All of the families here are self-funded. I know that there’s some people who have the (mistaken) belief that families who travel long-term are either very rich… or they leech off other people. This isn’t the case at all. Most of these families have deliberately chosen to sacrifice things like stable jobs, homes, cars and “stuff” so that they can travel the world with their kids. They earn a living in a number of different ways – but mostly, they rely on their laptops and the internet.
Edventure Project – Jenn, Tony and their 4 children have been travelling the world for years. I’m a regular reader of their blog. One of my favourite articles is this one where Jenn talks about her very unconventional upbringing by parents who have always thought completely out of the box. Reading that story made me more than just a little bit jealous (in a good way).
Going Anyway – One of the most inspiring blogs I’ve read. Jill and Chris (and their 5 children – one of whom has profound Cerebral Palsy) – went travelling all over Asia for a year. In spite of the nay-sayers and doubters – they “went anyway” – and discovered that long-term travel benefitted their family in such profound ways, that they’re currently back in Australia (their home country), taking some time to sort a few things out before they hit the road again. I just love the “can do” attitude of this family. The world has so many whingers and grumblers – and this family just goes out there and makes things happen. They even MADE a wheelchair that could accommodate Sparky’s travelling needs (because they couldn’t find anything suitable on the market).
Escape Artistes – Theodora is a single mother who has been travelling the world with her 12 year-old son, Zac, for over 3 years. Her blog is definitely not for the faint-hearted. She is VERY frank… (and very funny!). I actually think I’m a bit scared of her (in a good way, of course!).
Living Outside of the Box – This is a very sweet family. Alisa, Jared and their 3 kids are constantly on the move. Travelling families do things differently (like all families). Some are more interested in slow travel (settling down in one place for a month or three whilst exploring surrounding areas). This family, however, move quickly… from town-to-town, city-to-city, country to country. Their blog has lots of photos! 🙂
1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure – Talon (a single dad) travels the world with his son, Tigger. Talon is pretty unconventional in many ways and proves, once again, that you don’t have to be hugely rich to be able to travel the world. One of his most powerful blogs was this one: “What death taught me about how to live”.
The Great Family Escape – I have followed this family’s blog for quite a while… watching them plan, prepare, save and get rid of all of their stuff. Finally, they are on the road and following their dream (challenges and all). I get such a “feel good” feeling when I read about their adventures.
Raising Miro – Lainie and her son, Miro, have been travelling for over 3 and a half years (currently based in Peru). Lainie, I think, doesn’t do anything “the normal way” – (and I mean that in a good way). She pushes the boundaries of life – and lives it on her terms.
Ramble Crunch – Renee, Mark… their daughter Scout and their dog, Archie – are currently slow-travelling through Mexico. Prior to that, they spent a year touring Europe and Turkey in a second-hand RV. I really enjoy their laid-back attitude to life (and I enjoy Renee’s writing).
Worldschool Adventures – This family does things a bit differently. For half the year, they travel internationally. The other half, they spend living in Canada (in a camper)… living pretty frugally… and working hard to save up for their next 6 month of adventure. Which just goes to show – there are MANY ways to live the life you want to live.
PEOPLE WHO DON’T SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL
Apart from all the families above who homeschool / unschool / world-school or (in the case of Ramble Crunch) send their kids to local schools – depending on where they’re located… there are other people whose blogs I read – who think out of the box when it comes to education. Here are some of my favourites:
Here’s a brilliant presentation given by a talented filmmaker (who was unschooled).
Here’s an explanation about unschooling in FAQ format from a 19 year old who has never been to school.
A radical viewpoint from one family (that I resonate with on so many levels).
A post from a homeschooling mom who gradually transitioned to unschooling.
Long-term travel as education – by Jenn Miller.
Another great article on life-learning.
Okay… that’s all for now (but there’s actually LOADS more out there)…
Enjoy the reading! 🙂