A family adventure: Jamalulail and his family posing in front their trusty motor home.
SHAH ALAM: Jamalulail Ismail left his comfortable job in England and decided to travel with his family of six in a motor home.
Their 155-day journey took them across 26 countries before arriving at Bukit Kayu Hitam last month.
The 45-year-old mechanical engineer from Perak said he made the decision on a whim to travel by road from Sunderland, England, and back to Malaysia.
He was accompanied by his wife Sofinee Harun, 38, and their children, Puteri Sabeera, 17, Muhammad Syameem, 16, Sumrah, 13, and Ahmad Seif, 10, during the whole trip.
“Travelling is the best form of education. Besides, a family that travels together sticks together,” he said when met here yesterday.
He went to Britain for further studies in 1999 and obtained a doctorate before joining an engineering company there.
He moved to another company before resigning to pursue his dream to travel home to Malaysia in a motor home.
Jamalulail said he and his wife carried out home-schooling for their children during the long journey on their 1998 Mercedes Splinter Caravan.
“We also learned more about the countries that we visited. Such things are a priceless experience. We also managed to learn a few foreign languages along the way,” he added.
Their biggest challenge during the cross-continent journey was to stay together in a confined cabin during different weather conditions.
“Money was also a problem as we spent almost £60,000 (RM330,000). The weather was something we really had a tough time dealing with too,” he said.
Jamalulail said China was quite expensive to travel by road.
“We had to obtain a new vehicle licence and a driving licence when we got to China.
“The petrol price there was RM7 per litre at that time and we spent almost US$1,000 (RM3,300) on toll,” he added.
On his plans here in Malaysia, Jamalulail said he had yet to travel to Sabah and Sarawak, which might be where he will go next.