Saturday, October 20, 2007

Travel Around the World Story and More

I was sent an email with the following by BK (I've edited to make the links better for websites):

Dear Home Schooling Parents,

A couple of nights ago my son, Peter, and I attended a talk given by a family of four(mom, dad, 11 year old girl, Katrina, and 8 year old boy), who spent a year traveling around the world.
It was a very engaging presentation; should you hear that this family is presenting again, they are worth going to hear! Their home page is called Armageddon Pills and the speaking schedule is under "Bits and Pieces."

Over the course of their year's travel Katrina read 111 books. The book list is on-line; the books are grouped by the country they are set in; and Katrina has indicated the books she recommends. I thought some of you (especially those of you in "Country Club" groups) might find this list useful. The web address for the book list is here.

This is how the event was described, in case you should hear of it in the future and wish to attend. (There were 6 home schooling families at the talk I went to):

Free multimedia travel presentation:

"From the Alps to the Amazon: 52 Weeks, 5 Continents, 28 Countries, One Family"
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17th, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: REI San Francisco Store, 840 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 934-1938

In June 2005, the Highams (John, September and their kids, then ages 11 and 8), packed up their Bay Area home, left their jobs and schools, and set out to experience other cultures around the world. Visiting 28 countries over the next 52 weeks, they shared a lifetime of adventures, including traveling on a cargo ship to the southern tip of South America, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, trekking in the jungles of northern Thailand and cycling in Europe. Join John and September for a multi-media presentation featuring highlights of their travels. Find out what it took to plan for a year on the road, how they home-schooled their kids and what they learned along the way.

For more information, see the Highams' travel website,
This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Children welcome.

I think this is such a fantastic thing to do! We've only dreamed of traveling North America in an RV, and haven't gotten so far as to pick the RV--although we did to go an RV show in Northern Virginia and decided the showers are really too small, and too short for Eddie to use. :)

I thought I'd Google "family traveling around world" and similar searches to see what else came up:
There are also some books on similar adventures. I have one on my shelves that I haven't finished yet, titled Coming About: A Family Passage at Sea, by Susan Tyler Hitchcock.
Other books are: 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time, One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children, and A Family Year Abroad : How to Live Outside the Borders. They all look like good reads. If you don't hear from me for a while, I may be packing . . .

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Christine said...

That is crazy amazing. We do our traveling in the minivan with a tent. Can't afford to upgrade to an RV yet ... YET!!