My family decided to move across the world but before we settled down in Melbourne we traveled for 7 months. Here's my post on why we left and an update in the middle of our travels. You guys, we stayed in 6 family homes and 18 airbnb's, it was a lot.
- Throw away all of your things. You don't need anything. It's insane how we got rid of all of our stuff and I can't even remember what it was. We came to Australia with 4 carry on and 2 mid-sized suit cases and when we traveled outside of Melbourne we paired it down to 2 carry ons and 1 mid-size suit case.
2. Working vs Playing. I really like to work. I always knew that I liked to work but being in semi-vacation mode has really taught me that I really, really like to work. But when you're traveling it's really hard to figure out when to work. For example, Brandon and I tried our best to say that each morning we would switch off taking care of the kids. But when you're in New Zealand and need to go to the Hot Water Beach and the time to do it is high tide and that's in the morning -- you go to the Hot Water Beach and dig a hole in the sand to cover yourself in hot spring water next to the crashing ocean waves. Sometimes you just have to forget schedules.
3. Get some structure. Having kids really helps you have structure as far as when you wake up in the morning and the time of night you need to be home. But like I mentioned above figure out as best as you can when you're going to work.
4. Go slow. We haven't done everything in our travels. In fact we've missed a lot of cool sites because of poor planning, bad weather, and having kids (hello coolest day hike in the world that takes 7 hours (I realize some families do 7 hour hikes but we're not that hard core)). But to make traveling sustainable you have to go slow. We loved working in playgrounds and library's into our travels, things that we would normally do in Chicago.
5. Invest in organization. The biggest lesson and I can't stress this enough -- get an online appointment scheduling software. I use Acuity. Did you know that different countries have 30 minute time zones and start daylight saving times at different times of year? It's wild, and really hard to keep track of, and has made it impossible for me to be reliable on my appointment and it makes me feel awful. So having Acuity is an actual necessity for me, not a convenience. And I wouldn't just recommend it, I would say it's mandatory for traveling internationally and working from different time zones. Do it!
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Would love to hear what has worked for you being a traveling nomad with kiddos and what hasn't worked! Let me know!