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If you’re new to World Schooling and have questions about how to get started, here are my top tips for taking the plunge and going for it!

What is World Schooling?

In a nutshell World Schooling is using travel to educate yourself and your family. Rather than learning by only going to a traditional school, World Schooling is usually done by experiential learning and acquiring knowledge from the world around you.

Where do I start? How can I find other families travelling this way?

Join Facebook groups and talk to like minded people. There may not be anyone in your current network doing what you are doing but there are thousands all over the world. My favourite groups are ‘Worldschoolers’ or ‘Families who love travel’ Check them out for ideas and inspiration.

But I can’t afford to travel for long periods of time…

Travel could simply be for weekend breaks away from a home base. Anywhere you are experiencing new ideas and different ways of thinking in a culture different to your own.

If you want to travel for longer periods, do your research on a destination. It may actually be cheaper to live there than at home! After all, it is expensive to maintain a house, cars, utility bills etc.

Looking to top up your income? If you own a house could you rent it out while you are away? Some families fund their entire overseas travel by renting out their home. You could use sites like Airbnb (Get a $25 credit to get you started) or you can list your property right here on WSE for free.

Don’t want to rent? How about a swap? That way you don’t have to totally pack up all your belongings. We have quite a few listed here already. Are you interested in exchanging homes with any of these?

Free up some cash – sell some your stuff! Get all those books you have read once up for sale on Amazon. Do you wear all your clothes in your wardrobe? If you haven’t worn it for a year get rid of it. Sell them at car boot sales or on ebay.

Can you work online? Will your boss allow you a sabbatical or to work from home? This day many jobs can be done from anywhere you are in the globe as long as you have good internet connection.

Pet / Home sit? Some people will let you stay in their homes for free! Can you believe that? All you have to do is feed and look after their pet and possibly do a few chores. We have some on the WSE site, take a look here.

What about all my stuff?

Get rid of the clutter. Take a trip to the tip or the local charity shop and give all that stuff away you don’t use. Unwanted Christmas presents? Saving things just in case you need them in the future? Get rid of it – you will be surprised just how invigorating it feels. The less you own the less you have to take care of and maintain.

But what if I get sick?

Take out some good travel insurance. At least if the worst were to happen you will have peace of mind of having something to fall back on. We recommend World Nomads, and you can read more about our thoughts on travel insurance in this post, there’s even a quick quote generator there you can use.

What about my kid’s education? Won’t they get lonely?

Apart from all the things your kids can learn on the road, there are numerous summits and meetups arranged by other families. Check out Lanie’s http://projectworldschool.com or Crystal’s
http://enlightenedglobetrekker.com websites for some inspiration on upcoming memory learning meetups.

Want something a bit more structured? There are numerous ‘schools’ throughout the world that allow you to register your child for a short period of time. Check out the list we have prepared here.

When is they best time to travel with children?

There will never be a perfect time. Things will always cross your path to make you delay your plans. There is a big wide world out there waiting for you to explore. You cannot plan for every eventuality.

Just go!

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    mrsrjmills said on December 11, 2016 9:17 pm:

    Awesome, thank you! I live in Dudley, England and I am planning our first intentional world schooling trip which will be to London. #excited