I am excited to say I have a relative of mines who is taking travel to a whole new level. Her adventures with her family reminds me of Abraham who left the comforts and familiarity of home to venture out into a land to look for a city whose builder and maker is YHVH. While I don’t think that was exactly what she had in mind when she put feet to her dream it does ring of that sentiment. Too many of us play it safe in life and as a result end up compromising on our dreams and using our families, or our jobs as excuses to prevent us from using the courage that we have been given in whatever measure to venture off into unknown territories. If you continue to wait for an opportune time for all of your ducks to be in a row you may wait too long. Rebel heart travel is a blog about the journey of a family of five who sold their possessions to travel the world for six years. It is exactly what I would want to do and I am so very glad that she and her family are chronicling their story for the rest of us to become inspired by. I look forward to seeing exactly what YHVH will do with this story of adventure and hope that you will stay tuned for some good tips concerning what she did to do it and how things are going.
Her blog shares for those who are interested tips that any of us can do to plan for such an amazing trip and with the travel tips I have learned just for the few times a year we travel overseas I can definitely see how it is very much possible for a family to travel this way.
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So other then the airport and visiting with family I never really had a chance to check out Chi-Town for myself. It is easy to put it in the category of New York another big city with bustling night life and houses on top of each other, but indeed I must admit they have a lot of unique facets to it. Personally, even with the hassle of going through TSA traveling by plane is still my preferred mode of travel. Long distance driving becomes tiring although admittedly you do get to see a lot more, yet in cities parking is definitely at a premium rate, making it way more expensive then using the existing public transportation. While I must admit international subway systems have spoiled me U.S. transportation options are convenient but in big cities can be intimidating. Unlike Japan that sports populations in its metropolitan areas as large as New York it does so from a culture that inherently has none of the safety issues that one has to encounter in major cities.
We traveled to Chicago for a family reunion so we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing we stayed in a suburban area about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, but we were able to take a stroll down to the city to see what we could see. I was surprised that around 10 o’clock at night the city was slower then I imagined, well at least depending on what street you were on. The Ferris Wheel was still going and the traffic was flowing but many of the shops were closed other then the clubs and a few of the restaurants that were near the clubs. The skyliners were amazing, especially at night. It was a much quieter and cleaner downtown area then I was expecting, but come packing cash because Chicago is high end traveling for sure. If you are driving expect to pay over $20 to park your vehicle, and if you are touring expect to pay $40 or more dollars for museums, boat tours etc… Time got away from us so other then doing a little light shopping and vehicle cruising we were able to save ourselves a few dollars on the tours and just enjoyed family which was what the trip was about. I would definitely do Chicago again and would love to do so while traveling by public transportation. There is way too much of Chicago to see to spend it all on parking!
Finding amazing deals is all about research, timing, and flexibility and if you have this there is no reason why you can’t see more of the world then what these borders of fifty states have to offer for less then it would cost you to go from Dallas to Los Angeles. Finding amazing deals is what I do I am truly a beast when it comes to researching the internet and finding amazing vacations for amazing prices. I suppose I would be the equivalent for travel as a fashion buyer is for boutique stores. As a former homeschooling stepmom I had no clue about this world of traveling and how affordable it actually can be, had I known then I would have made it my business to save up so that we as a family could at least once during their school years expose them to an International experience, but the Lord knows when these things should take place and clearly it wasn’t time. But the reason why I say homeschoolers have a greater advantage then those in the mainstream population is for these 3 reasons.
- Flexibility in time – Homeschoolers aren’t limited to taking vacation only during the summers or major holidays. For travelling these are the WORST times to travel price wise because everyone knows just like that “must have” amazing toy during the year everyone is looking for, that sellers can mark their prices up for top dollar because lets face it we know that on December 26th that must have toy for the big day is going to go down in its value considerably once the day is up. Yet, even though we know this it is worth it for some of us Americans to pay the extra just so that we can see our children light up as they unwrap the toy they didn’t think they would get for Christmas. Well, imagine how much better giving your children exposure to Paris, London, Israel, Africa or Australia would be? A life changing experience that they will not soon forget. I still remember the first cruise I ever took at the tender age of six years old, but couldn’t tell you all the toys that I received that same year. Go figure! Homeschooling families with parents that can opt to choose their vacation time can take advantage of off season traveling at any given moment.
- Flexibility in location – You’re not talking about going to Disney World or Disneyland in the U.S. at least, but you’re talking about traveling abroad. We’re not talking about visiting Aunt Mable in Florida or Uncle Tom in Wyoming, but traveling over the BIG water and trust me planes are looking for a means to fill those seats, this becomes a homeschool court advantage as traveling becomes a part of the curriculum. An opportunity to take the classroom in the air and over the seas so that as a family you can look, taste, feel, touch and hear the sounds that you have studied in a book or on the web upclose and personal. This means it doesn’t matter where you go over the waters, only that you go and this type of flexibility is available for all reasonable budgets. Having a little creativity will go along way to creating a traveling adventure that you and your family won’t soon forget.
- Taking home on the road – When traveling with children you’re used to living in shared spaces and well this becomes a great advantage with accommodations. Airbnb provides an amazing opportunity for you to not only save money on accommodations but gives you amenities that are just like home many sporting washers and dryers and full kitchens with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Making maneuvering in home spaces much easier and affordable. As eating out can be pricey for two but for four or more could break any budget. However homeschoolers are use to being happy campers and while experiencing food abroad is a part of the experience a couple of eat out meals will accommodate that need and stocking your fridge will make a far less dent in your budget. By being willing to share or rent a home abroad you will be pleasantly surprised at the nice amenities that are available to you and enjoy the privacy it gives to families to be able to enjoy one another without the concerns that comes with staying in hotels. Beware, while with research this is a great alternative, but only for the one who is willing to do their due diligence in research. You can have a nightmare of an experience without doing so. Always bear in mind if the deal sounds too good to be true well it usually is.
These are just a few reasons why homeschooling families interested in traveling abroad can do so while spending less to travel abroad then they would from the east to the west coast of their own country. I have never planned an international trip for a homeschool family, but would absolutely love to. I take it as a personal challenge that I would like to meet. So if these three aspects of traveling with your family doesn’t scare you then I would be honored to plan your family adventure. Submit to me your bid so we can get you started today! If you would like more travel tips that can help you craft your own traveling itinerary and much, much more including how to videos and travel preparation materials then be sure to join my TC travel club. You will also be the first to know about any specials or discounts that I offer for my services or products. Joining is absolutely free for now, so get in while you can to this exclusive traveling club and start planning your next adventure today!