We left our adopted 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 almost completed 2 years of non-stop round the world family travel, it’s been a blast and our lives are now changed forever, we are free. During that 2 years we took a break for a while in London, one of our favourite cities in the world. We had lots of fun exploring this fabulous city for 8 months, visiting the museums and attractions and working hard. We’ve produced dozens of blog posts about London to help you plan your visit. Chef worked full time in a 5 star hotel, I was busy growing our blogs into reliable location-independent income providers and at the same time making sure the boys are getting an amazing education.
Now ( 2015) we’re travelling full-time again. 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.
Where are we now? The tragic Nepal earthquake forced a change of plan, we are somewhere in eastern Europe.
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 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, unless that is what they want, we see travel with children as a great education.
The kids are getting older now, we are considering starting a British iGCSE program with my elder son.
How Long Before We Go Back To Normality?
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. We really don’t know how this story will turn out.
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How Do We Afford Long Term Family Travel?
Extreme Budget Travel ( sometimes), Finding the Best Bargains and Travel Blogging.
I haven’t worked a normal job since I became a mum and my husband didn’t earn that much as an executive chef. We often travel as cheap as we can to keep us travelling for extended periods without having to work, we find amazing deals and make the most of them.
I’m now a travel blogger, a fairly big one. We have 3 blogs and they bring in some money along with amazing promotional opportunities. It’s not easy, don’t everyone rush off to start a travel blog.
My husband is able to work from time to time in London, the money goes straight into our travel fund.
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.
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.
Budget travel isn’t the whole story, we mix it up, we love all kinds of travel, but to keep going for a year or more, extreme budgeting is sometimes required.
We initially saved for 12 months for this trip and we had $30,000 in the bank at the time we left. We unexpectedly spent all of that lump sum in our first year when family problems forced a change of plan. You can read our cost breakdown for that year here.
We sold our furniture, car and posessions to help raise that sum, all that’s left is a few boxes. We don’t miss any of it and probably never will, it’s really liberating to be free of “stuff”.
The blog is bring in some money through advertising ( don’t hate us for running adverts) and we have a tiny rental income on our home in Australia. 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. We have a blogging section that can give you a few pointers if this world is one that appeals to you.
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.
A quick biog!
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. 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!
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.
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. 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.
Our travel style has included backpacking (tips on backpacking with kids here), luxury resorts, camping, glamping, cruise ships, package holidays 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!
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Thanks so much 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 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 extensively with children , if they want it badly enough. You can follow our adventure through email notifications, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Having followers, particularly if they share and like, helps us directly. Thanks for reading, hope you come back soon.