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Where are we today?

Family travel is, to us, about doing things a bit differently. It's about showing instead of telling. It's about being instead of wishing. It's about giving our children experiences and memories that will shape the sort of people they become in the future.

It's not all butterflies and roses, however. Some days it's the best thing we've ever done, and some days we feel like heading home right away. Some days the kids drive us up the wall, and other days we feel like the happiest family on the planet. Family travel helps us know each other better, and that comes with warts and all. One thing we can all agree on, however, is there's never two days the same!

We're planning to populate this page with more info about us. In the meantime, enjoy our travel map to see where we've been, and where we plan to go next!

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    This is Big Tree Farms organic chocolate factory :) it didn't have any oompa loompas but it was amazing! Housed in the world's largest commercial bamboo structure, they produce organic, low gi chocolate using natural coconut flower sugars and coco pods harvested from bali and Peru. We signed up to a factory tour and were delighted to be the only ones, so we got a truly personalised experience. She showed us where the beans come from and how they are treated and roasted, letting us touch, smell and taste at every stage. We tried some of the finished products... Different types of chocolate, flavoured coconut sugars and coconut syrup... Yum! After that we donned some very attractive hats and went to visit the factory. These guys are using machinery from 1930 which is so beautifully kept and still in perfect working order... Amazing! And the smell in the factory... Mmmm! Highly recommended activity in Bali, the kids are still talking about it today :) ... See MoreSee Less

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    Yesterday began with a visit to goa gajah, translated means elephant cave temple. The carvings are more modern but the temple cave itself has been a sacred place since the 11th century (or earlier). It's names comes from the elephant river which runs nearby in the valley below. We loved the demonic entrance to the temple as well as the sunken fountains. ... See MoreSee Less

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    Stopped off at the rice terraces on the way back to #ubud. Very picturesque and a decent place for a beer and a rest, but not worth the hoards of tourists who were clogging up the village and stomping all over the paddies! ... See MoreSee Less

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    Love this about Asia... Freshly picked fruit for sale at the roadside for pennies! Today we found snake skin fruit and two new types of passion fruit we haven't tried before. Yum. ... See MoreSee Less

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    Mount Batur today. Started with a turn around the UNESCO geopark museum, which was actually really very good. Now enjoying some nasi goreng overlooking the volcano, crater and lake. Stunning :) ... See MoreSee Less

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    Happy Halloween! Our kids decided to trick or treat us dressed up as... Us! 😂😂 ... See MoreSee Less

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    On our way from #sanur to #padangbai we called in at #puragoalawah. It's not the biggest or grandest temple in Bali, but it is unique in that the altar is set in a natural cave, a cave which is home to thousands of enormous fruit bats! The temple is known as the bat cave temple, but it's not the bats themselves which are considered sacred. A mythical snake or naga named Basuki is said to reside in the cave, feeding on the bats and protecting the village from evil spirits. ... See MoreSee Less

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    So we did this little road trip from candidasa (pronounced CHandi by the way) up to Amed, and rather than take the direct route around the west of the volcano, we took the path less travelled which hugged the coast and offered us some spectacular views. Beaches packed with junkung boats, tiny villages bustling with people and chickens and crazy winding roads clinging to the cliffside. Brilliant decision, fantastic road trip :) ... See MoreSee Less

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    Thinking of travelling too?

    If you're thinking of packing it all in and venturing off around the world, we would wholly support your impetus and tell you to go for it!

    However, you do need to know that it's not just an extended holiday. There's still laundry to do, shopping and cooking to take care of and cleaning seems to be an endless job, particularly on a campsite where its either sand or mud being trekked through the van every moment of the day.

    If you don't have a job you can do from anywhere, then you're going to struggle. Not only will you struggle financially, you will also struggle emotionally with no focus for your existence. We split our time between home educating our children, working to earn money and keeping the family in clean clothes and food. I'm sure single people who travel have a completely different experience to us, but we love our little crazy days.

    Be bold, be brave. We've met so many older people travelling who have retired and bought motorhomes or caravans. Every one of them wishes they had started their journey sooner. Don't wait to start living!

    What is the point?

    • We love to travel, but hadn't done a lot of it before we had kids
    • England is lovely, but expensive... you work simply to get by, with no time for enjoyment
    • We have the financial and emotional means to do this (for now!)
    • We are blessed with well balanced children
    • Education happens in so many ways
    • We believe quality of life is more important than owning a house
    • We're impatient people, we didn't want to 'wait' until tomorrow
    • Tomorrow may never come
    • We've always done things a bit differently... this seemed like a natural progression
    • Because we can!

    Questions?

    We are not highly experienced. We are not filthy rich. We are by no means experts on travel, and are learning every day (often the hard way).

    Still, you can ask away if you have any questions you think we might be able to answer.

    Contact us through the website, or email us at hello@worldwidefamily.co.uk and we'll get back to you.

    Good luck in your own adventures!