Parents Sell All Possessions And Take Kids Out Of School To Travel The World

January 8, 2018
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These parents have pulled their kids out of the UK schooling system in order to teach them what they can’t learn in a classroom.

Chris and Donna Jackson, form Hertfordshire found themselves stuck in the cycle of being very unhappy in the present whilst they were dreaming of a brighter future.

The couple then decided to break the cycle, sell everything they own, and take their two kids Ellie, eight, and six-year-old Miley, on a trip around the world on a shoestring.

The school of life, as they call it….

But, arguably what the kids will learn will be more important than any algebra lesson.

The couple, who have 2 daughters, realised they were not spending enough time with each other or their kids due to their demanding jobs.

Chris, 35, is a former paramedic for the London Ambulance Service and said his girls learned more on their trip than they ever would have in school.

The family set off in July last year, and since then have visited 5 countries, sharing their experiences to more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

In Costa Rica, they were treated to the sight of active volcanoes, and Chris told Mirror Online:

How much can you learn about volcanoes in a classroom, compared to when you can see one right in front of you?

It’s the experience of a lifetime.Chris explained that his ‘wife was studying to be a paediatric nurse, and we never saw each other, and never spent time with the kids, so we thought ‘let’s go on the road”.


Donna, 34, said:

People tend to take things for granted and reach old age talking about the things they should have been doing, rather than the things they were doing.

It’s such a material world, people are giving their kids iPads, which they stare at for hours, but we’re teaching them the things that we want them to know.Apparently, the girls’ school is very on board and the headteacher actually often likes and comments on the family’s posts.

Chris, who often posts videos on the family’s JellyBeanTV Youtube channel, said:

People always keep saying to me that they really want to travel, it sounds amazing, but I’m scared.

I’d say don’t wait – there is no good time to do it, there’s no right moment in life, the only person to affect change is you.

They’ve not been living lavishly on their travels, they’ve been staying in hotels in exchange for exposure on social media.

The family have travelled all around the US, visiting Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Utah, Florida, Philadelphia and New York.


In October they visited Costa Rica for two weeks as well as on a cruise in the Bahamas.

The family are currently in Canada, and Donna said:

It’s been great, it’s been very stressful as any travel is, but it’s been amazing.

It’s great to show the girls the world and teach them things that we want them to learn.

The family had planned to visit the Virgin Islands but they were halted by Hurricane Irma. When they returned back to the US, Chris was detained by border control who couldn’t understand what the family was doing.


Chris said:

They were asking what we were doing, they said no one with kids moves around this much.

The family will return to the UK next month, but that’s not the end of their journey. They will again set off on a second adventure for a year to see Vietnam, Cambodia and China in June.

Would you consider leaving it all and travel the world?

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