8 Miles From Home. Not 80, Not 800.

But just 8 miles from our home in England, our car broke down and left us stranded. We talked a lot, and decided it was time to get a dog, move abroad, change our jobs and make movies about it… Read the whole story!

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  • Our last day of freedom... When we took this photo, we had no idea that 24 hours later the whole world was going to begin shutting down piece by piece.Tourism seemed to be in full swing, boats floated into the horizon and planes drifted across the blue skies.
We took a private tour to a beautiful island and spent an incredible afternoon enjoying what the Philippines had to offer.Story bathed in the warmest sea water, laughing at the spotted starfish and running across the sandbar kicking up a salty spray in her wake.We ate simple food underneath coconut trees and watched the amber glow of sunset begin slicing its way through the leaves, painting perfect patterns over the grass.Thinking back it was almost a perfect day, one we won’t easily forget. We captured its highlights in this photo, and in hundreds of carefully shot video clips ready to stitch together into a beautiful family movie... And then came the lockdown.
The cancelled flights, the army checkpoints and Virus information billboards. The restaurant closures and suspension of all tourism.
The Siargao Lockdown.So we put all the beautiful memories behind us for now and started a daily vlog to document our day to day experience being stranded in Siargao. To keep our family and friends reassured that we are in a safe place and coping well with all the huge changes.When the world stabilizes a little more, we will put together our most precious moments of travel in this amazing country with our family. We are excited to create and share them with the world.For now you can see some snippets of those moments on our Philippines Highlight tab on my profile on Instagram.We hope everyone is taking care of themselves and those around them during these crazy and unpredictable times. Let’s make the world a safe place to travel again.#strandedinsiargao #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome #kawhagansandbar #kawhaganisland #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travelwithkids #philippines #islandlife #delcarmen #motherdaughter #3yearsold #storyember #beachgirls #sandbar #lockdownphilippines
  • In deep thought, we’ve all been feeling a little lost.Who could’ve predicted that when we were planning our huge trip around Asia, we would end up stranded here and unable to return to our home in Portugal.When the airlines began cancelling our return flights, part of me felt a strange tingle of excitement. I thought maybe the universe was telling us that we were where we were supposed to be right now.Then my thoughts shifted to our dog Eden who is thousands of miles away in England. When am I going to see her again? And the sadness struck hard.It has been a roller coaster of emotions. One huge positive is that we’ve gotten stuck in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but we did not budget for this and it’s only a matter of time before our finances will start to feel the strain too. I’m trying not to think about it too much.I wanted to let you all know that our little family is currently safe on a fairly remote island in the Philippines.There is very little talk of the virus here and no evidence of panic buying or hoarding. The islanders are mostly surfers and seem to enjoy nothing more than the sun and the waves and that has given us a very calming and reassuring presence.We are ok here, making the most of where we are right now, cracking on with our work and loosely planning what our next steps should be.A huge thank you to everyone messaging us out of concern for our well being. It feels nice to know so many people care all over the world.Stay safe and make smart decisions everyone. This will pass in time. .
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  • I’m not sure I can think of any words to describe how beautiful this part of the world is.
J and I have shared countless thoughtful moments looking over our favourite tea plantation in Maesalong north Thailand.
Now returning to this landscape with our daughter in the old Ford Escort, we discovered it was even better than before.
Our friend Yee has done a fantastic job of bringing a campsite tea tasting experience right onto the plantation, in our opinion it’s the best viewpoint in the whole of the north and to wake up each morning from your tent to that sight is an experience you’d find hard to forget.We made a beautiful video of our time here at Wang Put Tan Tea on YouTube.Most BEAUTIFUL Campsite In THAILAND - Doi Mae Salong https://youtu.be/lraLtWnuojI .#wangputtanteaplantation #bestview #amazingthailand #teaplantation #thailand #maesalong #fordescortmk1 #norththailand #beautifulcampsites #teaterrace #familytravel #familytravels #familyvloggers #familyvlog #travelwithkids #camping
  • Traveling around North Thailand in the ‘Crazy Car’ was definitely a highlight for Story, we always knew she was a good traveler, especially in the car from all the road trips she has been on since she was born (& as a bump!) but this Asian adventure has absolutely surpassed all other road trips & Story has shown us she is a born voyager, there have been no complaints or moans so far, as long as she has her soft travel companions she is a happy little globetrotter 💕#travelwithkids #travelthailand #3yearsold #roadtripwithkids #chiangrai #youtubefamily #fordescortmk1 #fordescort #mk1escort #thewandering8 #storyember #classicfordthailand #8milesfromhome
  • We called this trip to Asia ‘The Nostalgia Tour’ because we knew so many memories would present themselves along the way.Chiang Rai in the far North of Thailand will always feel like a home to us, so getting the chance to return there with family in the old classic car we used to own has made it difficult to hold back the tears at times.On this day we went to visit Doi Chang, where they grow coffee beans for Thailand’s main coffee brand, and also near to where we used to live on the old banana farm.We ate local food with a view to die for and Story showed a new love for Chinese tea. Drinking cup after cup with her Phwah Phwah.We took hundreds of photos and so many videos too it was difficult to choose our favourite moments to share. But Story swinging over the mountains of Doi Chang at 3 years old will be a sight we’ll never forget.We also got to visit the Giraffe and Zebra at Singha park which made story laugh and smile with utter glee, and after we all agreed it would be a dream to see those same animals in the wild one day in the future.Swipe across to see all 10 photos, and of you haven’t had a chance to watch the dreamy video we made from this day you can find it on our a YouTube channel here
Has Thailand Changed Too Much? ... Or Is It Just Us? https://youtu.be/aOwVEgwDLsc#thailand #travelwithkids #worldschooling #doichang #thewandering8 #doichangview #thebc2 @the.bc2 #chiangrai #norththailand #3yearsold #storyember #youtubefamily #familytravelvlog
  • ‘SHES A SCREAMER’ Is what J shouted out with the widest smile I’ve seen for a long time. 😂Referring of course to the 1972 Ford Escort that had it’s heart transplanted with the noisiest, highest revving engine we’ve ever driven!Yes, this is the same old banger we used to drive in Thailand years ago. Transformed into a wild animal and loaned back to us by our friend @jonny_small to drive around Thailand on our nostalgia tour. How amazing is that!Did you see the grand reveal on YouTube yet? It took many all nighters to edit but it was worth it.
It’s not just a car video, it’s full of beautiful moments from our travels with Badru (J’s late father), amazing scenery, and of course Story’s hilarious reactions to her first test drive in the old Escort.Search YouTube for ‘Don’t be scared of Thailand’ and see what happened when we put our foot down 😳😬 #fordescortmk1 #classicfordthailand #mk1escort #thailandtravel #paithailand #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome #familyvloggers #roadtrip #thailand
  • J’s face says it all, his dream of driving our old restored car through North Thailand came true & there’s a video coming very shortly where you can see just how happy he was!
We shot it mostly in the hills of North Thailand in one of our favourite towns. There’s something about Pai that really captures us each time we are there & leaving that little hippy haven feels like being in love with something you just can’t have. Our minds are already thinking about when we can go back next!
Phwah Phwah got to showcase her lovely ‘new’ charity shop dress that she picked up from @freebirdcafe and  looked right at home flowing from cafe to cafe enjoying the warm sun.We have so much to share from this trip & one item I am happy to have with us is the little hip seat we got for Story. I was unsure if it would be any good or if she’d be too big for it, but it’s been such a help! Totally takes the weight off my arms & back & there’s some ‘breathing space’ between us! Bought it in Thailand for about £8 & it was the best parenting investment ever 🤩 Swipe across to see all the picsGo subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t already! Just search for 8milesfromhome
#happyinthailand #paimaehongson #paithailand #fordescortmk1 #youtubefamily #travelwithkids #travelthailand #8milesfromhome #thewandering8
  • Our hideaway during our last week in Thailand, from the air you really get to see this idyllic spot we called home while staying at @hansarpranburi Swimming in the pool, sea kayaking & enjoying the peaceful surroundings meant we could really relax & connect with nature. From a birds eye view it really does look rather special, nestled into the edge of the land. Swipe across to see how the drone captured our first time sea kayaking!
#hansarpranburi #droneshots #fromtheair #luxuryhotel #pranburi #samroiyot #thailandtravel #thailandluxe #kayaking #beachlife #djimavicpro #dronephotography #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome
  • Throwing it back to a week ago when I got to spend my birthday at @hansarpranburi
From opening gifts in the morning light, to kayaking & taking in the true beauty of the surroundings, even just from the balcony. A real peaceful hideaway.
True Story, J & I actually found this area on our last visit before we left Thailand & felt sad that we hadn’t discovered it sooner. When we found the hotel we didn’t realise until we were back there that it was in the exact same spot we had felt sad to leave, almost 5 years previously. It wasn’t a hotel back then so we didn’t recognise it.  I am telling this as a cue to never say never. Life has a way of surprising us & I felt like our time here was meant to be in some way.
Thanks @hansarpranburi for an amazing stay in paradise 🌴
#hansarpranburi #hansarhotels #luxuryhotelthailand #hideawayhotel #samroiyot #pranburi #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome #storyember #travelwithkids
  • Every person who laid eyes on this view said, ‘this is my dream house’ I’d love to live here!
We stayed at @hansarpranburi for my Birthday week and there were some days when we had the resort all to ourselves.
The infinity pool and the sea were both warm and we had fantastic weather.
For me, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience.
Interestingly the whole resort was actually someone’s house in the past! So whoever sold it must’ve been crazy 😜 or knows something we don’t 😂#thailand #thailuxury #pranburi #dreamhouse #infinitypool #houseonthebeach #8milesfromhome #luxuryhotelsworld #instathailand #secrethotels #hotelthailand #hansarpranburi #hansar #hansarhotel

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