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 completed year 1 of non-stop round the world family travel, it’s been a blast and our lives are now changed forever, we are free. We need to take a break for a while in London, one of our favourite cities in the world. We’re having lots of fun exploring this fabulous city, visiting the museums and attractions and working hard. Chef is working full time in a 5 star hotel, 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 amazing education.
In February 2015 we hit the road 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 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.
Read about our original 12 month countdown to leaving home to travel here. What needed doing, how we raised the money, what irrational thoughts went through my mind, the worries of travel with children, it’s all here.
Or read about how you can change your lives, as we have, we’re free now and loving it.
I make money from blogging, not a huge amount, but it helps. Otherwise we rely on savings.
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.
Last year 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 Before We Go Back To Normality?
We’ve been away from “home” for 16 months now and we have no plans to go back. We can stop any time, anywhere, we have no fixed itinerary, although next year is going to be more structured than last, we have a plan. In our first year we bought a 1 way ticket to Malaysia and just took it from there.
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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 did we fund the long term stuff? Extreme Budget Travel!
I haven’t worked since I became a mum and my husband doesn’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 themost of them. Find our tips on family budget travel here.
But that’s not 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’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 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 small rental income on our home in Australia.
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. 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. 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, cruise ships, 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!
Our Exciting Plans for 2015
We’ve spent months thinking about this, thinking about what we really want. Last year our aim was to just keep going as long as possible, we only managed 12 months but it was a great year with a lot of surprises.
Next year we want to stick to a plan and do some things we really want to do. We’re going to fly to Sri Lanka in February and from there make our way up through India to Nepal and , we hope, into Bhutan and onto the Tibetan plateau. It’s a trip that will have huge variation, in climate and culture and bring some physical and mental challenges. We adore this part of the world and we want to share it with you.
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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. Did you sign up to follow our journey yet? Thanks for reading, hope you come back soon.