Isabelle’s family is moving to Bali for a year – tag along for the adventure!

Swimming every day – yay!

Yeah, we finally made the decision.
Got a kind of momentum and acted on it.
So in August we leave for at least a year to go and live in Bali!

Hanging on the beach after a 2 hour surf lesson.

I always think of all the different lives you can live. Not so much that I’m not happy with what I’ve got but more of a seeker in the development of what happens if I’m not to comfortable. And also we only got one life – better try different ways of living.
I also really want my kids to explore different things. To be able to handle different cultures, languages and people. I’ve lived in Belgium for a couple of years, almost a year traveling around South America and longer stays in both in the Us and Thailand. I think my longing for going places is heavier than for my husband but still. For lots of years we’ve been talking about where we could go and how.
We are both self employed and without a chance of really getting a job in a firm somewhere abroad I mean as some people we know that do a couple of years abroad have a connection via their company that has branches over the world.  And we are not in finance ie. my bank account is not huge.  Nor do I have a loaded family. I’ve run my company for 22 years now. And pretty much made decisions for it to be able to get as much free time as possible. To have long vacations and freedom to do fun jobs. Some may say this is why it is easier for us to leave – I say – I don’t think so. There is always a uncertainness in freelancing so yes – to that I’m used to the uncertainness. But in one way it’s also hard cause I don’t have anything certain to come back to.

Old offering decorations found on the ground

Anyways more about this later.
Whether or not doing a trip like this we needed a tipping point. Something that had to make sense. And when we heard about Green School in Bali that our friends the Jansch familes’s kids started last fall – that I wrote about here we kind of made up our minds.
Last summer when they talked about it we got an idea to visit Bali to do some research. None of us had been there before. It is on the other side of the world. I kind of started watching Eat Pray Love to get some idea. (haha I know stupid).

Crate – store and cool café/small restaurant in Canggu.

In November we went there for 10 days to check out the island and the school.  (I will post more images from this trip soon!) and since then we’ve been taking steps to make this happen. End of July we´ll be leaving!

Great photo of my hubby!

Right now there are about a million small things to fix. The kids was accepted at school. We need to put our apartment up for rent, fix insurances (such a jungle) and find solution to so many small thing you never think about. (What to do about our mobile phone contracts, the news paper, the kids school, work,  or cat – where will he stay? etc etc etc

But I do hope this adventure will bring us closer as a family.

I’m thinking I’ll write about it here but also on Instagram thinking I’ll hashtag it #mcallistersgoesbali. Hope you’d like to follow our adventure!


Bali sunset life.

It feels a bit crazy going so long to a new country that we’ve only visited 10 days. Maybe it’s a mid life crisis. Haha who knows but I’m thinking everything is still going to be here. And we can always go home. How lucky that is!

The typical mix of old traditions – temples and offerings everywhere and new markings.

I do feel jittery thinking about exploring Indonesia, Bali and Asia.

Beppe enjoying the Monkey Forrest.

For us to meet new people and make new kind of friends.

Sculptures are EVERYWHERE to be found.

And learn about other cultures. Well I guess I’ll be yapping alot about this in the future! Hope that’s gonna be ok for you 2!

Festivities in a small village we passed one day.








Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 29, 2018 at 20:15

Fantastiskt äventyr och jag gläds med er såååå mkt men jag lider redan av svår separationsångest. Nästan fysiskt. Puss min finaste – hur ska jag klara mig? ❤️

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:32
– In reply to: Blenda

Jag vet inte hur jag ska klara mig heller

April 30, 2018 at 07:21

Åh så spännande! Vi gör samma sak, fast vi flyttar till Spanien istället! Så många förberedelser… bara att rensa lägenheten inför uthyrning känns som ett jätteprojekt. Jag ska följa er, stort lycka till!!!

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:33
– In reply to: Charlotte

Åh så kul för er! Ja spännande minst sagt. Och håller med rensa lägenheten känns ju galet jobbigt!

April 30, 2018 at 08:07

Kommer bli cooooolt

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:34
– In reply to: jennyfromdosfamily

Ja Jenny extra coolt när du kommer och hälsar på ju!

Linda Pierre
April 30, 2018 at 08:39

Vad spännande! Man lever (troligtvis…) bara en gång så det gäller att leva det fullt ut. Vi ska också flytta utomlands och blogga om det så jag kommer definitivt följa er resa. Även om den är helt olik vår så har vi ändå liknande utmaningar både inför och på plats.

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:35
– In reply to: Linda Pierre

Eller hur gäller att passa på! Heja er!

Mikael Jansch
April 30, 2018 at 09:40

Wooohoooo!!! How wonderful! Welcome:)

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:35
– In reply to: Mikael Jansch

Yay! Bali crew life! Looking forward to it

April 30, 2018 at 11:12

Läser och får gåshud på hela kroppen. Man är sin egen arkitekt i livet och det ni gör är verkligen modigt och inspirerande. Ser fram emot att följa er på äventyret. Det störta steget är taget…

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:36
– In reply to: Fia

Ja första steget men efter att ha skrivit om det här
Blev jag nervös igen haha. Tack för pepp

April 30, 2018 at 14:38

Yaaaaaayyyyyy! Gud vad kul att ni fick till det! Ser fram emot att få följa med på äventyret, hoppas på att det kommer uppdateringar därifrån på bloggen!! Underbart att ni testar nåt annat, nån helt annanstans och Bali är ju inte så pjåkigt… Midlife crises är en gåva att ta vara på <3

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:37
– In reply to: famapa

Ja eller hur! Mig life crisis ftw kanske. Hehe. Hopps ha mer tid för att uppdatera än vad jag har just nu. Xxx

April 30, 2018 at 14:39

Happy adventures! I lived in Papua New Guinea for three years as a child and teenager – it was the most valuable gift I received from my parents. I’m a different and I think better person for it.

Isabelle mcallister
April 30, 2018 at 16:31
– In reply to: Narelle

Oh glad to hear that. The kids Have mixed feelings about going butI truly believe its going to be a Good thing in the end!

Inge Stam
May 1, 2018 at 21:54

Wauw so exiting! Wishing you guys all the luck! xxx

Maria Holm
May 3, 2018 at 05:20

Pernilla Wahlgren s kompis Jennifer har just flyttat till bali. Du kan bolla med henne om du har några frågor. Gå in på Pernilla Wahlgren s hemsida där hittar du länk till bloggen för kompisen.

May 4, 2018 at 17:11
– In reply to: Maria Holm

Haha ja det är just den Jansch familjen som jag skriver om. Hon är min kompis med! Sök på Jennifer jansch här i bloggen så ser du massor från hennes fina hus och lägga

May 7, 2018 at 22:59

Wow, Isabelle! What an adventure. I think you are very brave, I know about uncertainty with freelance, but I think this is a wonderful opportunity and view you have about the world. I can’t wait to live vicariously through you and your family. Also, this school sounds like a dream.

May 18, 2018 at 15:28

Judging by these stunning photos you are having a great time!