I have always been passionate about travel, as have many of my friends. Recently, I was speaking to a friend who mentioned that her and her family were taking a trip around the world.
While I’m not in a position to travel the world right now, this got me thinking about how amazing it would be. After doing some research on world travel with kids in tow, I thought I would share some tips for any parents brave enough to take the plunge.
The idea of jetting around the world might be exciting, but it’s important to think about the financial side of it. Ask yourself, can you afford to take your family around the world and still pay the bills for your home? Can you refinance your student loans and get a better rate or lower monthly payment, for example? What about your job, will taking a sabbatical lose you your role?
Could you work as you go?
If you don’t have enough savings to cover the cost of the trip, you could consider working your way around the world. This could be creating freelance travel articles or teaching skiing and snowboarding. The type of work you choose to do will depend on where you are going and how long you will stay in each place for.
If, for example, you plan on spending a couple of months of your trip in a cold country and are a good snowboarder, you could earn by working as an instructor. By doing a snowboard instructor course, you could become a qualified teacher and earn while traveling. Working while you travel may not be for you, but if money is tight, it could be a fantastic option.
Know where you want to go
It’s easy to say that you want to travel the world, but you need to choose all the places that you want to visit. Don’t just randomly select countries, take your time to think through the suitable destinations.
Some countries aren’t suitable for young children, due to health risks. So make sure to research each place on your list carefully, to ensure that they are safe for the whole family. For instance, due to the malaria risk, many parts of Africa aren’t suitable for children under ten years old.
Think about school
Are your children of school age? Yes – then you need to think about how taking a trip will affect their schooling. You will also need to get permission granted from the school, to take them out of lessons for an extended period.
If the school is not accommodating to you taking your children out of school, you could consider homeschooling them. This would mean that you would be responsible for their school work and grades. You would also be responsible for ensuring that they kept up to date with school work while traveling.
Choose the perfect accommodation
For a family trip around the world, the best accommodation is a mobile home. Using a mobile home to get around will not only allow you to go where you want without having to rely on public transport. It will also provide you with accommodation wherever you go. So you won’t need to worry about booking hotels and hostels.
Planning a round the world trip with your children will take a lot of effort, but it’s a fantastic thing to do. The experiences that you will give your kids make the effort more than worthwhile