Today, more and more people are choosing the nomadic lifestyle. With flights available cheaply online and so much of the world to be seen, it’s no surprise that individuals, groups of friends, couples and even families are spending much more of their time jetting off and exploring the various destinations on offer around the globe. However, when it comes to traveling as a family, there are many things that might put you off. Where will you work? Where will your children study? These are all valid questions to ask when it comes to traveling the world with your family in tow. We’ve listed some of the most common ways to overcome these obstacles.
Tips on Long-Term Family Vacations
When it comes to long-term family travel, one of the main concerns that you may have as a parent is how you are going to make an income. If you’re currently working in a regular office job, for example, you’ll probably only be able to take a certain amount of time off per year, restricting your family as to where you can explore. Instead, why not consider exploring a range of remote working options that might interest you. For example, there can be a lot of money made by becoming a travel photographer or a travel blogger. If you’re traveling long-term as a family, this could make for some very interesting stories to share.
The second question that you might be asking as you plan your long-term family trip is likely concerning education. As every parent knows, children must attend school by law. However, many families who travel get around this by providing home-based education, something that’s become easier and easier as the internet has advanced. Today, you can find everything from core school subjects for the kids to a library science masters degree available online. Online study is available for all ages and abilities, and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. So, if you’re interested in studying for an online library science program, there’s no need to postpone your travel plans.
Another concern that you might have about traveling long-term with your family is that of accommodation. This is especially true if you have small children, as you will need a larger hotel room, in comparison to a single traveler who can simply stay in a hostel, for example. When it comes to finding accommodation as a family, one of the best ways to keep costs low without compromising on comfort is to try apps such as Airbnb, which offer a wider range of vacation accommodation options that are more of a ‘home from home’.
Finally, traveling long term as a family can be lots of fun, but it can also take some time to adjust to for every family member. A good way to ensure that this doesn’t get in the way of your fun is to begin your trip during the summer break and make sure that you have enough money so that you can all relax for the first few weeks.
Do you enjoy traveling as a family? We’d love to hear your top tips in the comments.