Family World Travel, It Is Possible!
We’ve completed 3 years of non-stop round the world family travel, it’s been a blast and our lives are now changed forever, we are free. We’d love it if you could stay with us to follow our journey. We’d love it even more if we could inspire you to take off on your own travel adventure or help you out with your planning. What do you think? Are you with us?
The Full Time Travel With Kids Story So Far, Briefly.
We emigrated from the UK to Port Douglas, Australia in 2007. In 2013 we left to travel full-time. In our first year we visited Malaysia twice, Thailand twice, Laos, Sri Lanka, England and Wales before taking an Atlantic cruise to New York. We road-tripped or 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.
In February 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. The tragic Nepal earthquake saw us change our plans, we headed to Romania and fell in love. We bought a house in a beautiful village there.
After experiencing a Romanian winter and ski season we headed to one of our favourites, Sri Lanka for January 2016, February was spent trekking the Everest Region in Nepal and hanging out in Pokhara and Kathmandu, where we met Prince Harry. A short stay in Dubai and we were back in Romania.
Where are we now? Romania. See our dedicated Romania travel website, Simple Life Romania.
Travel With Children is Brilliant!
Travel with children adds a whole new dimension to a trip, seeing things through children’s eyes is magical.
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.
What Do Travelling Children Do For School?
The children don’t go to school, we’ve sorted that bit out already, we registered as homeschoolers 2 years before we left Australia. Read more about how we homeschool and travel here.
I’ve had plenty of practice, it’s all going well 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, unless that is what they want, we see travel with children as a great education.
The kids are getting older now, our methods evolve with time, we are considering starting the iGCSE program soon.
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How Do We Afford Long Term Family Travel?
Extreme budget travel, savings, working sometimes, finding the best bargains and making money through travel blogging.
You’ll want to read these posts:
Will We Stop Travelling?
Now, 3 years in, 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 will keep travelling for as long as we’re still enjoying it and as long as we can afford it.
Our story took an unexpected turn in June 2015, we bought a house in Romania.
What can we say? We fell in love. We will still travel, but from a new base.
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. 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 and didn’t like 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 CruiseDirect: Special Offers & Top 10 Weekly Cruise Deals, and keep checking, prices fluctuate with demand. We have a post on finding great cruise deals.
About This Travel Blog
The blog started as a hobby and now brings in money through advertising, Amazon affiliate links and Agoda affiliate links. 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, we are now being offered amazing opportunities within the travel world because of the power of this blog. Another reason to follow us, watch out transition from budget travellers, to travel bloggers and, maybe, digital nomads. If you’re interested we have a blogging section and can help you start your own blog.
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 met my husband through travel ( read how here, it was cool!), 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!
If you’d like to read more about us, Meet the Family by clicking here.
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, trekking and small group adventure holidays , all have a place and suit different needs and situations. You won’t find any travel snobbery here.
Travel with children may make us adapt and change our travel style even more, stick with us and find out!
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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