So you’re considering changing up your comfortable and predictable life by seeking adventure and new experiences through full time travel. You’ve finally decided that you want to take the next step – sell off and downsize your belongings, build a sustainable income online and dive into the digital nomad lifestyle.
Except you have children, which might complicate things and it scares you that you might be making the wrong decision.
Back in 2017, we decided to take the plunge. Take it from us, it’s not easy and this lifestyle isn’t always glamorous, but neither is the average suburban life. Each comes with different problems, so it’s just a matter of finding the best option for your family.
From our experience, for every moment of excitement, there’s an accompanying feeling of anxiety. What if we end up regretting it? We’ve been traveling full time over the last two years and it’s been entirely worth it for us. Here’s a few things to consider before taking the big leap.
1- How Do You Plan To Earn An Income?
This one’s probably the most important factor that you need to consider before you leave your white picket-fence life behind.
Being location independent can mean a significant drop in your overall expenses, however selling off your things will only get you so far. If you want this to be a permanent thing, you’ll need a stable income.
Put together an income plan.
If you plan to setup your own online business, make sure you’ll have enough time and flexibility set aside so that you can get your work done while traveling. A stable internet connection is probably going to be a must for you.
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2- What Travel Style Suites Your Family The Best?
Do you prefer the fast-paced 3 countries in 3 weeks style travel or is it ideal to slow things down and spend a little time at each location?
Are you going to road trip your way through the US in a campervan or stay in a hotel? Or maybe even an apartment rental?
Consider how this could impact your entire family when planning out your travels.
We try to focus on spending at least 1-2 weeks in each location as we do have a toddler and an online business so we find it important to to be stable so we can work with our daughter on potty training, etc. If we really like the location we try spending a month or so to really settle in and enjoy the local living.
Staying in homes or apartments while traveling really raises our happiness levels as we all have plenty of space to ourselves if needed. For our own travel style, I think we would lose our sanity staying in hotels!
3- What Are Your Plans For Schooling?
If you have children who are school-aged or nearing it, this can be a scary thought. How will your children learn while on the road?
We firmly believe that there is intangible value to traveling and that our daughter will learn far more traveling than in a classroom, not to take away from the impact of a formal education. Regardless, you’re required to be accountable for your children’s education and this is crucial to their future.
If you have the flexibility and time, home-schooling may be an excellent option. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with this, however there’s tons of useful resources and tools that can be found online.
The things your children will learn from cultural experiences alone is huge and living a life where it’s not about how much you have, but rather the experiences and memories you make is invaluable so go out and embrace those moments!
What are your tips for traveling full time with children?