Podcast #17: How we traveled the world for a year with four kids
When we planned our “big trip” a few years back, we didn’t quite know what a topic of conversation or interest it would be. Every once in a while we mention it casually, how we traveled for a year around the world with our four kids, forgetting that we’re dropping a bit of a bomb on the unsuspecting listener.
Although in many ways it feels sort of normal to us now, our trip of a lifetime was anything but normal.
In reality, spending 54 weeks on the road, backpacking literally around the globe, touching down in 32 countries, with four kids aged 8 and under is pretty phenomenal. We’re frequently reminded what a genuine gift our travels have been and we’re so grateful for this experience that we were able to share as a family.
It’s difficult to boil down such a momentous year to a 50 minute podcast, though we did our darnedest.
At the very least, we hope this podcast gives you a solid overview of what it was we did and why, as well as answer some of your questions about how we made it happen, especially financially (that’s always the biggie, right?).
And if you have more specific questions about how we travel, tips for particular challenges, or anything else you can think of, let us know in the comments. We’d love to try to answer them in future posts or podcasts!
In this episode you’ll hear:
- How we decided to travel the world with our four kids in 2012-2013.
- The WHY onion. (“Sometimes it tastes good and sometimes it makes you cry.”)
- All the countries we visited — Argentina! France! Turkey! Rwanda! Cambodia! Australia! and on and on … (32 total!!)
- Why traveling is the best education.
- How we balanced work with cultural experiences and sight-seeing.
- How we were able to afford the trip without a secret inheritance! (Hint: It wasn’t a vacation. Another hint: It wasn’t fancy.)
- That amazing, serendipitous moments HAPPEN when you travel.
- About a few of the challenges, including constant culture shock and transportation woes. (i.e. getting ripped off.)
- Our favorite and most memorable parts of our trip. Plus our favorite food — so good that it was one of our 1-year-old’s first words!
- That sometimes, it was the best thing ever, but by the end, we really were happy to return home.
- The many, many ways that travel changed us … “Total. Complete. Deconstruction.” (But in a good way.)
- People are beautiful.
Resources from this podcast:
Our site Entre Family Travels, which documents parts of our around-the-world journey (not all, we only blogged part of it), as well as shares a bit from our recent 3 months in Europe, and plenty of tips for traveling smart as a family.
Airbnb — How we found places to stay that usually felt like “home.”
Our closed Facebook group — connect with us!
As well as our ever-growing page of resources.
“Despite the fact that we’ve had a lot of challenges, it has not dampened our desire to keep going and to see more of the world and to get back out there again.” – Stephanie Langford
Go ahead and listen by clicking on the play button right here at the top of the post.
Or, listen directly through iTunes or Stitcher!
Thanks for joining us for today’s podcast!
Do you have questions we can answer? Are you considering a big trip too? Please leave us a question in the comments or via SpeakPipe below!
Top images: Left, a gorgeous tower in the quaint town of Cesky Krumlov, Croatia. Right, at a temple complex in Kyoto, Japan.
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