10 years ago, Yulia and Paul Tarbath took a huge risk by selling their four-bedroom house in Sutton, Surrey, and quitting their jobs to travel the world.
Paul, 46, worked in telecoms and Yulia, 38, with the government, but they felt unfulfilled and wanted something different.
But over a decade on, they say they have never been happier and they’ve even managed to build a business while they travel, making a six-figure salary as life coaches.
Now, they’ve decided to settle in one place for the first time in years so their daughter Elanie, five, can go to school.
Yulia said: ‘We had a nice life and a lovely house but always wanted to live somewhere tropical.
‘The main reason we went was to live in a sunnier climate. We wanted to live where we could enjoy being outside and experience the outdoors.
‘It is the best thing we have ever done and has been a massively exciting adventure.
‘We always knew what our passion was and we have broadened our horizons to get out there and do it.
‘It is the best decision we have ever made and we have helped so many people around the world overcome health issues.’
The couple met back in 1999 when Paul was on holiday in Moscow, where Yulia grew up.
They married a year later and moved to Hereford and then Sutton, Surrey, where they purchased a four-bed townhouse – but 10 years after they met, they wanted to change their lives.
‘We always wanted to travel and see different parts of the world and just had an urge to do something different,’ she said.
‘We didn’t want to work 9-5 forever and we wanted to create our own unique lifestyle.
‘So we decided to just sell everything and go off. We sold both our cars, our house and left the UK with just two suitcases.’
Along the way, they’ve visited 31 countries, starting with India in October 2009.
They set off with no idea when they would return home but they have just kept moving to a new place every few months.
They started out in India in October 2009, and after a month headed to UAE and Oman before making stops in Brazil, Ecuador, USA, Peru and Holland.
They’ve also visited Thailand, Malaysia, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Burma, Egypt, Russia, Bali and Finland.
They lived on savings and the money from selling their house, renting accommodation in each place, staying for only a few months at a time.
But two years in, money started to get a little tight. They didn’t want to stop travelling so Paul and Yulia devised a plan to build a business they could run from anywhere.
Rawsome Healthy sees them offer online weight loss plans and professional help overcoming health problems.
Paul and Yulia provide coaching tutorials, tailored plans and advice on lifestyle choices.
Yulia said: ‘We run the business online and have a YouTube channel where we mentor our clients.
‘We both love living a healthy lifestyle and wanted to build health coaching courses so we could help other people.
‘Wherever we have internet we can run our business so it works really well for us.
‘We made six figures last year and we live on that to travel.’
Throughout their ten-year journey they have visited England for a couple of months at a time every other year – staying with friends or in rented accommodation.
But in September last year the family decided to settle in Spain and have enrolled Elanie at a local school.
The schoolgirl has spent her childhood on the road travelling the world with her parents but Yulia said the time has come for her to make friends and settle for a while.
She said: ‘When she was first born it was very easy to travel but eventually she started getting sad when leaving friends behind.
‘We have settled in Spain for a while to allow her to make friendships.
‘Doing what we have done was the best decision we ever made.
‘It has been the best possible upbringing for our daughter and she has always been surrounded by amazing things.’
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