COU­PLE SELL UP TO TRAVEL WORLD WITH CHIL­DREN

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - AMY COLES Re­porter amy.coles01@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ACOUPLE have sold their home and given up suc­cess­ful ca­reers to travel the world with their chil­dren. An­drea and Ben Williams from Cardiff Bay are leav­ing the UK next week to start the trip of a life­time with their two boys Ethan, seven, and Alex, five.

So far they have man­aged to squeeze in trips to France, Italy, Spain, Bel­gium, Mex­ico and the Caribbean around com­mit­ments in Wales.

But now they have de­cided to sell up and use the money for a va­ri­ety of trips be­fore even­tu­ally re­set­tling in Aus­tralia.

An­drea, 36, said: “Peo­ple think we are mad.

“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?’

“But this is about find­ing time to be to­gether as a fam­ily and get­ting use of the years when they are young.

“It’s all about tim­ing. My hus­band was look­ing for a new chal­lenge and we wanted to move house any­way so we thought ‘Shall we give it a go?’

“This is the right time. If we want time as a fam­ily then we thought let’s give this a go.”

They’ve al­ready ticked off sev­eral trips across Europe, been to sev­eral mu­sic fes­ti­vals – in­clud­ing Glas­ton­bury – and been swim­ming with tur­tles and stingrays.

Now they’ve made the de­ci­sion to leave Wales be­hind al­to­gether as they head to Dubai, South Africa, Syd­ney and the Gold Coast be­fore set­tling Down Un­der.

An­drea, who was born in Africa, trav­elled a lot with her par­ents as a child.

The fam­ily moved back k to the UK when she was eight be­fore em­i­grat­ing to Aus­tralia in 1997.

She later moved back to Wales to start a fam­ily with Ben in Cardiff.

She said the cou­ple made a prom­ise to each other h to never have any re­grets and ul­ti­mately de­cided to com­mit to trav­el­ling the world as a way to spend more time with their chil­dren.

Ben was a sales di­rec­tor at GDS Group and was com­mut­ing two hours a day to work be­fore he de­cided to take a break for the big trip.

An­drea, who ad­vo­cated on be­half of fam­i­lies with deaf chil­dren in Wales, said: “Of course we are ner­vous. It’s a mas­sive de­ci­sion to make. It’s huge but so far we are all OK.

“The boys are older now and I want them to think about the world. 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 fam­ily will travel for the next few months be­fore their chil­dren start school in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary.

But An­drea said they won’t for­get where they come from.

“Wales will al­ways be in our hearts,” she said.

Ben, who is a Cardiff City fan, has pledged to go to ev­ery Wales rugby in­ter­na­tional game he can.

An­drea has set up a blog to share tips with par­ents want­ing to travel with kids.

Read it at www.face­book.com/ Lit­tle­foot­steps­bi­gad­ven­tures

An­drea An and Ben Williams from Cardiff Bay are leav­ing the th UK next week to start the trip of a life­time with their th two boys Ethan, seven, and Alex, five

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