nothing planned blogJust thought Id write a little bit about how we are going to travel around the world – and if you were thinking of doing the same, how to go about it!

Firstly, sell up, jump on a plane and see where the wind takes you.

Ok, im kidding! Close friends and family who know me (Gemma) know how much of an organised freak I am! I have organised EVERY THING to the last hotel and flight!

We booked our flights,  around 2 months ago with a company called Round The World flights – a lovely man called Geoff was extremely patient with my every question, our constant plan changes and date changes! If you are looking for someone to help you source out lots of flights go to http://www.roundtheworldflights.com and ask for Geoff – say I sent you. He has no idea I am writing this!

We then downloaded an app called Tripit, this is an amazing little app – it sieves through all your emails, collects all your fights/ hotels and puts it all in one app. We have shared this information with our parents so they can see where we are at what time…We have a feelling they will turn up unexpectidly to spy on us – like Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents program on BBC!

USA

So onto our trip, the first country we are flying to is Dallas USA. With plans to visit New Orleans/ Huston/ San Antonio/ Big Bend/ Amarillo/ and then across to California in 2 months. We spent ALOT of time pricing up – we discussed car/hotels, and RV/campsite options and I must admit neither are cheap! We decided to opt for the one that would be an adventure for us and the kids! So we have booked an RV with a company called El Monte. Again this was not cheap, but we feel will be worth every “cent!”

We have sourced alot of free campsites within National Parks that we are planning to stay at, but we have booked and paid for New Orleans, San Antonio. Santa Fe and Hollywood. These are our four main town stops – the rest of our stops are National Parks and other must see locations – we will talk about these in another blog.

FIJI

Our next stop after USA is Fiji, this will just be a relaxing 10 day holiday! We are staying with a Fijian family, in their spare house on the beach, and hoping to learn about their way of living and culture – and they have invited us to have BBQs with them every evening!

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is our next location after Fiji, and again – we have spent many hours planning our drive! making sure we can fit it all in in 6 weeks – as we are hoping to drive South to North – Very north to Cape Reinga. Cape Regina is the very tip of the North Island, all that is there is a light house looking out to the Pacific Ocean….absolutely breath taking.

We spent some time deciding between New Zealand and Australia, we couldn’t do both due to cost, and the weather. As a photographer I wanted to take advantage of New Zealand’s beauty during Autumn – during this time its super cold in Australia – so decided to stick to just New Zealand.

Again, the same as USA we opted for an RV, this time I found a website called Vroom Vroom Vroom – and found a good deal on a Maui RV. You can free camp in New Zealand if you have a self-contained vehicle – which we do! We have had to book and pay for a site in April as we are there during Easter – which is a very busy holiday in New Zealand.

THAILAND / BALI

After our 6 weeks in New Zealand we will be visiting Thailand and Bali, Thailand I have typed up a whole booklet of hotels that have been booked – we haven’t messed around! We will be using the train, and Airbnb and Booking.com while in Thailand.

I will be blogging about each country individually, and where abouts we are planning to go and see! so keep an eye on future blogs.

Travelling with children can be hard work, and having a plan can help – I must admit we have probabaly gone slightly OTT, but atleast we know that our girls will always have some where safe to sleep – which is very important to us.

So for some of you that are planning a trip of a life time with your family, be prepared for lots and lots and lots of research and planning…..

Love The England Family

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered why we are here? Have you ever wondered what life is all about, and what we are supposed to be doing? Have you ever dreamt of escaping the ‘Rat Race’ of day to day life that we all unconsciously follow day to day?

These are the very questions we have been asking our self’s this year – we have had a few close family members pass away, making us realise how quick life can be taken from us. Call it an early mid life crises if you like – regardless, we have found ourself’s questioning life…how short it is, and whether working 60 hours a week, and waiting until we retire is the way forward for us.

We love being different – for example both of us love our music  Ska, Jazz and Old Skool Garage, rock ,80’s, 90’s if its got a beat you can dance to chances are we like it, Our ipods are random, one minute we are playing Disney, and the next we are raving to 90s dance music.

We have already done our fair share of travelling, Glen spent alot of his teens travelling America – while myself (Gemma) has also done a little bit of travelling to Thailand, which was the most amazing experience and recommend it to anyone!

We must put our hands up and say – we have never followed society! – We have our own way of living, our own way of thinking and our own ideas….some people think we are crazy for not liking what everyone else likes – but we dare to be different and dare to take a risk.

So we have decided as of January 28th 2019, we will break the rules of society and the rules of everyday life, and we’ll be putting everything in storage and travelling the world! Yes we are crazy, and yes we do not know what we are going to do at the end of all this – but I tell you this – Life is short, you could die tomorrow, life is all about experiences and we are here on this earth to live life to the fullest.

So what about Ellie and Maisie I hear you ask? Yes they are certainly coming with us! And YES they will probably drive us insane at times along the way – we know that it will not be all cupcakes and rainbows – but it will most defiantly be the best experience of their life’s.

So, our plans for the next few months are very busy! We will be giving up the lease on our house, selling most of our possessions, aswell as our car! We are also trying to loose some weight (as we are a little overweight at the moment), making sure that we are fit and healthy ready for all the travelling plans we have ahead…We will be blogging about our weight loss too! so keep an eye out!

So that’s us and our crazy plans, I hope you all follow us with our adventure!

Lots of Love

The England Family – Gemma, Glen, Ellie and Masie

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