- Why Long-term travel?
It’s cheaper to travel than stay in Australia, so travel actually enables us to have more time together instead of one or both of us parents having to spend most our time working outside the home. We also love exploring new places and having new experience.
- How did you come up with the idea for this trip?
I have travelled long term many times in the past so that was not new. What changed this time was the growing realisation that many people make good incomes online and there was no reason that I couldn’t too.
- How did you prepare for it? Where did you go for tips or ideas?
Other blogs provide the best inspiration for me since there is not widespread information about family travel in other forms. We have travelled many times with our kids before setting off on this trip so we were prepared for the travel, it was growing our business, which took most of the effort and felt like the risk.
- Given what you know now, what would you have done differently?
- How did you financially prepare for the trip? If you make a living while you travel, how do you do it?
We saved up enough money so that we had the first 6 months covered if we didn’t earn enough money. Otherwise I prepared by working on my business full time in the 6 months leading up to the trip. I always take a medium – long-term view on how to generate money online so that’s also helped me to get to the position where I am now.
- Please tell us the 3 most amazing stories, from the trip, that you have shared the most after?
I think travelling with kids is less about those big moments that make for good stories and more about the growing realisation that they are really growing and learning so much and becoming such amazing little people because of travel. It’s amazing listening to my three year old explain the world, different cultures and countries.
- Please share your 3 favourite places from this trip and why?
Croatia – everywhere there! It is just an amazingly beautiful country.
Penang – we have spent about half of this year in Penang. It is just such a nice place to be with seriously the best food in the world. We love just about everything about it.
Stockholm – we really loved this city as everything was very kid friendly.
- What was the most profound/meaningful moment of your trip?
I wouldn’t say there has been a moment – its the growing realisation of how this is affecting the kids in such an amazing way.
- What was the biggest challenge you faced?
There hasn’t really been any big challenge. Probably the worst ones were when we were in Europe and we had a string of medical mishaps, which resulted in quite a few hospital visits! All’s well that ends well but it was stressful at the time.
- Which safety tips would you say are essential?
Just to always be aware of your surroundings. My biggest worry is actually the kids getting hit by a car so always making sure my husband and I are watching one each is essential.
- What was it like to return home and reintegrate? What are your main advices?
Not sure yet! It was not fun in the past! My biggest tip is to have another trip booked!
- What do you think has changed the most about you during this experience? How and when did you notice?
My self-confidence. Travel has always helped with that but now I have combined that with parenting plus creating my own successful business, it has grown immensely!
- What is your favourite travel quote?
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- What inspired you for this journey (Like movies, Books, People or something else entirely…)?
Other people already doing it.
- What are the 3 most important pieces of advice you would give to someone considering independent travelling for a longer period?
- Take plenty of money
- Try not to lock yourself into many set plans
- It’s much easier than you think