Family Sabbatical, 14 months and 20 countries around the Americas

Nick Matthews has mentioned to me that you are considering using Lateral Life for your planned sabbatical and that you’d be interested to hear from some people who have worked with Nick and his team before on their sabbatical.

In short, my family (Virginia and 3 kids ages 5, 6 and 8 when we left) went on our trip leaving England July ’09 and returned end August ’10.

Having been lucky enough to travel to many parts of the world, we decided to focus our trip on part of the world we hadn’t been to before – namely the Americas – North, Central and South.

We planned our whole trip across 21 countries with Nick advising us throughout in the planning stage, which included decisions on the overall route as well as detailed itineraries for each country.

This phase was great fun and was planned over a period of several months with us working together to come up with an overall itinerary tailor made to our needs taking in the vast experience of Nick and his team.

Nick’s service didn’t stop there. His network of ground handlers in each country came into effect before, during and after crossing each border who made sure we were looked after on the ground so to speak, while at the same time Nick kept in touch with us throughout to ensure he was over-seeing the whole operation and be available if needed in case plans needed to change or problems happened (which they rarely did).

We had the trip of a lifetime which we will always treasure and we really couldn’t have done it without Nick and his team.

Their expertise, knowledge, honesty and all round service were exemplary and I couldn’t recommend him more highly.

We were so grateful we even invited him to join us at the end of our trip and he stayed with our family in the villa we had rented in Mexico – you obviously don’t have to go that far!!!

As I said, my wife and I would be more than happy to answer any questions or share any aspects of the learning’s we picked up throughout the whole process so feel free to contact us.


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