I met the Benders online. Through connections about Australia, traveling, blogging and world wide adventures, we connected through social media. I’ve followed their adventures and we’ve chatted about favourite spots across the globe. As an educators who spent years in traditional public school, I am constantly thrilled to see children exploring the world, learning by doing and families figuring out education that works for them. This family is sharing their joy of adventure and exploration with the next generation. Erin and Josh traverse the globe with their little ones in tow. Whether you follow their journey or their lead – their story is compelling. Check them out at Travel with Bender.
I was asked the other day if I traveled much before I met my husband. He’s Aussie. I’m American. The question came from a Kiwi. She knew that it wasn’t surprising for an Australian to love to and make time for travel, but struggled with the idea that that same love would come from an American. ‘You’re a good match’, she realized quickly.
Travel has changed me. Before travel me and after travel me are two different pieces. There’s the girl who grew up in the sheltered shadow of Long Island, NY and the one who’s slept on the edge of the Serengetti National Park in Tanzania. The first girl was scared more often, thought New York was the center of the universe and couldn’t really imagine ever feeling like a minority in the population. The second has seen a fair share of life outside of her comfort zone, tries to put fear in its place and knows what a small place she holds in the world. These are two divergent approaches to life with travel as the barrier of change in the middle. Who knew that’s what it could do. Read the rest of this entry
Two weeks a year is more than some people ever get to travel. Often life, bills, schedules, work and so many other things get in the way and it just doesn’t seem feasible anymore. What you felt compelled to spend your money on as a university graduate may be different for those in their thirties, forties or beyond. Travel doesn’t have to stop when you get that career. For many travelers, the skills and abilities picked up along the way might just make you more ’employable’ or give you the push to leap out on your own for that company you always wished to create or the life you dreamt you’d have in ‘retirement’. Meet Rob and Lina of Erohisms. A couple, who after experiencing life ‘traditionally’, decided to make the jump (for awhile) to that of the ‘non-traditional’. With a ‘grown up GAP year mindset’ they set out into the unknown of long-term travel to see what it could be like for them. Here they share their experience. Read the rest of this entry