We’ve got some BIG news… We’re going travelling!!

Yes that title did not deceive you… we are in fact going on a family adventure across South East Asia! We are upping sticks and taking a four month trip with our two young children across 7 countries including; Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

 

This is a trip we have been talking since I stumbled across the world of family travel blogs / vlogs about a year ago. We kept toying with the idea of South East Asia, but wouldn’t commit to it and then all of a sudden we were looking at schools, I was applying for my Masters degree and we realised this was the last chance to do a trip of this scale. So, we set about putting the wheels into motion.

We're going travelling - Backpacking South East Asia with two young children.

 

Stepping into the unknown is terrifying! We’ve spent a lot of time researching the vaccinations we need and piecing together a route that isn’t too strenuous with children, while still including lots of brilliant places to explore.

 

 

There are a few fundamental things that we are hoping to get from our trip:

 

Adventure

Backpacking around Asia isn’t the kind of trip you envision with two young children in tow, but I think there is a lot to be said for pushing comfort zones. This is going to be our biggest adventure yet and we are looking forward to seeing what that brings.

 

Connecting

Family life can be really hard. It is easy to lose focus and drift apart, we are no exception. We’ve had some really rocky patches, but we find that travelling as a family helps us all to connect through joint experiences.

 

Culture

We live in middle class suburbia and my worry is that my children will grow up in this bubble where everyone is quite similar. The world is a vibrant place, full of colour, different cultures, different customs and different ways of life. I want the boys to experience that and understand there is a whole wide world outside of the English countryside.

 

Relaxing

With Mr. C launching a new business and me trying to build my blog while parenting and running the family home… it’s been a stressful year. I think we could all do with some time to kick back and maybe visit a beach or two.

 

Kindness

This is a big one for us because it is one of the main pillars in how we live our lives. Small actions can cause big ripples and for that reason we will be visiting some amazing sanctuaries that aid some incredibly important conservation work. Conservation is such an important subject to us, so we want to see it in action, while supporting those working in the heart of these wonderful projects. I will also be volunteering, by teaching at an orphanage for part of our travels, which is something I’m really humbled to be able to do.

 

 

I will be writing more about our preparations over the next few months, so if you want to follow our travel journey you can keep up to date on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also follow me on Pinterest.

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42 thoughts on “We’ve got some BIG news… We’re going travelling!!

  1. Ooh good luck! We are going for three months next year but not to any of the above. I would love to go to Singapore.

    PS I run a family travel interview series if you would like to take part send me a message 🙂

  2. You are my idols! I haven’t got children but my fear has always been that when I do my life will stop and travelling will go out the window. It’s so inspiring to see parents like you living your life exactly the way you want to with your kids because it’s teaching them so much about the world 🙂

    1. We are very excited for it, although very nervous as well. The children will be aged 2 & 3 when we leave, so everything is being catered to children in mind. I hope you enjoy following our travels.

  3. WOW what an amazing adventure your all going to have! I know it might be a bit more stressful with all the kids but just think of all the wonderful memories, pictures and adventure your all going to have as a family! Have fun xx

    1. We are very excited for it. We are expecting to be away for four months, but have made sure we can change our flights if we need to come back sooner or want to stay longer. We will be blogging and vlogging about it as we go, so you can keep up with our adventures.

  4. Oh what an adventure! I am so excited for you. It will be an amazing and important life experience. You have made me want to pack my bag and go and see the world with the family. I can’t wait to see your posts!

  5. Oh this is amazing news. Well done on making the decision. Ive always wanted to travel more and hope to be able to do the same one day. Although it won’t be until the kids are older as Monkey is already at School. So exciting and you have chosen a wonderful part of the world. Cant wait to hear more about it. x

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