Worldschooling Spotlight – The King Family


April 16, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ World Schooling,Worldschooler Spotlight



Here we get to know our Members and learn about how they got started, how life has changed and other interesting facts.

Today we are introducing… ourselves, the King Family! Who are we? Why did we start Worldschooling Central? And what do we love about Worldschooling? Today we share with you.

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Introduce your family!

We are the King Family. Our family is made up of Karen (40), Cameron (46), Brody (12) and Sienna (6).

 

Camel Riding in Dubai, UAE!

What was life like before Worldschooling?

Before we started Worldschooling, my Husband Cam and I were both working very long hours. Cam was working as a Chef/Camp Attendant offshore on an oil rig (7 days away/7 days at home) and I had my own cake decorating business. As a result, we were always busy and we felt like life was just passing us by.

Personally, I was at the stage where I was sick of the daily grind. I was tired of doing the same thing day in day out and being too exhausted for anything but sleep when the weekend finally arrived. Plus, I was missing out on watching our kids grow up!

Being so busy all of the time, life was way too serious. Cam and I decided that we desperately needed some fun, so we booked a 7-week vacation including 2 weeks at Disney World. Little did we know that during this time we would discover Worldschooling and our lives would change forever!

 

Checking out the Rice Terraces in Bali, Indonesia

 

When and how did you first hear about Worldschooling?

The very first hint of traveling full time and schooling our kids on the way (although at the time we didn’t know it as Worldschooling), was when I read Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week. I was sitting on a plane, flying from Lima, Peru to Miami USA, and it was a life-changing experience.

In it, Tim asks what you would do with your life if money was no object.  All I could come up with was travel, helping others and snorkeling, but how could I possibly travel full time????

As I continued to read, I learned about location independence; the ability to live anywhere while earning an income online. In today’s day and age, it made perfect sense to me, and I suddenly realized that I could, in fact, travel full time!

Fast forward 12 months – we had sold our business, sold our home, sold most of our possessions and in January 2016 we departed Australia to begin our adventure.

 

How has life changed since you began Worldschooling?

To be honest, I never imagined life could be this good. Yes, we still have bad days, the kids still fight and we all get tired and grumpy, but I’d much rather do that in some exciting new location, than back in Australia where we were essentially living the same day over and over again!

Every day is new and exciting and we have to actually stop ourselves going out some days because it’s very easy to just keep going and going and end up falling in a heap!

Life is much easier. We are no longer on a schedule and we have the ability to do as we please. We sleep when we are tired, we go out when we feel like it, we laze on the beach or go swimming when we are hot. No alarms, no schedules and no early mornings!!! 🙂

As parents, we are much calmer (most of the time), and we thoroughly enjoy being with our kids to celebrate their milestones. I was initially nervous about spending 24/7 with them, however, it really hasn’t been much of an issue. Surprisingly, we do get our own down time – we all have iPads or laptops and we can tune out for a little while if needed.

 

 

Tell us about some unexpected benefits of Worldschooling?

There are so many things that have surprised me during our travels. The first would be just how much Cam and I have learned through Worldschooling. We were confident that the kids would learn a tremendous amount, but little did we realize that through their natural curiosity and by helping them research, we are all learning an incredible amount. Personally, I completely disliked history in school. I found it dry and boring and just couldn’t get interested. Through travel in Europe, for example, I was completely engrossed in historical events and I discovered a new found interest in history!

The other element that has taken me by surprise is just how many friends we have made along the way. I imagined that we would meet other worldschoolers during our travels, but never did I understand how quickly we would bond and that many would become like family! Thinking about this recently, I realized that in the past 15 months I have added around 150 friends to my Facebook account. At home, I’d be lucky to make a handful of new friends in the same amount of time!

If I ever worried about being lonely, I needn’t have. We are part of a community of almost 30,000 others and no matter where we are we find new friends. We have had incredible experiences with our traveling friends, and, at times, we realize we are exhausted from our busy social life!!! #worldschoolerproblem lol

NUTS & BOLTS

 

Could you share your monthly travel budget?

Initially, when we set out, our goal was to spend less than we were spending to live a basic life in Australia. There, we were spending $4500AUD per month. We quickly discovered that we could do it for far less and dropped our daily budget to $120AUD/$90USD around $3650AUD. This includes EVERYTHING, food, accommodation, flights… everything.

In some countries, this has been incredibly difficult. In others, like Mexico and Malaysia, this is quite easy to achieve. I never quite realized how expensive it is to live in Australia, and that as long as you can earn online or remotely, it is far cheaper to travel the world than staying put in one place!!

 

How do you fund your travels?

We have a number of different things on the go. From building Niche Sites, freelance writing, even a remote sales job. And of course, in time we hope Worldschooling Central will generate an income through sponsored ads, directory listings, and affiliate income. In the meantime, the shortfall comes from savings.

 

How do you choose your destinations?

We have spent the better part of the past 15 months house sitting our way around the world, which is the primary way we select our destinations. If a housesit becomes available in an area that could work for us, we apply and if we are successful then off we go. I have written a post about how to get started in housesitting here, if you’d like to learn our hints and tips!

Housesitting has taken us from Australia to the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, China and Sweden!

 

How long do you stay in one location and why?

This really depends on our housesits. Many of them are for a month or more, so we get to slow down, get some work done, and explore our location a lot. Between housesits though, we have a tendency to jump around a bit. In our first few months of travel, we spent 25 days bouncing all over Europe, from the UK to France to Spain to Italy and to Norway. We averaged 2.5 nights in each city… but I don’t recommend it. We saw lots, but we were EXHAUSTED when we finished and promptly slept for 3 weeks at our next housesit!!

We definitely prefer slower travel of 4-6 weeks per location, however, we also feel like there is so much to see that we want to keep moving. It’s a fine balance!

 

Visiting Arabic Tombs in Al Ain, UAE

 

How do you save money while traveling?

Housesitting has been a major financial win for us over the past 15 months. At the end of 2016, I calculated that we had saved approximately $20,000USD by housesitting throughout the year!

 

What does a typical Worldschooling day or week look like for you?

No two days are ever alike. We are, for the most part, about 90% unschooling, which means the kids learn through their daily activities. When we see a spark we help find resources to fan the flame, but for the most part, the kids learn by following their interests; by visiting new cities/sites, by using the internet or by watching documentaries. A big part of our travel involves watching shows about the places we are visiting, which gives us all a good basis to start exploring when we arrive in a new destination.

Some days are really slow, and the kids will hang out and watch YouTube. Other days we are out and about, learning different languages, tasting different foods and trying to understand how life is different wherever we are.

 

What has been the hardest part of Worldschooling & Traveling? How did you handle it?

One of the hardest parts for me personally, has been deschooling MYSELF! The word deschooling gets thrown around a lot when you first move from traditional schooling to unschooling or worldschooling, but I never realized that Cam and I would need the most deschooling!

For those that are new to the concept, deschooling is the process of breaking the habits of traditional schooling. Getting out of the routine, the need for testing, and beginning to understand that learning happens all of the time. The suggestion is that deschooling takes 1 month for every year of schooling, so we calculated we’d need 6 months (given Brody had been in school for 6 years!) Never did it cross my mind that I’d need 1 month per year as well! That’s 16 months… and here we are, just about 16 months later and I am almost completely deschooled and comfortable with the process. Every now and then I have a little freak-out, and worry that they are not learning, but then out of nowhere they will start teaching me about something I’ve never learned and I realize just how well Worldschooling works!

 

A history lesson at Notre Dame in France

 

What Motivated You to Start Worldschooling Central?

Two and a half years ago I had never heard of Worldschooling. But making the decision to become Worldschoolers completely changed our lives FOR THE BETTER!

Now that we are on our way and have been on the road for a considerable time, I would love to help other Worldschoolers, whether they are only just discovering the concept, getting ready to launch, or are on their way.

Worldschooling Central is designed to be a hub that supports Worldschooling Families. It is a tool for sharing knowledge (which as a community we have a wealth of), a place to help each other on our journeys and a great way to connect with the community and make friends.

The idea was stewing for a little while, however, one evening I was chatting with another Aussie Worldschooling Family and we got talking about how incredible it would be to have a place where families could share classes they have tried in different cities. That idea grew over the coming weeks and Worldschooling Central is the result.

We have huge plans for this site – we just hope the community will support our efforts and help us turn the site into the incredible resource it can be!

 

TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

 

What are your Top 5 Travel Products?

Oh, there are so many items that I couldn’t live without. In fact, I recently wrote a blog post specifically on that topic, which you can find here.

But for the purpose of this post, my Top 5 would be:

  1. Osprey Porter 46 and Osprey Porter 30Ltr Backpacks – we travel with carry-on only and these packs are BRILLIANT. 16 months on they are still in near new condition!
  2. AUKEY Powered USB Hub with 10 USB 3.0 Ports – this device is a major space saver, which when you travel light is so important! This device will charge up to 10 devices at once, at full strength. Many devices slow down considerably when charging so many items at once. But this little gadget is brilliant!

  3. PowerCube – there is nothing worse than having to carry (and use) multiple adapters. This awesome device lets us plug in everything we need, using our Aussie cables, and then requires just one adapter!

  4. 20,000mAh Power Bank – we love them so much we carry 3! With so many devices on the go, it is nice to know that we can recharge a couple of times, as needed throughout the day. The last thing we want to do is be in a strange city without our smartphones!
  5. Universal Travel Adapter – When you move around as much as we do, you simply cannot be without a good quality adapter!

What Tech Gear do you travel with?

We travel with 2 x HP Pavillion Laptops, 2 x iPad’s, 2 x iPad Mini’s, a Kindle Paperwhite, an iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus and the Seagate Wireless Backup Drive!

What are your favorite booking sites and why?

We love Skyscanner, Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com and Airbnb. These are by far our most common sites as they offer fantastic pricing and great comparisons. We book our Housesits primarily through Trusted House Sitters as they have the largest number of house sits, by far!

 

SUMMARY

 

As Worldschoolers, if you could step back in time, what is one thing you would do differently?

The number one thing I would tell myself to do is to start building Niche Sites IMMEDIATELY! Niche sites are a fantastic way to earn passive income, but they aren’t a get rich quick scheme. They do take time to grow. An average site earns between $500-$2000USD per month, so imagine if you have 10 of them – it would completely support our traveling lifestyle.

Unfortunately, we got a little distracted by our new adventure and our plans were delayed. Having finally started we are seeing incredible results and I absolutely believe it is the BEST possible way for Worldschoolers to earn income. But you need to do it sooner rather than later.

But how do you get started? Well, if you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, or you’d like my step by step help to build your very first niche site, I’ve created a fantastic program called Niche Site Bootcamp. Now I don’t claim to be an expert, but with a background in training and development, and after hours upon hours of research into niche sites, I am in a great position to help walk you through every little detail you need to help you get up and running. Plus, once you complete the first one, you’ll have all the skills to build your 2nd, 3rd, 4th and more!

To find out more about this awesome course, click here!

 

What would you tell someone who is considering Worldschooling?

Well, there’s a few things…

  1. Just start! I so wish I’d learned about Worldschooling 10 years ago. My life would have been so different.
  2. As you get prepared to launch, build niche sites!
  3. Don’t worry what others think. Worldschooling is still a relatively unknown concept, which completely goes against all conventional knowledge. But that doesn’t make it wrong, or bad… just different. And boy oh boy is it different. It is one of the very best decisions we ever made for our family.

 

Where Can We Find You?

Website: www.worldschoolingcentral.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/worldschoolingcentral

Instagram: www.instagram.com/worldschooling.central

Niche Site Bootcamp: www.worldschoolingcentral.com/niche-sites

 

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Comments
  1. Becky said on April 17, 2017 12:36 am:

    I have always found your blog posts useful, often times, illuminating! The King family has certainly helped launch our worldschooling adventure. Excited about this new site, all the resources that the sharing will bring. Also, looking forward to that Niche website training course!

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      Worldschooling Central said on April 17, 2017 5:17 am:

      Thanks Becky! We appreciate your love and support!!! You’re awesome!

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