This week’s guest post comes from WorldWideWithKids a family of 4 from England who are travelling the world long term. They are currently in Germany however this is the start of their adventures. They explain that they were working so much and so hard it was affecting their family life together and also their health. After a lot of research they decided to pack up and start their new life on the road and they are loving it! The two children (aged 8 and 9) are being World Schooled (home schooled) where the world has become their classroom, instead of looking at pictures of amazing pictures in books or on the internet they actually go and see them with mum stating ‘I wouldn’t send my kids back to regular school now unless they asked to go, they’re so much more relaxed without the pressure of traditional schooling.’
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
We are Liz, Gav, Francis & Evie – originally from a small town called Tamworth in the middle of England. We left England in March 2015 to start a brand new nomadic life, travelling the world as a family of 4 with our faithful RV ‘Lucy’.
2. What sort of travellers are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We are definitely full time travellers as we have no plans to return to England, however we travel very slowly through countries so that we can work to fund our travels and truly immerse ourselves in our host countries culture and customs. We mainly live out of our RV when we are in Europe so we do have some home luxuries but we will be transitioning into backpackers later this year when we hit South East Asia for 4 months.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
We’ve rented out our home in the UK, sold all of the furniture, clothes and personal possessions that we couldn’t bring with us and got seasonal contracts on a campsite in Germanyto help us save for our next countries. We’re hoping the blog might generate a small income (one day!) so please share our posts, like us on Facebook and help us get noticed on social media.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
So far I would have to say Switzerland; we randomly decided to go there for a couple of days when we were on a road trip in the South of France. We had no plans of where to go so we ended up in this tiny little village surrounded by mountains. We were so lucky as we timed our visit with Swiss National Day, the locals kindly invited us to their celebrations. We had an awesome time drinking beer under the stars watching a firework display. The kids say its their favourite travelling experience.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
We had a pretty awful experience in Majorca a few years back – the place was beautiful but our hotel was a dive! The temperature was in the 40’s and we had no air con, not great with 2 kids. The room got that hot that yellow slimy water started dripping down the walls. We had a shared balcony over the pool that was tied together with skipping ropes and our neighbours played football against our bedroom window every night at 3am. Not an experience I ever want to repeat!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
We have a huge bucket list and plan to spend the rest of our lives ticking every item off it. Top of the list are Japan; the kids love Pokémon and gaming, its their dream destination. USA; we are desperate to hire a huge RV and do route 66. Arctic Circle; we all want to meet the real Santa and watch the northern lights at night from the roof of a glass igloo.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
We are pretty minimalist but we always take our IPad for the kids – we homeschool and they have loads of educational apps that they use, plus it keeps them quiet when we have long drive ahead of us. Laptop for me and Gav so we can keep in touch with people and manage the blog and English tea bags! Gav is a tea monster and always has to have a supply of PG Tips!
8. What makes you happy and why?
It’s the small things really, just having time together as a family. Before we left England we both had full on jobs, we felt time poor and that we were missing out on our kids growing up. Now, as long as we are all together, have the sun on our backs and a beer in our hands we are happy.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
It’s early days for us as bloggers, we started back in May 2015 initially as a way to keep our family and friends updated on where we are what we are doing. We then started to get traffic to the website and emails from other families who were interested in what we were doing, they wanted to know if they could do it too. So we’ve started to modify the blog and the posts to give a real life account of what its like to travel long term with kids, what kind of work you can do on the way and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I think the fact that we don’t have tons of money in the bank to fund none stop travel, and that we are a family working our way around the world makes us pretty different to a lot of family travel blogs out there. The blog is a good read for people who have kids and want to travel and also for those that are planning a family and are worried that their dreams of travelling will have to stop once they have kids. We try to mix up the blog with a combination of reviews and personal posts, there is something for everyone.
From ESLT – thank you Liz, Gav, Francis and Evie for answering my questions. It sounds like you are just at the beginning of a wonderful adventure together and I wish you all the best everywhere in the world you visit. I love that you have taken your children travelling. Mr ESLT and I don’t have kids yet but when we do I’d like to think that we will instill our love for travel and adventure in them the way you are your children. I truly believe that there is no better way of learning than doing and just think of the great stories of their childhood Francis and Evie will have to tell when they are older! Good luck guys I will certainly be checking in for updates. Safe travels! One more thing – I’m also a tea monster but being a Yorkshire lass it has to be Yorkshire Tea 🙂