The Guide to Long-Term Family Travel & Homeschooling
Education is more than books, as we all know, and there is a new generation of family-travellers who are taking this one step further by taking their children out of school, selling up and making their way around the world.
It’s a controversial subject for obvious reasons, but a subject that’s definitely worth having some thought given to it.
Is homeschooling a good idea for a child’s education?
There are pros and cons to homeschooling, as there are with everything. On whether the children will miss out on any vital experiences, Bob Redpath from the family travel blog “Here to Uncertainty” has a good answer:
“They absolutely will miss out on experiences that they would get in regular school if you pull them out. Just like they will miss out on experiences only home schooling can provide if they stay in school. There is no right answer. There is only what works best for your family.”
How can we afford it?
Travel is one of those things that can as expensive or cheap as you make it. Cheap, fortunately, doesn’t always have to mean living in each other’s space. Take the Abrams Family for example; they look after other people’s homes and pets while the owners are away – an ideal solution for any family wanting to travel long-term.
Of course family camping holidays and self-catering can work out very cost-effective for families as well.
There are plenty of families travelling long-term and home-schooling, but despite this being a very adventurous and exciting thing to do, sadly not everyone is publically writing about their experiences. Here’s a sample of a few bloggers who are keeping an account of their trip and their experiences which makes for great reading for anyone thinking about doing it.
Raising Miro is the autobiographical account of a single mom (Lannie) and son (Miro) as they travel around the world together. They’ve been travelling since 2009 and don’t show signs of stopping any time soon.
Their possession-free lifestyle has seen tem travel around 12 countries in three-and-a-half years, volunteering and getting a genuine insight into the culture of each country they visit. They describe themselves as ‘accidental unschoolers’.
Travel can often seem like a question of compromise and travelling with children can very easily be looked at that way; your children will get to see the world but they’ll compromise on their education.
Bohemian Travellers, a family of mom, dad and three boys, don’t think so. In fact they believe that in the long-term it could be more beneficial, citing the fact that many of the world’s most prestigious universities seek out homeschooled children as they’re often more capable of dealing with the pressures of high-paced adult education. Their blog is a fascinating and practical one and well worth the read if you’re thinking of doing something similar.
Families on Bikes
Travelling with children and homeschooling along the way might seem like a big adventure to most of us, but for the Vogel family it wasn’t quite adventurous enough. They decided to take things one step further and cycled from Alaska to Argentina with their children.