World Travel Family, a name picked for SEO reasons, we don’t call ourselves that in real life. We are just a normal family, like yours, the only thing different about us is our passion for travel and education and our tendency to share destinations and travel experiences on our websites and social media.
We hope, and have always hoped, that our experiences will inspire and help fellow travelers and educators, everywhere in the world.
Our blogs have been running since around the time we decided to sell everything and start travelling again, that was 2012. We started them for fun, World Travel Family was my first site and blogging was just a hobby. As the blogs grew and I learnt more about the industry, they started to make money to help fund our travels, not much, but it helped. Today, almost 10 years later, these small boys are taller than their mum and this website is our family’s bread and butter. It all worked out way better than we even dared to dream.
So this is us, the 4 people behind our blogs. The 4 people who have been travelling together and working as a team to get us to some of the most incredible destinations on Earth..
World Travel Family is:
Alyson Born: 50+ years ago in Wales
I am the main voice of World Travel Family, I set up the website for fun, teaching myself as I went and still 90 % of the technical stuff, the writing, photography, SEO, page speed optimisation, and social media, are my responsibility. My husband, Chef, and elder son D, now help me with the site.They’re learning the ropes and both are finding their feet as content creators. I’m forever learning to do it better.
I am also responsible for the boys education, it’s a big deal and a task that I thought long and hard about before I accepted it. Yes, it’s labour intensive, yes it’s hard sometimes, but no, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I grew up in Wales before going to Birmingham University to study Biological Sciences. After graduating I worked for 20 years in hospital pathology, almost completed my Masters in Cellular Pathology rising to the dizzying heights of Chief Biomedical Scientist in London, before quitting to be a full-time mum.
When Boo was a baby and D 3 or 4, we emigrated to Australia to make our financial life easier. I experimented with face painting and being an Airbnb landlady before setting up the blogs (there are currently 6) and realising that blogging would maybe, one day, give us an income.
I used to be super fit, I was a runner, a cyclist and a hiker, but these days I rarely get above trekking speed and a bit of beach yoga. I do still enjoy scuba diving and cycle sometimes, as well as having recently trekked to Everest Base Camp.
I love living in London and my favourite country to visit is India or Nepal. I try to be as vegan as possible which is hard with these 3 boys, but “at home” we mostly cook vegan food.
The most important thing in my pack is my laptop.
Born: 40+ years ago in Sydney
Chef moved around a lot as a child, he lived in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra, along with stints near London.
He was a boy scout to the age of 18, receiving his Queen’s Scout Award.
He trained to be a chef in Sydney and after qualifying packed his bags for the career advancements and experience that top London hotels offer.
Within a year of arriving he’d met me in Egypt, we’d found a rented house together in Kilburn and were plotting our first 12 month RTW.
After that first sabbatical Chef and I returned to London and hard graft. We bought, renovated and sold 2 properties while working full-time jobs. During the same period the children were born. D was born, at home, the same day our first kitchen was installed.
He lead us to Australia in 2007 where he became executive chef at a 5 star resort in Port Douglas. He prefers Thai food, usually.
Chef enjoys triathlon and has competed in full IronMan distance events all over the world. These days we travel with his triathlon bike.
He REALLY wants to buy the house in Romania. He loves a renovation project.
James loves living in London and his favourite country to visit is Nepal.
The most important thing in his pack was his Swiss Army Knife. (boyscout!) But lately he is our drone pilot and Go Pro engineer as well as being the family’s IT support guy. You can see some of the tech we carry in our Travel Essentials post. He writes all our tech-related posts.
Born: 2000 and something in London
D was a home birth and an extremely vocal and lively baby. At 4 he was required (we thought) to start school in Australia. By 7 it was clear that school was doing him no favours so we registered as homeschoolers for the first time.
D loves reading and thinks life without books would be a living hell. The Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Eragon series were his favourites early on.
He’s a gamer and one of the best kids in the world. He constantly makes me smile.
He has a particular interest in ancient history and mythology, he took us to Greece for his 12th birthday and Egypt for his 13 th. You can read what the kids learned in Egypt here, it was one of their first writing efforts.
D is now a certified scuba diver with a deep interest in marine conservation.
D is outstandingly confident, eloquent and talkative, he makes friends easily and is still a ball of energy.
D loves living in London and his favourite country to visit is the USA mostly for the junk food and huge portions.
The most important thing in his pack is his Kindle and he loves Nepalese food for bottomless dal baht .
Born: 2000 and something in London
Boo was also a home birth and the exact opposite of his older brother, he was a quiet, peaceful, easy child. That was a relief!
Boo has never been to school and has no desire whatsoever to go. He’s more reserved than his brother and loves his curly hair.
His constant travel companions are his bears and a stuffed kitten named Sheila. He seems to have a natural ability with numbers, his maths came naturally to him.
Boo is our huge Doctor Who fan, we always have at least 2 Sonic screwdrivers in our backpacks. His preference to travel with as much stuff as possible means we’re rarely able to travel carry on only.
He is also a gamer.
Boo loves living in Romania and his favourite country to visit is England or Vietnam.
He loves crispy banh xeo pancakes and most Vietnamese food.
The most important thing in his pack is his bear.
The two boys are very different, both my favourites, both the best kids ever.
Thanks for following our journey, our online audience is a great source of support and we’re grateful to have you all along for the ride. I must admit, I find being called World Travel Family a bit embarrassing, it’s the name of the website, not us. We’re not one and the same thing and our private lives do remain very private. We blog about travel mostly, don’t confuse that with the entirety of our lives. If you have any questions at all, always just drop them in the comments, I’m happy to help. Maybe you’d like our post on the realities of being a nomadic family?
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Friday 22nd of January 2016
Hi Alyson, Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. I found your blog whilst in the 'contemplation' phase of dreaming / planning a one year trip with my 2 boys (8 & 7). I travelled independently for 4 years as a zoology graduate in the 90s; mainly piggy-backing on short contract jobs in the tropics. Totally loved it. I really want an adventure now with my boys. We have an old campervan and always take off for 6 weeks round Europe every summer. Plus extra trips during other school holidays. Style is pretty budget, but we always have a ball. Main question from me relates to travelling as a solo parent with 2 kids. How much of a challenge is it when your partners not around to help? I find the Europe trips amazingly straightforward but we are obviously doing no home schooling, just enjoying ourselves! I'd be hugely grateful for your opinion & expertise on how deliverable this is. (I'm a Physio & University lecturer so reckon I can fix any injuries and could probably have a decent stab at teaching little ones?). Thx a million, Jx
Friday 22nd of January 2016
Hi Julia. Yes. Is the short answer. I can't answer in full now, we're on the road and I'm up to my neck in work/travel/kids. Shoot me an email or go via our travel advice/planning page and I'll get back to you ASAP. Cheers.
Monday 26th of October 2015
Your blog is a huge inspiration and help! My husband (a chef too!), myself, and our 4 year old son are leaving next week for our travels. We sold everything and have been staying with my parents for the last month, preparing for the bon voyage. We start in Paris (my husband is from Alsace) and head out from there... I plan to keep a blog too: franglishfamilytravels.com if you get a chance to check us out. So great knowing that there is a whole world of us out there! Take care! And if we make it to Romania, I will be sure to look you up.
Saturday 5th of September 2015
How fun to get to know you all a little better - and very cool to read the similarities in our stories!
Monday 22nd of June 2015
I feel like I know y'all that much better now :) Didn't realize you'd been blogging for three years...wow how time flies! Cheers to your ongoing adventures, keep it up!
Monday 22nd of June 2015
Yep, 3 years Derek and I still don't make any money at it ;)
Wednesday 17th of June 2015
I love this!! So happy to get to know more about your family!! :-)
Tuesday 23rd of June 2015
Hi Jennifer, I feel as if you know us inside out already! You certainly know a lot about our family dynamic being a chef's wife yourself.