Financing a family gap year: managing your daily budget

In this blog, I'll explain in detail what our daily budget looks like, how we've allocated amounts to different categories like transport, accommodation and eating out; and how we ensure that we record all that is spent. I'll also cover how we are tracking against our budget across the categories, how our spend compares across the countries that we've travelled in and what we would do differently next time. Interested? Read on!

Phong Nha-Ke Bang: Vietnam’s best kept secret and why it should be on your family’s itinerary

Where else in the world can you explore some of the world's most spectacular caves; kill your own chicken and then eat it and get a duck pedicure, all in one day? I'll forgive you if you've never heard of Vietnam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Neither had I until very recently. Having spent five incredible days there with my family, it is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking and exciting adventure destinations yet to be discovered by the rest of the world. Find out why it should be on your Vietnam itinerary.

Financing a family gap year: Setting a budget

So, what's the secret? How is it that so many families have discovered the silver bullet and are travelling long-term. With a little bit of planning and quite a lot of good luck, our plans took shape very quickly. We are living off a budget of £95 per day for the three months that we are in SE Asia and £58 a day for the three months travelling in New Zealand. Here's how we did it.

Bali volcano: What you need to know

Last week, the Indonesian authorities announced the highest possible alert warning for a volcano. But what does this mean for the tens of thousands of travellers planning to visit the island? What about those people that are already here? Find out all you need to know about a potential eruption here.