About us

About us

We’re Nigel and Louise, two local newspaper journalists who have dropped everything for a few months to seek fun and adventure with our young son.

The plan for our family gap year (or gap half-year as it is more likely to be) takes in beautiful spots in our homeland in the UK as brand ambassadors for Real Family Holidays, then west coast USA, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

The trip was partly prompted by a longing to visit a close friend who emigrated to Australia, partly because each of us travelled a little separately when we were younger and loved the experience and partly by a sense of ‘why not?’

We’ve been extremely fortunate as our wider family has been incredibly supportive of our madness. Our son was immediately, entirely and hugely excited by the whole thing and his grown-up sister is hoping to meet up with us for part of the adventure.

We’ve always taken every opportunity to enjoy days out, weekends away and holidays – always done on a budget. Whilst this trip has required an awful lot more saving than any before and definitely fits into the once-in-a-lifetime category for us, it too will rely upon budget accommodation (including a tent!), self-catering and seeking out and making the most of free delights. There’s few restaurants that can offer some of the views we’ve enjoyed whilst eating a picnic out of a plastic tub!

We’re all about fun, budget, family adventure. If you are too, do get in touch.

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Thanks for dropping in.