You’ve heard of worldschooling and you like the concept, but you have questions and fears! In this video, 22 experienced worldschooling families share their best advice to new worldschoolers. This is one video not to be missed!

These are families from all over the world who made the decision to incorporate worldschooling into their lives, some full time, some part time. They’ve all been where you are right now, wondering if they could really do it. Excited at the possibility, but fearful of the unknown.

In this interview, these families share some incredible advice that all families new to worldschooling should consider!

Alison Netzer

I would say if you can do it, do it! Life is so short,


Cindy Bailey

If you have an opportunity to do something like this, you can do it, and you should do it!


Lilian Hope

Being able to travel and integrate into countries and go places where people don’t usually go, it’s a very special experience.


Martha Nieset

I would say you’re not alone. Every single person who is doing this now has been exactly where you’re at, asking themselves that same question. Can I do this? Is it possible?


Sarah De Santi

I would say that if you’re thinking about it, you’re already doing it. When my husband and I start talking about something like “oh, that would be interesting, it’s gonna happen.” It’s always been like that, and I think that if you put your head in it, it means a part of you is already there.


Michele Romano

Give it a try. It’s so worth it. And you can always change your mind if you don’t like it.


Laura Ballantyne

I am a normal person. I went to university, and I dropped out because I didn’t like it. Ella was born when I was 23. I’ve been with Matt since I was 18. Matt’s a builder. He’s as Kiwi as you get. He likes barbeques and beers. We’re just normal people. We’re young, I’m 28, and he’s 29. We don’t have tons of money behind us. We’re literally just a couple who wanted this, and so we’ve figured out how we can make it work.


Sandi & Jimi Falin

If you’re sitting in your neighborhood, and you’re realizing “God, this just sucks, this is not what I pictured,” you can try something new. You can get out there and just do something different.


Kelvin & Kimberly Wong

If you’re watching and your children are still young, then just go for it. Because when they are older, they won’t want to bother with the stuff you may want them to do with you. Whereas, if you start early, they may create a special bond with you and enjoy doing everything together. To experience everything together, to focus on you more than other things. And that’s just such a great feeling that I hope we can go on and on and on until they become adults.


Anneliese Hall

When I had Madeline, a couple of weeks after she was born, I had some complications from the delivery, and I almost passed away. You live only once. You can go so quickly. I’ve always been a very healthy person, but it happens so quickly.


Alison Netzer

Kids are getting older. They grow so fast. You’ll never think that when they’re toddlers. It feels like forever when they’re toddlers, but they all of a sudden just sprout and grow so quickly.


Astrid Vinje

This is a truly unique learning experience for our kids. And we’re so lucky to be able to do it with them.


Leanne Heggie

Do it, just do it. And however long that takes you, whatever parameters you set for yourself, because there are none, if you want to go traveling, you will go traveling and in whatever form that is, just do it.


Tanya Sharkey

If you love to travel and you’re considering worldschooling, I highly recommend it.


Anneliese Hall

If someone is thinking of doing it, if you have that idea in their head, know that you can make it work. I’m sure about that.


Reka Kaponay

I would say don’t worry so much. You’re giving them such a gift in showing them the world and giving them the world.


Brandon & Jennifer Pearce

Just believe that the world is a safe place and just enjoy it. Savor it and just enjoy every place you’re in for what it has to offer.

Elly Mcguinness

Don’t overthink it. Give it a go. The longer you do it for, the less you’ll feel like you have to plan. And you’ll realize that there’s not as much to worry about as what you may think there is.


Kelvin & Kimberly Wong

I’d say just go for it. Every day feels really long, but when you look back, the years are really short. I still wish I had actually taken the leap earlier.


Janet Sellers

My own personal experience was one that I don’t regret. I couldn’t recommend it more and plan to keep doing it. So I would just encourage you to pursue it. Absolutely!


Anneliese Hall

If you put them in school, from school they go to their soccer and then they have homework. You only sit down a couple of times a week having dinner with them. Life is short, and these kids grow so fast.


Kevin Wagar

If your kids see you following your passions, then they’re going to learn that they can follow their passions too.


Reka Kaponay

It’s going to impact them in so many different amazing ways, some challenging ways, but it’s going to make them grow into someone that’s so much more sure of themselves and confident in who they are. They’ll become curious about the world, always wanting to learn more.


Brandon & Jennifer Pearce

There’s been no greater education, and there’s been no greater method for personal growth than getting out there and experiencing the variety in the world and experiencing it with your kids,


Anneliese Hall

What you get out of this is priceless. And it will change these kids forever. It will make a difference in their lives.


Nicci Omara

Your kids will leave home quicker than you could believe. I always thought when they were tiny, they would never leave home. I know now that it’s going way too fast!


Kelvin & Kimberly Wong

It is something that you can do together. And it helps builds a strong bond not only between you and your partner but also with your family on the whole. It makes your family so much more complete.


Kevin Wagar

Worldschooling instills in them a sense of trust and honesty in themselves. That they can go off and do the things that they’ve always wanted to do without being afraid.


Reka Kaponay

Don’t worry about how they’re going to achieve certain things or what’s going to happen because everything will work out.


Nicci Omara

Things don’t change at home. You’ll get back after a few months or even after a few years, and things really haven’t changed.


Tanya Sharkey

Just do what you can. Take baby steps, and you never know what the universe will provide for you when you put that out there.


Anneliese Hall

You don’t need to be rich to do this, you definitely don’t. It is so much cheaper than people think. We went to a grocery store and bought food for a week, and we only paid $50! So it’s much cheaper than people think


Cindy Bailey

You just have to make some plans. You have to first decide yes, I’m going to do it, we’re going to do it. Then make some logistical plans on how you’re going to get it done. And then just go for it. If you’re motivated, you can do this. You absolutely can do this. And once you’re on that plane, or boat or train, it’s going to feel exhilarating,


Reka Kaponay

Allow a little bit of buffer time for breathing for the kids, especially if they’re coming out of school. Let them discover what they are really passionate about.


George & Bobi Kaponay

Getting involved with the community makes a big difference in everything. That’s the world schooling community, the events that happen, the local communities. Really get out there and listen to what the kids need. That’s going to make all the difference. And then it won’t be that hard.


Anneliese Hall

Join some of these Facebook groups that are about worldschooling and traveling with the kids because it helps.


Meaghan Wristen

Maybe start out small. Do a staycation, see what you think. Then go do a road trip. Or just go!


Laura Ballantyne

You’ll get to a point where eventually you want it enough that you will do it. If you’re still letting things stop you or you’re letting those blocks get in the way, and you’re not working through them, then maybe you’re just not ready yet. Maybe it’s not the time for you, and you just need to wait a little bit longer. Learn a bit more, do little small worldschooling things. Go on a trip per month, and see if you like it.


Martha Nieset

It’s really about creating a plan to get yourself to where you want to be. Asking the right questions, strategizing, and just moving in that direction.


Nicci Omara

Do your research and get the confidence to just go!


Melanie Lopez

Do your research and see what’s best for your family. Having a more formal curriculum might be best for your family, or completely deschooling or unschooling might be completely right for your family.


Cindy Bailey

As hard as it was to get rid of all our possessions, I didn’t miss a thing. We didn’t miss anything. Our kids were playing with straws and boxes; they didn’t care that they didn’t have their whole selection of toys. So it’s all good. It’s all good. It’s a great learning experience. And the world has so much to teach us. It has so much to teach us, so many values. How can one not do this if they can find a place in their life to just pull it off?


Janet Sellers

Join worldschooling groups on social media. That’s certainly how I did the most learning and the most connecting and asked a lot of questions and got a lot of very helpful answers.


Tanya Sharkey

Don’t get locked into the idea that it has to be full time, that you have to be doing it constantly, or as this amazing grand scheme of travel. Even if you’re going somewhere once or twice a year and doing whatever your family can, you’re worldschooling. Just travel around your country! So many of us don’t even leave our little town. Just travel your country. I can only speak for the United States, but it’s huge, and it’s amazing. And there are people from all over the world right here! So don’t feel like you have to be this extravagant traveler to consider worldschooling!


Nicci Omara

Save, plan, and talk to people. Get in the Facebook groups and things along those lines


Melanie Lopez

And reach out to other people as well. People that have done this before and lived it can also provide a lot of very fruitful information.


Sarah De Santi

There are so many different ways of traveling that you don’t need to have millions to travel the world. And you don’t need to travel the world; you can just travel your own country.


George & Bobi Kaponay

Really listen to what your kids get excited about. Be involved. Get yourself involved in that as a partner, as a family. When you empower them, when you really listen to what’s going on, and you have free-thinking stakeholders in the process, they’re going to tell you what they need, and you can be there for that.


Tanya Sharkey

Just be open to opportunities. Check out things like couchsurfing.com and trustedhousesitters.com. There’s an amazing trade community on Facebook where you do house swaps, so that’s another opportunity. All of these things are ways for you to save money while traveling. Also, look into hostelworld.com. There’s a ton of resources out there to make it budget-friendly. Then start talking to your family. Where do they want to go, and where do they want to explore? See if you can’t make it happen and just go for it!


Melanie Lopez

Figure out what’s best for your family. One child may really love the formal school setting, and one child might not. So see what might work and fit your family.


Michele Romano

You won’t regret it. It’s amazing. And your family will love it. It’s worth the investment.


Nicci Omara

You’ll never regret doing it. You will regret not taking the opportunity sooner, though! People always say, “I’ll put it off for tomorrow,” or “we’ll put it off for next year when the kids are older,” or “when we’ve got more money.” “Let’s just wait until the kids have left home” is another one I often hear. Don’t wait, just grasp it, even if it’s a bit uncomfortable, do it.


Alison Netzer

Just enjoy it. Enjoy the time that you have with them.


Kelvin & Kimberly Wong

These beautiful memories are the only things that you can take away with you when the time comes, so I urge you to do it while you still can


Brandon & Jennifer Pearce

I just say go. It’s not as hard as you think.


Sandi & Jimi Falin

Whoever’s watching this, if you’re on the fence, have fears, and you’re not sure what to do, just know that if you take the chance and do something different, your old life will be waiting for you. So if you find it’s not for you, you don’t like it, or you hate it, hey, your old life is still there!

And guess what? You got to try something new to find out.

You got to try something new. And you might love it!


Sarah De Santi

It’s not impossible. We thought it was when we start talking about it. We thought it was crazy. I mean, how do you do it? And then you just go and do it!


Reka Kaponay

Yeah, just go ahead, and you’ll do fine.


Anneliese Hall

The world is amazing. And so is spending so much time with my kids and my husband. I would say, just do it.


Meaghan Wristen

I guarantee you it doesn’t matter. You’ll have a good time. Just do it.


Kelvin & Kimberly Wong

Treasure your time together. Make good use of it. Traveling is the most precious thing you can give to a child, and it is something that you cannot weigh with money or any other materialistic things.


Melanie Lopez

You live only once, right?


Nicci Omara

It’s the best thing you’ll ever do, and you will thank yourself forever.


Leanne Heggie

If you really want to do it. You’ll do it.


Nicci Omara

Grab it, travel, have an amazing life. Just do it.


Kelvin & Kimberly Wong

We only live once.


Laura Ballantyne

Just do it.

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Alison Netzer

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Martha Nieset

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Sarah De Santi

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Michele Romano

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Laura Ballantyne

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Sandi & Jimi Falin

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Kelvin & Kimberly Lau

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Anneliese Hall

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Astrid Vinje

Leanne Heggie

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Tanya Sharkey

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Réka Kaponay

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Brandon & Jennifer Pearce

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Elly Mcguinness

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Janet Sellers

Kevin Wagar

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Nicci Omara

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George & Bobi Kaponay

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