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AT the end of our first year of travel, we posted a blog about our favourite spots - places, restaurants, beaches, parks and hotels, locations we’ve travelled to (including before our journey began) and have no trouble recommending. Now that over three years have passed since we started our adventure,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
THIS city continues to grow on us. Even during our wet, grey reception period following our arrival, we were never disillusioned. Coming from England, I felt at home. We haven't yet explored a fraction of all this city and its surroundings has to offer. But so far we like what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
WHAT makes a location perfect? Sunshine? Beach? Beautiful views? Happy people? Safety? Opportunity? Low cost of living? Community? Clean air? I know every person has their own preference. But I also know by the big grin on my wife's face whenever she comes home from the store after purchasing groceries... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
ZENCHAI and I were sitting in the lounge of our Laneway house one afternoon before heading to the park. I was on the computer, looking at something on Youtube. And then Parkour came into my head. I'd seen a documentary about it on TV many years ago while in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
GIVEN that we started our journey over three years ago by heading close to South America's west coast - Ecuador - we have now practically circumnavigated the globe - in 1,111 days by arriving in Vancouver, Canada from Auckland. It means that Zenchai, our son, has more or less been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
TEN pm and we were driving around Auckland when we should have been in the sky, on our way from New Zealand to Vancouver, Canada. We had been sitting at the gate for our international flight when my name was called over the loudspeaker. Jamie and I glanced at each... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
WE'VE been travelling now three years and seen many countries. But there haven't been too many where Jamie and I have each felt we would like to stay for, say, more than six months of the year. But Napier on the north island of New Zealand definitely hit the spot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at Abrams Family World Travel
THE French seductress has changed a lot from when I last saw her, as a child watching French movies. We saw her in downtown Auckland, at the beautiful marina. She was in town only for a short period. I'm talking about the Sea Shepherd, however, and not the outspoken actress... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
HERE'S a question we get a lot (and for obvious reasons): "So, where's home?" We've been travelling so long that we don't really know. Often we say, "wherever we are". And that's the truth. Home is where we (as a family) are. We don't own a house and Kobra, for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
WE must be doing something right to attract good energy. I mean, to be pitched (literally) by the beach in Australia, living outdoors in the fresh air and have all our camping equipment provided for free by friends! Throughout our journey around the world we have been the recipients of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
I'D seen her walk by with her dog several times. There was something about this lady - the skin colour, thin calves - that made me think: 'She's definitely a Mauritian'. I can sort of identify Mauritians the way I can British people abroad. Maybe it's a kind of sixth... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
LIVING in a small apartment with two young children, we need to get out - and often. Kids, especially ours, have energy to burn. They need fresh air, active play and some stimulation. So we try to plan day trips here and there. And one particularly successful excursion was to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
WE are soon to be leaving Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our visas are about to expire. We debated about whether to leave and return, thus extending our stay in Thailand, or to visit the local immigration office to pay to have our visas extended or to travel onwards. Chiang Mai has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
I GET asked a lot about education when people discover we have been travelling with children as long as we have. Then they enquire how old our offspring are. "Six and one," I say. And suddenly the alarm drops from their voices. Of course, in many countries children don't begin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
SEVEN hundred and sixty two stomach-churning bends later and I was in Pai, a hippy town three hours north of Chiang Mai. I'd had my fill of sitting, scrunched up and sweating, at the back of a poorly-ventilated mini-van with a driver who, if I didn't know better, had been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
I USED to think the traffic lights in Las Vegas used to take an eternity to change. But I reckon Chiang Mai probably has the record for being the slowest. Whenever you have an appointment in this town (especially during the busy hours) be sure to leave early or factor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
AFTER talking to several fellow long-term travellers, I realised we are not the only ones who place quality of food high on the agenda. We believe that the food we eat is the first and most important step towards being healthy and, ultimately, happy. A poor diet can make you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
I WAS reading Zenchai his bedtime stories when Jamie came into the bedroom and, with Kobra on the breast and asleep, whispered to me to come out. I put down the book and Zenchai, curious of course, followed me out. "Look at the sky," Jamie said. We did. And we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
SO after nearly two-and-a-half years travelling as a family - about 850 days - we have reached our 200th blog. We've been to many countries and places and often people want to know which ones stand out the most. I frequently ask Jamie which locations she either misses most or... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
THE temperature doesn't seem to fall much this time of year. We're experiencing varying degrees of hot and sweaty. So why would we even contemplate heading east 40km out of town to the Hot Springs of Sankampaeng? The last thing I want to do is get hotter and sweat more.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
I LOVE birthdays in our family and not for the obvious reasons. It's because my wife makes and invents great cakes. They're not ordinary cakes. Her recipes are delicious and I'm always encouraging her to produce a book. She uses healthy ingredients - or as healthy as can be for... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
THE only way to know if you are good at something is to be given the chance to try. So we do our best to expose our children to a variety of activities whenever possible or affordable. The latest for Zenchai was rock-climbing, something that I, for years, have wanted... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
THE question is: is there anywhere in the world that is really 'cheap' to live anymore? And, perhaps more importantly, would you want to live there if there is? People often refer to Asia as very affordable and there are pockets of places where your money goes really far. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
DON'T believe everything you hear and read: "Asia is cheap"; "Renting in Kuala Lumpur is easy". Sure, there are parts of Asia which aren't costly at all, like parts of India, where we visited in January. And you can find places to stay in KL without difficulty - if you're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel
IT wasn't all doom and gloom in Penang. Actually, it wasn't too bad at all - just not what were were after. It didn't help that the guesthouse we stayed in backed on to a mosque which, every morning at around 5am, called for prayer through a loudspeaker that seemed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Abrams Family World Travel