About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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Risk taking as parents: Where’s the line when we’ve gone too far?

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit the Ambri research and development laboratory. If you haven’t heard of them, I would encourage you to watch this video now, before reading on. As we toured the facilities, I was struck by the level of innovation and critical thinking that was going into their [...]

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Who benefits from our culture of fear? Not us, that’s for sure.

When and how did we Americans cross the line into crazy? Why do we continue to put up with this absurdity? This rant has been building for a while now. Every time I see an article about yet another mother who was arrested for allowing her child to play in the park alone or walk [...]

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Facing the Finances of long-term travel

One of the questions most people have when considering long-term travel is about the financial side of it all. We know we need to have the money available, but the logistics of finances of long-term travel can be a convoluted mess to try and sort out. I’ve written about this a few times, but I [...]

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Flying with a bike: What to know and how to prepare

We’ve flown with our bikes a lot. Throughout the years, our bikes have been boxed up dozens of times and then carefully unboxed in exotic locales like Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, and Alaska. Through all that boxing and unboxing, we’ve learned a few things about flying with a bike. If you and your family have bikes [...]

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YEEHAW!!! My ROADSCHOOLING book is available!!! #familytravel

It’s done!!! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel is only available in paper version at this point – John will get the kindle version done as soon as he finishes rebuilding the bathroom roof. But it’s ready! I’ve been hearing great reviews from people so far, which is exciting. Please pass this on [...]

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Coming soon! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel

It won’t be long! I got my preview copy and we’re checking it carefully for errors. I’m hoping the book is available on Amazon within a few days!   Edited to add: IT’S READY!!! Click here to buy  

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Hero Kit: For all those roadside bicycle repairs

Whether you are mountain biking, bicycle touring, on a training ride with the local race club, or just out for a day ride, some kind of emergency repair kit is a necessity.  For most of us the lighter, simpler and more versatile this kit is, the better.  Getting stuck miles from home and having to [...]

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That slow motion bicycle crash your child just had? It might be worse than you think.

A few weeks ago I received an email from Dave and Judith, briefly recounting their son’s experience with what appeared to be a minor bicycle accident but turned out to be a bigger deal. I was stunned; for many years I thought we were alone in what happened to Davy. When our sons were 7, [...]

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10 Ways to stay on the road longer than you can imagine

Today I would like to introduce you to the Polish duo Agness and Cez, travel companions and founders of eTramping.com, a blog focusing on cheap travels under 25 bucks a day. They have been enjoying their lives on the road since 2011 trying to inspire another to follow their steps. Here are their best tips [...]

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Life is a gamble – and it doesn’t always go your way

You may or may not be aware of a rescue happening now on the high seas, but I’ve been gripped with this story since I heard of it. A family of four, with two small children, set out in their boat to cross the ocean. One thousand miles from the Mexican coast, their boat was [...]

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Have you chosen your life? Or has your life chosen you?

Sorry guys,” I apologized as I handed my sons a bag of potato chips and a can of ranch dip.  “This is all I have for breakfast.”  Their eyes lit up, not quite believing that their mother, the one who worships all things good and natural and organic, would hand them a bag of chips [...]

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Avoiding burnout: Finding your pace during long term travel

“I’m tired, Mom,” Daryl mumbled as we pedaled a remote Oregonian highway. “I want to sleep.” “I’m sleepy too,” Davy added. John and I figured the boys were just whining – they were eight years old, after all. We figured once we arrived at a town park the boys would be off and running, because… [...]

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Novica – Connecting artisans to a global marketplace of socially conscious customers

A while ago, Novica approached me with a deal I couldn’t resist: they would send me a gift certificate if I would write about my experience shopping there. I figured that was something I could get into. My problem? Deciding what to buy. I spent some time browsing around their site, drooling over all the [...]

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Please don’t accept the status quo. We can do better.

I am seriously shaking my head over this one. I try hard to understand where people are coming from, but in this case, I just can’t. 90% of cyclists in his community are eventually hit by cars, and he thinks that’s acceptable?   After his mother was seriously injured while riding her bike, Matthew Cutrone [...]

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Top Ten reasons for becoming a Bicycle Mom

I love connecting with other moms who bike. I love how we all have our own, distinct reasons for spending time on the bike. Today, I would like to introduce you to Rima Gerhard, a Florida mom who uses her bike as her primary means of transport. Here are Rima’s top reasons for choosing a [...]

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How to perform regular bicycle maintenance while on a bike tour

I know a lot about riding a bike around the world. I can figure out a route and know what to look for in panniers. I know a lot – and I know when I’m out of my league. Bicycle maintenance is one of those areas where I will readily admit my ignorance. Yes, I [...]

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