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Woking family to "sell everything" to travel the world with toddlers

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Woking family to "sell everything" to travel the world with toddlers

Published by Josh Kerr at 5:21pm 11th February 2019. (Updated at 9:12am 12th February 2019)

On 6 June one Woking family will embark on the voyage of a lifetime as they begin a whole year travelling the world.

Husband and wife Paul and Katie have spent the last four years living in the town, where they settled down to raise their two children.

However, after becoming sick of the daily grind and feeling they are missing out on quality time with their three-year-old girl Amber and one-year-old boy William, they have chosen to sell everything and go globetrotting instead.

The house, the furniture, any clothes not needed for the trip and even some of the kids' toys are being sold to pay for it.

On why they're giving everything up mum Katie said:

"We just don't feel like we're getting the family time while the children are young that we want to have.

"I spend my days doing the same sort of things with them, same routines, Paul goes out at seven o'clock in the morning, gets back at half-past-six at night and sees them for half an hour chunks each end of the day.

"We just thought either we do it now, or we wait until they're 18 and they might not necessarily want to do it with us at that stage, so we're dragging them round the world now."

She said the majority of people have been "really excited and really supportive" when they revealed their plan, even if they thought they were crazy.

Paul, Amber, William and Katie

Although their plan is just to travel for a year, seeing them back in time for Amber to start school in September 2020, Katie said "never say never" about changing their minds to travel longer or even end up staying somewhere they visit.

Katie added the trip isn't without its concerns:

"There's more excitement than worry, but I'm worried about them being contained on a plane for that amount of time, I'm worried about sleep because sleeping at home can be a challenge sometimes.

"So taking them out of their normal routine and lots of different places to stay and stuff like that I think will be difficult.

"I've spoken to loads of people who've told me that actually children tend to be more adaptable than adults in these situations."

Not all of the trip will be planned before they leave, but it will begin in Boston, before heading west with New Zealand and possibly Sri Lanka also on the cards.

You can find out more about their adventure and follow the family's progress here.

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