My husband and I have always loved to travel. We spent five years living on the coast of Mexico where our first son was born. We then decided to move back to the States to earn some money so that we could live the life of our dreams.
Back in the U.S. we bought a house, had two more boisterous boys, and we began homeschooling. Well, we got caught up in the rat race and chasing the American Dream. We bought a bigger, better house (and all the STUFF to put in it), two nice cars, and all the other odds and ends. Even though each year we made more money than the last, it seemed like every month it was a struggle to just get by. Ten years passed by in the blink of an eye. In 2014 we took a month long road trip to Mexico where we remembered how it felt to live simply and intentionally. Upon our return from that trip we immediately decided to that we had to make a change. We decided that it was time to go out and live life rather than just scrape by.
Change takes time and sacrifice. It took us two years to sell our house and just about everything we own so that we could embark on this journey. We began with a road trip around the eastern part of the United States and then flew to South America. After our South American adventure, we road tripped up to Washington where we spent a year enjoying our sailboat among the San Juan Islands. Since we were so close to Alaska, a winter adventure sounded fun, so we made our epic journey north. Who knows what is in store for us next.
The definition of coddiwomple is to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination. That is exactly what our family is doing. We don’t know exactly where we’re going, or where we will end up, but it is our goal to learn as much as we can from the world along our way.
Would you like to hear about what it’s like traveling the world as a family of five? Are you curious to hear how we got started and what our biggest questions were? Check out our interview with Sheryl Sitts on her podcast Exploring Possibilities.
You can also hear me chat with Jason from Epic Education Radio Podcast about our South American adventures. We also chatted about worldschooling and how we were able to enroll our kids in school in Peru.