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Travel With Children Is Us.

Travel with Kids Bangkok. World Travel Family.  Family world travel, it is possible! 

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 completed year 1 of non-stop round the world family travel, it was a blast and our lives are now changed forever, we are free. 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?

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

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 2015 we are taking another cruise, not just any cruise, a Grand Voyage from Dubai to Perth with MSC cruises,  but first we visited Turkey and Dubai.

Where are we now? On a ship somewhere between Dubai and Perth.

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?

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

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.

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.

Stay connected to find out how we get on with our next adventures. You can sign up 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 ( 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.

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!

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

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.

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At the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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.

 

 

Comments

  1. 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. :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. love this page. you are amazing! sooo proud of you dear. gabi

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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 …:)))

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. wow alyson this is great!

  16. 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?

    • Thanks Victoria! I went and tried to leave a comment, but wordpress.com says I’m not logged in, which clearly I am! Enjoy London, my home, well, one of them. It Rocks! Alyson

      • Thanks so much Alyson. If you have a moment, do try again!

        I can’t wait to get to London as this will be purely a cultural whirlwind visit, without family in tow LOL!
        I’m planning to go to the theatre and go to a couple of museums that I never visited while I was actually living in London: 20 years ago. ‘Should be interesting!!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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).

  23. Great blog! Thanks a lot for connecting with us on Google+, Alyson! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

  24. 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!

  25. 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….

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. Looking forward to following along on your adventures! :)

  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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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!!

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. 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

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

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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/

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