About us

We are a family of five from London, planning to embark on a round the world trip in November this year.  We will be travelling for about nine months before returning home in July 2011.

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Stephen is forty two years old and likes politics, explosions and gardening.  He is looking forward to seeing glaciers and volcanos and playing with the children on beautiful beaches.



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Victoria is thirty eight years old and thinks about travel a lot.  In between times she mostly puts helmets on the heads of Playmobil knights and wipes bottoms.   She is looking forward to swapping a winter hanging around in the playground on Clapham Common for a few months in warmer climes.

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Eve is eight years old.  She likes Hannah Montana, cheerleading and everything ‘old fashioned’, particularly wearing a shawl and pretending to read by candlelight.  She is looking forward to missing school and visiting the rainforest.

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Edward is currently five years old and will be six when we leave.  He likes the Wii, animals and being outdoors and his love of bugs extends to eating them.  Needless to say he is looking forward to visiting Thailand, where he has heard you can eat fried crickets.

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Dickon is four years old.  He likes all forms of transport but doesn’t like spiders or worms, which might be a problem in the rainforest!

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38 Responses to “About us”

  1. Lucia 29/03/2009 at 11:58 pm #

    Thank you for your blog comment….so glad to have discovered your site. We are hoping to plan a very similar trip so it will be great to follow your adventures. Excited to be moving to Italy this summer, looking forward to lots of European adventures, and hoping to do a bigger world trip in 2012. We’d love to have you visit us in Sicily!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/03/2009 at 12:27 pm #

      We might take you up on that offer! We were planning to visit Sicily this Easter, but decided to stay in London in the end. Hopefully another time. It’s fun planning a big trip isn’t it? It’s kept me going through a very cold English winter.

  2. wandermom 10/04/2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Hey there!
    I’m glad I found you. We’re also planning to start a RTW trip with kids in mid-late 2010. My kids are older (8 & 12), but I’m sure we can sharing planning tips.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 10/04/2009 at 4:37 pm #

      That would be great. I’ve really loved meeting all these fellow travellers online. Not many people are planning a rtw with kids round my neck of the woods! It’s one of the reasons why I started this blog, to have an outlet for my thoughts on the planning process.

  3. Beth Whitman 10/04/2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Can’t find an email address for you…

    Let me know if you’d like a review copy of Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids.

    Would love to have you review it on your site.

    Beth

  4. tammystaats 16/05/2009 at 10:33 pm #

    Hello Stephen and Victoria,
    We’ve taken our 3 children out of school in the U.S. to travel, though our travel is spread out between my husband’s trips (he’s an airline pilot). Just wondering if you’ve already rented your house? If not, we would be very interested. What a perfect location for exploring Europe!
    Best,
    Tammy

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 17/05/2009 at 4:38 pm #

      We are not planning on leaving for about 18 months, so haven’t really got as far as thinking about how to rent our house out, but thanks for the offer, we’ll bear it in mind!

  5. Marc 20/05/2009 at 5:10 am #

    Hello Steven, Victoria & Family! It’s always nice to meet other traveling families online.

    We’re winding down our first RTW trip in SE Asia right now, and already starting to think about the next one. Good luck with the planning!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/05/2009 at 7:41 am #

      thanks, I’ve been Reading your blog since you set off and really enjoying it. It’s great to get ideas from other families. Good luck with the last part of your journey.

  6. Aquin 25/05/2009 at 1:20 am #

    Hey Victoria,

    Thanks for dropping by on my blog. I love your blog and how well prepared you seem to be for a trip a year away. All the best and please do stay in touch.

  7. Perfectly Happy Mum 09/06/2009 at 10:22 am #

    What a fabulous project!! I always wonder, going around the world is one thing, doing it with young children that’s very BRAVE!!
    No doubt we will be following at Perfectly Happy Mum!
    Good luck

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/06/2009 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks, sometimes it feels like a bit of a mad undertaking, so it’s nice to get positive feedback from other families.

  8. Daniel 06/07/2009 at 4:50 am #

    What a great project! My wife and I (we’ve no kids—yet!) are planning to embark a round-the-world trip in July 2011—right around the time you are expected to return methinks! Hence, we’re looking forward to hearing updates on your preparations, as we’ll be going through the same! Anyway, we’ve added you to our blogroll and we’ve subscribed to your RSS feeds (and your twitter feed too!). Look forward to more updates!

  9. Monica 21/07/2009 at 12:02 am #

    Hi! I was searching for travel blogs on WordPress and came across yours. I’m so excited and envious about your trip around the world. I can’t wait to read all about it. I have a really bad case of the travel bug but I just graduated from college and the you know the economy is not doing too well so any major travel plans have kind of been put on hold. I started a travel blog myself, to remind myself how it feels to be free. Looking forward to your posts!

  10. Monica 21/07/2009 at 12:30 pm #

    My blog its http://apairofpantiesandboxers.wordpress.com/.
    I don’t know why my name wasn’t linked to my blog. Weird.

  11. Angela K. Nickerson 23/10/2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Victoria,
    Thanks for leaving a comment at The Gypsy’s Guide today! In response to your question, I’m afraid I don’t have any good suggestions for children’s books about South East Asia. I could make some good recommendations for Korea and Japan if those places are on your agenda. If so, let me know! I’d be happy to give you a list.

    Cheers!
    Angela

  12. First News 04/11/2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi, I’m writing from First News – Piers Morgan’s newspaper for children
    http://www.firstnews.co.uk

    I’d like to talk about you maybe writing some things for us. Could you
    please drop me an email at nicola.williams@firstnews.co.uk

  13. Karen 14/11/2009 at 8:13 am #

    Hi! Just thought i’d drop you a line to say good luck.

    I’m from the UK too, Nayland, Suffolk (near Colchester). We ( my Mum, and three children – ages 16, 14 and 12 yrs.) have been travelling for the past 3 years in a motorhome. We have driven all over the USA and Canada (and one month in the British Virgin Islands). We will be home in November for a couple of months for a short break over Christmas, then, we will be heading out in our motorhome for Europe and (hopefully) Aisa.

    We have all loved every minute of it so far……..homeschooling three teenagers is is ‘challenging’, but rewarding. The way I look at it is, that no text book can ever let a child ‘see’ how beautuful/amazing/interesting and diverse this world is. You are giving your children a wonderful gift.

    Take in everything, write it all down, even if it’s just a small note of the days events, or a leaflet, or a train ticket to help you remember…take as many photos as you can and enjoy.

    My best wishes are with you, and I look forward to reading of your adventures.

  14. Jo 18/11/2009 at 10:23 pm #

    Great to find your blog! We’re making the Big decision to take the children out of school for a year, possibly two to live in Prague (my husband is czech and we are bringing the kids up bilingually). I was worrying about school places/ coming back as you know what it’s like getting school places in London. But you are right you only live once and we have to take these chances for our children to have wonderful experiences, and for US TOO to live a little and not get trapped in the system. Good on you, you’ll have an incredible trip.

  15. Zoe @ Playing by the book 13/02/2010 at 9:22 pm #

    Hi Victoria,
    Have started thinking about books… the week after next I have a post on picture books with the theme of travel, and I think I will throw open to everyone the question of recommendations for books set in places you’ll be visiting. For Asia, you might start (in the mean time!) by visiting
    http://www.papertigers.org/wordpress/.
    Will be back in touch in a couple of week’s time!

  16. Alex 25/02/2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Hello Victoria,

    Loved your blog, I grew up overseas and loved every minute of it, so wish you all the best of luck with your travel plans!

    Having read your posts, I would really like to discuss a campaign I am currently working on to see if it might be of interest to you.

    It would be great to hear from you when you have a moment.

    Kind regards,

    Alex

  17. Brittany 23/03/2010 at 12:26 am #

    Hi,

    I recently found your blog on TBEX and I thought you might be interested in UpTake’s new program called “Travel Gems” that features blog content from across the web on our site. It brings great blog content to a wider audience and helps bloggers like yourself increase traffic to their own blogs. I’d love to speak to you more about how this program works and see if you are interested in participating.

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Best,
    Brittany

  18. MummyT 25/03/2010 at 4:33 am #

    My nine year old and I just ate crickets! In Laos, not Thailand… You can tell Edward they taste surprisingly good. (I wrote about them here http://travelswithanineyearold.com/2010/03/19/crickets-fish-sauces-food-taboos-laos-vietnam-insects/)

  19. claire waters 30/03/2010 at 9:57 am #

    What a great site, blog, idea! I work on behalf of a company that are about to launch a product that would help with your ‘kit list’ . Specific to children, space saving and ideal for flying. If you would like further information please contact me at claire@danglingcarrot.co.uk

  20. PK 12/04/2010 at 10:39 am #

    Hi Wow sounds like you guys are about to have an amazing adventure. I live in Hong Kong for a while pre wife and children and loved being / seeing / smelling life from a totally differant set of cultural rules and values.

    Stephen i would love to talk to you about linking your blog up to our dadtalk site. can you email me?

  21. Mick & Tina 16/07/2010 at 1:44 am #

    What a great idea! We are on our RTW trip at the moment with our 2 children (3 & 5). Have a look at our site for ideas. All the best Tina & Mick

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 4:49 pm #

      Thanks, I shall!

  22. George 12/08/2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi,

    This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

    Included in your post will be a link to your website using whatever anchor text or key words you wish and a description of your site (if you choose to include one.)

    My blog (onetravel.wordpress.com) receives about 1000 visitors a day and that number is steadily growing.

    So if you are interested in being a guest, please let me know.

    Send me an Email:
    gchristodoulou(-at-)OneTravel(-dot-)com

    Warm Regards,
    George Christodoulou
    Travel Blogger | OneTravel
    gchristodoulou(-at-)OneTravel(-dot-)com

  23. sunflower71 01/09/2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi… I’m very happy i stumbled across your blog. I admire your courage as a couple to take the kids on this kind of trip. We have 3 children, younger than yours but very close in age too but we’d never dream of undertaking something like this even though in our wildest dream this could be one of the things we dream of.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/09/2010 at 11:39 am #

      It doesn’t seem real yet, just a plan we dreamed up. I guess it will soon!

  24. ebabeelikes 12/09/2010 at 11:52 am #

    Wow! Your trip sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read about your adventures once you set off.

  25. Global Family Field Trip 11/10/2010 at 10:14 pm #

    Hello from Charleston, SC… so excited to stumble across your blog. We too (husband & daughters ages 7 & 4) are in the process of taking on the world. We are a bit behind however because we are selling our house to fund this. Our goal is to leave June 2011.
    I hope our paths cross.
    I’m working on our web / blog right now…. when it’s up and running you can find us at globalfamilyfieldtrip.wordpress.com

    Happy Traveling !! We’ll be following you from our current spot in the world !

  26. Anna 20/10/2010 at 2:09 am #

    I was pleased to find your blog today. We are also a family of five and are just finishing an 8 month RTW trip. I’m am sure Edward would like to hear that our 6 year old took great delight in eating termite larvae with the local kids in rural Kenya!

    Anna

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 20/10/2010 at 9:44 am #

      Ooh, looking forward to checking out your blog!

  27. Emma 25/10/2010 at 7:00 am #

    Hi, I’m so pleased to have found your blog, we moved to Cyprus last year and lots of people thought we were mad! Good to hear other people doing “mad” things. Good luck and I look forward to hearing about it all.

  28. Danny 29/10/2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Hi there,

    Really glad we just stumbled across your site.

    We’re a family of five planning to travel the world from around June 2011 for a year and will probably be fixated on your blog until then!

    Have fun and stay safe.

    Best wishes,

    Danny & Natalie

  29. Bob Beers 16/02/2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Your kids look great.

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