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119 - Raise Backpackers Today on the show we have Fiona from Raise Backpackers. She has traveled so much on her own before kids and now continues to see as much of the world as she can with her children. She recalls back in her teens when her love for traveling began on a trip to Malaysia. She remembers walking down the street in a foreign city and even though was scary she felt was excited and passionate about the unfamiliarity. Since then Fiona and her husband work to save money for their trips, by keeping travel a priority and don't get caught up trying to "keep up with the Jones'". Buying the latest or having the latest is something they forfeit as they choose to live more simply, while saving the money for traveling. There are lots of ways to save money while traveling. She talks about how cruises can be a cheaper way to do that. Considering that they are both your accommodation and food all in one price and if you live near a port, it will be even cheaper since you wouldn't have to pay for flights to the port city. Fiona has also found that buying cheap airline tickets based on the cost versus where you want to go is a great way to travel and see more while spending less. Some of these places may not be not on your bucket list but will let you travel more inexpensively. Also checking out AirB&B or staying in hostels or with relatives is also a good way to save money versus staying in a hotel. Fiona's advice for families who are considering family travel is just to go and DO IT! If you're nervous about spending the money to go internationally then you can always explore and see what you can where you are :)

Direct download: 119-raisebackpackers.mp3
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118- EntreFamily Today on the show we have Stephanie Langford from EntreFamily, currently in Guatemala to talk about how they got involved in family travel years ago and how it's changed to what they do now. Stephanie and her husband had the opportunity to spend a year in Japan as newlyweds which lit the fire under them for future world travel. After finding how they were pregnant and their year in Japan came to a close, they moved back home to Canada, knowing they would prepare for some future travel. Fast forward several years and during the ups and downs of starting their ownbusinesses and life in general. They began to dream of taking 1 year off and with all 5 kids, go live in a new country! As the plan began to grow, it turned into 4 countries in a year, then 10 and when all was said and done, they visited over 30+ countries in 1 year off!! Wow!! Now they have a home base in Canada and take about 3-4 months off and travel a couple countries at once. Preferring the slow paced, live-like-locals-feel verses such a fast paced travel. Stephane shares about the complete change it takes to go travel full time. It's stressful and chaotic and a lot all at once. It forces everyone to learn to live well with the people you love. No one every promised it was easy but what comes through that hardship and challenges is beautiful, strengthen relationships that have really bonded. At that point it becomes more fun, being together and experiencing life simultaneously.

Direct download: 118-Entrefamily.mp3
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117- Keep Moving Fast Today on the show we have Adam Dailey from Keep Moving Fast to tell us about his family's adventure, taking 1 year off with 4 young kids as they set out to see the world. Adam says it struck him on a business trip that he was tired of traveling, especially without his family. So, inspired by the magazine in the back of the pocket of the plane, He decided to go all in and take one year off with his family. They used airline miles to purchase tickets almost around the globe, the big leaps anyways. The smaller, more local flights were cheap enough and they just paid for those as they needed them. With accommodation and food the whole trip tallied up to just under 100k for a year. Adam was amazed at how much they were able to see and where they could go on almost the same amount it cost to live at home.

Direct download: 117-keep_moving_fast_.mp3
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116- Mountain Mom and Tots Today on the show we have Susan from Mountain Mom and Tots. In the summer of 2016 they took a huge 6.5 week trip and camped throughout the West Coast National Parks! Their family have always been outdoorsy people, Susan explains, who love to get outside and enjoy nature. This trip came at a great time when her husband was in between jobs and it was during the summer when their oldest would be out of school. At the beginning of June 2016, they took a week to get out and see some of the national parks in Utah, their home state. It was a trial week to work out any kinks they had in their system of traveling and also give them a chance to change things in preparation for the big trip. By the End of June they were ready to go! And set out on a 6.5 weeks of outdoor fun filled adventure. Susan shares that the whole trip wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. Even though the drive from park to park was no more than 6 hours, it's all too easy for everyone to get on everyone's nerves being in such close quarters. Staying in an AirB&B - house stay up near Yellowstone during a family reunion about halfway through the trip, It gave them a much needed breaking from camping and sleeping in the truck. Best advice from the show is: just to go and do it! This family took what they had and made it work. It wasn't a fancy RV or a Camper with all the bells and whistles. They wanted to spend time as a family, see the parks and get outdoors so they made it work with what they had! And now have memories that will stick with the kids forever.

Direct download: 116-MountainMom.mp3
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115- Thrifty Family Travels Today on the show we have more Australian Adventurers, Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels, who shares about their family's trips. She's all about being thrifty, not cheap, but getting the best value they can for the experiences on the trip. Sometimes they take the more rustic way of travel or sometimes its a more plush travel style. Including a helicopter ride to see snow cover mountains in New Zealand! Since they've traveled for years, their daughter Myla, now loves to backpack and thoroughly enjoys the adventures! She goes out of her way to make friends wherever she goes. Melissa said it's common to find her getting along for hours with other kids from other countries without speaking or understanding each other. They get along as if no language barrier exists. They recently returned from a trip to South East Asia and have plans to see Indonesia and Canada before the end of 2017! Currently they keep their trips to about 4ish weeks, usually during holidays when work is slow anyways. For the next 12 months they're working to set up on an online business and make their jobs more location independent so they can go for longer periods of time.

Direct download: 115-Thrifty.mp3
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114- The World And Kids Today on the show we have Jenna from The World And Kids. Her and her husband traveled in van for bit before having kids and always knew they would be travelers. They enjoy the difference that comes when traveling with kids. Like so many of our guests, Jen agreed the slower pace forces you to enjoy all the small details and moments of the adventure rather than running around trying to check sites off the list. Their family is currently living in Australia and comes with it's challenges. Jen says it's pretty pricing (and a long trip!) to go anywhere new so they plan a big chunk of time maybe 4-6 weeks at once, maybe about 1 time a year with smaller, little trips sprinkled in there. The kids have grown up traveling and now have such a better understanding of just ow big and wonderful the world is. Their daughter has even started her own education video series to help other kids learn about places all around the world! Check out they're blog to see more cute videos :)

Direct download: 114-TheWorldAnd.mp3
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113 - Uncharted Family Podcast Today on the show we have Derek Loudermilk. Derek is one of those people who has serious experience with world travel and dropped by to today to tell us about some of the places he's seen and adventure's he's had. And is now starting off on his own family adventure with his girlfriend and 10 week old son! Woohoo - More traveling families! Derek is an entrepreneur and has worked in a couple of different ways, all location independent, which he will take on the road. Their long term goal would be to eventually live on all 7 continents over the span of their son's school years. He's gone a lot of places as a solo traveller but is looking forward to enjoying the difference of traveling as a family unit. It comes with a little more community and breaks down some more barriers than say a solo traveller.

Direct download: 113UnchartedFamily.mp3
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112- Robins in Flight Today on the show we have Karena and Evan from South Africa. They have taken several trips with their 5 kids to explore the world. As seasoned travelers themselves, Karen and Evan had been around. Once they found out they were pregnant with their first years ago, they took "one last trip" before the baby came. Once their daughter was born, she was very easy going so they thought "Hey, let's travel with her". When they became pregnant a second time they thought finally this was it. They would do one last trip and then be done. But they kept finding ways to travel even with the kids until now, they can see such a benefit to traveling WITH kids they love it and continue planning new trips!

Direct download: KarenEvan.mp3
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111- Gelato Travel

Today on the show we have Julie, who talks about their adventures since they moved out of the State over 9 years ago to Switzerland.

After a trip to Italy back in 2007 for 2 weeks,  knew they wanted to live abroad so Julie spent the next 3 months working to make it happen by sending her husband's resume to different companies throughout the world. Finally a Swiss Bank offered them a job and would get the visas needed for the whole family to move over. 

They lived in Swiss German part for 6 years where they had their daughter. And now live on the Swiss Italian boarder. Close enough to Italy they can go over for the day or to get some shopping done. Her husband works from home and the kids attend the local schools to get a better understanding of the language and be emerged in the culture. 

Direct download: GelatoLife.mp3
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110- Summer Sailing Adventure Today on the show we have Rasmus Jensen who interviewed with us in the beginning of 2016 during our big break. We thought the interview had been deleted but were excited to find it on an old memory card! They set out on an awesome adventure and we're glad Rasmus took the time to tell us all about it. Before they started on their summer trip, Rasmus went to look at boats to purchase. They figured this would be a good way to travel and have a "home base" travel along with you. He said all it took was 1 step on the right boat to know it was the one for them and within an hour he started the paper work to purchase. They left their home in Denmark as an Air B&B out their house and used that money and also his work as an independent illustrator to left them travel throughout the summer of 2015. The kids at that time were 6, 7, and 10 years old. He says the trip wasn't all smooth sailing but living on a boat or full-time travel like that forces you to deal with problems as they arise.

Direct download: 110-_Rasmus.mp3
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