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George is my little helper on our travels. When we arrive somewhere new, he’s the one who comes with me to search high and low for the right accommodation for us, to find a supermarket for some groceries, or a night market for our dinner. During our travels we’ve seen him grow into a confident young boy, with a thirst for knowledge, often gained through conversation with locals and fellow travellers. I hope he’ll take these skills forwards with him in life. I’m sure he will.  Here he is sprinting off to look for the most remote guesthouse we could find in kundasang- no luck this time. It was deserted and unfinished!  #ourson #brave #kundasang #borneo #borntotravel #travelmore #travelmum #travelmom #motherofboys #familytravel #familyvacay #familytrip #travelgram #traveldiaries #travelblogger #gofurther #wanderlust #kidsthattravel #kidsofinstagram #explore #worldschooling #therunawayfamilyhendriks #wetravelwt #braveandfreekids
14 years ago to the day, Mark and I married and celebrated on Brighton beach.  Family and travel have always been central to our lives together and so with several continents travelled and three boys born later, here we are, in Borneo on our anniversary, with our boys, at a sun bear sanctuary on our family adventure in SEAsia. None of this was planned all those years ago, but we’ve stayed true to our values and desires as a family unit, and this is where it has led us.  I can’t wait to see where we’ll be on our 15th, 20th, 30th, 40th.... our future is unwritten but wherever we go, I know we’ll go together.  #togetherforever #kiss #borneo #sunbearsanctuary #happycouple #makingmemories #wanderlust #travelmore #travelgram #traveldiaries #travelblogger #explore #love #foreverlove #travelgoals #couplegoals #familyvacay #familytravel #familytrip #family #travelwithkids #familytraveller #travelmom #travelmum #instatravel #instalove #instalovers #therunawayfamilyhendriks
The majestic Mount Kinabalu- a view of the mountain from the National Park. At 4095m, the mountain is the highest peak in the Crocker range and the highest in Borneo. The national park ranges from tropical rainforest to sub-alpine vegetation zones. It’s also protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. The climb was too tough for our little family to tackle this time round, but big up to our chums @allgonerogue for making the ascent a few days ago.  #oneday #beautifulborneo #mountkinabalu #borneo #freshair #unesco #heritagesite #nationalpark #naturalbeauty #naturesplayground #naturelovers #travelwithkids #familytravel #travelgram #traveldiaries #travelblogger #explore #familytrip #familyvacay #earthpics #mountainview #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Meeting the lovely locals has been one of the highlights of our trip since we started travelling.  Today, after cursing ourselves for not buying petrol for our hire car before heading out into rural areas, nearly running out on the mountainside, we tracked down a village petrol station, @ Charley’s house! Not only did we get to fill the tank manually for the first time ever, but we also got to meet the whole family- 2 boys, 6 dogs, 5 cats, a rabbit and Spike the snake (the squirrel had apparently returned to the wild!). And after we’d paid her what in UK standards is pennies for several litres of petrol, she gave us a bottle of ginger rice wine and waved us goodbye. This has to be our nicest and most memorable petrol purchase ever!  #makingfriends #borneo #buylocal #family #traveldiaries #travelgram #travelblogger #motherofboys #familytravel #familytrip #familyvacay #travelwithkids #travelmore #travelmom #travelmum #makingmemories #explore #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Having a fish pedicure, au naturel, in the pools of Kipungit Waterfalls, Sabah. We had no idea that a refreshing paddle would attract so many little fish to have a foot nibble. And we’ve paid good money for this before now!  #fishpedicure #waterfall #beautifulborneo #borneo #outdoorplayground #lovetravel #lovenature #naturalbeauty #outdoorliving #travelgram #traveldiaries #travelblogger #familytrip #familyvacay #familytravel #family #motherofboys #familytrip #travelwithkids #explore #worldschooling #therunawayfamilyhendriks
It seems strange that after a night from hell in Kota Kinabalu in our worst hotel room yet (think small, smelly, dark, no window, scratchy blankets, stains up the walls = tantrumming children!), a few hours later and we’re up at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, in a sweet homestay, with views across the valley of Kundasang  village and of the almighty mountain. Oh, and we’re blowing bubbles.  What I’m trying to say is that there’s no point dwelling on our negative experiences when we can move on to making happier more positive memories (and fyi, I will never return to THAT hotel...). #bubbles #kundasang #borneo #freshair #outdoorliving #familytravel #familytrip #travelwithkids #familytraveller #travelgram #traveldiaries #getoutside #view #explore #wanderlust #travelmore #travelmum #travelmom #lifeofasixyearold #worldschooling #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Apologies, another food post but this plate was really worth talking about.  I’m up for trying most local delicacies (of the plant-based and fish varieties!), and this side plate was a treat. Plus it means the children are more likely to give new food a go (@george_hendriks loved this!). A taster plate of two types of seaweed, and a pickled fish and veg salad. The grape-like seaweed popped in your mouth and reminded me a bit of caviar (because I’m always eating caviar 😂), the pale seaweed tasted like salty crunchy jelly sweets and the salad was just a tart, tasty, fishy treat, like a spicy pickled herring salad. It cost just 40p and was a perfect accompaniment to mine and George’s bbq’d fish.  You were right @ellie._.reid , the night market in KK was definitely not to be missed.  PS They serve it on plate with a plastic bag around it to save on washing up. #nomoreplasticbags  #streetfood #eatlocal #market #kotakinabalu #borneo #instafood #fresh #healthydiet #healthlifestyle #healthy #familytrip #familytravel #travelwithkids #travelmom #explore #travelmum #traveldiaries #travelgram #buylocal #taste #delicious #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Exploring the sights of Kota Kinabalu.  It’s not that we encourage clambering on statues and monuments, it’s almost an instinct, it seems for the boys to run to them and to climb. I guess in their eyes it makes what could be a “boring” sightseeing visit into a ‘play’ session..... for this reason, we allow it to happen, within reason, of course and without showing disrespect nor damaging the statues..... #kotakinabalu #borneo #explore #citylife #familytravel #kidsthattravel #travelwithkids #familytravel #familytraveller #letthekids #travelmum #beautifulborneo #travelgram #traveldiaries #climb #travelmore #travelmom #therunawayfamilyhendriks
We’ve travelled to the Eastern state of Sabah, to the busy Kota Kinabalu, just in time for a storm. The skies are so dramatic out here and the weather can change so rapidly. We’re inevitably always unprepared and have to dive for shelter when the torrential rain hits, alternatively, we just play in puddles! Far more fun.  View from the harbour front over to Pulau Gaya.  #rainscoming #storm #sky #skyview #kotakinabalu #pulaugaya #borneo #travelgram #familytrip #familytravel #travelwithkids #explore #travelmore #beautifulborneo #worldschooling #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Fern, a Sarawak speciality, fresh and unwrapped from the leaf it was bought in. It really does looks like it has come straight from the jungle (do you think they were having me on when they said I could eat it..!!!?) Cooked, it tasted okay, as in a bit slimey..... any other local specialities I can sample before I have to eat this one again please...? #fern #plantbased #plantpower #eatlocal #kuching #sarawak #familytravel #foodofinstagram #veggies #healthylifestyle #familytravel #travelmom #travelgram #traveldiaries #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Water play with @george_hendriks.  We’ve stayed in so many different types of accommodation while we’ve been travelling: hostels, guest houses, homestays, apartments, Airbnb’s, hotels, beach shacks, almost all on the budget end, but we’ve been happiest where we can be a little bit independent, and of course where there’s water to swim and play in.  #waterbabies #loveswimming #pool #waterplay #apartmentliving #kuching #borneo #kidsofinstagram #familytravel #familytraveller #travelwithkids #kidsthattravel #travelmore #explore #activelifestyle #explore #takethekids #therunawayfamilyhendriks
It was as so fantastic to see these placid and pretty silvered leaf langur monkeys hanging out in the trees and just doing their thing, in Bako National Park, Sarawak. We’ve found this species of monkeys to be far more docile than the grey macaques, which we’ve encountered throughout  SEAsia and also at Bako, where they tried to steal our bag and its contents, whilst hissing at us through its teeth. Needless to say, there’s photo of the latter encounter!  #monkey #wildlife #bako #naturelovers #borneo #wildandfree #wildlifespotting #lovewildlife #planetearth #familytravel #travelwithkids #travelgram #explore #travelblogger #seasia #bbcwildlife #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Stunning views from our trek in Bako National Park over the South China Sea. And they’re  not as close to the edge as they look by the way!  #trek #bako #nationalpark #borneo #borntotravel #travelmore #familytrip #beautiful #familytravel #familyadventure #familyvacation #familyvacay #travelgram #travelblogger #explore #worldschooling #therunawayfamilyhendriks
It has been six months to the day that our little family left Brighton in the UK to have the adventure of our lives together in South East Asia.  Back home, our lives seemed to be running away with us. We didn’t see as much of each other as we wanted and Mark’s daily commute into N.London was taking him further away from the family than any of us wanted.  And so the plan to ‘runaway’ was born.  We’ve now travelled through Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and into Borneo, and soon we’ll head to Singapore and Indonesia.  The journey hasn’t always been easy (our three boys are each pretty strong willed, to say the least), but I can honestly say, we wouldn’t have changed the decision to travel for the world. We’ve learnt so much about the countries we have travelled through, made some amazing friends along the way, welcomed family and friends for parts of our journey, and grown as individuals and as a family through so many fantastic and varied experiences. We know we can’t stay out here forever, but we still have so many adventures to come before it’s time to fly home, and moving forward, we’re already planning ways to have these kind of adventures and experiences as a family at any opportunity we’re brave enough to take.  If you’re thinking of taking the leap, and travelling as a family, but have reservations, perhaps think that the risk of going  might outweigh the benefits (like we once did), I’d say DO IT, DO IT, DO IT! You only live once, the children are only young once, and we’ll have the memories we have made for the rest of our lives.  #noregrets #travelmore #lovefamily #familytravel #familytraveller #seasia #wanderlust #familytrip #familyvacation #worldschooling #lovetravel #family #makingmemories #gofurther #loveyourtimetogether #travelmom #travelmum #explore #travelblogger #therunawayfamilyhendriks
Exploring the beaches of Bako National Park and having to resist the temptation to dive into the cool South China Sea after several recent crocodile sightings- quite a challenge in the heat!  #bako #beach #explore #borneo #familyadventure #familytrip #familytravel #takethekids #loveyourtimetogether #gofurther #makingmemories #travelwithkids #explore #travelmore #travelgram #travelmom #lovetravel #lovefamily #travelblogger #seasia #therunawayfamilyhendriks

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