We’re lucky enough to live on a beautiful, diverse and exhilarating planet with so much to see and do that it can seem near impossible to do it all in a lifetime. Many people consider their travelling days to be over once they choose to bring children into this world, but there are a growing number of family travellers smashing this stereotype and exploring the world together. One of the biggest trips you can take with your family would be an around the world adventure, so if you have one in the pipeline then here are three things to consider before you go on your adventure of a lifetime.
1 – Preparing yourself and your family for life on the road
To truly experience all that an around the world trip has to offer you are likely looking at several months at least of travelling and being on the road as a family. Ensuring that you’re prepared to explore the world is key to maximising your enjoyment of it and even the most senior family travellers find that their expectation of an around the world vacation with their family often doesn’t meet up to their reality. So take a moment to prepare yourself for the ups and downs that come with such a long period of time on the road and make sure that everyone who is coming on the trip with you is aware that it may not be one big family holiday 100% of the time.
2 – Budgeting your trip carefully
As solo adult travellers running out of money on the road won’t often end in disaster, we can make cutbacks to the quality of our accommodation, hitchhike with strangers, eat poor quality food and sleep in questionable places but when travelling with your kids this money-saving recklessness is no longer an option, which means budgeting more carefully. An around the world trip can be achieved on various budgets depending on where you plan to stay, how you plan to travel and the activities you plan to do on the way. To play it safe try to have a budget buffer of at least 10% before you go for last-minute expenses and unforeseen circumstances.
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3 – Your children’s education
An around the world trip will provide your child with cultural and geographical insight above and beyond that of most of their age group but it’s important not to jeopardise their conventional education which they will need to return back into when they come home. If you have very young children, below school age, then it’s easier to take them out of the country on a long vacation. With older children of school age, where possible, take your kids out of school during the holiday time, or alternatively, you could consider homeschooling options and teach your kid’s yourselves while on the road. How you choose to educate your children will depend on a number of factors, such as the time you are away for, your children’s ages and the rules and regulations around children’s education where you live.
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