Should I Travel Full-Time?

 

Reader Question:

I’ve been travelling sporadically with my two boys for the past 3 years now and I’m really thinking about taking them traveling all year round, but taking them out of school is really worrying me.

How have you found the whole experience so far? Is there anything you wished you’d thought about beforehand?

It’s a massive decision to undertake and I completely admire you for just going for it. Any advice you have as a parent would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks for reaching out and letting me get to know you!

I think the idea of traveling full-time is intimidating for anyone. To simply say “this is going to be from this date to that one and then we’ll come back home”  will help to manage that fear of the unknown.

Of the many traveling families we have met, almost all of them started that way—thinking it would be a short period, and then loving it so much they didn’t want to stop.

I have a toddler, so I don’t have experience with road/home/un schooling yet.

However, if you should set a date in the future for departure, please let me know and I can invite you to a private Facebook group of traveling families. It’s a great place to meet other people and ask questions. They generally require a planned departure before joining the group, though. I can tell you that you will find a very broad range of what people are doing. Some folks put their kids in local schools, some home school, some un school. There are lots of resources available for what kind of schooling you want to do.

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A traveling family meetup in Antigua, Guatemala

For another resource, check out this ebook co-written by a mother with four children who has been traveling since 2008: Bottles to Backpacks: The Gypsy Mama’s Guide to REAL Travel With Kids.

Another traveling family has 5.5 kids. We met them in Guatemala. It’s always nice to meet families with lots of kids. It’s easier to think, “If they can do it, I can!” Here’s an interview they did with us: http://www.discovershareinspire.com/2013/11/how-to-write-an-ebook-to-travel/

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Visiting with the Dennings at Lake Atitlan

Honestly, for me, education is the least of my worries for my kids. I am confident the experiences Ryder is having in the world could never be matched in traditional school. I have other concerns long-term—education just isn’t one of them. For more education inspiration, see this post about educational experiences with other traveling families.

What I wish I would have thought about beforehand?

I guess I would have allowed the possibility in my mind that I could love it as much as I do. I have found traveling with my son more rewarding than traveling alone. He was born abroad so I don’t know what it’s like to stay in one place with kids! I have nothing to compare it to. I think the difficulties I have abroad are similar to the ones I’d have at home—discipline, sleep, etc, but I can have unique and varied experiences and do what I enjoy at the same time. I guess you’ll never know until you try it.

Wavering in indecision is the hardest part. Once you’ve made up your mind, one way or the other, I think you’ll find things fall into place as the universe shifts to help you.

I just got my hair done at a hair school here in the States and my hairdresser kept saying,

“YOLO!”

You only live once! What are you going to do with your one life?

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

Kalli has written 364 awesome articles for us.

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