About

My name is Simone and I am a full time mum, part-time lawyer and author of Voyaging Stars – a blog about our travels as a young family.  Whether we’re simply being tourists in our home town or heading overseas, we love to get out and explore.  There is something humbling and incredibly uplifting seeing the world through your child’s eyes.  Everything takes on a new significance, new meaning.

simonecollignon_1457262893_8The title “Voyaging Stars” refers to the system of celestial navigation used for centuries by Pacific Island navigators to traverse the oceans.  These navigators – my ancestors – relied on knowledge passed down over generations about the intricate star compass above and ocean currents below.  Following the paths of special guiding stars, these voyagers sailed vast distances across the seas to discover, settle, trade and war with neighbouring islands.

I started writing this blog following the birth of our daughter, Coco, in 2015.  Since then we’ve added a son, Charlie, to our gang and are enjoying the challenges and rewards of travelling with both a toddler and a new baby.

Voyaging Stars is a place to share my family’s travel stories, as well as practical hints and tips we’ve picked up along the way.  My hope is that this site can act as a ‘guiding star’ for your family; one that sees you happily setting sail over and over again!

Simone x

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