Planning a family gap year, where to go, destinations, costs, ideas, saving for travel, budgets and our experiences of being on a family gap year. We sold everything to travel the world with kids then aged 6 and 8. We never went home. We have a wealth of information to share with you below.

Our family gap year turned into almost 6 years but we can certainly help you plan a one year round the world trip with kids.

Your Family Gap Year

We started when our kids were 6 and 8 and now they are teens. We need to give you all the tips, ideas and destinations you need to plan your family gap year in multiple blog posts, find what you need below. First some steps or tips. Read these, then dive in.

Planning a Family Gap Year. First Steps

  1. Convince your partner.
  2. Brainstorm destinations. Make a list. A family gap year bucket list if you like, of places you just have to go. ( The destinations we cover on this website lie beyond that “destinations” link or you can find them any time in our top menu. We cover over 50 of the most popular family travel destination countries)
  3. Consider how you’re going to escape work, school and mortgage.
  4. How will you pay for it? Most people fund 1 year on savings and selling possessions.
  5. Does it look possible? Set a date. 12 months from now is good.
  6. Tell the world, no going back on your word now!
  7. Start saving like crazy, sell stuff, simplify, minimise.
  8. Get your head around homeschooling, or if you prefer, understand worldschooling. Start being your kids educational facilitator, right now. The sooner you start the better.
  9. Think of creating a remote income stream if your gap year should really be two years, or six. Blogging is good but it’s a lot of work and isn’t a quick fix. How else could you start an online business or location independent income?
  10. Look into RTW ( round the world) tickets or just book a 1 way ticket to anywhere and make up your trip as you go.
  11. If you are traveling from Australia to the United States ensure you have an Esta Visa for each member of your family well before you leave for entry into that country. Learn more on this here: https://www.myestavisa.com.au
  12. While on legal things, its important before you leave to visit a reputable family lawyer for wills to be drawn up or updated. No one wants to plan for tragic experiences to occur, but they do from time to time and its better to be safe than sorry.
  13. Get Insurance! Travel and health cover is vital and will likely be a big expense. Not so many companies will cover gap year, long term or open ended travel. There is a specialist, this is the insurance company we have used for the last few years on the road.
  14. Start reading through our blog posts below, we have heaps of information to help you plan, visualise and make your family’s trip around the world happen.

How To Budget For Your Family Gap Year

Collected posts on raising the money to finance your gap year, along with actual costs. Our first year of family travel cost us $30,000. That should give you some idea. Below we explain how we raised that amount in 12 months and how we kept costs so low.

We hope you find this information useful. Our website has over 1,000 posts, slowly I’m sifting through them to find which are most useful to you in planning your family gap year. I’m updating this page often. Bookmark it and come back or ask in the comments. What information do you need? We’re happy to help if we can.

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