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 help you with your travel dreaming and planning.

I’ve organized these into categories. First are books that speak to the hows and whys of traveling long-term with your family. Second, I’ve included books about the more non-traditional education paths people often use while traveling, if not permanently–homeschooling, worldschooling, roadschooling, unschooling. Third, I’ve included some inspirational reads that will get you manifesting your dream life.

I hope some of these reads ring your bell. {This post contains affiliate links.}

Happy reading to all!


Exit Normal: How We Escaped With Our Family and Changed Our Life, by Domini Hedderman (My book. 🙂 Thanks for your support.)

Just Too Busy: Taking Your Family on A Radical Sabbatical, by Joanne Kraft

All Abroad: 3 Kids, 2 Years, 1 New Perspective: An American Family in Paris, by Toni McClintock

Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever, by John Marshall


The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad with Your Family, by Elisa Bernick

One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for A Round-the-World Journey With Our Children, by David Elliot Cohen

Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling With Kids, by E. Ashley Steel and Bill Richards

Go Pastor, Go!: How clergy can take an affordable sabbatical that rejuvenates their soul, reunites their family, and reignites their congregation by using a home exchange, by Dell and Diane Shiell



360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World, by John Higham

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, by Jamie C. Martin

Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World, by Ben Hewitt



The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get A Truly International Education, by Maya Frost

The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child’s Classroom, by Mary Griffith

Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education, by Clark Aldrich

Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel, by Nancy Sathre-Vogel


Passion-Driven Education: How to Use Your Child’s Interests to Ignite A Lifelong Love of Learning, by Connor Boyack

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith

Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers, by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté


Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
, by Roberta Michnick Folinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students, by Peter Gray

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling, by John Holt and Pat Farenga

College Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College, by Blake Boles

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything, by Laura Grace Weldon

(and just for fun…) LIVING YOUR DREAM LIFE

Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life’s Magic, by Mike Dooley

Soul Mission, Life Vision: Recognize Your True Gifts and Make Your Mark in the World, by Alan Seale

The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer


The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

Spark Your Dream: A true life story where dreams are fulfilled and we are inspired to conquer ours, by Herman and Candelaria Zapp


This is only a small sampling of the wonderful material out there about extended family travel and education–I know there are lots more! So, Travel Tribe, if anyone knows of any other great books to add to this list, please write and let me know.  <3


Disclosure Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and purchase any of the items I recommend, I will receive a small commission.