Monday, 31 December 2012

Thoughts on travel ...

I think making deep connectons with locals is key to really knowing a place and preventing travel fatigue or feeling homesick. This goes hand in hand with slow travel and return to favorite places. One reason they will be favorite places is because of the dear friends that you have there. Many travelers make the mistake of just connecting with other travelers or not staying long enough to really connect with locals.  (Soul )

Friday, 2 November 2012


You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

Dr. Seuss

Thursday, 1 November 2012

"Homeschooling is NOT an attempt to replicate the school experience at home. Homeschooling/unschooling is the belief that children learn best when they're excited to learn, have a caring adult to guide them, and are allowed to set the pace of their own education. We are not trying to be a 'school' at home, teaching the same basic subjects taught in 'real' schools. We teach life, and with that goal in mind, learning comes naturally."

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

One of our many memorable trips with our kids

was in easter 2011 my partner and i with our 6 year old and 3 year old took off for 21 days through eastern europe by train and bus. we travelled through 8 contries starting in lithuania and went through ukraine and finishing in zagreb croatia. it was fantastic we did 5 overnight train trips on the old exsoviet trains that felt like real travel......the slowness and the rattle of these trains were nostalgic,and magical, the lady attendents still had long soviet looking grey coats on and were beautiful, there was lace dolies on the tables and the windows and the toilets definitly reminded us of their age lol.

we travelled with one pull- along case and one backpack, i pushed a phil and ted  pram(its great with youngsters for when your out and about late into the night or for long walks, worth the exta inconveniance) and the kids shared a little kids pullalong with their toys in. I will always remember the look of the taxi drivers faces at the thought of getting our stuff into a car  when we got of trains in early hours. we just had to be confident that it would fit, then squeese the big bag on to andys lap. (we never planned to travel to far by car as even though we had travel seat belts, when your getting a taxi at 3 in the morning its the last thing you think about with sleepy kids, and would have taken to long to set up, bad but true.... 
i always say what you take on holiday for two weeks is what you would need for a whole years travel...
Except when we booked our first hotel at home, for the rest of the trip we booked hotels either the night before or the morning we were to travel, internet makes it very easy now and all our hotels were very helpful with using their computers. we booked our next out bound train trip when we arrived in each place with no problems,
 we have decided that when we travel long term next year 2013 we plan to take a note book computer and a I-pad for homeschooling and conveniance in talking to family.
the kids handled moving from place to place with no problems and we're very adaptable and easy going. they loved sleeping on the trains as we did. it was great and well worth doing x      

Thursday, 2 August 2012

a lovely letter about kids and travel

Traveling Teaches Children to Become Citizens of the World, and So Much More

I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my life. There was a freedom that came from traveling alone but now I have two young boys. I am a big believer in the gift of travel, and I believe even more strongly, that it is one of the most important contributions I can make in the lives of my children and to us as a family. It has enriched my life deeply and the memories I have made and will continue to make will last a lifetime.
So often, people think that life is over after having kids, or at least the spontaneity and adventure in it. They settle down and think that settling down is what you are supposed to do. I want to do this as a family one day, and one day we will. I believe stability for children comes from their parents. It is presence from their parents that allows for the security, stability and “home” that they need. This post is about; why I travel, why I want my kids to be exposed to the world and all of the amazing benefits that come with it.
Many people say that it’s a waste to travel with young children, especially before the age of 5. These same people allege that infants and toddlers won’t remember anything and it won’t be worth the money, inconveniences or aggravation. I disagree as my experiences have shown me otherwise. Please allow me to explain.
Traveling has so many benefits to a family. The parents gain new perspectives and experiences, which augment them as individuals, as a couple and as parents. This is so important in raising their children. When we are not exposed to different views and ways of seeing the world we become complacent and we begin to believe our way is the only way.
I believe travel is most important within the first seven years of life. It is within that period that the foundation is set for a person. We grow, we change, we learn, but our first years of life are the most valuable in determining who we become fundamentally in terms of values, personality, and intrinsic nature. This has been proven and is accepted by most with public health messages that continually talk to parents about the importance of the first five years of life.
The stimulation of new environments, different cultures, modes of transportation, other languages, cuisines and people, will help to influence and create the paradigm our children use to view the world. They will adapt better to change in their lives and they will also be more compassionate, respectful, aware and considerate of others. I don’t claim this to be the case simply if you travel, however, I believe that with this exposure to the world outside of our own and with Guidance, Love, Patience and Compassion, these characteristics will develop organically. I also believe that instilling gratitude and appreciation for all we have in this life is very important.
Traveling from an early age can also prevent fear; fear of people, fear of failing, fear of unfamiliar places and most importantly, fear of the unknown. Children aren’t born with fear. It is taught and it is learned. My kid’s fearlessness eases any fears I may have and their enthusiasm in all of our adventures truly inspires me.
Kids are dreamers. We need to let them dream. We need to expose them to the beautiful world we live in and show them that a world outside of our own exists. I believe in doing this at an early age. The exposure will breed curiosity, which is so important. We should always be curious! Critical thinking is also essential in this world and many people would say, “it is not taught in our school system.” It is however, learned through living, through playing, exploring, discovering, and being exposed to new and different ways of life.
I believe traveling teaches our children to become better citizens of the world we all share. They cultivate a social awareness that most of us don’t develop until much later in life, empathy for humanity, and a wondrous spirit that will inspire others as they walk through this precious gift of life.
My experience has shown me, if you have never traveled with your children, that you can’t expect perfection. It isn’t easy but anything truly beneficial and rewarding usually isn’t. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions, be patient, enjoy each little stop they want to make along the way to smell the flowers and play with rocks, and take pride in knowing you are helping to shape the way your child sees this boundless, wonderful, beautiful world we all share.
Happy Traveling. May you and your children grow stronger, wiser and more fulfilled in your lives. I truly believe we all grow exponentially while traveling and we are so much more present for each other. The bonds established, the love shared and the memories created will tell stories for our lifetimes.
World Tour 2013 in planning stages now ☺

one of the biggest gifts i can give my kids is travelling

i agree very much with the link from family on bikes . Travelling is one of the biggest gift i can give to my children. just looking at my kids, even if they can't remember the places they have visited, i believe that their travels have given them a wonderful education and strenght of character. Alisha who's 6 has travelled to 23 countries and seb (4) to 13 countries so far. both are really sociable, and not afraid to approach anyone (hopfully friends) to talk to them and are very adaptable in their lives. but i also believe that if parents lead by example, if they are relaxed in their lifestyle and do not limit childrens experiences and believe and trust they can do things ..then of course children will believe it to, whatever it be travelling, sports, ect.

the first steps are the hardest...

hi there my name is tracey i live in England with andy we have two children alisha who's 6 and seb whos 3.
Our plan is in 18 months around april 2013 is to travel in a similar way to 'www.soultravers, a family of 3 who has been traveling for 6 years and are an inspiration to me. Along the way we will homeschool/unschooling our chrildren. For me waiting for 18 months is far to long to wait, i wanted a year and andy wanted 2years so we met in the middle.
There is endless jobs to sort out before then,
the house house has to be decorated so we can rent it out

Monday, 4 June 2012

at last June has arrived

June has been a long time in coming and May was a hard month to be in.. but phew its here at last.
>I have just finnished my Open Univercity module 'Renaissance Art Reconsiderd' 
after doing six stressful weeks of writing 4.500 words which i have to say i did enjoy very much. My chosen subject matter was the War of Troy Tapestry in the V&A museum and i spent three hour staring at it. It did feel great to give so much time just to studing one item, how often can we say we have been able to devote time to just looking at beauty of art.
>My two children from 1st june officially have been deregristered from school and are now being unschooled. What started as looking for a way to educate them when we plan to travel long-term next year,  has led after six months of studing( spending more time studing this than my OU course i might add) the fantasic and inspiring blogs, facebook, and articles on the web to home/unschooling them now..
> 1st june ..Party time with the hash house harriers milton kenya 2012  a full weekend of drink and frolicks and don't forget the running .....
> and to finnish of the long list .. I now have time to pack up house to get ready to move back into to my old house (long story) on the 8th june lucky we have got 2 extra days bank hols phew
so much for relaxing and enjoying putting my feet up but then i wasnt very good at that ...theres so much to do and so much fun to be get on

Thursday, 1 March 2012

What're the differences between and the definitions of homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling?

A post written by Eli Gerzon who is a unschooler now grown up and travelling the world. He has a facebook page call 'worldschoolers' 

What're the differences between and the definitions of homeschooling, unschooling, and worldschooling?

This is the official and most common term for not going to school full-time; being otherwise educated. The word clearly implies creating a school structure in the home, as some do, though many or even most homeschoolers utilize many educational opportunities outside of the home. Even when this is the case many people will still refer to themselves as homeschoolers because it is the most recognizable term or they think of their home as the base of their schooling.

This term was coined by John Holt to emphasize his educational philosophy as something fundamentally different than school and education as most people think of it. It's essentially freedom or the confidence in free people's ability to become educated by utilising the resources and guidance around them and inside of them. It is often described as "child driven learning", free of coercion and based on following one's own interests, not necessarily using any of the usual school resources. Still, one can go to classes and use textbooks while still calling oneself an unschooler as many unschoolers do.

(John Holt was a school teacher himself. He started to become a critic of the way schools were run and wrote about How Children Fail to learn because of school and looking at How Children Learn realized it's really in-spite of school. Eventually he started to tell parents, "You can Teach Your Own children and let them enjoy Growing Without Schooling because, in truth, children are actually Learning All the Time." In fact as a philosophy its Never Too Late to start unschooling and follow ones bliss to learn whatever one wants. At the same time, many unschoolers and unschooling advocates, including Pat Farenga, a protégé of John Holt and current president of Holt Associates, has expressed a desire for a more positive term that isn't defined by what it isn't.)

  This is a new term coined by Eli Gerzon that is essentially a more descriptive and positive version of unschooling that can apply to anyone even those beyond school age. Gerzon defines it by saying, "It's when the whole world is your school, instead school being your whole world." Eli Gerzon has "unschooled through college" mainly by learning from his international travels but the term does not require you to travel the world, just as unschooling doesn't forbid making use of school resources. Instead, it's when one actively experiences and learns from the world around one: the home, family, friends, strangers of all backgrounds, libraries, parks, sports, forests, schools, towns, and of course the world and the world wide web. It also emphasizes that there is always more to learn from this wonderful, complex world regardless of whether one has a high school degree, is a doctor, or is solely self-educated.

Unschooling Dilemma

I am thinking about
unschooling my two kids or as one young man put it 'world schooling', which I
like as we plan to go travelling next year.
My problem is I want to take my daughter out of school
now, and my son is supposed to start school in sept but he will only be 4years
and 2 months, which I feel is far too young to be stuck in an institution!
When I sit down and read all the articles on the
internet on why people home/unschool it really hits a nerve it feels so right
for me and what I want for my kids. but then i move away from the computer and
go back into the real world and am hit by a big wall called reality ...makes me
Doubt my self and what we as a family could achieve as unschoolers,
so i hover in between reading and gathering lots of
info but to worried to move forward..