How to educate a child while traveling

When families first announce their plans for extended travel, many of them are hit with repeated questions about their child’s education. Too often, the parents of traveling kids are seen as selfish. Adults feeding their own desires at the expense of their child’s education and “normal” school experience. The reality is that most traveling parents have thought long and hard about what their child’s education will look like on the road. The vast majority are traveling to enhance the education their youngest family members receive. Socialization, academics, and personal growth are on the minds of every parent who chooses a… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 12, 2015
Category: Family Travel

Ways travel enhances education

Families traveling the world with their children get asked a whole lot of questions. Topping the list are questions about their children’s education. It seems everyone wants to know what these traveling kids are learning, how, and with whom. And these questions don’t really stop as the kids get older. Ask any young adult taking a gap year abroad and they will inevitably tell you that one of the biggest fears expressed by those closest to them was a fear that they would “miss out” on a year of college or other form of higher education. However, travel in itself… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | February 12, 2015
Category: Family Travel, Youth Travel

How young is too young to travel?

How young is too young to travel? It’s a question that comes up whenever the subject of family travel arises. Some worry about the risk of illness for infants on the road. Others have fears that their child will reject every food option that isn’t chicken fingers and starve. Concerns about water, weather, and boredom keep lots of families from traveling with young kids. Of all the reasons, the reason most often cited as the reason for not traveling with young kids is, “they won’t even remember.” Are these concerns, any of them, justified? In my experience, not really. There… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 29, 2015
Category: Family Travel

Solo travel when you’re not traveling solo

Traveling slowly with my husband across Southeast Asia has been a great way to leave our jobs and lives in Canada behind to explore the world on a small budget. It also means we spend a lot of time together. Every meal, every walk, every bus ride to a new city, is together. Where once we saw each other only in the evenings and on weekends, we now see each other all the time. Where we once had schedules and habitual activities alone, there was now a much more shared and aligned schedule. This is fine, really, but we don’t… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 18, 2015
Category: Asia, Family Travel, General, Solo Travel

The brotherhood of traveling children: on friendships

We are asked, on occasion, what we “do” about the social needs of our children. Granted, the question has never been asked by anyone who’s actually met our children.  Spend an hour interacting with them and you’ll know a few things: They love to talk. YOU are their socialization of the moment. They have friends all over the world (get out your note pad so you can keep track of names and places, they’ll expect you to remember later!) They don’t really know they’re kids. Well, they do know they’re kids, obviously, but they don’t really see why that matters. They have friends of… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 6, 2015
Category: Family Travel

What adults can learn when traveling with their parents

[caption id="attachment_22666" align="aligncenter" width="500"] My dad returning to Yosemite Valley, a place he knew well as a teenager in the 60's.[/caption] While not everyone grew up in a traditional family structure, this article can apply to anyone who has a loving relationship with a family member who was part of your upbringing. For me, that was my parents, but I recognize that some people were raised by foster families, the parents of your childhood friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or siblings. This article still applies no matter who was an integral part of your childhood or who you consider a parent… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 21, 2014
Category: Family Travel, North America

Teen travel- more than being “thankful for what you have”

Over the course of my traveling years, I have made a fair number of trips with children, teens, and young people. I am a huge advocate for the benefits of travel on developing minds and souls. Many people recognize the benefits of getting outside of the comfortable bubble of Western adolescence and digging into new cultures, new customs, and new values. It is certainly satisfying to greet a young person, fresh off the plane from their first international trip, and hear them say just how thankful they are for what they have. Likewise, it's refreshing to have conversations with well-traveled… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | December 11, 2014
Category: Family Travel, Youth Travel

Travel is ruining my kids

Travel is ruining my kids.  And me, for that matter. It’s true. All of our well meaning efforts for a broad education, liberal experiences in the “real world,” and our sincere efforts to raise kids who are cultured, multi-lingual and have some perspective on the diversity of the history, geography and human family of the planet have back fired. Sure, they’ve been to the big museums in Washington DC, London, Paris, Berlin, Prague, and beyond. They’ve hit the culture highlights of Bangkok, Vienna, Jakarta, Singapore & Boston. They’ve learned their history first hand climbing pyramids in Central America, peering into… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | December 9, 2014
Category: Family Travel

Three things I hope my kids will learn from life and travel

We’re sneaking up on our fifth anniversary of full time travel with our kids. When we left on our bicycle trip around Europe and N. Africa they were five through eleven years old. They are now ten through sixteen, and as comfortable in the livestock market in Tona Toroja as they are in a department store in the USA. We travel specifically for the education and development of our children; we want them to grow up in the real world and become citizens of it in a way that transcends borders. There are so many things they learn in a… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 2, 2014
Category: Family Travel, On The Road, Vagabonding Styles

Vagabonding Field Report: Children’s Museum — San Jose, Costa Rica

Cost/day: $2 for adults, $1 for children What’s the most exciting thing that's happened lately? We recently had our sixth child, at home, here in Costa Rica. Today was our first outing since she's been born. We went with grandma and grandpa to the Children's Museum (Museo de los Ninos) in San Jose. Describe a typical day: We're staying in the mountains of the Central Valley, with a gorgeous view of the ocean waaaay off in the distance. Grandma and grandpa have come to visit, for the birth of our sixth child. Before she was born, we took a trip… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 5, 2014
Category: Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports