Travelling is all about experiencing new things and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
It is about finding happiness and re-defining what’s important in life. It is about freedom and finding your own self.
There is no better company for that than your own beloved family and there is no better time than right NOW.
If you’ve dreamt about the open road for a while, maybe the time is now to start planning and executing it.
First of all, make sure this is what you want. Make sure you are ready to drive long hours, walk long distance, take up different jobs to support yourself and make sure you are ready to let go.
To let go of your home and most of your belongings. You need to be sure you can live in a small space like camper, tent, or hostel rooms.
But if you’ve always wanted to de-clutter your home, life and mind this is one way to go about it. You’ll definitely free some space for unforgettable moments and memories.
Essential advice for full-time travelling with kids:
- First and most importantly be open to sudden changes in plans. Not everything will go as planned, but sometimes the best things are those that take us by surprise.
- Living in a camper, or an RV is not easy on your children, so before you hit the road have your kids in a really good routine.
- Think about education and home-schooling if your kids are supposed to go to school.
- Juggling between home-schooling, sight-seeing, cooking and driving is exhausting and might take all your time. You need to think how you will keep your juices flowing financially.
There are a few ways to do that:
- Online work – writing, app development, freelancing, photography etc.
- In person – some families stop and settle for a few months at a single spot, take up jobs in person, utilise their talents and save some money to hit the road again.
- Renting your home - you could rent your home and live off the monthly rent. Alternatively, you can sell it and invest in your travelling venture. This, obviously isn’t the best long-term solution, unless you have a back-up plan, but it is one many families opt for to make their dreams come true.
Keep your kids entertained during long-drives by playing various games such as holding breath over bridges and scoring on animals you see on the road, reading books, listening to podcasts, etc.
Get some camping equipment. It is always a good idea to change the scenery, step out of the RV and sleep in a tent some place beautiful.
When you buy camping equipment always think about the different items your kids might need, like special sleeping bags, lights, toys etc.
If you are on the verge of making this choice, be sure to remember you are not alone in this. In fact, most long-term travelling couples, travel with their kids (49%), as young as 12 months old.
If everything goes well, you will cringe at the thought of ever coming back.