Best Things About Travelling the World as a Family

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A lady in our Living Differently group was telling me yesterday how a photo I shared had stuck in her head and constantly inspired her to keep working towards her own dream lifestyle. It was the one below, taken in Richmond Upon Thames, London. Home, after too many years away.

It was incredible to be back walking familiar streets once more, and what screams “Britain” louder than a game of cricket on The Green.

So I thought I’d take time to indulge my own memories and find my favourite images from the last almost 4 years of travelling round the world with my kids. They are the ones that maybe show the best things about our travel lifestyle. They are the moments of pure joy, of freedom and of learning. I hope you enjoy them and they inspire you to live your own dream.

They’re all from our Instagram account, which I don’t use so often, but there are some nice pictures over there illustrating our physical journey and our path to financial freedom.

Travelling the world with family, London, Richmond Upon Thames

But what is the dream? What is it that we’ve achieved that we’d like you to move towards too?

What are the Best Things About Travelling the World With Kids?

It’s freedom. Freedom to go wherever you please, tomorrow if you like.

It’s really getting to know your kids and they you.

It’s learning greater self-confidence and self belief. It’s knowing that you can.

It’s being your own boss.

It’s freedom from big debts and big bills, no more working to pay them. Instead work to fund adventure and your dream lifestyle.

It’s trusting in the universe, enjoying an abundance mindset and moving forward towards your dreams.

It’s not being tied by anyone else’s schedule, no 9 to 5, no school run. Every day is a weekend day.

It’s being able to spend time with the people you love, when they need you, or you them.

It’s physical freedom, you can sit still, lie in a hammock or move and use your body. You can eat and rest as you feel. You can run, swim, bike or climb, with no restrictions. My husband has the freedom to train for and compete in his triathlon events on any continent.

It’s freedom to be the guide on your kids’ educational pathway. You don’t miss one second with them and they learn what they want or need to learn. You will know exactly what they’re learning and what they’re experiencing. No bullying, no peer pressure, a closer bond.

It’s their freedom to learn what they want, at the pace they want.

It’s freedom to rise with the sun or stay in bed. Whichever you prefer.

It’s job satisfaction.

It’s meeting new people and making new friends who think more like you.

It’s deep global understanding and knowledge.

Some of my favourite photos from the last few years of travel.

Langkawi boy with crab
Langkawi 2015. Kids, beaches and crabs, perfect.
London Eye with kids
A selfie on the London Eye, escaping the crowds on a school day. Fun family memories.
An early morning train ride in beautiful Sri Lanka. Wind and sea spray in his hair. Less up-tight health and safety allowing it.
Kids audio guides at the British Museum
Fascinated by learning. Audio guides at one of the world’s greatest museum collections. The British Museum, London.
Dubai Arab costume.
Torturing your children by making them do cute stuff when they think they’re far too grown up. Dubai.
Burj Khalifa beach Dubai
A few days before we’d been building a model of the Burj in freezing Romania, then we were there!
Sontaran Naval Museum Greenwich
Pretending to be a Sontaran instead of learning history.
Burj al Arab with kids
Dad’s famous neck nuzzle at the Burj al Arab light and water show.
Tattoo age 50 woman.
My 50th birthday. Free to be me.
Kids Thai Cooking Course
New friends to play and learn with. Chiang Mai
Mitsubishi breaks down
Laughing in the face of every problem. Things always work out. Sexy breaks down again
Doctor Who TARDIS London
A love of Doctor Who runs in the family. Enjoying that together.
12th Birthday Greece
His 12th birthday in his dream country, Greece. All the family could be there, no work to take dad away.
Ironman Phuket selfie.
Dad gets to indulge his Ironman addiction, here in Phuket.
Frost park London
No school, free to enjoy a frosty morning.
Raining in Prague
All together in the rain. No worries about getting wet. Prague.
Phuket Iron Man
Work for us is occasional hotel promotions, we get spoiled rotten and the kids have a ball. Ironman meets Iron Man in Phuket
Sadhus in Kathmandu
No, they’re not scary, they’re just people, as interested in us as we are in them. Kathmandu.
Maya cartwheel
There’s no better way to learn about the Maya. Guatemala
Stnow in Istanbul
Snow. It never happened back in Queensland. Istanbul
High Diving Lessons London
Right place, right time. A week of high diving lessons with Olympic champions in London
Stone carving lessons Mamalapuram Jeremy the turtle.
Learning from a master craftsman. Stone carving lessons in Mamallapuram, India. We still have Jeremy the turtle.
Kathmandu Nepal Harry Photos
Boo training to be paparazzi, he took all but one of these photos of Harry. Kathmandu.
Mum and Dad are on this trip too, having fun.
Sand dunes in Dubai
Freedom, total, complete freedom. And as D said, yet another biome.
Lantern Festival Thailand
Magical moments. Releasing the old, welcoming the new. Thailand

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As always, we’d love it if you’d say hi in the comments. Are you new here, do you have big dreams or plans of your own?

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

16 thoughts on “Best Things About Travelling the World as a Family”

  1. Great to read your blog, we are travelling with our kids too, Time to move on from Grenada at the moment, off to Mexico next to experience the whale shark migration and learn about Mayan culture. Time I also started blogging and trying to make this lifestyle pay, always great to see a family are successfully doing that. Our aim was to sail the world but we discovered so many places we want to see are inland so now we are without a boat and wandering wherever we can. Happy travels!

  2. Wow – loved seeing all those photos! As a family that is currently living traditionally at the moment (and not hating it), it definitely makes me want to sail away again. Still trying to figure out what “Living Differently” looks like for us…seems to have periods of freedom and adventure and other times of routine, but still adventure. I love the photo of you on your 50th – your smile tells everything. Thanks!

  3. Thanks Alyson, Great photo’s! I have been following your bog for the last year or so and we are now 3 weeks into a 12 month backpacking trip with our two children. We were well travelled before the kids, and had managed a 10 week Europe trip and 3 week Indonesian trip in the last few years. You gave us the confidence to see that it can be done on tight budgets with kids. We are now living well on NZ$50 per day (US$35). You also got me started blogging and understanding more about amazon affiliates. Thank you!

    • I’m glad to hear that Nina particularly as so many people think these low budgets are unobtainable. I’ve had a couple of people question a $100/day budget. It can be done and it’s really not so hard. Good on ya!

  4. I love your pictures!
    Genuine question here. What are your thoughts on savings and investments? For example, saving for the kid’s college or just being able to contribute to a 401K?
    Thanks and may you all continue to enjoy your great adventure.

    • Kid’s college and 401K are alien to us Irene sorry, we’re not American. I don’t actually know what a 401K is. We have a 3/4 million dollar house sitting in Australia, that’s our investment and nest egg, we have no need to save extra…..we hope! We also have various bits of pension here and there that will probably be worthless by the time we get to them. I’m not pushing them towards university, if they decide they want to go we’ll make it happen, but degrees are of decreasing value and the cost is crazy. I went to university, had a lot of fun but my degree certainly never gave me job satisfaction, I was much happier once I started being creative through art, graphic design, websites and photography, all skills self taught. We’ll see how their interests develop as they get older and figure it out from there. Thanks for your question.

  5. Thank you for the inspiration as usual. We are heavily focused on discovering Australia while we have our gorgeous old bus. But this has made my feet itchy to get our backpacks out and get over to somewhere. ‘Maybe Croatia next 🙂

  6. It’s funny how we crave the opposite things. We’ve lived all our life in a cold, snowy climate in Romania-like circumstances. Off to that tropical Queensland next week, whoohoo! 🙂
    Thanks for the post. All’s 100% true.

  7. Wow. What wonderful pictures. Thank you for the recap. You and your family are truly inspiring. So glad to have found this blog and Living Differently.


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