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Best Things About Travelling the World as a Family

19/07/2021 by Alyson for World Travel Family

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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