Our decision to do this at this time was driven mostly by the kids’ age — they are of the age old enough to appreciate the depth of such an experience, yet young enough to be enthusiastic about spending this much time together as a family. They are little enough to be vastly curious about the world, yet strong enough to carry their own packs and endure the bumps of travelling across 20 countries. They are old enough to be diligent about following a homeschooled curriculum, yet not too old to miss out on the best of what formal schooling can offer.
The children maintained their education through a variety of tools, such that they completed 4th and 6th grade while they travelled. Upon our return to Seattle, they returned to public school to continue on with 5th and 7th grade alongside their peers.
We adults made the effort to save and stop out of work for the year so that we may focus on their needs, as well as our own personal and creative development in ways best served by leaving familiar shores behind. It’s been scary at times, but immensely worthwhile. Janet is a veterinarian who resumed that work when she returned. Alex is a healthcare industry veteran who is excited about finding new opportunities that will continue to challenge him professionally.
We call Seattle home, and are a bit (or a lot) changed for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, particularly if we can be of any help if you are considering somethin similar. Worldschooling is a daunting undertaking, and we’ll be glad to offer whatever we can.
For quick reference, here is an alphabetical listing of the countries we went to and the time we spent in each one including travel days:
Europe (93 days)
- France (Nancy, Colmar, Ribeauville, Riquewihr): Nov 5-11, 2018 (7 days)
- Germany (Heidelberg): Nov 11-14, 2018 (4 days)
- Italy (Polcenigo/San Giovanni, Venice, Rome): Oct 21 – Nov 3, 2018 (14 days)
- Spain (Madrid, Toledo, Merida, Sevilla, Malaga, Fuengirola, Ronda, Cordoba, Nerja, La Herradura, Granada, Guadix, Lanjaron): Aug 11-Oct 9, 2018 (60 days)
- Switzerland (Zurich): Nov 3-5, 2018 (3 days)
- United Kingdom (London): Aug 4-11, 2018 (8 days)
Africa (77 days)
- Morocco (Fes, Erg Chebbi, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh): Oct 9-21, 2018 (13 days)
- Tanzania (Arusha, Serengeti, Zanzibar): Nov 14, 2018 – Jan 17, 2019 (64 days)
Asia (110 days)
- Cambodia (Siem Reap, Angkor): Feb 21-27, 2019 (7 days)
- China (Hong Kong, Beijing): Apr 12-25, 2019 (14 days)
- India (Delhi, Agra, Varanasi): Jan 22-30, 2019 (9 days)
- Indonesia (Bali): Feb 27 – Apr 12, 2019 (45 days)
- Japan (Tokyo, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara): Apr 25 – May 5, 2019 (11 days)
- Thailand (Chiang Mai): Jan 30 – Feb 21, 2019 (23 days)
- UAE (Dubai): Jan 17-22, 2019 (6 days)
Americas (83 days)
- Colombia (Medellin): May 16 – Jun 7, 2019 (23 days)
- Mexico (Cancun, Playa de Carmen, Tulum, Coba, Ixtapa, Mexico City): Feb 16-25, 2018; May 9-16, 2019 (18 days)
- Peru (Lima, Cuzco, Macchu Picchu, Iquitos): Jun 7-26, 2019 (15 days)
- USA (Hawaii, Houston, Washington DC, New York City, Bonners Ferry): May 5-9, 2019; Jun 27 – Jul 31, 2019 (40 days)