Travel With Children, Around The World.

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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He gets to be a dad far more often than most! 2012 stunning Bangkok.

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.

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Not many kids have been this high! Everest region 2016.

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.

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You can almost see the learning happening here. Ko Samet, Thailand 2012.

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.

 

World Travel Family about us Ko Phangan

“School” during our 6 weeks on Ko Phangan 2013 while my husband had emergency surgery.

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

Sign up for help and tips on the most educational destinations, the places that will open your children’s eyes and brains and support on your own alternative education journey. There is education everywhere, you just need to see it.

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.

Stay connected to find out how we get on with our next adventures. You can sign upat the top of the page

You can read more about how we homeschool and travel here.

 

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Multi climate family travel, we ain’t scared of no polar vortex! Central Park 2014.

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:

Budget Travel Tips to Cut Travel Costs

Finding The Money to Travel

How To Start a Blog to Make Money

How Much Our First Year of Travel Cost

Does Travel Blogging Fund Long Term Travel?

 

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.

AirBnb is something you have to sign up for, use our link to receive a discount on future stays.

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.

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At the chef’s restaurant in Port Douglas. Alyson, D and Boo 2012

 

 

“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.

You can follow our family adventure and plan your own through email notifications ( please sign up above), alternatively there is Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Pinterest.  Having followers, particularly if they share and like, helps us directly. Thanks for reading, hope you come back soon.

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Comments

  1. Anna Vo says:

    Thanks for sharing Alyson, very inspiring. I came across to your website very by chance when the idea of travelling around the world with my family popped up in my a few days ago, when I read stories of single travellers around the globe, and plus after coming back from our trip in Myanmar, I talked to my husband about the idea of three of us quit our ordinary jobs, step out of our comfort zone and start to travel more. He’s with me. And so I started googling and interesting found many interesting websites of -family-travel-bloggers, like yours, and the more I read on, the more I got inspired.

    My 2 concerns right now is my finance (which I have to save more and find more ways to fund my trips in the future) and my baby girl who is 18months now. We have brought her travelled to 4 countries in SEA since she was 11 months. So I am quite concerned if I should continue doing travelling while she is very little, or should I wait a few more years, maybe when she is 3,4, old enough to see the world and understand things. We are in our 30s, and when we are still young and energetic, we want to make it happen.

    And another thing we have to work out is visa. We are from Vietnam and it’s not very easy for us to get visas to other countries, not like you or others from Western countries, you even don’t need visa or visa on arrival. But anyway, I think this could be worked out.

    What would you advise us on this case. My husband is good at photography, so we may think of doing something around this to earn extra money.

    Thanks

    • I can’t really advise you Anna, you must figure it out for your family. What is it you want your child to get out of this trip? What do you and your partner want from it? Are you confident that she won’t suffer in any way being so young? Do you worry about her a lot or are you confident and relxed? I think for them to learn much they need to be at least 8 years old, just based on what I’ve seen with my two, but no law says education has to be your main focus. We do, of course, need visas, everyone does and they cost us a fortune. We haven’t been to Vietnam recently because the cost for that country is so high. Yes, Visas are tricky, but just a little research and planning will sort it all out. We have to spend tomorrow extending our Thai visas, not a highlight, but a necessity. We wish you well, good luck!

  2. Laura says:

    Hi this is very inspiring. I would love to do this with my family. Before my family I traveled a lot. Lived in Australia and New Zealand. Traveled to Thailand. How do you deal with visas and time lines of being able to stay on one place. This is my dream one day I just don’t know where to start.

    • It’s really very easy Laura. Many countries give you a visa on arrival. In Thailand it’s 1 month and is easy to extend or you simply leave the country for a day or an hour and re-enter to get a new one. No sweat at all. We offer paid help at $60/hour (Skype or email) if you really want to go crazy!

  3. Rachel says:

    Hi, we have 4 children ages 4-10 and would love to travel with the kids. Could you please tell me where some of the cheaper places you travelled ?

    • Absolute cheapest for accommodation, Laos $12/night and Kanchanaburi, Thailand, also $12. Laos is cheap overall, but bus fares are disproportionately hefty and for 6 that would add up. In Bangkok or more commercial parts of Thailand the best we can usually do is around $50. Food is very cheap in Thailand, you’d all eat well if you stayed away from the tourist eateries. Cheapest part of Europe is “our” end, Romania, Bulgaria and all those countries to the south. We normally pay between $30 and $50/night in Romania, for really nice places. Sri Lanka, we think, is cheaper than India. Buss and trains are ridiculously cheap but admissions to the big attractions are steep. For accommodation you’ll be paying upward of $25/ night. But a lot of places in Sri Lanka are going up-market, it’s harder and harder to find backpacker places as more and more package tourists roll in. Food is very cheap, but not in tourist restaurants. Accommodation in Nepal can be as low as $1/person per night, but food isn’t such good value and trekking passes and permits add up. Central America isn’t as cheap as Asia. USA we paid $40 to $50 per night in motels. It’s actually not bad value over there but it depends what currency you’re packing. But for 6 people…ouch! You’ll be looking at 2 rooms fairly often and there you just doubled your costs.

  4. Hi, I visited your site to find some info on light travel (via Pinterest) and was surprised to see a prominent display ad from the NRA. I am in the US at the moment, so I suppose the ads are targeted to my IP address; I won’t assume you even know about this ad. However, since every one of my page views helps perpetuate these ads, I won’t be visiting this site again. It’s a pity because it seems like there’s some helpful information here.

  5. This is great !
    We thought we were the only family here doing homeschool overseas.

    Thank you,
    Lucy

  6. Hi Alyson,

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve found a lot of useful info here. We are a family of four and thinking of doing long term travel starting off SE Asia next year. We’ll have 5 year and 1 year girls. I’m a bit worried about public health for young kids in SE Asia. Any suggestions on this? Any good travel insurance?
    Thanks heaps.

    Thanks

    • I’m not sure what you mean by public heath Sarah, your travel insurance will ut you straight into the private sector, standards are excellent. Hopefully you won’t need it, but my husband had surgery in Thailand, way better than at home!

  7. Hi alyson
    We are a family of 6 with four (2/4/6/8)kids
    We have the opportunity to travel for 6 months next year based out of portugal
    Am a bit overwhelmed to think where i would even start planning the trip and renting our house etc. Can you recommend a starting point?

  8. sadiyya says:

    HI

    Like any of the others, I stumbled on your blog. Wow! how wonderful. Would love some advice; we are planning a trip in July with our 8 and 4 yr olds – Turkey or Malaysia/Thailand?

    • Well, I don’t know where you’re from Sadiyya, what sort of experiences you enjoy or where you have been previously. All big factors in planning a trip. Maybe use our travel planning service? Links in side bar or bottom of the page. Cheers!

  9. Victoria says:

    I’m still single but this is what I want for my future family when I met my husband and have kids. I love what you guys are doing and your children are getting an amazing education that no traditional school could provide. I hope to do this one day too.

  10. Francesca Pember says:

    I am looking for inspiration to take the plunge! I have a parter who also wants to do the same. We have two children and looking at also extending the family. I am ready to see everything we own and use the funds to start the adventure of traveling the world. Can anyone advise how much funds is a good starting point to make this decision. At the moment i own a property in Safety Bay Western Australia but feeling life is not giving me much satisfaction. I am a student at Murdoch University doing a BA in Sociology and i want to use this experience to help others in need or to gain a better understanding of what the world is really like! I would like to know the basics for a starting point please? how much money is needed or regarded as a good starting point and from there what steps i can make to make this more of a reality for me and my family? 🙂

    • Have a look in our money section Francesca, there are lots of posts on that topic. e spent 30K Au$ in a year. Back when Au$ to US$ was 1:1. It totally depends where you go of course and what your limits are. Can you go as cheap as we do on accommodation, will you move countries much, how much do you eat and drink, do you share beds with the kids or need 2 rooms. I can help but not in the comments section, the question is very involved.

  11. Found your blog through your Kanchanaburi post and I plan to follow you in my feed now. We are traveling full time with a 4 (oh, wait, he’s nearly 5) year old boy. We started in August of 2016 and we are loving the adventure. I’m looking forward to reading about how you home/world school.

  12. Can’t wait to sift through your posts… We loved to travel “before children,” and it has taken a wonderful turn with their addition. Two more pairs of eyes to see the world thru has been better than sunrise at Machu Picchu! Our kiddos are not yet school-age, but I am interested in exploring the possibility of home-schooling on the road. (Though we’ll give Romania a miss over Christmas again… Being kicked out of hostels for holiday closure was unexpected!)

  13. Hi guys, just wanted to say hi and I’m so glad I’ve found you! We are due to leave the house we built here in the UK in 3 weeks’ time and are starting our new adventure to the mountains of Europe with our two children (7 and 4). Exciting times ahead, but we are currently ‘bricking it’!! We take each day as it comes and are working through our to-do list steadily. You’ve provided loads of inspiration and tips already, but I need to stop reading now as that insurance isn’t going to sort itself out! Ha! Thanks Alyson and a Happy New Year!

  14. noelle says:

    It all sounds so amazing, and I’m a little envious! With my four small children, I don’t think I’d be able to world travel… but I can wish and day dream!

  15. Lori-Beth says:

    Hello,
    My 10-year-old daughter and I will be taking off for South East Asia in January for a 3-4 month trip. I’ll be ‘world-schooling’ or ‘homeschooling’ while we travel. I appreciate your ideas! Thank you. We’ll be starting in Singapore, then Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam,Cambodia, and maybe Bali.
    Looking forward with anticipation! Advice is welcome!
    Lori-Beth

  16. Bernie Whitaker says:

    Hi Alyson, can you give any advice about travel insurance? It’s really costly taking a year’s insurance for 4 people and just wondering if you have any?
    Many thanks, Bernie

    • Hi Bernie, we always have insurance, it’s vital. To cut costs, we buy it bit by bit. A full year of global travel insurance costs a fortune, but because certain countries are 20% more expensive than others (like the USA) we don’t take out global. We only get insurance for those countries when we’re actually there. It helps a bit to take it country by country. Have a play around with the figures and see what you come up with. I don’t think we have insurance for the content of our bags, because really our clothes are worth nothing and the electrical goods are always with us on planes, so it doesn’t seem worth it.

  17. marion leishman says:

    Hi. Thank you for this fabulous blog….you have completely inspired me. Myself, partner and our two kids (3 and 5) are currently saving for our trip which we aim to start in 2016. Having a love for travel and a passion for educating my kiddies (although this does scare me!) we have been toying with the idea for a couple of years. Now the decision has been made, we are going to do it, start in Asia and take it from there!!. I can not tell you quite how much your blog is helping. It is going to be a year of saving hard, selling our stuff, (panicing) and reading your blog! We have a way to go and lots to learn but this is a wonderful start for me. I do have a question and that is that i really want my children to be able to meet other children as often as possible. I know the world is full of little people but do you have any helpful tips on helping our children make friends as we go, with locals or other people visiting, or does it really just happen? Thank you. Wishing you lots of luck and look forward to more blogs from Romania. Much love, Marion

    • I find it’s best to just leave them to play, if they want they’ll make friends, if they don’t want, they won’t. It’s really up to them Marion. Hang around where kids are, same as you would anywhere else, playgrounds etc. Good luck, have a brilliant time and stay strong. You’ve taken the decision and told some people about it (me for 1 !) Now just stick to it! Take care A x

  18. sheerness says:

    hi, I’m so happy I came across this. I’m currently in culinary school going for my associates. I have kids and want to travel with them to gain cultural,culinary experience. I just wanted to get some suggestions or tips.

  19. Hi! I stumbed upon your blog while searching for baby friendly itineraries for Sri Lanka. What an interesting and liberating life you are leading! Just wanted to drop you a hello and ‘well done’. I am still struggling with itinerary ideas and may drop you a separate note for advice! Thanks for sharing the very useful info you have posted on the blog.

  20. Hi I loved reading your blog! We are a family of 4 with 2boys (6&8) and I so badly want to just sell my things and just go but hubby says we have to save for a year first so hopefully by next summer we are ready!

  21. nice blog 😉 I agree travelling with kids its amazing! 🙂

  22. samselim says:

    Hi Alyson, I just nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award, your blog was the first family travel blogs I started following 6 months ago and I find it very inspiring and useful, packed with a wealth of knowledge for all things travel and world schooling 🙂 http://selimfamily.com/2015/01/26/premio-dardos-award-recognition-of-cultural-ethical-literary-and-personal-in-writing/

  23. John,Carol,Jack,Rob and Bella says:

    Great site! We are are travelling family too. We take at least three months a year to get away from Canada’s winter. We began in 04 when our boys were 4 and 8. We have done Mexico and Central America very extensively ,crossing the Sierra Madre in 17 places. In 09 we drove from Canada to the Panama Canal. In 2010 we adopted our 8 month old daughter in Acapulco that forced us to live in Mexico for 22 months,a movie story nightmare, but the best time of our lives.Last year we did a 5 month round the world farewell trip family of five as our oldest is now in university and can’t get away from school. We are currently doing three months around the world, SE Asia again,Philippines,Egypt and Turkey. Next few years will be S America.

    Our interests are caves,pyramids, rivers,history ,markets,snorkeling and just about everything that can make you wonder.

    Our home is on an island in BC,Canada,a major destination itself. I am not the family blogger as you can tell by my writing but if you ever want to do N America, Mexico,C America we are more experienced than any.We think C America is more unspoiled than anything in this hemisphere. If you like being the only tourists in town we can tell you where

    We are now in our 50s. i have an internet based business and my wife was a teacher of the deaf. Stumbled on your site searching caves canoe trips in Laos,something we have done in Belize several times. Belize is in our top 3, don’t miss it!

    Have never encountered anyone hardcore like us. Would love to meet you guys sometime.

  24. Carol Carter says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, we hope you’ve had a good one here in the UK. Such an inspirational blog, Alyson.

    We are planning a budget ‘world tour’ lasting 12-14 months in 2016, with our kids who will then be 8 and 10. The rough idea so far is somewhere in Africa, SE Asia, Australia and then Japan.

    We are not particularly experienced travellers so the whole thing feels a bit daunting (but exciting too!) and we would like to plan an outline in advance. Would you recommend booking flights in advance or doing it as we go along? And do you think it is better to spend longer in fewer places, say a month in each, or to travel around more? TBH, I have so many questions I could ask you that I don;t know where to start!

    Thank you so much for all the ideas and making me feel anything is possible! Can’t wait to hear about your next trip,
    Carol

  25. Interesting blog post. I learned so much about budget and how to plan long term traveling with kids. Thanks so much for sharing

  26. Just stumbled across your blog while looking for tips travelling to Sri Lanka with kids. Your most blog regarding your most recent trip to Sri Lanka is refreshing and has made us very excited for our trip. I live in Saudi Arabia with my husband and two children 4 and almost 2. We travel the world with our children as well and love it. This will be our first time in Sri Lanka and we are stoked

  27. Very nice…..and keep going. We set off on a 2 year journey around the world and just celebrated our 6 year travel anniversary last week.

    Cheers from our Unstoppable Family to yours…
    Brian, Rhonda & Hanalei Swan
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  28. Fabulous blog! We have four young children and planning a v short six week stint from Dublin to new Zealand in 2015. Know its a hard question but where wld be top places you’d recommend? Thank you so much

    • Now that would depend on your flights and where they stop Anna. Our London-Sri Lanka-KL flight was a bargain and gave us a month in Sri Lanka. I’d highly recommend Bangkok. If you end up in KL you can go anywhere, cheaply with Air Asia, that’s their main hub. Shoot me an email if you want more help, I can’t do it here, good luck!

  29. Hi Alyson and family;
    What a great blog. Kudos to you for living your dreams! We too are a family that loves travel. We don’t know any travelling families in our lives except for those like you guys on the internet. Great to know you are all out there.
    Wishing you every success for your 2015 project – sounds amazing!!

  30. Hi, just reading your blog….we have just returned from 20 months travel with our two kids to start school…but I’m wondering whether we needed to!! W are finding it hard to settle in, after so much family time together…and. Work, school etc taking so much of the precious family time! W hope we can get ourselves financially independent agin to start the travels again!

  31. We’ll be flying to RSA at the same period … though only for 16 days (our shortest holiday EVER)! We’ll follow you from down there on your travels to Sri Lanka.
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  32. Looking forward to following along on your adventures! 🙂

  33. Marah Howles says:

    Wow! your family is such an inspiration. My family always wanted to explore the world, and I was encouraged to start planning as I peruse your blog. Thanks!

  34. Lieschen says:

    Hi Alyson, I am soo pleased to have ‘stumbled’ onto your blog! Just wanted to say ‘hi’ and now I am going to go exploring on your site! 🙂 Travelling with children is such a desire I/we have – we are also homeschoolers – (currently living on the Scottish Borders), but the budgeting is always an issue (how on earth do you stay within budget!! LOL) and also lack of guts to just DO it! There is more to life, right?!
    Take care and thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

  35. Tanya says:

    Hi guys, reading your blog with fascination. My husband and I have always travelled and have enjoyed our trips with each child as they have come along – we now have three but have travelled with children since our oldest was 12 months old. Usually we stick mostly to Asia to get more bang for your buck and we find the culture completely welcoming and accommodating to children and families. We are off in 3 weeks for a 6 week journey from Vancouver to Los Angeles and so excited. If you have any tips of not to miss places or budget savers for this it would be great. Keep blogging love it!

    • Hi Tanya, good luck with your trip, sounds great and thanks for commenting. We haven’t done the w coast since before the kids were born, but some of our posts from our E coast road trip, we did Canada to the Keys, would apply. Try our USA section.

  36. Honor says:

    Hi there
    I’ve just had a thorough look at your blog and it’s been really helpful. Thank you!
    We are currently travelling (left the UK 2 months ago) in the USA, about to head into Canada. We have 3 children with us aged 10,8 and 4 and are away for 17 months. We are heading to Mexico, Guatemala, NZ, Oz, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Ethiopia. Not too dissimilar from yourselves. Weirdly enough my husband also hopes to complete an ironman, we also were engaged at Macchu Pichu, and did the Trans Siberian rail route for our honeymoon travels in winter. We are ‘homeschooling’ in an ‘unschooling’ way as well … It seems to have happened fairly naturally! The girls have learnt so much in the states from the national parks alone- the junior ranger program has been fantastic.
    I do have a question for you. I’m a worrier and need some reassurance before going into Guatemala. The reports of violent crime have me scared. I have found a fantastic language school there where we are keen to stay in San Pedro. Really I’d love for us all to be there for 6 weeks. I feel gutted at the idea of not going there, but don’t want to out the girls at risk either. Do you have any words of reassurance, having been there?? I’d love to hear more about your time on Lake Atitlan, and how you got there.
    Many many thanks for any help … I hope life in London goes well. I guess the learning ops for home schooling there are many!
    Honor

  37. Magali says:

    Hi Alyson, We are a French family who has decided to come live in Australia to show a different life style to our children. We now think it is time to go further and go on the road. We live in Brisbane at the moment and I’m finishing my studies next year so during this time we are going to think and prepare. We are not attached to material stuff and our kids have done home schooling before so no worries on that side. The only thing I’m worried about is dangerous animals encounters. The other thing is our kids have autism, asthma ans anaphylaxis, so need some thinking around that. Thank you for your blog, I have been on it for ours and can;t get enough….

  38. I have been following your blog the past 6 months (feel like a stalker sometimes given how often I log on!) and can I say how useful and inspiring I have found it all! Through your site, I managed to find other like minded families as well, which has been inspiring as well…but I tend to find your site super useful in terms of finding out all the practical(And cheap!) ways to travel, places to stay, homeschooling children etc. My husband and I and our two kids(aged 6 and 9) are setting off on a 6 month road trip, driving from England(live here 10 years) to Bangladesh(where we are from). In my ‘real world’ I don’t know anyone who has done it with children, so reading your blogs and updates really helps to ground our own beliefs that it is possible! We were due to set off in 3 weeks but due to circumstances(our daughter has some health issues) we are now setting off October 25th. I have started a website http://selimfamily.wordpress.com/ but am the most unsaavy tech person ever, probably can take lessons from your sons! If you want to visit up north while you are in England, would love to host you, we live in Sheffield. Thank you for all that you share with the world about your travels and experiences!

    • OMGosh that sounds AMAZING! I’ve always wanted to drive, or walk, or bike to India, just something overland, but it’s a tricky route, I’d love to know which way you’re going. We’ve been to Bangladesh, briefly, but we’ve been! Good luck and well done for being awesome!

      • Thank you 🙂 We have the route on the website if you want more details http://selimfamily.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/tentative-itinerary/ (still working out how to put map on this page, rather than the link!), but as we grow more confident about doing it for much longer, we are changing it a bit, taking ferry from England to Spain(£259 for all of us, you gave me that idea!) and going down from Spain to Morocco by ferry, then Algiers/Morocco to Italy by ferry as well. Then all land until Iran. From there there is ferry from Bandar Abbas to Dubai. Still stuck on how we will get from Dubai to India (car can be shipped there) we might have to fly that bit, unless can afford a cruise(unlikely). And then onwards from India to Bangladesh! We have a rookie trip this summer 3 weeks http://selimfamily.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/rookie-road-trip/ that will be useful in seeing how we do with budget/camping/packing/what works and doesn’t. Will be going through your helpful ‘what to take’ info a lot more as the trip gets closer!
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  39. Great blog! Thanks a lot for connecting with us on Google+, Alyson! Keep up the great work and travel safe!
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  40. I love the idea of traveling with my kids. I work in the travel industry yet somehow as I have kids I dont go anywhere. I need to work on the hubby to do this!! I love it, thank you for sharing and being an inspiration to those too scared to do what you have done (aka me).

  41. Trace says:

    WOW!!! I am sitting here in tears, this is so wonderful, never would have thought of it till I read your blog, thank, thank, so hope that we can be brave enough to do this someday, safe and wonderful travels to you and your kin.

  42. wow a great inspiration.. I have had the bug since a child thanks to an Uncle… Am planning RTW trip with my daughter in a couple of years…maybe sooner… we do stints of a couple of wks within Ausland , Japan, SE Asia (where I lived for a good part of 3yrs). Great to see others like minded thanks for the inspiration and look forward to your next blog …ps we are in Cairns and have had plenty of rain x

  43. Melissa Swenson says:

    We are a like minded family! We have been traveling with our children since the first one turned 7 months old. So far, we’ve only gone for 3-4 week stints, but we are saving up and plan to sell everything two years from now to start our own adventure around the world with no definite plans to return to the U.S. Will definitely be looking to your blog for further information and suggestions. I finally started working on our own travel blog. Slowly piecing together our tips and suggestions as well. I’m excited to read more about your travels and tips. It’s so hard to find information about traveling to some of the far reaches of the world with children!

    • Good on you Melissa! You know what, having kids with you makes very little difference. Maybe we’re more cautious and it’s certainly hitting us harder in the pocket, but otherwise, same same.

  44. Stacey says:

    I have been driving my husband crazy reading him your blog! I wish we would have traveled out of the country more when the kids were young and I was homeschooling. I did drag them all over the USA. Now that they are older they have personal goals that keep us homebound (1 in University and three extremely competitive athletes).
    I feel I have found a kindred spirit in your writings. I have used vacationstogo for 3 cruises now. And skyscanner is my favorite app of all time! Please send me an email if you ever need any help with travels in the US. I am excited to hear all about your adventures!

  45. Hi there! So pleased to have found your site. I am from Malaysia, a total believer of travel in education and we intend to start traveling further and further starting with Europe this year. We won’t be doing all our traveling all at one go though but breaking it up into bits and bobs every year. We will get there eventually! I hope!

  46. Hi Alyson,
    I’m not sure if you do awards n’ stuff but I nevertheless, just wanted to give you a head’s up that I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. I’ve also written a few words about you and your blog. Feel free to take a look.
    ‘Hope you like it?
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  47. wow alyson this is great!

  48. Hello Alyson,
    I am supposed to finish a paper on canonical law (yes …) but I just don’t feel like it – so thanks for this post of the Ella Gap Temple and you telling us there’s an icy drizzle dripping on your head. The weather is cold here in the Alsace (east of france) but we have a clear blue sky and lots of light today. I just decided to hang the Advent’s calendar on the wall and the Advent Wreath on the door … and I just may go out and buy some candles, so as to fit the upcoming “Christmas atmosphere”. Gives you something to look forward too while you’re on your trip to Kandy!
    Talitha
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  49. Alyson I think you guys are great. I can’t wait to meet up with you one of these days. I follow your blog posts, but thought I would finally check out your “About” page. I know, I know I should be slapped for not having done that several months ago. Keep up the great stories!
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  50. Love the blog. We haven’t done anything as adventurous as yourselves yet but hope to one day. Look forward to reading about your adventures.

  51. Nice to learn about you and your family Alyson. I have three, two the same age as yours so I get it. At present we are living on less than AUS$40/day for the five of us. Super budget in Laos.

    Good journey.
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  52. Hello there! Have been following your blog for the past little while and really enjoying it, thank you for sharing your adventures. We are also homeschooling expats/ adventure travel family, I am English, husband Scottish and we live in Kuala Lumpur with our 4 kids. Planning on being here for the next little while and traveling round se Asia having just done a year in Perth,wa. We have done similar things to you in the past, and I love hearing about kindred spirits! Keep it up and maybe our paths will cross …:)))

  53. Stumbled across your blog Alyson and loving it. What an adventure your family is having. We started travelling with our two kids a few years ago but only a few weeks at a time. So far Vietnam, Bali, Java, Borneo, Kuala Lumpa and just recently Laos and Cambodia. Our kids are now 12 & 9 and becoming quite the seasoned travellers. Neither hubby or I had a chance to travel overseas BC (Before kids) but being able to do it now with our kids in tow is fantastic. I love being able to share the whole travel thing with my family! Shared memories are the best. With our oldest heading into high school next year extended travel isn’t an option for us but there’s always the 8 week Christmas school holiday period to make the most of. For something completely different to our Asia travels, we’re planning to do Dubai, Abu Dhabi and a self drive camping trip through Oman. In the meantime I’m looking forward to travelling vicariously through your blog. Happy and safe travels.

  54. My partner and I just finished our RTW trip back in August. We are having serious withdrawal! Oddly enough, we were just talking about how amazing it will be to take our (future) kids with us on a trip one day! Glad there are others out there who feel the same!

    PS- LOVED Port Douglas. We were there to dive back in April!

    Have fun!
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  55. love this page. you are amazing! sooo proud of you dear. gabi
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  56. Thanks Alyson, very useful! Laos sounds wonderful. I stayed on the Thai-Laos border for a month, working on a book. Such a beautiful area! I appreciate your brilliant help! Enjoy Laos!

  57. Thanks Alyson! So helpful. It sounds like PD is almost big city prices, which is a lot for a small town! I did look at real estate for renting earlier this year and thought there were quite a few good places for fair prices – but now that it’s the main season there isn’t nearly as much available. So I guess it’s good to get a yearly rental in January or the like – when few people are interested in PD.

    My girlfriend is a yoga teacher… so either she will do retreats (with people flying in)… or work locally (which I would guess would be hard?). My business is completely online – is fast internet a problem up there? Is it only slow internet… and does it take a long time to get installed? I’ve heard Telstra can be very lazy outside the big cities!

    Thanks so much for your help, very generous of you!

    I hope you’re enjoying your travels, wherever you currently are!

    PS – My sister and Dad recently came back from London and said that for the first time they can remember (we are there every year or two) Australia is much more expensive! So maybe it’s not just PD. The changing AUD has had a big impact on prices I think

    • We had good internet in Port Douglas Mike, we had 120GB/month $90 with Telstra. My husband thinks they connected it the next day.It cuts out occasionally in bad weather, but on the whole, good. There are a lot of yoga teachers in Port Douglas already, including on the beach, in the park etc. It may be tough to find enough clients, but obviously, I’m no expert. And yes, you’d probably do better searching for a place in the wet season availability wise, husband thinks prices remain fairly constant year round but there is always a slight under supply of rental properties. ( there are a lot of sharks in Port Douglas, most of them in real estate). It’s an upmarket sort of place, you pay upmarket prices. On the bonus side,living in Port Douglas gives you local discounts for attractions, some shops and restaurants.
      We’re in Laos, and yes, we’re having a lovely time travelling with the kids, thanks!

  58. Wonderful blog Alison, and inspiring to see you follow your love of traveling with your family. My gf and I are considering moving to PD, but I’ve read here that you say it’s very expensive to live as a local. Besides rent – I know the prices and our budget for that – just how expensive is it? I am a fellow traveller like you, having travelled full time for several years, and it is scary to give that all up! Big decisions, so I’m really grateful I found your blog! Thank you. Congratulations on traveling with your children, really inspiring!

    • Hello Mike, I’m so glad you found us. I can give you a few ideas,unleaded petrol was $1.55/L, diesel was about the same, when we left in June. Our 4 bed house with pool is rented at $460/ week, to buy it, you’d be looking at around $450,000. That’s less than we payed, house prices have dropped. Food is expensive to me, supermarket food is more expensive than the UK (excluding meat but we’re non meat eaters). Fresh fruit and veg is very seasonal. you can’t buy bananas every week, prices fluctuate hugely. In the wet season it can be difficult to buy anything fresh as flooding further south closes supply routes. A trip to the reef to snorkel for a family of four will be around $500, you won’t be doing that every week! A coffee in a cafe $4.50ish, Fish and chips, 1 fish $8.50-$9.50 per portion, chips $3 for a small portion. Dinner for two at a fancy restaurant over $100 depending on wine, main course about $35, starters around $16 ( my husband, the exec chef, is giving me these figures).Bottle of wine from a bottle shop $10 upward. If you have any more specific questions, shoot them at me, I’ll help as much as I can. It’s a beautiful place to live, we found managing on one salary pretty limiting, we do like to eat out and have lots of fun, we’re no good at simple living!

      • Hi Alyson,,,,, In what currency are you quoting prices? Thank you

        • Hi Leila, When we started the blog the Au$ and US$ were 1:1 so it made no difference. Now…I’m not sure! On new posts I say if it’s Au or US but you can’t really go back and say which now because those 2 currencies aren’t worth the same.

  59. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) says:

    We’re looking forward to following along. I’d be interested in posts about how you budget as you go along. When I was growing up (many eons ago), my parents somehow found a way to fund world travel for a family of 5 on my father’s teacher’s salary which was a pittance in those days (before teachers in the US were unionized). As empty nesters, my husband and I can now afford to spend more on travel, but old habits die hard, so I feel strange spending more for a meal than we used to spend on several nights accommodation. (But, seriously, I need to get over that. There’s no sense fretting rather than enjoying an experience).

  60. Wow have just stumbled across you guys – what an adventure! Hubby and I and our two four year olds are heading off for our first backpacking adventure to Malaysia on Thursday, so I was interested to read about your travels. Just three weeks for us, though! Enjoy! I will be following with interest.

  61. Wow! Your blog is such an inspiration!! I hope to travel with our kiddos someday too, so I am so glad to have found your blog! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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