About Us

My name is Ivana Katz and for the past 18 years I have been designing websites for passionate entrepreneurs.

Having my own website design business has given me the freedom to travel, explore and and share my adventures on several blogs including Weekend Notes, one of Australia’s most popular websites.

But the time has come for me to build my own adventure website – to share fun things and experiences I have discovered, so you can create more awesome memories with your family and friends – one adventure at a time.

How It All Started …

I moved to Australia with my family at the age of 14 after escaping from then communist Czechoslovakia.

My parents wanted to give my brother and I a better life and so made the bald move to pack up a few suitcases and head over the border to Germany, where we lived as refugees for 8 months, whilst our paperwork for Australia got processed.

Ever since I was young I enjoyed travelling – my first solo trip back to Europe was at the age of 23 and since then I have taken every opportunity to go exploring.

My Little Travel Partner …

When my son Jordan was born in 2001, travel became even more important.  I wanted to teach him about life through experiences rather than just books and TV.

I left the corporate world, so I could watch Jordan grow and be there for all the milestones in his life.  And that’s when I started my website design business  – it gave me the ability to pack up and go at any time.

Being a single parent, money was often tight in the early years, but I made it work and every time I saved a bit, we headed off on another trip.

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport

Travel Is The Best Teacher

Jordan’s first overseas trip was to Fiji at the ripe age of 5 months.

The next adventure was a biggie – we spent a month in Europe when he was just 4 years old.

In those 4 weeks we went on 17 flights and visited 4 countries – UK, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Greece.

By the time we caught our 5th flight, Master 4 was a seasoned traveller.

As soon as we’d get on a plane, he’d put on his seatbelt, lower the table and wait for the flight attendant to bring him his colouring books.

And if the flight attendant didn’t come quickly enough with his travel pack, he’d get impatient.

Over the years, we took many local and overseas trips together – Fiji, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii – some with family or friends, some just the two of us.

With each trip, I would see Jordan mature and learn so much – not only about the world, but also about himself.

By the time he was 15 years old he had experienced more than many people experience in their lifetime.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away

So Many Adventures …

  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Parasailing
  • Jet skiing
  • Camel riding
  • Sandboarding
  • Snorkeling with turtles
  • Submarine diving
  • Dolphin and whale watching
  • Bodyboarding, wakeboarding and surfing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Tobogganing, go karting and quad biking
  • Strawberry and olive picking
  • Shark and sting ray hand feeding
  • Helicopter flying
  • Gold panning
  • Skiing
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Hot air balloon flying

and so much more ….

So much of who we are is where we have been.

William Langewiesche

Travel Changed Us Forever

As Jordan grew from a curious little boy to a responsible young man, I am happy that he found confidence and self assurance of someone well beyond his years.  He is a well rounded, courageous individual with integrity and compassion for those around him.  For this reason, he was voted school captain of his high school.

And I am quite certain that travel played a big role in how he sees the world and interacts with those around him.  Now that he is grown, I am thrilled that he continues to go on adventures and exploring with his friends and that occasionally he still takes me with him.

Surviving Cancer

In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent 8 months of gruelling treatments.  Luckily my doctors caught the cancer at an early stage and I have almost fully recovered.

Although undergoing chemo was difficult at times, what kept me going was the thought of new adventures.  The day I finished my treatments, I booked our next two trips – one to Moreton Island and one to Hawaii.

I can honestly say surviving cancer has been one of the best things that has happened to me.  It made me re-evaluate my life and helped me to push through fears and challenges I would have been otherwise afraid to tackle.

I am super excited to be starting another chapter in my life and I hope you come on this crazy ride with me.