A warm welcome to Adventure Travel Family!
We are a UK-based homeschooling family with three children who packed in normal life and took a family gap year and travelled around Asia.
We spent six months full-time traveling through Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand before settling on the gorgeous island of Bali, where we lived for another six months before our daughter had a serious head injury and we experience severe earthquakes, and decided it was time to head home. We now live in London.
One time, in Bali, Patrick sprayed himself head to toe in industrial bug killer, mistaking it for mosquito spray. “My skin burns like ice”, he said. Another time in Singapore we got refused to board our flight because we’d forgotten to read our visa rules properly, and we had 30 seconds to book flights for all 6 of us to the cheapest place Skyscanner offered us. Another time we rescued a teeny stray kitten from the streets of Bali. Another time Patrick and I argued about mangos. We also provide travel guides, hints, tips and recommendations to families who love travel. If you like that sort of thing, sign up for updates, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook Page.
A bit more about us:
Hannah works as a freelance journalist writing for international travel and parenting publications. She runs this blog and is also in charge of grazed knees, fights over whose handful of sand is whose and acting as a milk machine for the toddler. In her spare time… LOL, as if. She loves being a Mum more than anything in the world, and since having kids has become a dippie hippie. She practises gentle parenting, has wildling home educated kids, is getting better at yoga and – *whispers*– is a vegan Christian. She has a section on this blog about her recovery from anorexia and depression. She also has massive teeth which may one day come in handy for felling trees and the like.
Patrick is in charge of keeping five women happy (Hannah, his three daughters and mother-in-law Jayne) and does a spectacular job. He sorts visas, changes money, books flights, does anything that involves paperwork and keeps Hannah calm when they accidentally end up in filthy mosquito-infested huts in the middle of remote rice fields. He loves running and fitness, recently became vegetarian, was a celebrity Personal Trainer in London and is a pro at play-fighting. If his hair gets any bigger it will require its own passport.
Jayne is Hannah’s Mum and is the coolest Nana around. She is a nurse and a super yogi, puts her 20-something kids to shame with her headstands and makes the Best. Cakes. Ever. She is the Queen of grand-kid sleepovers and always has emergency apple juice and snacks in her bag. From wild camping in Tanzania to living in remote India, she’s experienced the best in adventure travel and is one of the kindest people you could meet.
Esmae at 7 years old is the eldest of the three girls. A super artist and the ultimate spirit kid, she often spends all day in the ocean before coming out at sundown to write stories or sketch. She is incredibly compassionate and gracious, even when her sisters accidentally delete her beloved Minecraft app from her iPad.
Eira is the absolute epitome of ‘cool’ and can often be found wearing sequinned ball dresses with a denim jacket, neon sunglasses and wellies. She is a 5 year old self-proclaimed ‘animal expert’ and can tell you the difference between a caracal and cheetah noise, or which temperature crocodile eggs need to incubate at to hatch. Eira is made of approximately 102% pure muscle and will regularly jump on a branch to do a couple of sets of pull-ups from a tree. She loves wrestling and Hannah’s impromptu puppet theatres, and has a belly laugh that shakes the ground.
Elfie is our golden baby. At 2 and a half she has the whole family wrapped around her finger several times over; she wakes up beaming and goes to sleep beaming. Our little sunshine, her favourite things are The Lion King and mannequins (?!) and she can often be found singing the theme tune of Moana to herself or chattering away in a Croydon accent, which is pure gold.
We are becoming pretty much experts at Bali life, family travel, alternative living, home education and all things vegan. Get in touch with Adventure Travel Family at firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries, press trips, sponsored posts, interviews and other business. Click here to go back to the blog and don’t forget to check out our Instagram account and YouTube channel below (use the top left corner of the video to see more) and SUBSCRIBE for weekly vlogs and more!