But what are you going to do about school for your kids while your traveling?!?
It’s a question we are getting a lot while we are planning our trip.
There are 2 really big questions you have to answer when deciding how you are going to travel with kids and for how long.
1. How you going to pay for the trip? (this will be answered in another blog post)
2. What to do about school for the kids while traveling?

Question #2 depends a little bit on what country you are from.  If you are in the United States, it also depends on what state you call home.  We are residents in Oregon and they have fairly relaxed rules regarding homeschooling here. Right now we are homeschooling our daughter Jazmine through an online public school program called Oregon Virtual Academy which is a part of K12.  Next year, we will be adding our son Elijah to the homeschool routine so we can all adjust before we hit the road and chaos ensues.  They will be 2nd and 4th graders next year.  I love the flexibility of the online program and the fact that it’s a public school helps me know what they are expected to learn each year.  But, this isn’t going to work on the road.  We won’t always be able to login to a computer at a certain time of day for our online classroom that is part of the school program.  Also, every lesson is partly online and we can’t expect to always have an internet connection.  Additionally, we will be living out of backpacks and I’m sure not taking up my precious backpack space with books.  That’s what Kindles and the internet are for!
So, we need a different plan for schooling on the road.  Enter “world schooling” or a modified version of it.

The basic definition worldschooling is to use the world as your school.  It works great for travelers who want to use the places they are visiting as a way to learn about the world and history – letting the world be our teacher. We will also be incorporating writing, reading and some math every day.  We will be hitting ever academic subject that is expected for kids in elementary school. There are so many online resources these days for learning. Also, we will all be learning skills like patience, compassion, problem-solving, critical thinking, problem solving, self-reliance and whole host of other things.

“More families than ever are taking ‘edventures’ – long-term trips where children learn on the road” according to an article in the Guardian.  We are joining these families.  We know this will be a bit unconventional but we don’t think it’s so crazy that we aren’t willing to hop on that plane and give it a try.

Have you tried some unconventional version of schooling for your kids, like unschooling or world schooling or homeschooling in a part of the world that frowns on that?   We would love to hear from you about your experience, so drop us a comment and share with us!

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I love to travel so much that I've taken my 6 kids with me across the globe. Yea, it get's crazy but I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.

13 Comments

  1. I remember when I was younger, my parents always believed that travelling was so important. It was important for my education because it opened up different cultures and languages. I love that you are doing the same thing!

    • Hi Sara, how long did you travel when you were a kid? I would love to hear more about where you went and what you found valuable. Anything we should be aware of with our kids and traveling around the world? Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Great Post! Think of all the incredible life experiences your kids will have and how much that will teach them that they wont get in school back home! As a child who was schooled around the world I can tell you that you are doing a great thing!

    • Jaime – Tell me more about your travels as a kid! I would love to hear what you enjoyed about it and what you didn’t like so much. Our kids will be 18, 10, 8 & 5 when we go. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  3. Kim that’s a question I also have. This is something everyone should think about at some point in their travels. There should be no reason why you cannot take your kids traveling with you. In fact as I’m sure we can agree, that the traveling kids have a way better chance in all areas of life due to their exposure to other cultures and seeing the real world. I think it’s awesome you guys are doing this! I will be asking you a few questions about this also for us in the future. Great post!

    • Ken, I do think the kids will get a much richer experience of school when we hit the road. We did plan this big trip around the 17 year old, which is why we aren’t leaving until she graduates public High School (otherwise we might have left like yesterday). We have moved that kid around a lot and she wanted to finish where she is now. I think it’s important to have the kids input about their schooling. We love traveling with the kids. The bonding that happens as a family is truly worth every frustrating , Im going to pull my hair out, why did I bring you, moment … most of the time 😉

  4. So cool that you’re taking your kids travelling full time! They’ll learn so much about the world! I was homeschooled for a year in 5th grade- I didn’t love it- the course materials were lacking in some areas- but I did love the flexibility that came with homeschooling! I finished all of my coursework early and had an extra month of summer vacation!

    • Janine, I was also homeschooled for a year in 7th grade. I hated it! LOL Im hoping we do a better job that our parents did when it comes to homeschooling. 🙂 Having an extra month of summer would be so fun for a kid and Im sure it made you glad you worked hard to get it done. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great write-up! We’ll definitely be homeschooling our kids. I can’t see any reason why they should go to school. I guess it depends on your attitude and values a lot! 🙂

    • Homeschooling wasn’t the first plan, we have always loved our public schools. But for traveling, it’s going to be amazing. The kids are certainly going to learn a lot more about places when they see them in person 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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