Worldschooling Spotlight – The Heggie Family


June 30, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ World Schooling,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 Heggie Family of Cake And Eat it 3, who describe their life before Worldschooling as simply Work, Eat. Sleep. Repeat! Many of us begin Worldschooling because we are tired of that routine, so let’s learn how the Heggie Family have made the transition! 

 

GET TO KNOW THE HEGGIE FAMILY

Introduce your family!

Our Cake and Eat It 3 family is Dad – Brett, Mum – Leanne and Miss B who is 10. We have traveled for over 20 years and have an older daughter who is all grown up that saw a large part of the world with us too.

 

What was life like before Worldschooling?

Work, Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Not kidding.

 

When and how did you first hear about Worldschooling?

When we made the decision to travel fulltime we started exploring various schooling methods for Miss B. I was not a stranger to alternative schooling methods having done all my high school by distance education. There was lots and lots of research and forums and facebook groups. It was during one of these late night reading sessions that I discovered there is a name for what we wanted to do and lots of people were already doing it!

 

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

We did not fit a mold of any one type of formal education. We were going to be in and out of the country, traveling light and data would be an issue when outside of Australia. Taking that initial leap of faith was difficult. As soon as you hit the road you fall into a routine. Both Brett and I are very organized people and believe an education is important, we had totally over prepared and there was no need for concern.

 

How has life changed since you began Worldschooling?

Total opposite. We always have been very focused on working hard to achieve our goals and be able to travel while doing so. Our work ethic has served us well, however, in order to achieve those goals little time is spent relaxing or enjoying the moment. Doing something we all love is great but being able to do it together is amazing.

 

 

What have been some unexpected benefits of Worldschooling?

Having traveled for over 20 years we knew what we headed into and probably the biggest change or benefit that we have seen over the years is the addition of social media and the ability to make connections all over the world. Keeping in touch with friends (new and old) and family has never been easier.

 

NUTS & BOLTS

Could you share your monthly travel budget?

$AUD3,900/$USD3,000 in Europe moving faster and $AUD2,200/$USD1,700 when we move a lot slower.

 

How do you fund your travels?

Many years spent building a property and investment portfolio to support our goal to fulltime travel. I did retain a few hours a week from my employer that I access remotely and when I return home I assist with training on site. Every bit counts and sometimes it is as simple as asking your current employer if you can provide remote assistance.

 

How do you choose your destinations?

We have a campervan in Europe at the moment and so all our immediate travel is focussed there. Previously though, a trekking challenge or an area we haven’t been to grabs our attention.

 

How long do you stay in one location and why?

This changes all the time, depending on time frames of visa’s, time off work when we were not fulltime. If we are visiting an area to complete a trek, we arrive before it to adjust to climate/altitude. So many variables!

 

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

We all do better keeping somewhat to a schedule, I keep a weekly diary of what we have done, visited, reading etc. We generally aim to do a min 2hrs per day in workbooks (Maths, spelling, grammar) then multiple hours in real life world around us type learning. Element of online learning when wifi/data not an issue (hence our Educational Websites and Resources Page) for science, history. We have various books, documentaries, and movies that relate to an area which we watch before going. I have a lot of downloaded tutorials for various subjects. We also read a lot of information boards, talk risk management, safety, what if situations. Currency conversions, budgets, languages are all part of every day living on the road.

 

 

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

Missing out on family gatherings and having relationships with young nieces and nephews – still working on it. But doing a lot more video for our youtube and getting Miss B’s confidence up to be in it a little more so they can watch them and see what we are up to.

 

TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

What are your Top 5 Travel Products?

Different travel needs different products but as we are road tripping at the moment we could not live without…

  1. Samsung Tablets for maps and reading
  2. Laptops for blog and schooling
  3. Homeopathy Kit (fix all sorts of illness and injury on the spot, naturally)
  4. Inverter for charging devices
  5. SLR Camera, Samsung phones/camera, Osmo+, Drone
  6. My favorite Culinaire vegetable peeler

 

What Tech Gear do you travel with?

Hooley Dooley, there is a bit of a list here but I will list the main ones

  1. Toshiba Laptops solid state drives (work, blog, investments, school)
  2. DJI Osmo+
  3. Samsung S7 Samsung Tablets
  4. External Hardrives (digital library, movies)

 

What are your favorite booking sites and why?

Flights come from whatever the best deal is for when we want to go, we are members of multiple sites and airlines, Emirates, Flybuys travel, Qantas, I know the pilot, Skyscanner, there are sooo many. We don’t really book any tours, we arrive, research locally then book (generally after checking sites like Wowcher, Scoopon, Groupon etc.) Any that we have booked in advance we have generally found cheaper if we had bought locally. But be careful some need to be booked in advance to get in at all.

 

 

SUMMARY

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

In preparing for fulltime travel, I think it is important to be teaching the kids about what is worldschooling or international travel. We had a Little Passports membership for a while before leaving and it really enabled our youngest to get an idea of what is out there and what to expect. Theme unit study of different countries is also great we have a few on our website. It is also important to get them used to long walks and carrying their items like water bottles. This will make it easier in the transition to worldschooling. We are happy with our preparation and probably the only thing we would do differently is not spend so much time building the portfolio. Life is short get out there.

 

What would you tell someone who is considering Worldschooling?

Join Facebook groups, learn from others experiences, read blogs of families with similar size or adventures that you would like to do. Start saving yesterday. Arrange connections with other traveling families allowing kids to interact. Start writing down necessities that you will need and make sure all birthdays, Christmas and gift giving occasions are relevant to your travels so there is less expensive when you are due to leave. Starting exploring your own town together as a family.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

We have an amazing Educational Websites and Resources page of our website. Essentially meaning all the research has been done (and continues to be done) of various educational links to assist with curriculum and information on various subjects saving you data and time. We have some science experiments that Miss B has done and also currently working on some exciting projects in this area.

 

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