What We’ve Learned From 8 Weeks of Full Time Travel
Worldschooling family life
Hey, y’all. We are coming up to two months of full-time travel, or ‘worldschooling’, and we’ve learned a lot. Some things are academic, some emotional, some spiritual- but one thing’s for sure, travel opens up a whole world of education (pun intended). Here are 8 life lessons you can expect to learn from full time travel:
- Kids don’t need many toys. Between them, our three girls (aged 6, 5 and 2) have one child-sized backpack full of toys. Little Disney figurines and Peppa Pig Characters, mainly, a soft toy each, three Hello Kitty tea-cups and tea pots, a magnifying glass, a Rubix cube and that’s pretty much it. They play with the brooms made of bamboo and dried grass around our apartment, they release geckos, they jump in the swimming pool, they play on their iPads and dig sand at the beach and do workbook activities and swim in the ocean and bounce on the mattresses and do colouring. I don’t believe in enforcing minimalism (or any other philosophy) onto children; this has happened naturally. We will be topping up their toys with Lego and some new books at Christmas, and perhaps something else if we can find decent presents wherever we are.
2. Fresh cocoa beans taste like mango. Who’da thunk it?
3. Friends are everywhere. From the tiny old lady who runs the local ‘warung’ where we eat each day, to the daughters of the staff at our apartment, friends are of all ages, all races, all religions and of all tongues. Kindness is a universal language.
4. We have awesome friends and family. After a ton of viral press coverage in the last week, our friends and family rallied round us in an incredible way. We had Facebook messages/comments, texts and voice messages of support and love from so many of you and it really highlighted the fact that love is so much more powerful than hate! Thousands of rubbish comments were blasted out of the water by a few loving messages from family and friends and it really highlighted our love for them and their love for us. (Thank you, you all know who you are!) <3
5. Mosquitos are pure evil. ‘Nuff said.
6. The world is small. We could be back in London, in our home town, within one day. One day. That’s uber quick! The kids seem to have really relaxed into travelling and I think that’s maybe because we know that if we needed to, we could be back with friends and family in the blink of an eye. It’s also partly because of points #3 and #7.
7. Home is where the heart is. Sounds super cheesy, but the fact is, the kids are ok on the other side of the world because we are their world. They might like certain material items but their ultimate security is being in the care of the people who love them most in the world.
8. Joy. The journey to pursue Joy is more worthwhile than any other trip we could take. Unlike happiness, affected by mosquitos or Bali Belly or powercuts, Joy is a deep contentment coming from the knowledge that we have everything we need (and more). Learning to be content in the ‘now’ is something I think we are all growing in, and hopefully will continue to do so.