Resources for Unschooling, Worldschooling and Full Time Travel

When we started unschooling and worldschooling, I pretty much floundered for the first while. It wasn’t until I found many of these resources listed below that I started to make sense of it all.

Now that we are travelling full time, we get asked often about what groups and websites we’ve found the most helpful. I’ve complied this list to help you start to navigate your journey through the confusing world that is unschooling and worldschooling!

unschooling

worldschooling

conferences

Excellent ted talks

entrepreneurship

travel

flights

accommodation

equipment

Unschooling

Becoming unschoolers was our first step in this life of travel. By definition, unschooling means that your child’s education is derived from interest driven and child-led experiences. For us it literally means that we learn from the world around us, and focus on using REAL like lessons to form the ability to live a successful adult life.

It is still a relatively new line of thought, so is understandably confusing for many. These links are great resources to help you learn what this term could mean for your family, and help point you in directions to learn more if you think this might be a good fit for you and your family.

Getting Started:

Unschoolery by Leo Babauta
-This blog is my favourite for new unschoolers. Leo has a number of posts designed to help calm the common fears of those new to this lifestyle.

Unschooling Mom 2 Mom
-AMAZING resource for anyone beginning a life of unschooling. They will be a huge help as you begin the process of deschooling

People to Follow:

Idzie Desmarais
-22 year old unschooler & lifelearner from Montreal, Canada. Also follow her Facebook Page

Sandra Dodd
-unschooling advocate, mom of 3 unschooled kids, and former English teacher. Sandra speaks at many events, including this years Free 2 Be conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Pat Ferenga
-father of 3 grown kids, Pat has published many articles and books on homeschooling and unschooling and remains an active advocate and consultant.

 

Books:

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Big Book of Unschooling by Sandra Dodd
Learning all the Time by John Holt
How Children Learn by John Holt
Homeschooled Teens: 75 Young People Speak About Their Lives Without School by Sue Patterson
The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffith
Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree by Blake Boles

 

Facebook:

Unschooling/Worldschooling Single Parents
Unschooling Mom2Mom
Whole Life Unschooling
 (this is for Radical Unschooling Families)
Unschooling
Unschooling Canada

(Un)Schooling the World
Respectfully Unschooling

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Worldschooling

This term coined by Eli Gerzon is meant to address those that take unschooling one step further, and encompass the whole world in their daily learning experiences. In his words.. “It’s when the whole world is your school, instead school being your whole world.”

The families below all practice worldschooling, so will be great resources when exploring this as a possibility for your family, or just for interests sake!

 

Blogs to Follow:

Travel with Bender Blog
Having been to over 65 countries with their 2 kids since 2012, the Bender family has definitely earned the title of World’s #1 family travel blog! Whether you need inspiration, information, tips or support, this blog has it all.

Crazy Family Adventure
2 parents, 4 kids, 2 dogs… 1 RV! This family of 8 travels around the US in their home on wheels, unschooling and practicing peaceful parenting along the way.

Wanderschool
Wanderschool follows a mom who travels solo with her 4 kids, often RVing, while hubby stays home. She focuses her writing on homeschooling along with the wandering, and even has a section that her teens contribute to!

Travel Deep and Wide
Stacey, Brent and their 9 kids are worldschoolers, and world travellers, and they are making a difference everywhere they go with Mission Travel Deep and Wide. Four of their 10 children are adopted, and they have been slow travelling together full time since 2007. Read their blog to learn about travel life with gifted children, and to learn more about their mission.

Kid World Citizen
Former teacher Becky created this site to help her multi-cultured family connect to their heritage and the outside world, all from their own home. Follow for educational recipes, activities, crafts and much more!

Y Travel Blog
Created by travellers, for travellers, to help you get started and plan your first adventure. They share advice culled from 17 years of travelling the world. Read their blog for the top things to do in hundreds of cities, tips for saving money & budgeting, and find several travel guides about Australia.

Raising Miro Blog 
Lainie and Miro started travelling over 8 years ago, when Miro was just 10. They’ve on the road ever since, and have been a major motivation to us as we began our travels! They host Project Worldschool retreats for teens, and have just given a Tedx talk in Amsterdam on worldschooling!

 

Facebook Groups:

Worldschoolers Connect

Unschooling/Worldschooling Single Parents 

Worldschoolers

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Conferences

Conferences are invaluable resources for anyone, especially unschoolers. So many of us spend much of our time struggling to explain why unschooling is amazing, often finding it difficult to explain to those that just don’t GET IT. Join dozens, if not hundreds of other unschooling families at one or more of these conference each year to help recharge your tank!

Life Without Instructions
Held near New York City each year, this was the first conference we ever attended. Now we’re hooked! Join us there this September 22-26, when we join the Our Lives without Instructions panel. Check out the website to register, and see all the amazing things they have planned– for both kids of all ages and adults!

Rethinking Everything
This is probably the most popular conference amongst unschoolers. It is currently in it’s 20th year, and is held in different locations each September, on Labour Day weekend. We haven’t attended yet, but have heard so many amazing things from friends that it’s definitely on our ‘must do’ list!

Project Worldschool Summit
This one is an easy one to want to attend.. It’s held on the Mexican Riviera near Cancun every winter!. We attended the first gathering this February, and are eagerly awaiting next years! 

Un in the Sun
Un in the Sun happens at a waterpark resort in St Pete’s Beach, FL each year. I had the pleasure of meeting the organizers, and their unschooling co-op group this year, and have since added this conference to our must-do list for next year. It happens right after the Life Without Instructions conference, so timing is great to hit both in one trip if you’re able!

Free to Be Unschooling Conference
Join Free To Be in Arizona each September as they help you celebrate and embrace the differences that make each individual unique.

 

To find more:
Unschooling Events Facebook Group
Unschooling Mom2Mom Conference List

Unschooling Lifestyle List

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My Favourite Ted Talks

Ted Talks are hugely inspiring resources for me. Hearing someone talk about something they are clearly passionate about helps to draw out and cultivate that passion in me. In this lifestyle it’s not uncommon to feel like an outsider, or ‘abnormal’, so finding others that are teaching the world to believe in what you do is so powerful.

Hackschooling Makes me Happy – Logan LaPlante

How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

 

Schools Kill Creativity – Sir Ken Robinson

 

Bring on the Learning Revolution – Sir Ken Robinson

 

If I Should Have a Daughter – Sarah Kay

 

How to travel the world with almost no money – Tomislav Perko 

Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love. – Adam Baker 

Unschooling: making the world our classroom – Lainie Liberti & Miro Siegel

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Travel

We started to travel full time in the summer of 2015, and the journey has been amazing! Leading up to making the decision, and throughout our travels these groups and people have been some of the strongest resources for me.

Facebook Groups:

SMOTM- Single Moms on the Move Group
NOMADS- a Life of Free/Cheap Travel
Part-Time Traveller Talk
Fulltime Families
Unschooling Couchsurfing

 

People to Follow:

The Points Guy
Facebook page
Website

World Nate
Facebook Page
Website

Travel Fashion Girl
Facebook Page
Website

Nomadic Matt
Facebook Page
Website

 

Books:

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked by Lonely Planet
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts
The Rough Guide to First-Time Around the World by Rough Guides
Any Lonely Planet Guide book

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Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur is something that I have been cultivating for about 8 years now. I’ve gone through several stages in this, but all have led me to where I am now. These people have all been inspiring and educating resources throughout this journey.

People to Follow:

Timothy Ferriss
Facebook Page
Blog

Gary Vaynerchuck
Facebook Page
Youtube Channel
Facebook Page

T’arlese Trainer
Facebook Page
Website

Marie Forleo
Facebook Page
Website

Daymond John
Facebook Page

Pat Flynn
Website

Dale Partridge
Facebook

 

Books:

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OR See if it’s available on Kindle! Get a free month when you use this link

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk
Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
The 4 hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
The Millionaire Upgrade by Richard Parkes Cordock
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, and Stay Out of Trouble by Bernard B. Kamoroff CPA
Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

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Flights

As a low budget traveller, finding cheap flights is a must for me! Over the years I have tried out many sites and booking agents. The ones listed below are the ones I am consistently finding my lowest fares on.

Skyscanner
Also compares price from several different sites.

Skiplagged
Use the website or the app (iOS or Android) to compare prices from a number of different airlines. This one is my favourite, as it includes a pricing graph with 2 months of prices

CheapTickets
Often I will find my prices on skiplagged or skyscanner, then hop over to cheaptickets to compare. I usually end up booking through this one. They offer up to $20 per order in hotel credits. Unfortunately though, credits are only valid for 30 days.

Dealray.com
Get deals sent to your phone periodically. They only text maybe once a week. Use this link to get your first 2 months free, then share your unique link to get 2 months free for each friend that joins with your link. Only good for flights originating in the USA.

Google flights
Use the ‘Explore Map’ feature to see prices for multiple destinations if you are open on destinations

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Accommodations

Finding low cost accommodations has become something I’ve realized I am quite good at! The list of sites below are the ones I use, listed in the order that I use them in. Airbnb is by far the most common!

Airbnb 
Live like a rental when you rent on Airbnb. Use this link to save $35USD/$45CAD on your first booking

Hotels.com
My go-to booking site, since each night you book counts towards earning a free night!

VRBO
Vacation Rental by Owner. Similar to Airbnb

Couchsurfing
Join the website and create a profile to meet people where you plan to travel to, and get a local experience by staying in their spare room or couch

Priceline
Use the ‘Deal’ or ‘Make an Offer’ feature to save on your room

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Equipment

See my FULL Must Pack Items list HERE

Lenovo Yoga Pro 3

I bought this laptop/tablet combo shortly before beginning our adventure. It is very light, making it the perfect unit to tuck into a bag or backpack. It’s also convertible, meaning you can easily flip the screen to turn it into a tablet. I work online, and this has been the perfect computer.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

I’ve used a Galaxy for years now, and this one doesn’t  disappoint! It’s sleek, fast and comes with a built-in case that makes it water-proof, slush-proof and dust-proof. Perfect for a life of travel! Mine was bought through AT&T, but you can find unlocked versions online pretty easily.

 

 

 

Samsung Tablet, 7-inch

 This is a good backpack addition, for the times we have long travel days and might not have a charger for our computers. The portable charger we carries can keep this one charged, and it allows us to listen to music, audio books, play games and watch movies. Plus, being Android, most apps are free, and it allows a removable microSD drive to transfer movies and files.

 

 

 

Contigo Coffee Mug

My favourite coffee mug. It keeps drinks cold or hot for 4-8 hours, and has a perfect seal so no worries about spills. It also comes in many colours, so each family member can have a different colour so no arguments about whose is whose!

 

 

 

This Back up Harddrive

Perfect to load up with movies, as well as to store all your photos and files on. I bought a waterproof and shockproof case for it, that fits both the harddrive and the charger, so everything stays together. I don’t want to take the chance that my computer or phone my break or get stolen with all of our photos on it, so I upload them to this drive regularly.

 

This Portable Charger

Not willing to run out of battery during a long travel day, or when staying somewhere with not enough, or the right size plugs (it’s happened!), this guy is the perfect solution. Cheap, compact and efficient, this manages to charge our phone or tablet 4-5 times, making it essential to our packing list

 

 

This day bag

With 2 sleeves for waterbottles and a front zippered pouch, this quickly became my go-to bag for daily outings. Plenty of room for a shawl umbrella and snacks,,

 

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