A couple from Cardiff have given up their successful careers and sold their home to travel around the world with their two young sons.
Andrea and Ben Williams plan to travel around the world with their sons, Ethan, seven, and Alex, five, for the next few months before eventually resettling in Australia.
The family have already explored Spain, France, Belgium, Mexico and the Caribbean, and will next week jet off from the UK once more.
Andrea and Ben Williams (pictured together left), of Cardiff, Wales, plan to travel around the world with sons Ethan, seven, and Alex, five (pictured together right), for the next few months before eventually resettling in Australia next year.
After several months of traveling, the family plans on on settling in Australia, so the young boys can start school there in January. Pictured above, Ethan and Alex on another trip
The idea began at the start of the year when the family put together a bucket list of things they’ve always wanted to do.
Earlier this year, the family went to several music festivals, including Glastonbury, and went swimming with turtles and stingrays.
After leaving Wales next week, the family will first head to Dubai, then South Africa before heading to Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia.
They plan on settling in Australia, so the young boys can start school there in January.
‘People think we are mad,’ 36-year-old Andrea, from Cardiff Bay, said. ‘Friends have said “but you have a lovely life, lovely friends and family, you’re doing really well, have good jobs, a lovely place to live – why would you want to move?”
After leaving Wales next week, the family will first head to Dubai, then South Africa before heading to Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia. Pictured above Ben Williams with one of their young sons
‘But this is about finding time to be together as a family and getting use of the years when they are young.’
She said her husband was looking for a ‘new challenge’, and the family wanted to ‘move house anyway’, so they decided now was the ‘right time’ to head for Australia.
Andrea, an advocate for families with deaf children in Wales, has always had the travel bug – she was born in Africa and travelled plenty with her parents while growing up.
She moved to the UK when she was eight, and headed to Australia in 1997 when she was a teenager.
Andrea and her husband later moved to Cardiff, Wales, to start a family.
Andrea (pictured center with one of her son), an advocate for families with deaf children in Wales, has always had the travel bug – she was born in Africa and travelled plenty with her parents while growing up
But now they’ve decided to head off again, as Ben announced he was taking a break from his top-salary job as a sales director at GDS Group.
Andrea said that the family is nervous, she’s looking forward to giving her sons a chance to see the world.
‘The boys are older now and I want them to think about the world,’ she told Wales Online. ‘I travelled a lot when I was a kid and it didn’t do me any harm. When you have kids everything in your life is routine and we are breaking that routine.
‘You never know what is going to happen but it’s about taking the opportunity and make sure you have no regrets.’
The mother-of-two has set up a blog to follow the family’s travels, called Little Footsteps Big Adventures.