💦💦💦 Pacific Ocean 💦💦💦 We couldn't leave Peru without me taking my first ever dip in the Pacific Ocean.

It was bloody cold and the waves were huge so I settled for just a paddle.  But it felt great!

After being a bit grumpy (I was worrying about our tsunami exit route) a dip in the sea proper cheered me up.

Miraflores has some great beaches for surfing and their are surf school right on the beach that will sign you up there and then.

I was tempted but didn't fancy trying to squeeze on a wetsuit with an audience. ❤️ #pacificocean #oceansoftheworld #ilovethesea #swimallday #familybloggers #travelblog #photooftheday #kidsthattravel #worldschool
🐮🐮🐮 Pucara Bulls 🐮🐮🐮 You'll find miniature versions of this bull all over Peru.  In a variety of colours too.

Some of the houses in the countryside will have two little bulls on the roof.

They arrived in Peru in the early years of the Spanish colony and were originally crafted as a cup.  They would be filled with chicha, a drink made from corn and mixed with blood.  This would be consumed by the priest in a cattle blessing ceremony.

Now, they are used as a blessing to Apus, the Inca mountain god, to bring health, wealth and unity to the owner. ❤️ #pucarabull #exploreperu ##travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics
🍫🍫🍫 Hot Chocolate and Churros 🍫🍫🍫 The food in Peru is soooo good!  We didn't have one bad meal and the snacks are incredible.

Dan made it his personal mission to try everything and he did pretty well.  He did go back for seconds on some though, and that held him back.

Anyway, we had read about a place in Miraflores that did hot chocolate and churros and decided it was an absolute must.

Churros are a big thing in Lima.  People sell them everywhere and they are amazing.  But Manolo's is like the best.

You can get 6 churros and a mug of hot chocolate for S/16, which is less than £4.  Dan and the kids loved them.  Let's face it that drink looks more like melted chocolate. ❤️ #manolo #churros #miraflores #travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
🏜️🏜️🏜️ The Desert 🏜️🏜️🏜️ I hadn't ever been to the desert before.  And if I'm being completely honest, I didn't know that Peru had any desert.  I'm learning, OK?

It is an amazing place!  We set out early in the morning to climb the sand dunes that surround Huacachina. 
Dan carried Alice but Emily walked to the top of a small peak all by herself.  We were super proud as it was hot and hard work.

We then took it in turns to look after the kids while the other climbed right to the top.

I thought I was going to die.  It was a hard climb.  It got steeper and hotter the closer you got to the top too.  But we both did it.  And boy, was it worth it?! ❤️ #explorethedesert #seizetheday #topoftheworld #travelfamily #suitcaselife #kidsthattravel #worldschoolers #worldschooling #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel
🌴🌴🌴 Huacachina 🌴🌴🌴 After a night's stop at Paracas, we boarded another bus (only an hour this time) to Ica.

From Ica, we hopped in a taxi that took us to Huacachina.  A desert oasis!

This is a completely incredible place with a funky little vibe going on.  Surrounded by restaurants and hostels, this is a great place to hang out for a couple of nights.

It was here that we got to stay in our first hostel and we loved it.  It had a gorgeous garden with hammocks and a swimming pool.  It actually felt kinda luxurious.

We also got to catch up with a friends and have a spot of dinner too.  So sophisticated. ❤️ #huacachina #exploreperu #desertoasis  #traveltheworld #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
🐧🐧🐧 Paracas 🐧🐧🐧 As part of our stay in Peru, we wanted to get out of Lima and at least explore some of the many amazing things that the rest of the country has to offer.

One of the places we really wanted to go to was Paracas, as from here you can take a boat trip to the Ballastas Islands.

Now the Ballastas islands are excellent!  Home to a shed load of loads, some very rare but also a great place to see sea lions and PENGUINS.

The place was full of sea lions lounging about on rocks.  There were baby sea lions too with mummy sea lions that looked like they just wanted some peace and quiet.

Seeing penguins was a big one for us though, as this was on Emily's bucket list. 
We were all so happy to be able to seeing such beautiful animals living in their natural habitat. ❤️ #peru #penguins #ballastas #travelblog #travelwithkids #familytravelblogs #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerfamily #suitcasefamily #backpacker_pics #Flytographer #kidstravelblog #travelblogger #familytravel #travelfamily #familytravelblog #viajefamiliar #travelphotography #beautifuldestinations #kidstravel #adventurehood
📚📚📚 Travel stories 📚📚📚 I'm going to tell you a story now.  I'm writing this and scheduling it to go out later so I'm hoping by the time you read this the story will have an ending.

This is the story about why we bought the kids alpaca wool cardigans.

It starts in the USA, where we managed to gather a small collection of coins.  This included a one cent coin.

Fast forward to our last day in Colombia, where Alice finds this coin on the floor and decides to eat it.  I mean full on swallow it.

This led to major panicking from Mummy and Daddy.  Lots of Googling happened including
⛲⛲⛲ Parque de la Reserva ⛲⛲⛲ I had read about this park before heading to Lima and wanted to check it out.

This park contains 13 water fountains, all of them impressive and many of them interactive.  It holds the world record for the largest water fountain complex.

The kids loved this feature.  A 35m long tunnel that you could walk through and stay fairly dry.

Others include the Fuente Magica which has a jet of water that goes up 80m into the air and the Fuente de los Ninos which is a children's fountain that you can play in.

At night they all light up.  Then the Fantasia fountain comes to life with a light projection show, spanning its 120m length.

We had a magical evening walking around the fountains, drinking coffee and eating churros.  Another must-see in Lima! ❤️ #parquedelareserva #lightshow #lima #peru #seetheworld #familytravelin #familytravelers #travelblog #travelwithkids #exploretheworld
🏯🏯🏯 Huaca Pucllana 🏯🏯🏯 Turns out there's not an emoji for Incan pyramid ruins, so you ended up with that.

Anyway, that's what this is.  Actually, it pre-dates the Inca period (200AD ish) and was a sacred place or place of worship at the time.

We didn't get to do the full tour unfortunately.  Kids were going a bit loopy in the sun, but we did get a pretty good look anyway.

The entire structure is made from mud and is assembled in a bookshelf formation.  The slabs stand on end with small gaps that allow for movement whilst retaining its strength.

It was here that I learnt that Lima has an average annual rainfall of less than 30mm.  Which is lucky otherwise this would have washed away a long time ago.

A great find in the heart of Miraflores, Lima! ❤️ #huacapucllana #miraflores #incaruins #exploreperu #loveperu #familytravels #travelphoto #travelblogger #familytravelblog
👒🧣👜 Inka Market 👜🧣👒 Immediately on arrival in Peru, I had a huge urge to spend all my money on brightly coloured clothing and accessories made from alpaca wool.

Therefore, we had to head to Inka Market.  This colourful market is an absolute must see in Miraflores.

Emily loved it!  She borrowed Dan's phone and wandered around snapping pictures of everything she liked.

The bag in this picture was a particular favourite early on and she kept talking about it.

The shop owners kept enticing us in by shoving knitted hats on the kids, scarves around my neck and generally waving around toy llamas.

I loved it!  I nearly spent all of my money there and then bought a ticket home.  It was beautiful!

If you are heading there my advice would be to take cash and remember that the prices are VERY flexible.

SPOILER ALERT:  We went back and got Emily the bag the next day! ❤️ #inkamarket #perusouvenirs #alpacas #photooftheday #lima #kidsofinstagram #travelfamily #familiesaroundtheworld #worldschoolers
🎨🎨🎨 Painting in the park 🎨🎨🎨 After our initial walk down to the sea, we decided to explore the parks closer to our apartment.

Turns out the park is brilliant.  As well as being a place for local artists to sell their work, food stalls to dispense delicious treats and cats to wander freely, there is a play area for kids.

We all sort of lost our minds at finding this play area.  We hadn't visited a proper play area since Central Park in New York.

This park has swings and slides, climbing frames and seesaws and, of course, those wibbly wobbly horse things.

On top of that, it had some added bonuses.  Our favourite was that you could do painting in the park.

A couple of (rather entrepreneurial) women had set up some easels and had a selection of pictures that the children could paint.

For S./5 (a little more than £1), the kids sat and painted happily for the first time in a long time.

We had such a lovely evening watching our kids just be kids. ❤️ #kidsbeingkids #kidsaroundtheworld #familytravel #familytravelbog #advetnuretravel #slowtravel #letkidsbekids #lima #peru #miraflores
Leaving Work To Go Travelling

Leaving Work To Go Travelling

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For us to go off on our family travel adventures, both Dan and I had to quit our jobs.  Now that we are the other side of our last days at work I thought it was a good time to reflect on this experience.

 

Dan had been employed with his company for nearly 16 years, so this was a big step for him.  Over the last few years, he has been able to change his hours and take short breaks away to work around our childcare arrangements.

 

For me, I have been teaching in the same school for the last nine years.  Again, I have had some time off to have our children, but for both of us, these jobs have been a big part of our lives for the majority of our working lives.

 

Dan’s Goodbye

Dan is not one to get emotional about these things, but he has made some good friends over the years.  We met when I also worked there, so many of Dan’s colleagues have seen us grow together and create our family.

 

It will be strange for us to no longer have a connection to this place after all this time, but there are new and exciting adventures around the corner.

 

Dan’s employers have been good to us both over the years and we will always be grateful for the flexibility and support they have shown us.

 

Charlotte’s Goodbye

For me leaving work came with mixed feelings.  I’ve had some time away from my job over the last few years (thanks kids) and have been evaluating my career.

 

When I started teaching, I was filled with enthusiasm for my career ahead, but more recently I have become disenchanted and have been considering how I want to earn a living in future.  In some ways, this opportunity has given me a chance to get some headspace and re-evaluate what I want to do.

 

However, I have made some truly excellent friends in my colleagues.  Some of whom I have known for close to 13 years!  We’ve watched each other grow professionally and personally, and it will be these people that I will miss the most.

 

It has been my privilege to work with some truly outstanding teachers and support staff.  I will miss them immensely.

 

What Can Do About Your Job When Considering Going Travelling

We both had jobs that were very much location-specific.   By this, I mean that there weren’t a lot of options for us in terms of continuing our jobs whilst we travelled, but this is not necessarily the case for everyone.

 

Consider Working Long Distance

If you have the sort of job that you can do from home then it could be that your employer will allow you to do this from another country instead.

 

Naturally, not all employers will agree to this.  And not all jobs lend themselves to this level of flexibility.  But, it is an option that is worth discussing, particularly for shorter trips away.

 

You also need to be realistic about your workload.  Think about how you will manage the demands of your job whilst you travelling.  There’s not a lot of point “exploring” the world if you are stuck in a hotel doing the old 9-5.

 

Consider Taking A Career Break

This is an option that both Dan and I talked about when planning our trip.  Unfortunately, this turned out not to be an option that worked for us but that doesn’t have to be the case for you.

 

More and more employers are appreciating the benefits of allowing their staff to take career breaks or sabbaticals to fulfil personal goals.  It creates a sense of loyalty and gratitude that means that the employee returns and is prepared to stay with the company and work harder.

 

Different companies have different policies on this so it could be that your employer will only let you take a few months at a time, but definitely worth a conversation.

 

Consider Going Freelance

This will still mean quitting your job, but it could be that this is a great time to start your own business too.

 

With many jobs these days being possible to run from your laptop, there’s little reason why you can’t start working wherever you like.

 

Even if your profession is not one that you can easily take with you, there’s always a chance that some of the skills you have could be turned into a freelance role.  Even if it is not obvious to you immediately.

 

Consider Straight Up Quitting

If, like us, you are looking for a hard reset on life then maybe quitting your job is exactly what you need to do.

 

Take a reasoned approach to this, especially if the profession you are in is particularly niche, and think about what you will do when you return from your adventures.

 

It could be the time you need though to decide how you want to take your career forwards, even if you want to continue working in the same field.  Or you might decide to start all over again in something new.

 

Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to have some truly uninterrupted time with your family, and that’s got to be worth a lot.

 

Top Tips For Leaving Work To Go Travelling

  1. Start the conversation with your employer early

It may be that you need to give a long notice period or it may be that there are options available to you that you weren’t aware of.  Either way, it is good practice to start this discussion as soon as you can and work with them.

 

  1. Make the most of your annual leave

There’s no reason to waste all that lovely holiday pay.  Even if you are leaving the company make sure that you use up any accrued leave before you go.  You could leave a bit early or potentially tag it on the end.

 

  1. Keep in touch with your colleagues

Even if you don’t like them, it is nice to say in contact with people who are in the same line of work as you.  They may be able to give you the heads up about vacancies in the future or help you about with a reference if you need one.

 

  1. Remove any of your stuff

It could be that picture of your kids on your desk or your digital resources, either way, take them with you.  No one is going to want to clear up your stuff and you might want those spreadsheets.

 

Leaving Work To Go Travelling Is Part Of The Fun

It was terrifying making that decision and handing in my notice but now I feel so free.  I’m not tied to a job.  I’m not obligated to do anything or behave a certain way.  We have no reason to rush back.

 

Make a choice that suits you, but whatever you choose: enjoy it!

 

It is a big step deciding to leave your job and travel the world. Here is what we did and how we feel about now we are jobless and free!

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

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