Twippers of the Week: Alyson Long and family from the World Travel Family.
Current city: We no longer have a fixed home, but London and Port Douglas Australia are our main bases.
Age: I’m 49, my husband 39, and the children are 12 and 10.
Total countries visited: Over 50. I’d have to write them all down to count!
What makes you interesting: We’ve been traveling full time with the children for the last three years. This year we took them to Everest, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Greece, London and Romania. It’s all about their education and these days, they tell us where they want to go!
What’s one thing you have no problem breaking the bank for when traveling: We never break the bank. We’re smart with our money and finding great deals, but I always say, don’t scrimp! Spend as much as you need to fully enjoy your trip. We will spend more on expensive admissions, good food or a few drinks. Things we don’t really care about, like accommodation, we save money on.
What is the best part about having travel partners: I’ve got my three best friends with me all the time. It’s great when we meet up with other families for the kids or when I find a kindred spirit to chat to.
How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: It hasn’t changed me, I’ve always been the same, fascinated by the world and cultures and ready to try anything. I’ve been traveling all my life, but the last three years are just a little more unusual. Travel certainly helps to narrow down what a person really wants out of life.
Where and when were you the most culture shocked: I’ve only experienced culture shock as an expat in Australia. As a tourist or traveler we don’t feel it. It’s only when you settle and try to fit in that you notice the deep differences.
What is your most favorite travel memory: Standing at Tengboche Monastery, Nepal, looking at Mount Everest on a cloudless day with my 11 year old son. It was magic. We both felt we could take on anything after nailing that climb. That was just few months ago, but I have many other “favorites.”
What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: Public bus or train. I like to meet locals and fellow travelers, and public transport throws everyone together for a while. I’m over budget airlines these days though, I miss the days of full-service carriers.
Next travel destination: Not sure right now, possibly London, Africa or USA and Central America.