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Roadschooling Reading

This is a sample chapter from my book Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~Emilie Buchwald Reading. It’s essential. It’s basic to our ability to navigate our world. If our kids aren’t reading, then we, as parents, worry. Way back in 1995 when […]

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Four destinations every family should take their children to before they grow up

I get asked on a fairly regular basis where people should take their children. Given the amount of traveling we’ve done, they ask, where are the best places for a family vacation? That’s a hard question to answer because every family is unique and they have different interests, but I finally set myself to think […]

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Why travel with young kids? After all, they won’t remember it.

“I never bother to read to my kids because they won’t remember it.” “Why would I bother to play with blocks with my child? He won’t remember it when he’s older.” “I certainly wouldn’t bother taking little Joey to the supermarket. Why would I? He won’t remember it anyway.” I don’t think anybody would actually […]

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Why travel ISN’T wasted on kids

A while ago a reader pointed me in the direction of an article on MSN Travel about how travel is wasted on kids. I didn’t even have to read the article to know I seriously disagreed with the author. The author, Bibi Lynch, said, “I don’t know how to break this to you, parents, but […]

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The longest journey really does start with a single step

As it turns out, all those clichés you’ve heard all your life really are true. Jessica Bowers, who blogs at Suitcases and Sippycups, discovered that one day in London when… Wait! I’ll let her tell the story: With a baby sleeping in the Ergo on my back and a pit in the middle of my […]

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The making of an adventure mom: A look back at 28 years of marching to a different beat

The story of how I came to be straddled on my bike looking south at the longest road in the world As romantic as it sounds to fly to the northern edge of the world with children and plans to cycle as far south as is possible, it didn’t happen quite that easily. There were […]

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How I changed motherhood

Once upon a time I thought my adventuring days were over the moment Mr. Sperm met Ms. Egg. How wrong I was… Adventure is a funny thing. The dictionary defines the word as “a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome,” – certainly not something one would do with kids. Yes – with […]

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Bicycle Touring with Children: A Guide to Getting Started

Bicycle Touring with Children: A Guide to Getting Started

Bicycle Touring with Children: A Guide to Getting Started is now ready to go. So what’s in this book, you ask? I’m glad you asked! The book is chock full of all kinds of tips and tidbits of wisdom we’ve learned in our four years of traveling on bikes with our children. You’ll learn about: […]

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Education = Learning = School?

ed•u•ca•tion [ej-oo-key-shuh n]  –noun the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. learn•ing [lur-ning]   –noun knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application. It’s funny how we associate these two words with […]

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Life lessons from a bike trip

We learn something new everyday – or so goes the old saying.  Years ago, when I was going about my normal, ordinary life as mother, wife, and teacher, I’m not sure I truly believed that.  Sure, every once in a while something popped up and I looked at it and said, “I learned something new […]

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Family travel: A life changing event

“You’re crazy,” one of my high school students told me one day before we left on this journey.  “I call you my crazy teacher.” “Why?”  I asked. “I can’t believe you’re going to ride your bike from Alaska to Argentina.  That’s just crazy.  That’s something people talk about doing – but they never actually do […]

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Regrets about long-term family travel?

I was browsing the Lonely Planet forum the other day and stumbled upon an interesting question:  “Do you have any regrets about taking an extended family vacation?”  The poster was considering heading out with her family for a year or more and was wondering if any of us would make a different decision now that […]

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Travel is the best education kids can have

“Don’t worry about the kids learning,” a teacher friend of mine told me one day.  “Just provide a stimulating environment and they’ll learn.  Their brains are like sponges.” That day so many years ago I was preparing to teach first grade for the first time.  Although I had taught many years prior to that, my […]

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