We’ve worked out that there are 4 important things before we can go travelling, and we’re setting out to cover them all soon. Charlotte’s schooling – she’s 7 (Year 2) and will be leaving at the end of this year for 12 months. She’ll be away for the whole of Year 3, and so we […]Read more "Starting to think about going around the world…"
Done! I’ve told my boss at work what our family plans are. Although my notice means that I don’t need to say anything until the end of March, I’ve worked there so long that it feels right to tell them as soon as we’re sure, so that some replacement planning can be done. There’s a […]Read more "Work – Yes Boss, I’m leaving!"
Had the first of the two rental agents in today (Hayward & White, of Banbury) and they’ve suggested we may be able to get a good price monthly for the house. It will more than cover the mortgage and will help build up a buffer when we return. Next agent coming next week. We’ll probably […]Read more "Renting the House"
Next agent came along (Finders Keepers of Banbury too) and they’ve suggested we may be able to get a reasonable amount of money for the house (if you’re wondering, it’s a four bedroom stone built house looking over a green in Deddington). It will definitely cover the mortgage and leave us with money left over […]Read more "House rental Part II"
We’ve chosen our route to be: London-Vancouver-Fiji-Sydney-Auckland-Singapore-Nairobi-London – all in 12 months, starting around 1st August this year. When we called around flight agents (TravelBag, Trailfinders, Airline Network) today it appears that although it’s possible, it’s going to be pretty expensive because of two things – (1) we’re doing a bit of a backtrack to […]Read more "Flights"
Sarah and I went to see the head at school today – to talk about taking Charlotte away from school for the year. Because we’re effectively moving out of the UK for a year, then we don’t have to fulfill any legal obligations about providing education (amazing what you can learn about the subject from […]Read more "School"
Now that we know that our first country to visit will be Canada, it’s time to start researching what we can do as a family in Canada for a month. Having brought the Rough Guide (interesting – last time we travelled RTW we used Lonely Planet almost everywhere, but this time when comparing the two, […]Read more "Our RTW Route"
Since we started looking for home education resources, we’ve come across loads of information. One of the really useful sites is the Government’s own site which contains the Schemes of Work used in primary schools. Although they aren’t compulsory for teachers to use, it has become more common for teachers to base their whole plan […]Read more "More about educating the children"
Having chosen our rental agents, Finders Keepers, they’ve now posted our house up for rent on the Internet. (Got money and clean feet? Take a look at Finders Keepers). They were fast workers – they only took the photo’s yesterday, and today they’ve put it online – must be using some blogger software! Anyway, they […]Read more "The House goes on the web"
Today was the day when my boss told my department I’m leaving to go around the world. Although I won’t be leaving work until the end of June, we are going through a departmental reorganisation and so it made sense to tell everybody now, so that somebody could be hired to replace me, and leave […]Read more "Work"
Well, it seems that for this trip, its the right time to go Digital with the camera. Last time we hit the backpacking road (10 years ago exactly) digital photgraphy didn’t exist, and so we travelled with a brilliant Canon EOS 1000FN and a small Olympus mju-1. Both of them performed magnificently (and they are […]Read more "Cameras, Cameras everywhere, but how to decide!"
Started to research what we intend to do, and where we should go in Canada. We’ll be flying into Vancouver early August (when the whole place will be heeeeeaaaaaaving with visitors). Although we’ve found lots of information about travelling around Canada, we’ve found little that gives hints or good ideas for Canada with children. Anyway, […]Read more "Canada"
Wonder why we’d be mad enough to give up a (promising) career, nice house and fast car for a backpack and a peripatetic lifestyle? Well, one of the principle reasons has to be related to my diet – and it’s remarkably unsuccessful influence on my waistline. Compare: And now – badly in need of a […]Read more "WeightWatchers"
Today’s dilemma – if we’re going to be taking technology on the road with us, what kind? With our aim to ensure that Charlotte continues her education, and stays in touch with family, friends and school while we’re away, our aim is to take a laptop computer, along with a digital camera and a digital […]Read more "Technology on the road"
This weekend was the first S-Day – Shopping – having looked around London last weekend, and browsed through Ellis Brigham, Snow+Rock, Field & Trek, Blacks, and a few other smaller stores, we had a good idea of the kind of gear we wanted to get first. The key item is of course the rucksack. These […]Read more "The shopping begins"
Over the last few weeks, since it was announced at work that I’m leaving to go on our little family trip, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting lots of jealous remarks. Along the lines of “I wish I could do what you’re doing”. Of course, the obvious answer is “You can”. Because, lets face it, […]Read more "Making people jealous"
We’ve been reading the guidebooks, and using the web for our research, and are starting to build up a good picture of what’s where, and what we want to do. Today I came across a brilliant web site, called FindFamilyFun, which is absolutely brilliant. It’s full of fun things to do with the children in […]Read more "Vancouver with Kids"
Finally done it – booked the tickets. We are now the proud owners of tickets to fly around the world (GULP!). Having handed in my notice, put our house up for rent and arranged to take Charlotte from school for a year, it made me nervous that we didn’t actually have a flight out of […]Read more "Book it"
Having sooo nearly decided on the Nikon 5700, with it’s amazing zoom and resolution, I started thinking and reviewing what I’m looking for a digital camera to do. What we want is something to take our photo’s on this trip, that are good enough to be enlarged a bit, and that are likely to be […]Read more "Cameras (road-kit)"
This week the children are having to cope without television – due to the usual kind of minor transgression that allows parents to impose discipline completely disproportionate to the crime! Anyway, as a result, every morning they’ve been having a lie in, or even doing creative things in the morning. The interesting thing is that […]Read more "A year without Television – or so we thought"