Worldschooling Spotlight – Meet the Weaver Family


July 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Worldschooling 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 the Weaver Family who split their year between working and traveling, spending 6 months saving for the following 6 months of travel! Another incredible example of a family making this lifestyle happen for their family!

GET TO KNOW THE WEAVER FAMILY

Introduce your family!

Hi, my name is Bridget. My husband and I are traveling with my DD who is 7 and my DS who is 9. This is our 3rd year of traveling part-time. We generally spend half the year traveling and half the year working.

 

 

What was life like before Worldschooling?

Before we started traveling life was one long waiting line. Waiting for the kids to get bigger, waiting for enough money to take that vacation, waiting for a promotion. Always waiting for the next bigger thing. And we were NEVER happy. I never saw my kids or husband except for the weekends and even then I was too tired to do anything fun after working hard all week. I think it hit me when my youngest child entered preschool that I had missed it. Missed the last time in a high chair, last time in a diaper (actually won’t miss that), last time for many of her “baby things”. And I was devastated. I didn’t want to miss another second of my kids’ childhoods. So we jumped.

 

When and how did you first hear about Worldschooling?

We first heard about world schooling on Facebook when we were considering downsizing and traveling within our home country. My husband is the one who spent many hours looking up sources of information on how to make traveling possible, but when I stumbled on some Facebook communities I felt like these were my people.

 

Before you started, what worried you about Worldschooling? And how has that turned out?

I think my biggest fear when I started traveling was, “how am I going to fund it”, and “what if someone gets sick?” Looking back I think I still struggle with finding ways to make money in the road but have found that when the budget gets too tight, I can easily return home and work a few months, then leave again. I am constantly on the lookout for ways to extend my traveling. As far as what if someone gets sick? Well, I have to declare that the BEST medical care I have received was in some of the poorest countries. I know that if an illness came up that I couldn’t handle I will be able to find medical care.

 

 

How has life changed since you began Worldschooling?

Life is a bit crazier now that we travel so often. Work is a necessary evil, but the amount of time I spend exploring other places, foreign and domestic, with my kids is 600 times more than before we sold our belongings (almost everything) and left on an adventure for the first time. I have found I am no longer so afraid to venture out of my comfort zone, and neither are my kids. I am more open to trying new things, new foods, new languages than I ever was before.

 

What have been some unexpected benefits of Worldschooling?

An unexpected benefit has been making friends I still talk to today with people from all over the world. We’ve found they aren’t so different from us, and it brings me joy to know my kids will grow up understanding this… Not having to rediscover our similarities as adults. And not just the people… But societies too. There are plenty of differences, but I’ve found no matter what country you are in, family is family, love is love, and people’s feelings are universal.

 

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NUTS & BOLTS

Could you share your monthly travel budget?

We travel on a budget of what the average household spends a month. Anywhere from $1000 US to $2500 US depending on our activities. We try to keep a budget of around $1500 but when you consider we don’t have bills to pay back in the US, it’s not unreasonable. And this is traveling on a shoestring. People at home wave farewell when we leave and wish us a nice “vacation”… But this isn’t a vacation… This is our life.

 

How do you fund your travels?

I am a nurse and can jump in and out of jobs at home when we return for more work. I’m always very honest with employers in the interview phase about my lifestyle. I let them know I intend to leave again and try to give them an approximate time. I have had to walk away from jobs where it wouldn’t be a good fit for either them or me, but I find most employers are very interested in my family’s lifestyle and want me anyway. My husband worked to DHS, but now grabs a job in security anywhere that’s hiring… Hotels, retail, corporate.

 

How do you choose your destinations?

When trying to decide on where to go, I get on just fly and start playing with dates and locations. When I find a good fare, I talk with my husband to see if that’s a place we could see ourselves being with the kids for at least a few months. There are countries our money goes much further in and other countries we would love to see but haven’t come up with a plan on how to afford it … Yet!

 

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How long do you stay in one location and why?

My husband likes to travel fast, a week in one place, then a week in another. I prefer to travel slower… A month or 6 in one place. We have compromised on this trip, with fast travel for the 1st month then slowing down to my place. My husband prefers fast travel because he wants to see many things in larger areas, while I prefer to build roots, however temporary, and develop friendships.

 

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

Typical is not a word I’d use for one of our days. We choose to radically unschool our children when fast traveling, but this last year they needed more reading help than I was prepared for and we entered them into public school for a year. Next year I’m hoping to have them in school in a country where they have to learn Spanish. This week we have found historically significant places to take our kids to for education, including the zoo, which housed archeological sites as well as animals.

 

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

I think the hardest part has been unsupportive family members. Some of our families support us, while other members don’t. And they have gotten pretty nasty about it. Our choice of handling it is just to ignore their words and behavior. This next time that we will go “home” it will actually be at least a few states away from the family members that have given us the most grief. We want a positive attitude in life and they tend to drag us into the mud with them… So we choose to find another forest to live in next time.

 

 

TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

What are your Top 5 Travel Products?

My favorite products are:

 

What Tech Gear do you travel with?

We stay connected with our loved ones at home via Whatsapp, and Facebook messenger via my cell phone. When you enter another country just buy a simple card and service… It’s often cheaper than in the US. We find WiFi where we can and post a lot of our activities on Facebook to help me keep a record of our activities.

 

What are your favorite booking sites and why?

My favorite booking sites are Airbnb, Justfly, Hotels.com, CheapOair. Trusted Housesitters and WWOOF.

 

 

SUMMARY

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

I would have started off internationally in a country where communication was easier. We started in China, without a travel group, the language barrier was extremely difficult. Also, the internet is restricted so looking things up for communication was slow and sometimes impossible. I’d start with a country where not all but many spoke some English like Bali or Mexico.

 

What would you tell someone who is considering Worldschooling?

I’d tell someone who was just starting world schooling that education for their children just happens. You don’t need to sit down at a desk to learn, in fact, some of the best learning there is for children is hands on. And feet and knees and sometimes upside down. Letting go of structure that school systems had ingrained in me as a necessity was difficult. It was painful and full of guilt that took me many months to let go of

 

What are you working on at the moment?

We just started Facebook page Worldschooling Weavers. Also trying our hand at a YouTube page…

 

Where Can We Find You?

Facebook: CLICK HERE

YouTube: CLICK HERE

 

Worldschooling Spotlight Q&A on Facebook

Our Worldschooling Spotlight Family are looking forward to answering any questions you might have for them! Be sure to return to the Facebook Group and find the link to this week’s Feature. Ask your questions in the comments section and our Spotlight Family will get back to you ASAP!

 

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