8 easy steps to saving enough money to drop everything and travel the world We had already been saving money to take our sons (aged 9 and 11) on overseas family backpacking adventures.   But when we decided to drop everything and travel around Asia for a year, we had to turn our money, Read More

We’re going home After travelling through nine countries over almost eleven months with our two kids, we are sitting in the dark on our 22nd and final flight of our year-long Asian backpacking family adventure, bound for Heathrow, London.  It’s 3.30am London time but 11.30am Sydney time.  My body is fully aware that it’s, Read More

Climbing Mount Kinabalu was a fantastic experience and a physically and mentally difficult challenge for unfit 40-something year olds.  Dez had also been ill for several days with a fever and night sweats.  He hadn’t had a lot of sleep over the previous nights, and he really struggled with exhaustion during the two day, Read More

A frightening thing happened yesterday. It was inevitable, and I’ve always known that I was going to have to do it at some point on the trip. In some ways, it was routine, something that I’ve done twenty times already in the last year. But this time it was different, and it’s left me, Read More

  To keep up the series of a post every couple of months about our travels and adventures, I started writing this a month ago whilst we were lounging around in lovely Laos. Suffice to say, I was too horizontal to ever get to the end of it, and what I’ve written clearly suffered, Read More

We’re two hours into a six hour minibus journey in the mountains of Northern Laos, on our way to Nong Kiaow, and I’m trying to take my mind off the smell of vomit by listing all the things I hate about backpacking.   Evan, our slightly travel sick nine year old, has thrown up, Read More

How time flies.  It doesn’t seem two minutes since I was sat on a beach in Agonda musing about how much we’d done since we left Portsmouth, and now we’re rapidly approaching the half way point in the trip.

India is a country of highs and lows.   You’ll love it, hate it, or sometimes both at the same time.  I’ve backpacked through India several times, with Floss and with the kids, and I’ve worked there too, but this time was different.  We’ve been to Agra, Delhi, Varanassi and Jaipur.  All awesome in their, Read More

We’ve been away for two months now, which seems an appropriate time for a bit of reflection. In the time we’ve been away, we’ve climbed high into the Himalayas, rafted down rivers of glacial meltwater and slept under the stars in a desert with a flatulent camel named (by the children) Hindenberg.