14 Nov Travel With Kids (Book Review)
Is it crazy to travel with kids?
People often reconcile our nomadic lifestyle with the fact that we don’t have kids. “Now is the time to travel, while you’re unattached,” they say. “Do it now before you have kids.” We’ve heard it so often, it’s almost like a cultural proverb.
But is it really true? Is traveling with kids or living abroad with a young family out of reach?
It doesn’t take long to discover countless examples online of families who have successfully taken off with little ones in tow. Whether it’s biking across the country together, or taking a year off to circle the globe, or transplanting permanently to a foreign country, real families of all kinds are making it happen.
Here are just a few examples of traveling families:
Simple-living blogger, Tsh, and her family of five recently began a one-year journey around the world, starting in China and slowly heading West. Tsh documents their planning process, lessons learned, and global adventures on The Art of Simple Travel.
Caz and Craig Makepeace have been traveling for years and their journeys didn’t stop when they had kids. They are currently on an indefinite road trip around Australia with their two girls while running a successful travel blog, Y Travel Blog, and other online ventures.
The Dennings became a family of 8 this year when their most recent addition was born in Costa Rica. Their ongoing family adventures include an epic drive from Alaska to Argentina and several long stints in a number of foreign countries. Their site, Discover Share Inspire, is currently under construction but still has great resources available.
Liisa Vexler incrementally transitioned her family of four to their dream living arrangement: part-time in Canada, part-time in Costa Rica. She wrote about her experience in this book: The Family Freedom Project: A Step-by-Step Guide to Living Abroad with Kids. From Dream to Plan to Reality.
This is a great resource for families considering a shift in location- whether it be traveling for a couple months or moving abroad long-term. Starting with the intentional process of “Lifestyle Design” and goal setting, Liisa’s book will take you through the necessary planning and decision-making process to actually make your dreams a reality.
I especially appreciate the attention to Lifestyle Design at the beginning of this book. It’s so important to take account of your priorities and choose how you will fill your days. As Liisa says herself:
No matter what type of lifestyle you envision, you need to be certain that the life you are moving toward is one you are passionate about living.
If you’re passionate about travel and family, don’t let the two be mutually exclusive.
This book also covers practical topics like finding housing and healthcare abroad, with real life examples from Liisa’s own experience. Reading through her family’s process from start to finish, including how they overcame various obstacles along the way, helps bring the possibilities to life.
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