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This is our 10 country 4 continent around the world Family Gap Year Map.

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Why Would Anyone in Their Right Mind Backpack Around The World with Two Small Kids?  

And Why You Should Do it Now!

You’ve got a window… and it’s closing… from the moment your kids are born it’s closing. You’ve got a choice, this blog is the result of that choiceWhat choice will you make? 


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One Year Itinerary

August 2014 – January 2015

1. South Africa (Aug 10 – Sept 11)
2. Indonesia (Sept 12 – Oct  22)
3. New Zealand (Oct 22 – Nov 25)
4. Australia (Nov 25 - Dec 28)
5. Bangkok Mainland and Thailand Islands (Dec 29) 

January 2015 – August 2015

6. Cambodia (Jan)
7. Laos (Feb)
8. Vietnam (Feb 16)
9. India (Feb – March 24)

1. South Africa (Aug 10 – Sept 11)


Cape Town
 → Hermanus watching whales → Follow route 62 to De Hoop Nature Reserv→ Montague → Oudtshoorn Garden Route Addo Elephant Park tree house lodge at avoca river cabins or camp figtree The Wild Coast → Durban consider a township stay → Hluhluwe-iMfolzi Park → Trans-Karoo touris -class train.

3. New Zealand (Oct 22-Nov 25)

KIDZ GO NEW ZEALAND (awesome family site) 

Arrive in Auckland and spend 3 days then on to Rotorua for 3 days then on to Wellington → Picton → Nelson → Abel Tasman National Park → Kokitika → Dudedin

5. Coastal Thailand and Cambodia


From Bangkok, head south to the Samui islands (Ko Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan, Ko Tao) to become a certified beachaholic and diver. Then hop the peninsula to the Andaman beaches of Krabi/ Railay, Ko Phi-Phi,Ko Lanta and Trang Islands.

Cambodia Itinerary

Ko Chang, cross the Hat Lek– Cham Yeam border bound for Sihanoukville’s collection of scruffy and sublime beaches.Stop in Franco -influenced Kampot and its nearby hill station.Turn inland to Phnom Penh to pay your respects at its genocide museums thenBus to Siem Reap and the monumental splendor of Angkor.Board a flight to Pakse, gateway to the easy river living of Si Phan Don

7. Laos (Feb)


Bus to Vientiane and on to Vang Vieng then Luang Prabang. After a few days take a two-day slowboat up the Mekong River to Huay Xai for the Gibbon Experience and overnight in the Jungle Treehoues. Finish in Luang Nam Tha for a trek in the wild Nam Ha National Protected Area.

2. Indonesia (Sept 12- Oct 22)

Fly to Bali.  Bask on the beach in Bali → go inland to Ubud → escape the beach crowds in → Flores, and go dragon -spotting on → Komodo. Return to Bali and catch a flight to New Zealand. 

4. Australia (Nov 25 – Dec 28)


Arrive in Melbourne spend a few days consider going to Tasmania then drive up the coast to Pebbly Beach (Kangaroos) and then up to Jervis Bay then onto → Sydney → Hunter Valley for national-park tramping, and stop for water sports in family-friendly Port Stephens ,Myall Lakes National Park and Coffs Harbour . Skip up to Byron Bay for New Age indulgences and great beaches then head over to Queensland and the surf-addicted Gold Coast . Pause in Brisbane (yTrvavel) and then amble up through Noosa and the glorious Sunshine Coast . The Bruce Hwy wends along the stunning coast into the far north. Visit the whale-watching haven of Hervey Bay and  further north, up to the blissful Whitsunday Islands , the coral charms of the Great Barrier Reef and the scuba-diving nexus of Cairns. 

6. Vietnam (Feb)


Acclimatize in the capital, see the sights and experience Hanoi’s unique street-life. Tour incomparable Halong Bay, then take in the extraordinary caves and karsts of Phong NhaHue, city of pagodas and tombs, beckons next. Then push on to charming Hoi An, where you can rest up. Party in Nha Trang then continue south to idyllic Mui Ne Beach. Round things off Saigon-style in Vietnam’ s liveliest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City. Finish of in the

8. India (March)


From Dehli to Agra to visit the Taj Mhal and Fatehpur Sikri →  Mumbai (Bombay) → Goa  → Hampi →  Belur and Halebid → Train to Mangalore → Kochi → Alleppey → Thiruvananthapuram