In a few days, we will leave the United States and head to Mexico. We will officially embark on the international portion of our big trip, finally taking our family around the world.
This week, our priority has been getting rid of our last bits of family possessions: our beloved car, and all the gear we won’t be able to carry with us while we’re backpacking around the world. We’ve also been taking care of the last details for around the world travel, including canceling our US health insurance, getting an international driver’s license, and purchasing travel insurance.
Other than a weekend trip to Los Angeles, we haven’t done much travel this week compared to the last four months of road tripping across the United States. But in a way, it’s been good to have a low key week, as we prepare for taking our family around the world.
Why are we taking our family around the world?
It’s amazing how fast the last four months have flown by. After road tripping across the United States, we are excited to see what the rest of the world has to offer.
A year ago, we had no idea what life as a nomad family would look like. But we knew that something about our life in Seattle needed to change. I was working full-time shuffling the kids between school and after-school activities. And in my spare time, I was trying to squeeze in energy to write this family travel blog.
It was a lifestyle that was unsustainable.
Both my husband and I knew that taking our family around the world would be the ultimate enriching experience for our kids. Raising globally-minded kids is a big priority for us. We want them to understand their role in the world, and understand that there are so many ways to live your life.
But like many families, we were stuck. We didn’t know how to become a nomad family. We thought that to make this kind of life possible, we would need to save hundreds of thousands of dollars to afford travel. At that point in our lives, we didn’t have a big nest egg to support taking our family around the world.
Backpacking around the world is possible for families
But the more I delved into writing my family travel blog, and the more I connected with other traveling families, I slowly realized that taking our family around the world was within our reach. Backpacking around the world wasn’t something that was limited to just solo travelers and couples.
At the Family Adventure Summit in Penticton, BC last year, we met many families with young kids who were backpacking around the world. Not all of them were independently wealthy. In fact, a large handful of them were working while they were traveling.
For my husband and me, it was an eye-opening experience. We realized that we could use our talents and skills to support ourselves while traveling with our family around the world. We didn’t need to rely on selling our house, or winning the lottery, to make our travel dream real.
Becoming a nomad family
For the past four months, we have been working hard to become a nomad family. What this means for us is being able to work and support our family, no matter where we are in the world.
It hasn’t been an easy process. While my husband has managed to keep his job (albeit on a part-time basis), I decided to quit my job in order to pursue travel writing.
In a sense, it’s as if I’m starting a brand new career, and though the growth has been steady, it’s also slow-going. Freelance writing and owning a family travel blog are not necessarily the most lucrative of career choices!
But little by little, we are seeing our efforts paying off. As we spend our last few days in the United States, before setting off for our adventure of backpacking around the world, we are realizing that we have already grown so much since starting our travel journey in July.
Taking my family travel blog to the next level
My ultimate goal, as we travel with our family around the world, is to take this family travel blog to the next level, so that we’re more than just a collection of travel tips and stories. My hope is that we can be inspiration for other families to take that leap and make their own travel adventures!
In a little over a week, we’ll be participating in this year’s Family Adventure Summit, which will be held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I’ll actually be presenting a panel discussion focusing on long term family travel.
This is the start of more to come for our family. Although we still have a lot to learn when it comes to traveling with our family around the world, we also have a lot that we can share with others.
The biggest advice I can give for other families is to not be afraid to take that step. You may be surprised at where you find yourself in a year!
Are you someone who’s taking your family around the world? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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