Family Bites Travel – Travel with Kids

Family Bites Travel is our family travel blog. It chronicles our extended gap-year and adventures around Asia. We are finding our global village, living life and hope to make the world a better place through social responsibility. By sharing our adventures, we hope to inspire families to get out and see the world and to travel with kids!

First international family holiday and the start of my family travel blog dream: We ate some of the best food in Penang at Batu Ferringhi hawker center!

The family travel blogging dream started in June 2016. We went to Penang with the entire family. To be completely honest the trip was Hell on Earth. The baby was teething full-time, the toddler got a terrible skin reaction and the eldest refused to eat anything except pancakes.

It made me realised, kids will be kids irrespective of location. Why should I stop traveling just because we have kids! It inspired me to stop putting off living my life. It also made me realise if we can still have a good time even with this drama, imagine how amazing it will be in the future. I knew I could help other families with young kids to make their family travel more enjoyable! That is how Family Bites Travel was born.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace near Ubud. Bali with kids was our first trip together without Matt. We stayed for one month.

Not long after we returned from our trip from Penang we got news that rocked us to our foundations. It is a long and sad story that you can read about in my early blog posts. Long-story-short we were given a second chance at life, I was not going to live in the shadows anymore. I wanted to travel again, with our kids. In October 2016 I was sick of the monotony of life so on a whim took the boys to Ubud in Bali for a month.

It was hard doing it alone, but we survived. I knew I would be able to travel full-time with them. We returned to Perth, Australia for 2 days before going to Victoria, then Fiji, then back to Perth for 2-weeks. I and the three boys left Australia indefinitely. Since then we have been to Malaysia, Maldives twice, Sri Lanka thrice, India, Cambodia and Thailand. We slow-travel and stay in each location for 2 months or as long as we can.


Destination guides

What region of the world talks to you? Listen to what your heart desires. If your children are old enough, involve them in the decision making. Where in the world do you want to go? Where do they want to go?

 

I will be adding new destination guides often, so do check back regularly.


Should you travel with kids?

The short answer is a resounding “YES!”. It is not uncommon to meet resistance from those around you when you chose to travel with kids, particularly if you go overseas with your children.

The most common reply I get is, “You are insane to travel with kids!” when I say I travel as a solo-parent, long-term whilst worldschool my three young children. That, followed closely by, “where is your husband?”. I used to get very annoyed, now I have a giggle.  Most people go automatically to fear or judgment when you live your life differently to theirs. Ironically, travelling would be the perfect solution to alter their narrow views. I am here to show you that if you want to travel, even as a solo-parent – if I can do it – anyone can!

I will share all the best family travel tips I have learned by travelling full-time. I have done the heavy lifting, so to speak!! We can show you how to easily plan the best family vacations.

Luckily, I have lots of travel hacks to show you how to have the best family vacations on a budget. Any budget, from ultra-budget living like a local to the ultimate family luxury escapes, and everything in between.

Do not let excuses quash your desires to travel. Travel does not have to end because you now have little people in the mix, or due to low budget, or due to the multitude of reasons I used to stop following my heart. If you want to travel with kids, let me show you how.


How can we help you?


THE BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS?

If you are not sure if travel with kids is worth it, keep reading, we are here to inspire. Maybe your family vacation fits into the following?

You desire the Best Value all-inclusive 5-star resort?

Don’t we all! We have experienced some of best resorts in the world and have even reviewed some of them!

You want to get to know the country and live like a local?

We love to do this too! The majority of our travel is like this. We have now lived in 4 countries for many months. You get to know the best way to save money and where you need to pay attention!

You have an affinity for animals and want to have ethical animal experiences!

Leopards, tigers and bears? Oh, my! We got you covered! We have seen leopards, elephants, sloth bears, dolphins, monkeys, and soooo many more beautiful creatures. We share how to ethically experience these animal experiences in the real world.

You love ecotourism destinations and sustainable travel!

This is our purpose and goals in life! So, let us be your spirit animal and share all we have learned so far!

You might need a family trip to unwind with massages and wine, but need a place for your kids to go like, kids clubs?

Let’s be best friends! As I travel full-time with our kids – I have searched for the best family-friendly resorts and hotels. My boys help me review the kid’s clubs!

You might still have a boob-barnacle but want to still travel with a baby!?

I feel you! My boobs feel you. We can make it happen together. Let me show you how easy it is to travel with a baby.

You might have a small dictator in your midst. yet, you decide to fly 208579 hours with a temper tantruming tiny human.

I feel you! I have two toddlers. I can show you how to still live your best life in spite of your decision to fly with a toddler. I got you!

Our aim is to show where to save money on family travel without compromising on the enjoyment of travel, or the safety and health of your family.