15 Unschooling & Interest-Led Learning Travelling Families You Should Get to Know

by ChristinaPilkington on September 3, 2011 · 18 comments

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To wrap up my September travel series, I’d like to pay homage to some of the many blogs and websites by travelling unschoolers & interest-led learners who have inspired me to pursue even greater adventures.

They’ve shown me how travel can make learning richer and deeper. They’ve taught me to go outside my comfort zone.  And they’ve inspired me to bring as much of the world as I can to my kids.


I hope you enjoy getting a peek into the lives of these 15 amazing unschooling/interest-led learning travelers.

1. The Sattvic Family  This family of three lives in Thailand for now. They’ve lived in many places including Italy and South Korea. They’re awesome. Check them out!

2. Raising Miro  Join Lainie and her son Miro as they continue on their 8 year round-the-world adventure. So far they’ve made their way through Central America and are currently in South America. They have an awesome podcast, too!

3. Soul Travelers 3  I’ve been following this family of 3 since they first left on their never-ending, round-the-world trip when their daughter was 5. She’s 10 right now. They have great info about planning for extended travel as well as great reviews and recommendations.

4. Travels With a Nine Year Old  This blog is new for me, but I’m already in love with it. Mom is a great writer and she uses her wit and knowledge to craft a wonderful tale of her non-stop travelling adventures with her ten year old son.

5. WorldSchool Adventures  They haven’t set off travelling yet, but this blog is a great way to learn more about the process of preparing for a multi-year trip. Once their home sells, Mom and Dad plan to take their two young boys and slow travel throughout Asia, unschooling and life learning along the way.

6. 1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure  I’ve only briefly connected with this dad on Twitter recently, but I love his sense of energy and excitement as he shares about his plans to travel the world with his son who is 10 years old.  So far they are just about 4 months into their journey and have been to Mexico and several Central American countries.

7. Edventure Project: Combining Education with Adventure  A few years ago Mom and Dad took their four children on an adventure of a lifetime. They spent a year touring Europe and North Africa. Since then they have spent some time in the States and are now preparing to travel back to a country they fell in love with, Guatemala. They have wonderful virtual field trips for sale on their sites which are packed with exciting ways your kids can follow the family on their adventures. Check them out!

8. At Home in the World  This Canadian family of 6 sold their home in Canada and decided to travel the world.  Read about their wonderful travels and learn a little more what life is like on the road with 4 kids.

9. Our Travel Lifestyle  A family of four from Australia leaves the 9-5 daily grind to worldschool and has the adventure of a lifetime. They plan to travel through Asia and then head to the Americas.

10. Family Vagabonding   Mom and Dad have travelled to over 30 countries on 5 continents with their two youngest children. A really great blog I’ve been reading recently. Live vicariously through them and travel the world!

11. Hudson Family  This family of four has done it all – backpacking in India, Nepal, Asia, and Africa, running a hotel in South China, and travelling across the USA and Mexico in a camper. And that’s just naming a few of their adventures!

12. With Two Kids in Tow, It’s Backpacking We Go!  I’ve loved following this blog about an Aussie/Canadian couple who are travelling for a year throughout India and Southeast Asia with their 4 and 5 year old girls.

13. Snaps & Blabs  An unschooling family of 5 who are on Day 186 (or around there) of their at-least-a-year, round-the-world trip.

14. DiscoverShareInspire  The Dennings are probably one of the coolest travelling families I have ever heard about. I want to be like them when I grow up! Seriously, they are setting off for their latest adventure- travelling in a veggie powered truck from Alaska to Argentina – with 5 kids!   Their other trips have been equally amazing – driving from Utah to Costa Rica, living in the Dominican Republic and India, and driving from Georgia to Alaska.

15. Boyinks Adventure  This family of four, including a 12 and 14 year old, is travelling around the US in their RV. They provide great resources and tips for pre-planning a trip in an RV and what they’ve learned along the way.

Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts about Interest-Led Travel. Please leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail at chris@christinapilkington.com . I’d love to hear from you!

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  • http://www.discovershareinspire.com/ Rachel

    Thanks for mentioning us :)

  • Boyink

    Thanks for the mention! We really don’t self-identify as unschoolers per se’ but this year of travel has looked more like unschooling than before we set out on the road.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe you don’t consider yourselves unschoolers, but it was clear from your site that your family loves your life of travel and learning together. You can expand your interests while on the road, and are learning so much just by living life. I don’t think that is anything that can replace growing stronger as a family and opportunities to learn through real experiences. Thanks again for sharing your family adventures with us.

  • http://twitter.com/sattvicfamily Bradley Family

    Thank you SO much for the mention!! I look forward to getting up your interview tonight!!

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome. How could I not mention such an awesome family!

  • http://www.soultravelers3.com soultravelers3

    Thanks so much Christina for including us! You know I am a HUGE supporter of Interest-led learning and travel. ;) When we began our open ended world travel in 2006, no one was doing it or writing about it online,( there were almost no travel blogs of ANY kind) so it’s pretty thrilling to see all the new families doing it now…showing that there are so many different ways to do it.

    It certainly was the best decision of our lives and the education has been even better than we had hoped for. We’ve been traveling now for going on 6 years on just $23/day per person ( to 43 countries on 5 continents) so I think that proves that one doesn’t have to be rich to live a rich life. Some do it on even less. We travel the world for much less than we ever lived on at home…freedom has become more important to us than stuff.

    If there is a will there is always a way. I’ve known a modest family with 8 kids who traveled the world for 15 months and a single mom of 5 adopted mixed raced kids who is doing it now.

    I say this for Janelle and others who feel like we all do when we first think of this idea of world travel as a family …as an impossible dream.

    Hang onto your dream and step by step you will get there and find out it is not only not impossible, but can be easier, cheaper and more thrilling than you expected. ;) Oooh and what a way for a child to learn the languages, cultures and beauty of this world and truly be a global citizen.

    • Anonymous

      Your family is such an inspiration to me. You first put the idea of an around the world trip and extended travel into my head. We taken baby steps in that direction and have gone on some shorter trips so far (2-3 weeks) where we practiced slow travel. I LOVE your thoughts and all the tips and tricks you have for living a rich and full life while travelling slow.

      Staying in one place for a least a week (although we prefer at least two weeks in one place), gives you more of a taste and feel for the place you’re staying. For my family, part of the adventure of travel is to immerse ourselves in the place where we are instead of going to an inclusive resort where you’re sheltered from everyone and everything else.

      Thanks so much for including such a wealth of knowledge and resources on your site. I am very anxiously waiting to purchase any e-books or books I might have in the works.

  • Janelleschnulle

    Thanks for sharing. I too, LOVE the Denning family. Wish I were them. Am a wee bit jealous. I just want to know- what kind of “job” does he have/did he have that he doesn’t have to “work”– permanently, anyways? My husband could NEVER just leave his job for us to go travel the world, even if we did sell everything. eventually the $ would run out, and then he’d be out a job. I get the folks who take a off year or whatever, and then resume to “real life” again…I just don’t get how you can make this work permanently. Amazing that they can make this work, I wish I knew how : ) I searched their site pretty thoroughly- am I missing something?!

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t read their site thoroughly yet, I’ve just stuck to the travel diary sections, so I’m not quite sure either how they are making money. They did talk about stock options. There’s a great, great book called Your Money or Your Life. It outlines a way that you can work towards financial freedom. The favored way of having a passive income in that book comes from buying CDs. Some people live off of stock dividends. I know everyone is at a different stage on the path to financial freedom (if they’re interested in walking down that path), so maybe they were closer to having no debt, more money to invest, and so on.

      Sometimes people just move from location to location and pick up work locally while they’re there, like teaching ESL. Most people who travel a lot have location independent jobs such as website design, writing, online businesses, or can work from “home” and not have to check into a physical office.

      It’s crazy to me that they have five kids and are now going to drive from Alaska to the tip of South America in a veggie powered truck! They’ve learned a lot from their adventures and have a lot of great advice to share.

  • Athomeintheworld6

    What a great list Christina! Thank you so much for including us!

    • Anonymous

      You’re very welcome. I was so glad to run across your site a few weeks ago. I love your family’s approach to learning and life. Your travels are so inspiring. I am looking forward to reading your posts from the beginning.

  • Anonymous

    Make sure you grab something to eat and drink, too, because you’ll be in for a long ride! These families are amazing!

  • Anonymous

    I really do love your writing. I’m a new reader to your site and am looking forward to reading your posts from the beginning. We’re planning an extended travel trip with our kids in the next five years (hopefully we can be gone for a year) and I love to read about others doing long term travel. I think you son is receiving the ultimate education. And I would love if you wrote some more about unschooling and travel.

    • http://travelswithanineyearold.com Theodora

      I’m due to do another one — so I’ll try and get one out this week. It’s an interesting journey, I’ll tell you that.

      • Anonymous

        I’m really looking forward to reading it!

  • Snaps & Blabs

    Thank you for the mention, Christina. There are a few sites on it that are new to me, so I am off exploring.

    • Anonymous

      You’re very welcome. I love the free learning section of your site. There are some great stories there about how your children are learning naturally as they travel. And I really, really love your photographs. You are so talented. I just started getting into DSLR photography and would love get better at it. The pictures just add to the great post descriptions about your experiences. It makes me wish we were closer to our dream of long term travel!

      • Snaps & Blabs

        DSLR photography seems harder at first, but if you stick to it, is a much easier way to get a good photograph.
        Thank you again.

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