family just goes out there and makes things happen.  They even MADE a wheelchair that could accommodate Sparky’s travelling needs (because they couldn’t find anything suitable on the market). […]

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