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Couple quit their jobs to take their children to travel the world in eight months

Couple quit their jobs to take their children to travel the world in eight months

A young couple who quit their jobs and pulled their two children out of school to travel the world have been met with a barrage of criticism for their decision.

Kylie Gibbon, 45, and Mike Gibbon, 43, from Auckland in New Zealand, faced some backlash for taking their children out of school for eight months in 2016 – although their teachers admitted they’d learn more from seeing the world firsthand.

In spite of some negativity, the couple enjoyed the experience so much that after a few years back home, they jetted off around the globe once more in January. 

Kylie Gibbon, 45, (pictured centre left) and Mike Gibbon, 43, (pictured right) from Auckland in New Zealand have faced backlash for taking their children (Sophie pictured centre right, Jack pictured left)  out of school

Prior to having children, the adventurous couple spent a lot of time travelling through Europe, South America and Africa, but their corporate jobs were a priority.

 

When the couple had their children, nine-year-old Sophie and seven-year-old Jack, they knew they wanted to travel as a family.

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In 2015, when both Kylie and Mike’s high-pressured jobs left them feeling burnt-out, they began discussing a change of lifestyle.

One year later, the couple quit their jobs and rented out their house before trekking across Asia and Europe.

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When the couple had their children, nine-year-old Sophie (pictured right) and seven-year-old Jack (pictured left), they knew they wanted to travel as a family

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In 2016, the couple quit their jobs and rented out their house before trekking across Asia and Europe with their children  (Pictured: Jack right, Sophie centre, Kylie left) 

‘We spent about six months planning the trip before we left.

Researching and deciding where to go, booking flights and accommodation, then packing up our lives and putting things into storage and selling our car,’ Kylie said.

Kylie and Mike have now travelled to an impressive 57 countries, while their children have already ticked off 35 countries.

Kylie and Mike believe they made the right decision, and both their worldwide trips have allowed them to spend much more quality time with their children.

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Mike and Kylie have now travelled to an impressive 57 countries, while their children (pictured) have already ticked off 35 countries 

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Kylie and Mike enjoyed their first worldwide trip so much, that in January 2019 they set off on another global adventure (Pictured: Jack left, Sophie right)

‘Before we left, we worked a lot and sometimes would only see the kids for an hour a day if we were lucky.

Now, we get to spend so much quality time with them,’ Kylie said.

‘We have the most incredible experiences and we’re building fantastic family memories and hopefully building a close lifelong bond.

 

‘The kids get to see their parents much less stressed and constantly rushing like we were at home,’ she said.

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The couple (pictured) said that their worldwide trips have allowed them to spend a lot more quality time with their children (pictured

Although Kylie does admit not everyone sees the benefits of travelling and home-schooling.

‘On the whole, most people are very positive, but you can tell they think we’re crazy to travel.

 

‘Many people say it’s something they’d love to do one day, or they wish they’d done it when their kids were younger,’ she said.

‘We’re grateful for how positive and supportive the kids’ school has been too, commenting they will learn so much from these experiences.

‘The negative reactions we get are generally around what the kids are perceived to be missing out from being in conventional school, and how will they be able to socialise out of school. To combat this, we meet up with other travelling families and locals,’ she said.

Kylie said giving her children the chance to explore so much of the world at such a young age will help them develop into well-rounded, global citizens with more of an understanding of the world they live in.

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During their adventures the couple have home-schooled their children(Pictured: Sophie, centre, Jack left, Mike right)  but noted they were grateful for how positive and supportive the childrens’ school has been

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Kylie (pictured left) said giving her children (Sophie pictured centre left, Jack pictured right) the chance to explore so much of the world at such a young age has also helped them to develop into well-rounded, global citizens with more of an understanding of the world they live in 

The couple home-school their children while travelling for four hours per day, five days a week.

‘We home-school the kids using an online curriculum that has all their lessons and age-appropriate reading, writing, spelling and maths. We supplement this with online apps that they were using at school anyway.

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She also said that spending time exploring different cultures has educated their children (both pictured) in many ways

‘They also write a journal with what they have seen and done.

Science, geography, history and art are taken care of by what we see on our travels,’ she said.

She also said spending time exploring different cultures has not only given their children a unique first-hand education, but has also encouraged them to follow their dreams.

‘Spending time among different cultures is an absolute prejudice killer, because of where they’ve visited, people are just people, and they get to see the world without being clouded by preconceptions or anecdotal viewpoints of different ethnicities and religions,’ Kylie said.

‘We also like to think we’re teaching them to follow their dreams, and that there is more to life than making money and being on the corporate treadmill.

We can see them developing into global citizens and they’re like sponges soaking up all the different places we visit,’ she added.

And while the family are having the time of their life, they’ve made sure to try and keep the cost down – sticking to a budget of about $90 a day.

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And while the family (all four pictured) are having the time of their life, they’ve made sure to try and keep the cost down – sticking to a budget of about $90 a day 

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The couple said they haven’t regretted a second of their travels and the experience has brought them much closer together as a family (Pictured: Jack left, Sophie right) 

‘What many people don’t realise is that you can spend less money living on the road than you do at home. 

New Zealand is becoming an incredibly expensive place to live, and we’re spending a fraction of what we would spend at home on accommodation, food and transport.

‘We live reasonably frugally and self-cater a lot. Although in Asia it’s often cheaper to eat out, and selectively choose what activities we do,’ she said.

‘We always check a destination is deemed safe to travel to on our government’s safe travel website. A big consideration is how budget-friendly a place is, which is why we like Asia so much.

Next, we look at the weather to make sure it’s not hurricane season or too hot or cold when we are planning to visit,’ Kylie explained.

The mother-of-two said the decision to pack up and travel again this year was a no-brainer.

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Kylie and Mike(pictured alongside their children) their travels on Instagram to encourage others to take the leap and travel

‘We decided to set out again and we left New Zealand in January 2019,’ Kylie said.

‘Making the decision to travel with your kids and taking the initial leap is the hardest part. 

‘There’s no right or wrong age to do it as every age and stage has its own positives and challenges.

‘We haven’t regretted it for a second and it’s brought us so much closer together as a family

‘Also, bad things happen in the world, but don’t let fear stop you from travelling,’ she concluded.

Kylie and Mike their travels on Instagram @ouroverseasadventures. 

 

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