Exiting Normal, Homeschooling, The Path

Letting Go of Andy

Yes. He’s REALLY leaving. I’ve wanted to write a post about our 16-year-old leaving for his year-long exchange to Finland for a long time. However, I didn’t want the post to turn out to be a wandering rambling of a mother’s sadness and despair that her first child was leaving the nest—and at 16! Oh, I know it’s not forever….

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The Path

The Story Behind My Springtime

Hello from northwestern Pennsylvania. The sun is shining brightly today but overall the last couple of weeks have been rainy… gentle spring rains falling to the tune of rumbling thunder in the distance. The weather isn’t perfect but winter is finally over and it’s time to watch closely for every new sign of spring. Despite having written extensively about all…

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Exiting Normal

How to Get Traveling Sooner Than You Think

Some of the common objections I hear from would-be family travelers are: “But I see other families online who sold everything they owned to travel the world! I don’t necessarily want to sell it all and live out of a suitcase.” “Going to the grocery store with my children is too overwhelming. How could I travel internationally with them?” “I…

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Living the Dream

Meet Jessica Sueiro-Daring to Dream (Family Traveler Series)

Welcome to the newest installment of the Daring to Dream Family Traveler Series! Jessica and Will Sueiro and their two children have been soaking up the travel life for three years now. Currently settled in a little village in the south of France, the family has fully embraced the worldschooling philosophy as they actively take up residence in one new…

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Exiting Normal

Roughing Out the Smooth Edges Through Travel

Even though you have a good life, do you ever find yourself feeling like something is missing? A friend (let’s call her Sheila) once told me about how she and her husband worked jobs they loved and made good money. But they felt like they never got to see their kids, except for a couple of brief hours in the…

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The Path

Yes, You Can Become the Person You Were Meant to Be

We’ve all faced times in our lives when we were sailing above the clouds. That first few weeks of falling in love. Or that moment we first cradled our newborn baby in our arms. All those days that seemed to go right–we hit all the green lights, the spouse was in a good mood, the grilled cheese sandwiches didn’t burn….

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Exiting Normal

29 Must-Read Books When Planning Your Family Sabbatical

If you’re considering a family travel sabbatical, you’ll most likely want to do some research and learning. A good place to start is perusing the many books that are out there. To that end, I’ve compiled a book list for you. These are books that I’ve either read or have on my reading list. I think each of them will…

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Exiting Normal

7 Aha! Posts from Families Who Travel With Their Kids

In 2012, our family took our first family travel sabbatical–to Belize. That first trip lit fireworks in our souls. We arrived in Belize on a beautifully sunny day in November 2012 as a mostly white-bread, middle-class, suburban family. We left our private school. We left our sports and activities (the superfluous, because-everyone-else-is-doing-it kind, not the ones that fed us). We…

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