Family World Travel, Because Life is an Adventure!
Travel with children, 3 full years of around the world family travel. Our lives are now changed forever and we are free. We’d love it if you could follow our journey and we’d love it even more if we could inspire you. My name is Alyson and I’m a mum just like you. In 2012 my husband and I had an idea, to show the kids the world and further their education. I created a website and changed my profession. This is a tale of travel and freedom, of education and adventure, of hardship and frugality leading to eventual financial and location independence. Sign up to follow our story and to get inspired to start your own lifestyle and learning adventure.
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The Full Time Travel With Kids Story So Far, Briefly.
We moved from the UK to Australia in 2007. 2012 saw us getting inspired to change our lives, we figured out that travel is cheaper than staying home and would give us the family freedom we craved. In mid 2013 we left to travel full-time. In our first year we visited and lived our lives in Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, England and Wales before taking an Atlantic cruise to New York. We road-tripped our way around the USA and had 3 nights in Canada. We flew to El Salvador from Florida and travelled overland to Guatemala before returning to Florida for our 2nd Atlantic cruise back to Spain. From there we returned to London for a change of pace. All of our first year was paid through from savings.
Then we worked hard and regrouped in London, our home, we were determined that our new lifestyle should continue. At the start of 2015 we set out for Turkey and Dubai, before boarding a cruise ship to Singapore. From there we headed to Bangkok before spending a month travelling around Cambodia and then a month in southern India. We were desperate to return to Nepal after completing the Annapurna circuit trek years ago, unfortunately the tragic Nepal earthquake saw us change our plans, we headed to Romania and fell in love. We put a deposit on a house in a beautiful village, not to settle again, but to give us more freedom.
After experiencing, and enjoying, a Romanian winter and ski season we headed to one of our favourites, Sri Lanka, for some sunshine in January 2016. February saw me fulfilling a life-long ambition, to get close to Mount Everest. Trekking the Everest Region of Nepal was spectacular as was experiencing this country’s unique culture, with the kids. We hung out in Pokhara and Kathmandu, where we met Prince Harry. A short stay in Dubai and we were back in Romania for spring.
One of the joys of being based in Europe is the freedom to drive around freely, driving from London to Romania is something we do often in our much loved TARDIS blue truck, stopping wherever we please ( or where she breaks down!) along the way.
Where are we now? London, for work and pleasure.
See our dedicated Romania travel website, Simple Life Romania for tales of pig slaughter, farming, bears, hospitality and a simple country life.
Travel With Children is Brilliant!
Travel with children adds a whole new dimension to a trip, seeing things through children’s eyes is magical and it is so, so good for them.
A lot of people find the idea of setting out into the world with a backpack a little scary. Add children to the picture and it can look impossible, but it’s not.
We can give you some ideas and tips on the practicalities of travel with children. It’s not a picnic, you have to adapt and change your travel style to accommodate them, but it is possible maybe a little more slow travel and a little less rush.
What Do Travelling Children Do For School?
The children don’t go to school, we’ve sorted that bit out already, we were registered as homeschoolers 2 years before we even left Australia and it was working brilliantly. We hold the Google #1 spot for all things homeschooling and traveling, we know our stuff. What we do is also sometimes called Worldschooling. Read What is Worldschooling? here
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Think about this, computers weren’t around when I was in school, in the last few years I’ve taught myself to create websites and manage them and how to be an online marketer as well as a writer. Were there any teachers or classrooms involved? No. So tell me why kids should need them.
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You can read more about how we homeschool and travel here.
How Do We Afford Long Term Family Travel?
Extreme budget travel, savings, working sometimes, finding the best bargains and making money through this and 4 other websites.
This journey isn’t just about travel, it’s about finding full financial and location independence. We started our journey through radical savings and frugality, these days we earn as we go. I had no skills in working online 4 years ago. Today my efforts almost, not quite, fully fund us. The day is coming when my husband can totally quit regular work too.
You’ll want to read these posts:
Will We Stop Travelling?
Now, entering our 4th year, I don’t think we ever will.
In our first year we bought a 1 way ticket to Malaysia and just took it from there, we’re still very random and unplanned because that’s the way we like it. We will keep travelling for as long as we’re still enjoying it and as long as we can fund it.
Travel Resources We Use To Make Travel With Kids Affordable.
We usually browse all of the online accommodation booking sites to find the best deal. However, sometimes we don’t book in advance, we wing it, this is much cheaper in Asia if you are comfortable with this style. Our preferred online booking site is Agoda.
In the USA we swear by Wyndham Rewards and Priceline.
Sky Scanner is our number 1, every time, first stop for finding flights. Compare all cheap flights with Skyscanner and find your best day, best destination and best airline at a glance. I’ve written a post about our tips and tricks for using this flight engine like a ninja.
Very occasionally, for longer term apartment rentals, AirBnB works out cheaper, mostly we find cheaper hotels give us better value. AirBnb works best for long-term (1 month) stays,we find, we’ve recently found good deals on there outside Asia, particularly London apartments. You can sometimes negotiate AirBnb prices with the owners. We also rented one of our rooms at home through AirBnb to help us save to leave.
We’ve tried Housesitting but rarely do it. We don’t couch-surf but we do host couch-surfers at home.
When we’re looking for cruise ship bargains we often check Cruise Direct and the Cruise lines’ own websites, and keep checking, prices fluctuate hugely with demand. We have a post on finding great cruise deals. Our cruises worked out cheaper than flying.
About This Travel Blog
On this blog you will find stories from life on the road as well as in depth factual destination guides, tips and advice. I talk about money, blogging, health, family life and, of course, travel and education.
The blog started as my hobby and is now my profession. We make money by using Amazon affiliate links and Agoda affiliate links along with a whole panel of smaller schemes. If you are a new blogger, just click through to their sites, find the affiliates section and sign up. Blogging is opening many doors for us, as travel professionals we are now offered amazing opportunities within the travel world all because of the power of this blog. If you’re interested we have a blogging section and can help you start your own blog. I can even set up a website for you and help you manage it, but I have to charge for that.
There are tons of budgeting tools available online for free ( such as Intuit’s tax estimator) that make planning a trip financially feasible.
We are, Alyson, James, D and Boo, We are World Travel Family.
I was born with wanderlust. I met my husband through travel ( read how here!) Having children slowed us down for a while, but once the boys were 6 and 8, we thought they were ready to start this adventure and get a lot out of it. It’s a great way for us all to get an education!
If you’d like to read more about us, Meet the Family by clicking here. We’re looking forward to getting to know you.
“The boys will only be boys once, this is it. So we’re just going to do it.”
Our travel style has included backpacking (tips on backpacking with kids here), luxury resorts, camping, glamping, cruise ships, package holidays, hotels and villas, trekking and small group adventure holidays , we do it all!
Travel with children makes you adapt and change your travel style. We can show you how that’s done.
Thanks for visiting, I hope I can inspire or encourage people to try long term travel, or any travel, with children, or without. I’m just a Mum, Alyson, with a passion for my family, travel and education . Maybe I can put a few minds at rest, it’s not such a big scary world out there and anybody can travel with children if they want it badly enough.
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