Intertidal Wonders touch pools
Whenever we visit Santa Barbara, we never miss an opportunity to visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.   Located on Stearns Wharf, what this sea center may lack in size it makes up for in quality. Upon entering the exhibits kids can look at and crawl through a 1,500-gallon tidepool tank.  It’s up close and beautiful, filled with local creatures. Our twins loved the Shark Cove exhibit where they were invited to gently touch coastal sharks and rays.  They were fascinated by the baby sharks, which can be seen inside their translucent eggs. At the Intertidal Wonders exhibit, you can touch and feel sea anemones, starfish and hermit crabs.  Trained naturalists stand by to engage and answer questions.  Our boys really enjoyed this hands-on experience. Our teen was quick to head upstairs to the dimly lit and beautiful “Jellies & Friends” exhibit.  Black lights glow through tanks full of these gorgeous creatures as they move slowly through the…Continue Reading
While on our cross-country road trip from California to Florida, we took a detour north to visit Montgomery, Alabama, the site of several important events in the struggle for civil rights in America.  We feel it is important for every American child to learn this history, and we wanted to take the opportunity for our children to see it in person. Home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery is the capital of Alabama, and for a short period was the capital of the Confederacy in 1861. Montgomery was where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, leading to a court case and sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956, demanding an end to bus segregation.  The Freedom Riders were attacked by white supremacists at the Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery in May 1961, which brought the cause of desegregation and civil rights to national attention.  In…Continue Reading
Albion, Mendocino Coast, California
Have you ever dreamed of traveling long-term with your family?  In 2013 we made that dream our reality and we have traveled full-time ever since.  We love sharing our adventures with others and are often asked questions about how we do it.   So, we sat down and collected all the questions we’ve gotten over the years and answered them for you, right here. How do you support your family? Before you quit your job, you should know that we, and most other full-time travelers, continue to work, online or otherwise.  Rich is a software engineer and is able to work online.  When we started our journey, Rich worked contract jobs.  He found them on websites like Upwork, and by networking with former co-workers.  It seems like many of our nomadic friends work full-time online.  Jobs like graphic designer, writer, copy editor, website design and virtual assistant are common.  Others teach…Continue Reading
We thought it would be fun to ask some of our fellow family travelers about the amazing educational experiences they have had while traveling: we call it “Worldschooling Wednesday”. Today’s featured bloggers for Worldschooling Wednesday: Catherine, Richard, Lottie & Libby from Life In Our Van. We highly recommend you check out their blog about exploring Europe in a motor home. Ever wanted to pack your bags, jump in a motor home and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well that’s exactly what we (Catherine, Richard, Lottie & Libby) have done since September 2016. Picture this. All your belongings safely stowed in the back of your mobile home. Imagine you sitting in the driver’s seat, with the kids in the back, ready and raring to go for yet another family adventure in your trusty motorhome….Our road trip really has become that adventure in every sense of the word, with every day…Continue Reading
Before we left on our big adventure in 2013 our kids had always been in the public school system.  They attended a typical California elementary school in the Bay Area.  Our oldest had just finished 5th grade and our twins had finished first.  Our lives revolved around our little school.  I was PTA secretary, a room mom and ran the school auction.  My husband coached soccer and helped in the computer lab.  So when we decided to pull the kids out and travel the world, our first hurdle was education. Homeschooling never crossed my mind.  My first thought was a full-time online school.  There were several to choose from so we picked our favorite and decided to sign up in the fall.  We started our adventure in July, so we were in no rush to start. Our days were filled with visits to castles, historic towns and museums. We spoke…Continue Reading
Worldschooling has never been easier, with so many websites and apps to aid in education.  If you’re new to the whole concept, read our post about it: Worldschooling. Here are a few of our favorite resources for supporting a family on the move: Facebook Our favorite place to connect with other worldschooling families is on Facebook.  Our go-to group is called Worldschoolers and it’s a great place to start.  Other great groups include Families on the Move and Homeschool Travel Connect.  They are all closed groups, so just read the requirements and request to join. Websites and Apps Duolingo is a fantastic free app for learning 16 different languages, including Spanish, French and German.  Duolingo is Rich’s favorite way to learn a new language and it’s free! Memrise  is a learning tool used to teach languages and other subjects like history and geography.  They offer over 200 languages!  The boys and I love…Continue Reading