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“Kids see the world in such a beautiful way. Everything is fresh, amazing and awe-inspiring and they reinvigorate their parents’ journey too.” It all sounds too good to be true. We asked Erin about how their children handle a constant traveling lifestyle “Travel is great for kids,” Erin says. “They are sponges and soak up languages, culture, and information. Our kids watched The Sound of Music the day we went on tour in Salzburg, Austria. They learned about tidal systems in eastern Canada, where they have the highest tides in the world. They learned about U.S. presidents when we visited Mount Rushmore. It’s an education that is memorable.”
Their educational experience is far broader than what could be taught in a traditional classroom.”
The big question that stands out for most parents is about schooling. Do you have to be a teacher to homeschool your kids? “Travel is supplying the best part of their education,” Erin explains. “It teaches them geography like no classroom can. They learn basic science museums all over the world. They can count to 10 in four languages.
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At the moment, Caius and Mia utilize online educational programs and the family also carries a few reading, writing and math workbooks on the road.
Erin has the following advice for prospective family travelers:, “Do it. Don’t put it off. Kids see the world in such a beautiful way. Everything is fresh, amazing and awe-inspiring and they reinvigorate their parents’ The hardest challenge Erin can think of was potty journey too. You’ll do more for your kids by immersing training their son Caius since the houses always changed. them into an interesting new culture than you could In addition, like many travelers know, illness is always recognize. Kids are resilient so it’s never too early to hard on the road. start traveling.”
“Traveling with kids is easier than you think. And cheaper than you ever thought possible,” says Erin.
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Published on May 5, 2016