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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.