Single mum & 2 children want to see the world!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 21, 2012 2:02 PM Last Post By: tammy78
Jul 11, 2012 2:07 PM
Single mum & 2 children want to see the world!Hello,
I'm a single parent to 5 and 6 year old children. I am selling my house, and will have about £25,000 (and an income of £400 a month on top of this) and want to take my children travelling for about 6 months.
I have travelled around the UK with the children, and from the UK into France/Belgium using trains/buses and planes. I am new to travelling, but not new to being a single parent, so managing on my own with two children doesn't worry me from a practical point of view. We often travel around the UK for time away, with a few changes of clothes and some colouring books
I'm looking for some advice from other people who have travelled with their children. Where have you been? Did you have much experience of travelling before you went?
I am planning on a train/ferry trip over to Germany with backpacks and the bare minimum to see how we get on, before I set off. I am at the very beginning of my plans, and think this is a good place to start!
Jul 11, 2012 2:31 PM
Jul 11, 2012 2:56 PM
Thank's for replying!
We are going to Germany to visit friends who are moving there. It's only going to be a week holiday/sightseeing and a chance to see how we get on. The children are used to travelling, anne they are looking forward to going away in the future. We look at the atlas every day, talk about where we would like to go!
Jul 12, 2012 1:30 AM
3Yes, I think you should put the children to travel to various countries for them to learn different cultures. I also think traveling in Germany is a great idea.
Jul 13, 2012 1:39 AM
4sounds like an opportunity to grab - but they should have started school so you need to think about some home schooling. It is only six months but they should do a bit so they are not behind when you come back.
they won't remember much of the trip (can you remember anything from when you were six?) or take in much of the 'different cultures' thing, but they will enjoy it and hopefully so will you.
with that budget you can have a pretty good time and stay in some great places. Enjoy.
Jul 13, 2012 6:11 AM
Jul 17, 2012 8:20 PM
6There are LOTS of families (of all different configurations too) who have and who are traveling. We spent 12 months last year traveling SEA and India with our then 3 and 5yr olds and it was a very worthwhile experience.
check out this site http://www.vagabondfamily.org/family-profiles/ to meet other families who are planning/doing/done it! Like us, many have links to their blogs, facebook pages, etc on this for more info. it's a great resource and you'd be amazed to see how many are listed on it--it's very inspiring.
good luck to you :)
Jul 20, 2012 11:47 PM
7We go away both with and without our children. Have been with them (4 now) to Europe, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and SEA. (Currently in Hanoi). We'll have been away for about six of the past ten months ...
Is very different experience. On the positive side the kids are a joy at best, and revel in having their parents 24/7. It's also a great learning experience for them - the eldest (10 & 12) excel when they return to school and are reported by their teachers to have a greater knowledge of geography, different cultures, history, currencies, etc than their peers. Locals, particularly in Asia, are much more outgoing and welcoming where children are involved.
On the flip side, we're pretty much over the travelling with younger kids thang. Our three year old has proven to be the beastie everyone warned us we'd have - really picks his times to act out. Is much more expensive with kids, you need to be more organised/less spontaneous in your itinerary (when travelling without, we always prefer to be ad hoc), and security and hygiene become more important. Fortunately, my eldest are now chomping at the bit to do the more fast-paced, exotic/budget/challenging trips ...
Jul 25, 2012 3:45 AM
Aug 1, 2012 7:00 AM
Sep 21, 2012 2:02 PM
Before I had kids I had never backpacked ... Just tomas cooked it and booked it!
Then when my kids started school they never really settled so when my youngest was 6 we went backpacking around Egypt for 7 wks my kids learnt all the gods name because we would play games they know about the temples and afterlife the Egyptians where so mad on , if fact when we returned they had missed nothing and ended up wining awards for their knowledge on Egypt , so that was it I was-converted - we planned our next adventure to Ethiopia
We spent 9 wks backpacking around this amazing country and again I took my kids out of school ... And when we came back again they had missed nothing , but the school kids where doing a great rift valley project- there's the photos I said you can see the Things my kids have learnt!
I too am a single parent , and I want to give my kids the best education I possibly can sometimes it can means full time school , sometimes school and backpacking or sometimes just homeschooling . Whatever the method, it's education that's important , and for my family it seems to work much better when they see and experience these things ,
P.s before I leave this world I will not say "I wish I had time for this and that , I will be happy with my memories!
Good luck and all the very best
(0 star Hotel)
From US$44.03 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$142.16 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$24.77 per night