How this workaway family is taking a gap year travelling the world
It’s been over 2 months already since the Durand family – Guillaume, Gaëlle and their 3 kids, Yohan , 8, Chloé, 4 and Eléonore, 1 – left their farm in the Ariège in southern France.
After Latvia, Turkey and Jordan, their next destination is… Sri Lanka! And their travels won’t stop there as they plan to do a lot more Workaways during a whole year away. They plan to go around Asia, stopping in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, China and Japan.
What drove this apparently sane family to set off to the other side of the world with 3 young children? We were intrigued. We had questions. And they were kind enough to answer them.
During the 12 month-long preparation of our journey we followed a geographical logic. To choose our farms we mainly trusted our feelings regarding the listing and the email communication we had with potential hosts. The farm’s location and their uniqueness were also important to us.
Before you leave, it’s important to have real honest exchanges with the hosts by e-mail so that you are as sure as can be that you’ll get along fine once there. It’s also important to take the children into account to choose the right hosts for them too.
Personally, we preferred hosts in not so remote locations.
Last piece of advice : volunteering is better than being a tourist.
But this is our experience. Every family is different.
As the saying goes, “You reap what you sow.” And with such an uplifting attitude the odds are pretty good their future farm will fulfil this family’s dreams.
Follow their beautiful blog (written in French) or their Facebook.