We’re back. Our few week in Greece were wonderful and we ( I) learned so much, but now we’re back to being relatively ordinary in our tiny village up a mountain in Romania. We used to have a site purely dedicated to life in the village, but now you’ll find all of our Breb content on this website. You can click here for all things Breb. So we’re back, taking a travel breather and thinking about our travel and blogs as a business, but what’s next?
So What Next?
We still want to hang out in Romania as much as possible but while we were in Greece it became obvious that I really needed some medical intervention so that’s next on the list. To do that we need to go home to London for a while. Unfortunately, with two rabbits and a guinea pig, that didn’t seem too easy but then I Googled. You can drive right across Europe and into the UK with pet bunnies. Who knew? If you have a cat , dog or ferret you need a pet passport but our fluffy bunnies are exempt, so they’re going on a road trip.
We have the perfect vehicle for bunny transportation in Sexy ( after the TARDIS) but unfortunately, as we were driving home from Bucharest to Maramures ( via the Bear Sanctuary) , she blew a gasket or a valve or whatever. Now she won’t start.
A week later we’re still waiting to find out if she’s fixable. She’s in the garage today. If she’s good, it’s road trip time, if she ain’t, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. We have no idea what we’ll do in that situation.
Our village is remote, to get to the nearest small supermarket takes us around 40 minutes by car, without her we’re stuck.
But as always, we’ll figure something out.
Whatever happens, there is always a work-around.
Travel Plans For the Rest of 2016
London will happen at some point. Mexico is sounding very attractive and the boys are begging for Florida . I have a big birthday in the autumn, I’m 50 ( see my birthday treat here). A special trip for mum is on the cards. That could mean my return to Everest Base Camp with D ( he’s agreed to that, with bribes), Africa or maybe just Disney again, but something special will happen.
How’s School Going?
Absolutely fine. Both the boys are doing Minecraft Homeschool at the moment and D is doing amazing things with video. He’s started his own You Tube Channel, and he would love some followers. He’s trying to find somebody to create a great logo and header or him at the moment. That’s all part of learning how it’s done!
Here’s one he made earlier featuring one of the above mentioned fluffy bunnies. If you don’t know much about these things it may look simple. It’s not, he took days finding the right tools and figuring out how to do this stuff. He’s working on new videos every day. It’s wonderful when they find something to be passionate about, something that consumes their thoughts an makes them spring out of bed in the morning.
OK, so spring and morning, not so much, he reads ’till past midnight and emerges some time around 10. I have an almost-teenager in the house who will be taller than me any day now.
He’s also taken over as head of video production for the World Travel Family YouTube Channel.
He edited this in a tenth of the time it would have taken me. OK so we kinds suck at YouTube, but maybe we’ll improve if we practice.
Video is something we plan to do more of, it’s just the way blogging is going. People don’t want to read blog posts any more and followers don’t want factual posts on destinations, tips or methods, they want to peek into our lives more. I asked on our Facebook page, and that was what our almost 5 thousand followers said. Now I have to find a balance between the factual posts ( that bring search traffic and income) and the chatty posts for the followers (like this one) and learn how to create good videos!
Video is something we’ve done very little of.
Who Are You, Our Readers?
The trouble is, I don’t know how many of the email followers, that’s you, don’t also follow the Facebook page. If you follow us on Facebook all of this will be old news to you, we share everything on there along with loads of photos so could you do me a favour? If you’re an email only subscriber, who never looks at Facebook, could you say so in the comments? That would give me a better idea as to who I’m actually writing for and, as I said above, who reads blogs.
I know from Google that my readers are mostly female, mostly well educated and mostly from the US. Australia, you’re in third position after the UK now. But I don’t know what the actual blog followers are looking for. You see, what the followers want and what the search traffic wants are two different things.
A post like this one takes maybe an hour. A factual post like the most recent on Jaffna and Greece, can take 3 days each. They will eventually bring good search and Pinterest traffic but got zero response from followers or Facebook. The post that has brought the most visits this week was this one, on how it all began, an old post I improved and updated.
This post is the most popular this week, bringing masses of visitors.
Our websites are a labour of love as well as a business. We created them 4 years ago to help and inspire others who want to travel and take responsibility for their children’s education, but they also put food on our table. Without the sites, we would have had to go home a long time ago.
So today I’m asking for your help. As well as the above question, could you tell me what sort of content you want to see delivered into your inbox? What are you most likely to read? Are you more interested in writing and photos or video?
Who am I writing for?
Do you travel? Do you plan to travel in the future? Are you just curious?
Do you find blogs more useful that Lonely Planet or other guidebooks?
How do you use blogs?
I love photograhy and I enjoy writing, video, not so much and I’d need to invest in new equipment to do it right. But if that’s what you want, we’ll make it happen. Just let us know.
With thanks as always, Alyson and the boys.
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Sunday 3rd of July 2016
I'm a few weeks late which shows how frequently I get the chance to catch up on your blog! I'm a blog only reader, not on Facebook, and very rarely watch videos. I love both the story and factual style posts.. as I love to read your journey but also use the factual info for holiday planning and dreaming. We're a family of 5 who spend most of our time at home but travel abroad for longer holidays. I appreciate and value all the time you take to keep us all updated, so thank you! I'm interesting in hearing how things are in London right now? We seem so removed from it all, thus far, here in Aus!
Sunday 3rd of July 2016
Hi Jackie, London seems fine. Chef's European co workers aren't too bothered, their options are still fully open. Our Romanian knowledge tells us that most seem to go to Spain or Germany to work anyway. The only 2 British people in the kitchen ( this is a very big, very famous city 5 star hotel) are gutted. Their parents voted against them, their migrant wives and children. They feel betrayed. My own parents have 3 mixed nationality grandkids, many older people do. It's pretty sickening. There was a protest march against Brexit here yesterday which went off peacefully, the exit camp jeering at it being an anti-democracy march. London has little racism compared to the rest of the country, we voted in, I think the dramatic increase in racist and xenophobic attacks have been elsewhere. Business as usual here.
Tuesday 28th of June 2016
Hi Alyson I don't do facebook. Not a fan of videos, only because I am usually reading your blogs when I am trying to get kids to bed or in a waiting room ect. So need my ears to listen and no noise to distract. I first found your blog whilst looking for ideas of where and how to take children on holidays or trips around the world. Still find it daunting and have not been able to do much travel yet only trips within Australia. But every blog I read is like another step towards getting out there. I really enjoy reading your blogs. I find them refreshingly honest. I love that you tell us your bad days as well as your good days. Thanks again Renay
Saturday 25th of June 2016
Hi there, Alyson! I have followed you at different times on all forms of social media. :)
I'm now getting back to your blog, after reading about your prep & 1st two years. I've always enjoyed reading your stories about what is happening with your family in any given location more than the tips......but I absolutely, ALWAYS make note of them for when I can wedge us out into long-term travel.
I also love your real-life feedback on how HS is working while traveling. I've learned so much from those asides you include in your posts. I also have an 8.5 yr old minecrafter. She's taking programming this year. And she's ready to start making videos...which I know nothing about. We're going to follow D's site.
Now, I primarily follow you on IG, as I don't spend much time on FB but will be adding Chef to my snapchat. I LOVE YOUR CANDID PICTURES. Your pictures and stories are a winning combo. I will click on a vid to watch but I tend to skim through the longer ones on other sites (what is wrong with me?). I've started getting into vlogs...
I basically enjoy all that you publish...in all forms. Can't wait to see where you guys land next....and best wishes to you on whatever medical issue you're dealing with. Hope that is quickly resolved.
Saturday 18th of June 2016
I almost always skip video & prefer to read. Guess what, people around me don't necessarily want to listen to my videos! I can read most anywhere without disturbing others, like the guy sitting near me in an airport.
I didn't even know you had a FB page until this blog. I do use FB so will go find you there as well.
I subscribe to your email so I can get inspiration & ideal for traveling while educating my 12 year old. I enjoy your blogs very much!
Saturday 18th of June 2016
Thanks Catherine, same here.
Saturday 18th of June 2016
I mostly read your blog via Hotmail. Occasionally through Facebook. I'd love more videos but would not want to lose all the write up and photos. You are all amazing with your different interests and how you make it all work as a family. Great when the kids do more too, then our kids can follow their blogs simultaneously to yours. I hardly ever see Chefs blog though. More food, gardening, cooking is always complimentary to the travel side of things.
Saturday 18th of June 2016
Chef has quit blogging Kym, he's left Facebook too. Right now he's training for an Iron Man, that takes most of his time. But he does do all our snapchat. You can watch him there if you sign up to follow World Travel Fam. He was out snapchatting the bunnies last night, yesterday pigs. He likes things that don't take too much effort!