All Roads Lead to Home

We have been without a house we can call home for such a long time now. Honestly, we are actually. ok with it, but for one simple thing. It will be nice to have a place where we can keep all our precious things in one place. That we don’t have to rifle through boxes to find!

We’ve traveled all over the world

We have travelled all over the world in the last 10 years or more and there are only two places that really felt like home to us on that deeper level. These might sound strange to the people that are closest to us, but those places are Bali and Switzerland.

So we have decided to finally do something about it. We have found a lovely chalet in Switzerland, very close to where Eddie and Vivi and saying they want to go to school. We are going to go ahead and buy it and make it our home base in the EU.

For us it will be our Home (Rome) and all our travels will now ultimately lead back to this place.

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Villars sur Ollon.

This is where we will put down some roots. The reality is, that we will not stop travelling.  Villars will be the centre of our lives and the place you can find our home. It is a lovely town. 1200m above sea level in above the Rhone valley not far from Montreux in the south of Switzerland. It really is a town, and this suits us just fine as we are ‘townsfolk’ at heart. We love a big city, but given the choice, we prefer to live in a non urban environment. Villars has an amazing ski field that rises above the town to a max altitude of something around 3000m. While it isn’t a hardcore skiers playground, it is a perfect location for many days of family skiing.

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Within a 2 hour drive of there we can access something like 50 other ski fields including the famous Verbier (only 1 hour away) and Mont Blanc. Within an hour we can be in Geneva. Milan is a few hours drive, Austria the same… In fact, it feels like the centre of the world to us with so many places so close and in easy range.

The Road Home

All our roads will lead to this home for us now. At least in the very near future they will and the family that has been without a home for so many years, will soon be able to tell everyone where their home is.  Even when we are on Sea Forever in the South Pacific!  Sea Forever will be our second home.

Travel Resources We Use for Affordable Travel With Kids.

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This helps us to keep going along with the t-shirts and other stuff we sell. We truly use these services below and all very regularly and wouldn't recommend them if we didn't use them ourselves and think they are totally great.

So if you get inspired to book a flight or a hotel room or even start renting a place of a room, please use these links and help us out too. It costs you nothing and helps us a lot.

Book Flights
Jetradar is our No 1 first stop for finding flights.

There is no flight booking service better than this. Use the form below to find a flight now. I promise you, they are by far the cheapest and best we have found and we have tried them all. We have booked flights from Bali to Goa that cost only $120 for all 5 of us, can you imagine how happy we were about that!

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Book Accommodation

Mostly we use just 2 booking sites to find the best deals.

Sometimes we won’t or can't book in advance and just arrive at a place and look around. It can be cheaper. If you try this, get in early and not during peak holiday times. Some people find this a bit too challenging even without kids in tow.

For Long Stays

Airbnb

Airbnb is perfect for longer stays, but you have to be really thorough when you make a booking on airbnb. We have created a video guide on how to make a booking using airbnb, what to look for what to make sure of before confirming the booking. We have booked 100's of places and know all the tricks.

For Short Stays

Booking.com

We have found that when it comes to staying anywhere for a shorter time, the hotels and even apartments offered by booking.com are better value than Airbnb. They are generally more budget focused and not as well set up, but that's not always the case. we just like the hotel offers more for our family for short stays

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For longer-term apartment rentals, Airbnb works out cheaper.  Mostly we find for shorter stays hotels give us better value in pretty much every way.

AirBnb works best for long-term (1 month or more even) stays there are no security deposits and leases to worry about and no utility bills either.

We’ve recently found good deals on Airbnb in Europe and London too, so Asia isn't the only place worth using it.

Become a Host

Airbnb is a great way to make some extra money and meet interesting people by being a host, Use this link to join and get a discount through us.

Booking.com will list your apartment or rooms too for you, just follow this link to sign up

Book a Tour

We have found that other than a rare exception, if you want to book a tour, the best way to do it is through GetYourGuide. The site is easy to use, the tours are all good quality and the pricing is really good, because they negotiate bulk pricing.

Travel Insurance

World Nomads is the only travel insurance we use, and it’s great. Get a quote instantly by simply filling out the form below. You can also go to our travel insurance guide page for the full details.

Miscellaneous Stuff

We’ve tried housesitting, but due to it being sporatic, we rarely do it. We are not really into couch-surfing.  Not many people would have enough couches for the whole family anyhow. We do host couch-surfers at home, we just prefer to pay our way.

We backpack fairly regularly, because it's fun (some tips on backpacking with kids will be coming soon). Stays at luxury resorts and villas we like. Going camping and glamping are good too.  Getting ready to do some blue water cruising on a catamaran is definitely our thing.

We never go on package holidays,

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