Hi LTA Club –We’re ‘twoplustwocrew‘ simply a family of four who love travelling. Sam (British)
and Andrew (Kiribati) are the parents of two lively kids Oscar (14) and Tabitha (11) We met in
Auckland, New Zealand in 1998! Yes we are middle aged.
Maybe one of the advantages of being older youtubers is that we show how you can still travel
extensively while being self employed, with a mortgage, one teenager and a preteen in the
traditional schooling system! (unless the lure of global schooling gets us in the end!) Travel is our
thing, but with kids at school it takes careful planning and budgeting to make the most of weekends
and every school holiday. We love mixing it up from camping, airbnb to 5 star hotels. We try and do
it without breaking the bank or missing (too many) school days. I’m becoming an expert on tracking
down flights and accommodation although a month of wilderness camping in Norway was free!
I was lucky to have a career that involved lots of travel and was nervous when we decided to have a
family that children would curtail this. Andrew and I planned and plotted to make sure our
adventures continued. We commuted between New Zealand and the UK for 12 years. Oscar flew
long distance at 6 months and Tabitha went camping around the Coromandel Peninsular, NZ at 3
months. Breastfeeding was perfect for road trips and long plane journeys! The positive outcome is
that the kids find any journey less than 24 hours no bother at all!
Most young kiwis go on an ‘OE’ (overseas experience) as a rite of passage before settling down to
family and work life but we’re hoping to continue our ‘OE’ until our twilight years.
We’ve always recorded family videos and still have boxes of VHS and Hi8 tapes (kids google it!)
gathering dust in the loft. We decided to join youtube as a family as social media has such a
massive impact on children growing up today which simply didn’t factor in our own upbringings…
as the internet wasn’t even invented! I was one of the first freelancers in London to own a mobile
phone which looked and weighed like a brick but enabled me to be contactable 24/7 which was
ground breaking back then, when my competitors only had pagers (kids google that again!) and I’m
sure you can all relate to having taken business calls in the bathroom! But with the arrival of the
internet it opened a whole raft of possibilities for me as I was able to work anywhere in the world
and my clients were none the wiser!
We are lucky the kids love vlogging and it gives them the unique opportunity to express their
opinions without interference from us. They are the next generation who barely watch ‘good olde
television’. Oscar is quite frankly our technical advisor and Tabitha keeps us updated on current
vocabulary, so ‘swag’ is now part of my conversation. It’s great as they can keep us in line with the
ever changing social media etiquette! On our channel I try to be positive but honest because it’s not
realistic to expect everything to go right all the time! Missing our train connection in Paris last year
lengthened an already long day and ended up with Tabitha being sick all night in our Marseille
airbnb. We are not a perfect family but we have decided not to upload situations that would
embarrass our children as once its on the internet its there forever and no one feels like vlogging
when they’re in a bad mood! We talked long and hard together as a family before deciding to upload
our life. We felt safer joining this rapidly evolving community as a family unit so we can address
questions and situations that arise together. We’re probably a lot looser than many parents
encouraging them to make fires, jump from cliffs, cook by themselves, swim & surf but we really
we just want to teach our kids how to have fun.
We like to create traditions with our children that we can carry on with when they have their own
families. A country we have all bonded with is Norway and we hope to have family reunions there
regularly in the future. New Zealand and the UK will always be our dual HQ’s but we are
considering living overseas again. We like to base ourselves somewhere new for an extended period
of time so you can really relax and explore. You often don’t know how you will feel about a
destination or culture until you spend a bit of time there and its important not to have preconceived
ideas about a place as we’ve learnt our opinions often change after a visit.
Our needs as parents can vary from solo travellers and our safety boundaries have changed since
having a family. Places and situations I would not hesitate to enter with just Andrew by my side
may not be practical with children. Don’t get me wrong we like to think outside the square and
‘push the envelope’ but we do have boundaries now we have dependants. The main brief is that the
children can have freedom in safety.
It has enabled our overseas family and friends to be involved with our lives in a way that skype and
emails cannot. Most of our friends are blissfully unaware we are putting our life on the internet as
our peers simply don’t watch youtube. One of the only downsides for us is that we haven’t met
another youtuber yet? Its a fantastic way of documenting our memories while the kids grow up. We
laughed together on receiving our first ‘hate’ as we thought maybe this means we’ve made it!
Ultimately we find travelling the best educational experience a child and adult can get. It stretches
your mind and challenges you to utilise your most valuable commodity in life – not money but time
Follow our journey!
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