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We’re certainly not the only family who have left the rat-race to travel the world, but might be one of the few who did it with older kids and a tag-along-teacher. Our travels caught the attention of blogger and podcaster Jason Jenkins of An Epic Education. In his recently published podcast we discuss travel resources, spreadsheets, coffee makers, Rick Steves, library cards and the challenges of family travel with teens.

 

 

 

Some highlights about world-schooling while traveling (cited from An Epic Education’s show notes):

 

EPIC INSIGHT
They knew they were coming back, so researched their state’s laws regarding homeschooling.
Enrolled Bella into specific online courses associated with...

Our teens are great travelers, but they’ll be the first to tell you that they hate being tourists. They cringe when they see package-deal-holiday busloads unloading at site entrances. They’ll skittle away from groups in museums, lest someone think we’re with them. After almost a year traveling around the world with a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old, we’ve identified three types of not-so-touristy teen travel by tapping in to our kids’ passions and focusing on immersive activities.

 

First, consider language learning. In almost every major city we’ve been, from Mendoza to Madrid to Montpellier, we’ve seen language schools for older kids and teens. Many of these offer 1- 2- and 4-week summer camps with opt...

I shared our RTW plan with a long-time friend and mentor over coffee one day. He was surprised, incredulous even. His response was something like, “What?! You’re going to do what? That’s crazy! Aren’t you afraid you’re going to screw up your kids?” It was the first time someone had expressed doubts about what we were doing, he was genuinely concerned that quitting school and traveling for a year would negatively affect our tween son and teen daughter. “No way!” I replied confidently. “They love travel. They’ll be fine!” 

 

Well, the truth is, it’s been harder on them than I expected. The bottom line is that they ARE fine and they HAVE learned a lot and they WOULD tell you the trip was worth it. But the...

January 27, 2015

By Bella Richter de Medeiros

 

Unexpected things you learn while traveling for a year with your family:

 

  1. You’re going to miss home a lot more than you think you will. You’ll miss things that you didn’t even give a second thought about, but you only now notice its absence. (I’m talking about boxed macaroni and cheese here.)

  2. Hanging out with your family 24/7 may sound incredibly appealing but it has its limits.

  3. Showers. You never know what kind of shower you’re going to end up with. You get used to freezing cold showers, you get used to 30 second hostile water-saving showers, you get used to showers whose strongest water pressure is the equivalent of a dripping faucet, you get used to shower...

November 28, 2014

By Isabella Richter de Medeiros

 

About two months ago, my mom and I went to my high school’s counselor to talk about homeschooling and credits. We wanted to make sure that, even though I would be homeschooled for a year, I would graduate with my Class of 2017. With the way it worked out with the meeting, I was able to get set up with three online classes, totaling in 2.5 credits for this year: one year of Algebra, one year of PE (a state graduation requirement), and one semester of Health (also a state graduation requirement). Usually, one would accumulate at least 6 credits per year. So, next year, I’ll have to do my school’s Running Start program, which will allow me to catch up on all my credits an...

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