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Introduction: There are a million reasons not to travel, but none of them are true.
Chapter 1 – Becoming Vagabonds: We swore we’d never take long plane rides with young children, but now we can’t imagine any other life. How we fell into vagabonding through work and the decision to keep it going as a family of four.
Chapter 2 – How Can We Afford This?: People assume long-term travel is reserved for the wealthy, but that’s not the case. Tips on saving money, from airline miles to home exchanges, and why you shouldn’t go shopping to prepare for a trip.
Chapter 3 – Getting Ready to Go: Passports, vaccinations, visas, language learning, technology vetting, and a five-year-old with an unfortunate habit of appearing stoned in her passport photos.
Chapter 4 – Making Plans (Without Overdoing It): My husband likes to wing it. I like to micromanage our itinerary. Finding balance and staying sane on the road.
Chapter 5 – A New Perception of Home: Home exchanges, camper vans, and accepting the fact that ownership of things is less important than experiences.
Chapter 6 – But Think of the Children!: The idea that removing children from traditional education is both outdated and wrong. Adopting hybrid forms of education and the benefits of travel for both kids and adults.
Chapter 7 – What Do You Really Need to Take with You?: Don’t let small children pack their own bags, skip the vanity items, and what to do when you find yourself stranded on an island in Alaska with a breast infection.
Chapter 8 – Adventures in Street Food: It’s worldwide, delicious, no riskier than your local McDonald’s, and a great way to experience culinary culture.
Chapter 9 – Staying Safe: Crime is as worldwide as street food, so don’t let a newspaper headline close you off from the world. Just because Australia is known for deadly animals doesn’t mean you’ll encounter any. Also, ice cream is excellent at determining the seriousness of playground injuries.
Chapter 10 – In the Unlikely Event of an Emergency: Carnivorous flies, overseas medical care, and why you shouldn’t freak out when your child is sick.
Chapter 11 – Remote Working: Productivity abroad, timesaving tips, work-life balance, and the benefits of tag-team parenting.
Chapter 12 – Stranger Danger: Be aware and safe while traveling, but stay shy of paranoia (and try not to assault subway cops). Stranger danger discussions with children.
Chapter 13 – Dealing with Children’s Milestones: There’s never a perfect time to travel, so don’t put off a trip because your child is potty training. How to react when someone tells you that you can’t do something. (Hint: prove them wrong).
Chapter 14 – Holidays Abroad: O Christmas Lamp, O Christmas Lamp and other means of handling holidays overseas.
Chapter 15 – When Visitors Come Knocking: The benefits of traveling with the in-laws (as long as they are people you genuinely like), even if you occasionally have to see them naked.
Chapter 16 – Language Barriers: Why everyone should learn the basics in the language of their host country and how body language, sign language, kindness, and smiles go a long way.
Chapter 17 – Let It Be Over: Handling homesickness and hostiles when you’re counting down the days.
Chapter 18 – Mourning the Loss of Personal Space: Nothing is sacred with a family crammed in tight quarters, but focusing on the benefits (ie, how you’re less likely to lose a child if she’s constantly in your face) makes it all worthwhile.
Chapter 19 – A Little Culture Goes a Long Way: Travel fosters compassion, gratitude, perspective, adaptability, and a sense of wonder, all good arguments for getting yourself and your children out into the world.
Chapter 20 – Choosing the Next Trip: Wait, there’s choice involved? Of course not! We travel where circumstances lead us or any place we can set up a home exchange. We’re not picky!