This picture was taken the year before we moved to Bali. We were enjoying 5 nights at Club Med Bali and then we spent another week in a villa in Seminyak. What an awesome holiday! Great memories!
It was so surreal being on holidays in Bali knowing in the back of our minds that in a year’s time it would be our new home.
We were lucky enough to have an entire year to plan for this exciting gap year. Plus in August of that year, my husband did a 10-day trip by himself to check things out. He visited lots of schools, rental villas and checked out the expat communities in both Sanur and Canggu.
As the kids were quite young (Year 1 and Year 2) we decided not to tell them about our gap year away until 6 months before we left. Still plenty of time to process the big changes and talk lots about it. Once we told them they were very positive about the plan and even wrote cards of appreciation for giving them this opportunity!
I am amazed at how popular a gap or sabbatical year has become for families all around the world and rightly so because it is the best thing a family can do! Highly recommend it! Sure there will be highs and lows but what everyone gets out of it is something that will live with you forever and might even change your entire purpose on life like it did for us.