Our Ideas Became a Passion

Looking back and trying to remember when the exact moment when our ideas became a passion was is rather difficult. It is rather like a switch flipping, something turns from a “Wouldn’t that be fun” type of idea to “We are going, lets get ready now”

What causes this switch to flip? Some sort of validation or inspiration I suspect, maybe a falling away of objections, this could be the trigger actually.

When you stop the internal argument and agree with yourself to do something, there is a big difference in how you approach that thing you are planning to do, but when’s it our ideas became a passion? I don’t know.

For anything to become a passion, it has to light a fire in your soul!

We had talked to buying a yacht for a long time. We rolled the idea around for the last year, so the bug had us for a while.  It was the Whittakers who really cemented the realisation that our ideas became a passion. Their Sailing Zatara youtube channel really caught the whole family and made us prioritise getting the boat to the number 1 position.

Thank you guys for being such a great ‘redneck’ inspiration to our family!



Travel is something our family is addicted to. It is an obsession with us. We drove 40,000km across Europe in this last year, crisscrossing it from North to South and East to West and back again.


Our baby has already visited 32 countries in her two short years of life, she has lived in 5 of them and has two nationalities already!

Getting on a yacht and going to places that no road can take you seems like a very clear and obvious next step. Mind you, we have toyed with the idea of driving from Europe to china Indonesia and Japan then back again through china and Russia as well (this one is staying on our list for sure)

But there is a big challenge and a wonderful romanticism in sailing around the world too. I want to be able to say to myself, I circumnavigated the world! My wife and kids feel exactly the same.

So here we are, getting ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, looking for a yacht to buy, at getting sailing certification, thinking about safety and what we will need… and so much more!


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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 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


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.

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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.

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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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