FAQ

frequently asked travel questions
El Tunco, El Salvador watching the locals surf at twilight.

WE GET THE SAME TRAVEL QUESTIONS OVER & OVER, SO LET’S ANSWER THEM!

HOW CAN YOU AFFORD TO DO THIS?

How can you afford to do this? Do you have a trust fund? No. Did you cash out of some lucrative career? No. And we aren’t in a commune or traveling by VW bus. We are quite average folks, but we have found some travel loop holes that not only make travel ridiculously affordable, but much more fun. With a little bit of moxy and a plan, anyone can do it! We love affordable travel because it gets us out the door, but to be honest, we have high end tastes and enjoy great restaurants, fancy hotels, and a formal night at the theater! We are equally happy sleeping under the stars as we are at a five star hotel. We’ll show you our travel modus operandi! My e-book explains it all and the newsletter will keep you updated! Subscribe at the bottom of this page!

HOW DO YOUR CHILDREN LEARN?

How do your children learn? Are you home schooling? What happens when you miss a fat chunk of school? I don’t have an answer that will work for everyone on this, but I do have an answer for us. It is a given that one day our children will go to college. That’s the non-negotiable end goal. What happens before that is all up for grabs. I can’t think of a better classroom for language, literature, history, math, science, politics, or the arts than….the world. In Guatemala we went to language school everyday and I can’t tell you how amazing it was! Read about it here and here. For a list of resources go here and subscribe to the newsletter for fun activities for both kids and adults, and learning inspiration.

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL WITH KIDS?

We got asked this ALL THE TIME about Central America. Everyone is different. Some people are blissfully content to park themselves on a tree lined street and grow roots. I think we do this, at a primal level, because it feels safe. We feel that we can control our environment because we know it so well. Travel removes that safety net, but places another one squarely beneath us. Until you jump, and that feels risky I know, you won’t know that most of the world is as welcoming & lovely as that tree lined street. Especially with kids. We certainly came across some wild situations that would fall into the ‘unsafe’ category for many. Most of them involved transportation. With a good dose of common sense, most bad situations can be avoided. One child got VERY sick in Guatemala and their medical system proved better and more efficient than ours. In El Salvador we had two hospital visits after sting ray accidents and both were crazy town, but again, the level of care was amazing. And it’s a fact that the U.S. is considered very unsafe in the travel world.

IS THIS BLOG JUST FOR FAMILIES?

Gosh no! It’s for anyone who loves to live! Everything I’ve learned about travel applies to retirees, singles, couples, young adults, gap year students, anyone and everyone! In fact, it’s going to be much easier for those folks because they are not wrestling the logistical anaconda that is family travel!

WHAT ABOUT PACKING?

I have two words for you and you know them already….PACK LIGHT! You should be able to easily carry your bag for long distances. This is doubly true for kids. Even after serious streamlining, we found that we had way overpacked for Central America and we donated more than half of our clothes to the locals. I would recommend a medium sized backpack. I always have a computer with me and it’s in a messenger type bag. There are some clothes that are built for travel and in the end, that’s what we wore almost daily. Beach travel is the easiest and winter travel is trickier. Are you straddling two seasons? Our go-to lightweight winter gear can be found here. In every case, I would say that less is more AND it’s fun to have a little lee way to fill in any clothes you might need to buy while traveling. Della is very excited to look for a new dress in Paris, for example.