Family Sabbatical

As a family we set an intention to have a break from our version of ‘normal’ and take the kids on a life-expanding experience that will set them on a road to look at the world differently. This family sabbatical, our Grand Adventure, may open up different avenues for them and perhaps affect their future choices as global citizens.


Where to see wildlife in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica wildlife is front and centre of every experience. If you don’t want to leave extraordinary animal encounters to chance read our top tips of where to see wildlife in Costa Rica.

Family Sabbatical: Volunteering with kids in Costa Rica (Reserva Playa Tortuga)

a washed-up shoe, a Croc, aloft. We were joining the monthly beach clean on Playa Tortuga in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. The beach sits between two river estuaries, perfect crocodile conditions. A part of me was relieved he’d merely picked up a discarded, plastic shoe; but there was a small part of me that was disappointed not to see one of these majestic reptiles. This is what volunteering with kids in Costa Rica looks like.

Family Sabbatical: discovering Uvita with kids

We spent the first week or so of our family sabbatical discovering some of the best things to do in Uvita with kids. Uvita sits on Costa Rica’s Costa Ballena (whale coast). It is known for the spit of land jutting out from the beach which looks like a whale’s tail, as well as forContinue reading “Family Sabbatical: discovering Uvita with kids”

A Family Sabbatical Planning Diary

As a family we set an intention to take the kids on a life-expanding experience. This journey may open up different avenues for them and perhaps affect their future choices as global citizens. You can read our planning story here, including early route ideas. You’ll see the contrast of the building excitement to dealing with the setbacks we faced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As we ready ourselves to leave on 7 April 2021 we hope you’ll join us on our journey and follow along.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Life in Latin America

In Spring 2020 the world shrank as a new coronavirus, Covid-19, made its insidious march across the world. Flights were grounded and borders shut down. In England, from Monday 23 March when our lockdown began, our horizons only stretched as far as where we could walk, run or cycle during our daily exercise. Global neighboursContinue reading “Coronavirus Pandemic: Life in Latin America”

A Family Interrail Guide

Is it feasible to go on a multi-centre European family holiday by train? Absolutely! Here’s a brief guide for anyone considering taking their family interrailing.

A Grand Adventure Plan

The Pan-American Highway. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime road trips on many people’s bucket lists. For us it was the spark of the idea for our Grand Adventure.

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