Meet the Portuguese household who bought the whole lot to tour Southeast Asia with their two kids – VOU SAIR

In September 2022, a Portuguese household determined to promote their home and automotive and embark on a journey throughout the Asian continent with no return date to Portugal. In 4 months, Jalmo and Filipa and their two kids – Andre, 5 years previous and Daniel, virtually 2 years previous – have already visited Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

40-year-old Jalmo and 38-year-old Filipa have been collectively for over 20 years. In 2022, they left their consolation zone and determined to embark on an journey that took them to the opposite aspect of the world. They bought their home and automotive and purchased one-way tickets to Bali, Indonesia, the vacation spot the place they selected to spend their honeymoon greater than 10 years in the past.

Once they packed their luggage and left for the opposite aspect of the globe, they did not know if they’d solely go to Indonesia or make a route via varied international locations in Southeast Asia. 4 months later, they’ve already visited three international locations: Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

“Portugal has at all times been a small place for us. Though we’re captivated with our nation and can at all times return there. For the avoidance of doubt, we take into account Portugal the perfect place to stay on this planet“, says the couple, who’ve already lived overseas for 5 years and imagine that this expertise was “very wealthy” and helped them “to be higher individuals”.

They selected Asia as a result of it is an space of ​​the globe they “love” and the place they “actually need to return.” “Andre, our eldest son, who had not but began obligatory training and was mature sufficient to undertake such a journey, additionally weighed in on this resolution,” they clarify.

They deliberate the primary month of the journey whereas nonetheless in Portuguese territory. “We could not danger arriving with two babies and no construction,” they stress. For the primary week in Bali, they’re staying in a 5-star resort, and for the following three weeks in a home rented via Airbnb.

After the primary month of journey through which they tried to have some stability, the household has chosen the next locations based on journey tastes, a few week upfront. “We go to Google Maps and see what’s distant, what seems impossible to go there, and see how we are able to get there. If the journey is clean and we now have security situations, then we guide and go,” they are saying.

One thing that additionally modified drastically on this couple’s life was the workplace. Jalmo and Filipa stored their jobs and have been working remotely because the begin of the journey. For Philippa, who’s a homeopath and consults solely on-line, adapting to distant work is “going fairly nicely”. Philippa says that the consultations are growing and that the agenda is beginning to get fairly full. “It is typically a problem to be in very distant places with little or no web and be capable to meet commitments, but it surely’s been an incredible success.”

As for Jalmo, who’s an entrepreneur, on-line tasks “go slightly slower due to the space. Nonetheless, there are lots of different tasks arising and there may be at all times one thing to do on daily basis.”

Though they by no means considered giving up and returning to Portugal, Filipa and Jalmo admit that typically, they miss the “consolation” and the house that they had in Portugal. “Since we now not have a house, it is simpler to assume that we now have nowhere to return to, and that helps us transfer ahead.” The boys miss their family and friends, it is regular, however we do not really feel unhappy for them and so they need to come again.”


Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

Jalmo and Philippa notice that though all of the international locations they visited have been in Southeast Asia, geography, inhabitants and cultural choices differ in all international locations. “We beloved Thailand, due to the meals, due to the seashores with emerald inexperienced water, due to the individuals, due to a number of the locations we visited,” they are saying, however level out that Thailand is now not the identical nation they visited greater than 10 years in the past and tourism on some locations can now not be seen nicely. “The tempo of some locations is already fairly quick, and that takes away from the authenticity of anywhere, which we like.”


“Indonesia is spectacular for its nature, for nonetheless being rural, for nonetheless having an sincere smile and a want to assist individuals,” they are saying, noting that Malaysia, among the many three international locations visited, was the one they preferred the least. “We have been to spectacular locations, however individuals there do not care about vacationers anymore, we’re a nuisance and that makes stunning locations now not stunning. We will definitely return, however this isn’t our favourite nation”.

Quickly the household will go to find new international locations, “however with out stress, with out the aim of going and figuring out. We go after we really feel it is time to go. For now we’re again in Indonesia, on the island of Lombok and we prefer it very a lot. It’s a big nation and there may be a lot to see.

Up to now, the favourite locations they have been have been Koh Lipe islandin Thailand and ilha Pasir Pajang, in Malaysia. “In Pasir Pajang we booked a really distant bungalow on the seashore and after we obtained there we had the entire island with just one particular person to take care of us. It was a really “wild” and really genuine expertise. It is a type of issues that you’re going to always remember and that mark you on a visit like this.”

Tradition shocks: gastronomy and communication

The largest tradition shock throughout these 4 months was getting used to Asian delicacies. “Within the international locations we handed via, there’s a massive a part of the inhabitants that’s Muslim, and though it would not trigger any confusion for us, it is vitally a lot mirrored within the meals. Typically it isn’t simple to eat nicely”, they admit, noting that though gastronomy may be very wealthy on this a part of the planet, “fish like ours are onerous to come back by and we miss them rather a lot“.

In Portugal, this Portuguese household had a cautious eating regimen based mostly on natural merchandise. “In these international locations, we expect that consuming nicely does not imply maintaining a healthy diet, in order that cultural half was the toughest to beat.

One other problem is with the ability to talk with the locals. “On the identical time, communication will not be simple. In some locations and with some individuals, even English will not be sufficient,” they are saying, explaining that this linguistic disconnection additionally creates misunderstandings and misunderstandings.

“Relaxation, it is unbelievable to cope with completely different religions, completely different habits and customs. It is vitally wealthy and the youngsters study rather a lot about what it’s prefer to stay in a different way from the best way we stay in Portugal”.

What are the journey prices?

Common, this household of 4 spends round €3000 monthly. “Though Daniel, our youngest son, who will not be but 2 years previous, doesn’t pay for many transportation, he additionally spends on diapers and different necessities.”

The largest expense is in stays and journey. Filippa and Jalmo clarify that within the final two months they’ve carried out lots of touring and have modified resorts a number of occasions. “In any case, we spend some huge cash to get to and be at locations. If the prices are larger than anticipated? sure, Asia, like the remainder of the world, is rather more costly than it was once,” they are saying, saying prices are greater than they anticipated.

Greatest problem: Touring with youngsters

Filippa and Jalmo like to journey and have already visited over 30 international locations collectively. Touring with two babies, based on the couple, was the largest problem of this lengthy journey. “Our problem now could be figuring out our limits and figuring out when to cease. Youngsters’s tempo will not be ours. We now have to feed them, they need to relaxation, they need to have hygienic and secure situations to be there”, they are saying, noting that in the sort of journey it isn’t at all times doable to ensure these situations and the result’s “extra drained , extra anxious and impatient kids. Which generates outbursts of anger, crying and fixed dissatisfaction”.

4 months later, they nonetheless do not have a date to return to Portugal. This household is not eager about it “simply but” and admits “there’s nonetheless a protracted strategy to go.”

“We do not have lots of plans, no set schedule. Typically we even neglect what day of the week or month it’s at the moment.. That’s the reason time, at this stage of our life, is a really insignificant factor for us”.


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