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 everything 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 for 4 years now, since around the time we decided to sell everything and start travelling again. We started them for fun, World Travel Family was my first blog and 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 helps.
So this is us, the 4 people behind our blogs. The 4 people who have been travelling together for over 4 years now.
World Travel Family is:
Born: 1966 in Wales
I am the voice of World Travel Family, I set up the website for fun, teaching myself as I went and still, 5 years later, all the technical stuff, the writing, photography and social media, are my responsibility. I’d love an assistant, in the meantime I’m trying to train the kids up to take over some of the social media effort in exchange for pocket-money. They’re not huge fans of this plan.
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, before quitting to be a full-time mum.
When Boo was 1 and D 4, we emigrated to Australia to make our financial life easier. I experimented with facepainting 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 walking speed and a bit of beach yoga.
I love living in London and my favourite country to visit is India or Nepal.
The most important thing in my pack is my laptop.
James (AKA Chef)
Born: 1977 in Sydney
Chef moved around a lot as a child, he lived in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra, along with stints near London. James 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, 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.
Chef enjoys triathlon and has competed in full Iron Man distance events all over the world. These days we travel with his triathlon bike.
These days he only gets to wear the chef’s hat for part of the year, our travels are supported by a much lower annual income than we needed previously. He loves his job and works incredibly hard at it, but he also loves his travel time.
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 is his Swiss Army Knife. ( boyscout!)
Born: 2004 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 have been his favourites so far. He also adores computer games and You Tube gaming videos, particularly all things Minecraft.
He has a particular interest in ancient history and mythology, he took us to Greece for his 12th birthday.
D is outstandingly confident, eloquent and talkative, he makes friends easily and is still a ball of energy. He should be on the stage.
D loves living in London and his favourite country to visit is the USA mostly for the junk food and huge portions.
Born: 2006 in London
Boo was also a home birth and the exact opposite of his older brother, he was a quiet, peaceful, easy child. 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 little blue bears and a 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 Screwdriveers in our backpacks.
Boo loves living in Romania and his favourite country to visit is England.
The most important thing in his pack is his bear.
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.