Hi!  Welcome aboard!

You know those days when you wake up and decide you’ve had enough and want to leave your 9 to 5, buy hens and move rural France? We had one of them.  It was a bit scary.

It was seven years ago.  The hens slowly progressed to sheep, the sheep slowly progressed to a campervan. The campervan went and took off with us in it for a year to Morocco and Serbia and other places that we had not hitherto known the capital or currency of.

Along this unpredictable path I realised I was a little bit obsessed with languages and elephants, my husband learnt how to make mighty fine goats’ cheese, and our three children figured out how to become bilingual.  Our hens and sheep remain but our stick insects have died and been replaced by a kitten.

We set up this blog with the initial aim of letting friends and family know where we were, but it’s been great and rewarding and super interesting connecting with other wanderlusting or elephant-obsessed souls like yourself.  We have now found our way back to France and are working out what being “home” is all about.   And what comes next…..

Are you ……

moving abroad to live? or

wanting to take your brood out of school for a while to travel or you are interested in alternative schooling in general? or

feeling the urge to have an adventure, like squeezing your family into a small moveable box for a year with no known destination? or

interested in language teaching or learning ? or

a sucker for an easy recipe (husband is a baker)?

Or do you just fancy having an adventure from your sofa, because that way you can put on the kettle and make a nice cup of tea if it all goes tits up?

There is no underestimating a good cup of tea.

"The most dangerous risk if all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later"
“The best thing in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories you’ve made along the way.”


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The darker the colour, the more of you.  A big thank you to you all for reading.

We have met more interesting people in these past few years than would comfortably fit into a small country.  It’s been inspirational, it’s been fun, it’s been unforgettable.  Thank you.  We hope to connect with more of you this year.

Jen, Neil, Adam, Matt and Katie (combined age  133 so should know better) xxx

22 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello dear new friends !!! I’ve just received a failure notice from my mails to you… so i think that I have not the good address ! You can find our mail address on our blog : http://www.tant-a.org, thanks to send us a message to be able to keep in touch ! Was really a pleasure to meet you. Tout de bon à vous et à bientôt… en Tunisie !?

  2. Hi, what a lovely family you are! I just discovered your trip and would like to put your link on my website xpatxpert.com to show families like you it IS very possible to get of the beaten track. The lessons children take from travelling with you, they will never forget and will last forever. Good luck!! PS My website doesn’t get a whole lot of hits, I just started really making something of it, before it only had one page, I also use WordPress by the way. And how are you doing now, is everything ok? And WHERE are you now? All the best of luck, Karen (www.xpatxpert.com

  3. Hi, I’d be keen to write a story on your travels/life in the campervan. Can you send me an email so I can get back to you with my contact details to discuss? Your adventures sound very interesting.

    1. Cheers Jan, nice of you to comment :). Next time hopefully it won’t be such a flying visit home to Scotland and we can maybe catch up – for a bit longer than last time x

    1. Hi Sarah. Good luck! The blog might give you 8 years worth of mistakes to avoid (although didn’t start blogging for years)!! It’s been a wonderful, not always easy but always memorable, experience. 🙂

    1. Hi Ali! You put us to shame, with English your FOURTH language! Thanmirt. The desert trip you took us on was BRILLIANT, a really special memory. Katie especially still talks about you a lot and she has the rug you gave her in her bedroom. Best wishes :). One day we might get back to see you.

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