Family world travel, it is possible!
We left home, Port Douglas Australia, at the start of June 2013, to travel with children long term, we’d been saving and planning for 12 months.
We’ve now completed year 1 of non-stop round the world family travel, it’s been a blast but we need to take a break for a while in London, one of our favourite cities in the world. Full time travel is pretty labour intensive, we need a rest and London is a great place to un-travel with children while we catch up on work and the kids education. We’re having lots of fun exploring this fabulous city, visiting the museums and attractions and working hard. Chef is working full time in the city, I’m trying to grow our blogs into reliable location-independent income providers and at the same time making sure the boys are getting an education. In February 2015 we hit the road again.
I met my husband through travel, it’s been a big part of our lives. 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!
Travel with children adds a whole new dimension to a trip, seeing things through children’s eyes is magical.
Read about our 12 month countdown to leaving home to travel here. What needed doing, how we raised the money, what irrtional thoughts went through my mind, the worries of travel with children, it’s all here.
Travel With Children is Brilliant!
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.
We know 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, more slow travel, less rush.
This was our second round the world trip. That gave us an advantage, we already knew what to expect.
In our lives, we have been to 43 countries, the kids have been to a lot of those with us and we have many more to see.
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What about school?
The children don’t go to school, we’ve sorted that bit out already. Homeschooling works really well for our family. I’ve had plenty of practice and I’m in touch with some amazing homeschooling and unschooling families online, they give us loads of support. We have no plans to put the kids back into main-stream education at any point, we see travel with children as education.
How long can this trip last?
At the moment we don’t know, we’re thinking at least two years. If we’re still having fun and have enough money we’ll keep going longer. If we’ve had enough we can stop any time, anywhere. We have no fixed itinerary, we’ll go where the wind blows us. Stay connected to find out how we get on with this adventure. You can sign up here.
You can find our original ideas on destinations in Where are we going to go?. We didn’t follow our plan, so next year we’re going to make sure we manage to visit a few more of our dream destinations. Myanmar will most certainly feature, as will return visits to India and Nepal.
So far on this trip we have been to Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, the UK, 2 Atlantic crossing cruises and now the USA, Canada, Guatemala, El Salvador,Portugal, Spain and France. ( Find out how a cruise can be budget travel here)
Initially we planned to stay in Asia for a few years where our money would go a long, long way. We thought we could get by on $40 to $50 per day in Asia. We did, near enough, Family problems brought us to the UK for Christmas 2013. Our first cold Christmas for 7 years was fantastic! The cruise to New York was too much of a bargain to pass up, so we followed that up with a 1 month east coast road trip. After that we headed for Central America.
How do we fund the long term stuff? Extreme Budget Travel!
We aren’t particularly rich, there is no inheritance, company to sell or big investments. I haven’t worked since I became a mum and my husband doesn’t earn that much as a chef. We travel as cheap as we can to keep us travelling longer. Find our tips on family budget travel here.
That’s not say we don’t mix it up, we love all kinds of travel, but to keep going for a year or more, extreme budgeting is required. We’re not talking a 2 week break here!
Staying in Asia on a tiny budget for years would have been easy, but we inadvertently made it to the UK and then the USA via a Trans-Atlantic cruise (oops!). Our budget got a lot bigger.
We saved for 12 months for this trip and we had $30,000 in the bank at the time we left. We spent all of that lump sum in our first year. You can read our cost breakdown for that year here.
We sold everything all that’s left is a few boxes. We don’t miss any of it and probably never will.
The blog is bring in some money through advertising ( don’t hate us for running adverts) and we have a small rental income on our home.
We can give you some ideas to help you in raising the money for long-term travel. It’s hard, but it is achievable. 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 always wanted to see the world. I used to travel solo and then, luckily, I met this lovely, amazing bloke with equally itchy feet. I am a Mum, I was a medical scientist in my life before kids and I am Welsh.
We own seven British and Australian passports and we emigrated from London to live in Port Douglas, tropical Far North Queensland, when the children were tiny. It was a big change, tropical living in Port Douglas is pretty interesting
James is a chef and an Iron Man, so we didn’t see much of him. It was about time we did. He is Australian.
D was eight and Boo was six when we left Port Douglas, they are eight and ten now. They were both born in London, in a tiny flat in Twickenham, this is where you’ll find us at the moment. Both were homebirths, I don’t like to do anything the “normal” way.
The boys will only be boys once, this is it. So we’re just going to do it.
I fished James out of the Nile while I was touring solo in Egypt in 2000, since then we have packed in, a 12 month round the world trip, the Inca trail, the Trans Siberian, an engagement at Machu Pichu a wedding in Sri Lanka, scuba diving, trekking and exploring all over the world.
Our travel style has included backpacking (tips on backpacking with kids here), luxury resorts, camping, glamping, package holidays and small group adventure holidays over the years, all have a place and suit different needs and situations.You won’t find any travel snobbery here.
We have some great travel horror stories, some will make your hair curl, yet we still have an insatiable thirst for more. Travel with children may make us adapt and change our travel style even more, stick with us and find out!
Thanks so much for visiting, I hope I can inspire or encourage people to try long term travel with children, or without. I’m no journalist, just a Mum with a passion for travel and for my family. Maybe I can put a few minds at rest, it’s not such a big scary world out there and anybody can take off to travel long term with children , if they want it badly enough. Did you sign up to follow our journey yet? Thanks for reading, hope you come back soon.