Why are you doing this?

The short answer is that we love travelling and want to spend more time with our children.  For the longer answer, see this page.

Why now?

The children are still young enough to enjoy being with us but will be old enough to get something out of the trip.  They are also young enough that we think their schooling won’t be too badly affected (see below).  Hopefully we will have also dealt with potty training, taught them to swim and caught up on a bit of sleep!

What about the children’s schooling?

1. Leaving School: This was the only major ‘con’  when we were deciding whether or not to go on the trip.  We are not able to keep the children’s school places open, which means that they will have to officially leave the school, then we’ll reapply for places on our return.  This wouldn’t be a problem if the school wasn’t so popular – last year it had a catchment area  of only 500m, with an intake of 90 children.  There is a reasonable chance that we won’t get places for all three of the children on our return, but we’ve decided that it’s worth the risk.  It’s a really lovely school, but it’s not the only good school in the area and hopefully all three will get places there eventually.

2. Roadschooling: The other aspect of this is that we will be ‘road-schooling’ the children while we are away, to keep them up to speed with their year groups.   We will probably take some maths workbooks with us so that they can do the same curriculum as their friends.  Otherwise, we’ll probably  just make them keep diaries and continue with our usual trips to museums and monuments.  I’m really looking forward to this aspect of our trip (I may live to regret saying this!) and think that they will learn a huge amount from experiencing so many varied cultures.  What better way to learn about geography than by visiting volcanoes and glaciers with an ex-geologist (Steve)?

How much will it cost?

Based on our previous travel budgets and internet research, I think our budget will be about £100 a day on average.  We plan to predominantly stay in guest houses and rental places, rather than hotels, and travel by train not plane, but will also splash out occasionally.  Obviously some countries will be more expensive than others, but I think it will even out.  Staying on a beach in Thailand will probably cost well under £50 a day, whereas Australia and NZ will cost more like £150 a day.   I’ve budgeted £200 a day for Japan, as it’s a lot more expensive than anywhere else.

Tickets and insurance

This blog post covers all the details.

What about your house and belongings?

We are hoping to rent the house out, furnished, to help pay for the trip.  We have a large room in the basement that would be ideal to store our stuff (once we’ve had a good weed-out).  If we have to, we’ll rent the house unfurnished and put our stuff in storage.  Rental prices are so high in this part of London, we’d be mad not to.  We’ll sell our car to whoever will have it, if it hasn’t already conked out by then.

How will you keep healthy?

We don’t intend to take any unnecessary risks with our health, and will protect ourselves as much as we can.  For a start, we will all be vaccinated against the usual diseases found in SEA, such as Typhoid and Hepatitis A.  We will also take anti-malarial medication as well as using other preventative methods such as covering up at dusk and applying repellent.  We will take all the usual precautions against stomach bugs such as regular handwashing.  We’ve also taken out comprehensive medical insurance as detailed above.  We’ll be lucky to complete the trip without any illness at all, but we’ll do our best to make sure that we don’t get anything too serious.

5 Responses to “FAQ”

  1. Sam Wane 14/01/2010 at 12:19 am #

    we did a RTW trip with Trailfinders in 2004-2005. We didn’t have kids then though-I think travel is the best education. You may find some ideas from our website http://www.beyondstafford.com -> Travelling around the world.
    Do keep your ticket stubs-we had to prove we’d been on a certain flight as Lan Chile cancelled our RTW ticket in Peru because they thought we’d missed our flight!
    I was amazed at how safe the big world is out there and how friendly the world is. Us British get Agoraphobic on this small island of ours.
    You’ll have a great time!

  2. Jo Rheam 26/01/2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Victoria, hope you don’ tmind me contacting you like this. Just found you via a post on the BritsinBosnia blog and thought you might be just the person I need! I am putting together an online magazine by mums for mums, in support of the Million Mums campaign – http://www.millionmums.org. You can see the one we did last year at http://www.mummomag.co.uk. This year, I am having two loose themes: ‘happy mums = happy families’ and ‘life is a daring adventure’. I’ve got one mum writing about how she went travelling with her toddler and I wondered if you’d like to write something about your plans for a family adventure?! I only need around 1,000 words, if that, plus pictures if possible. Let me know if you’d be interested and I’ll have a chat with you about it or send you more info. Please can you let me know the best way to contact you. Thanks very much and hoping to hear from you soon … Jo

  3. with2kidsintow 08/11/2010 at 3:51 am #

    So…did you end up renting out the house furnished, or not? and did you end up storing your belongings as planned in the other part of your house?? We are planning on doing the exact same thing! House is going up for rent at the end of the month. was it hard for you to get a tenant for only 9 months? Looking forward to reading your updates!


    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 09/11/2010 at 5:21 pm #

      We rented it out part furnished and stored the rest of the stuff in the basement. We had to dump our sofa because they didn’t want it and it was too expensive to store, but other than that, it was just as we’d planned. Nine months was surprisingly easy, but we live very near to central London, so I’m sure that helps.

  4. LL 08/02/2012 at 11:40 am #

    We’re travelling with our kids (6,5 and 1) at the moment in Oz. Hubby is working here. Just wondered if you managed to get the school places back and how they settled on return. I’m homeschooling my kids at the moment (5 and 6) as I want the freedom to show them all the sights and do lots of interesting Australian projects. We can’t decide whether to come back after a year or extend for 6 – 12 months longer. I’m interested in finding out how the kids settled on your return.


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