Families on the Move
We have been blessed to connect with many amazing families online, all of whom have adapted a travel lifestyle in one form or another. We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to them here and highlight the positive aspects travel has had on their families. Welcome our interview series called Families on the Move. Miro & I are honored to a part of this global community we consider our extended family.
Meet the Amazing Family Behind Gypseekers.com
Erin: 32 author, aerialist, and “granola” mom
Steve: 34 chiropractor, philosopher,
Tyler: 4 loves art, learning how things work, and scooby-doo
Where are you now, where have you been and how long have you been traveling?
In the Malloca, Balaeric Islands, Spain currently. We began in California and have been to Florida, NYC, the U.K. and Ireland, Oslo, Bremen (Germany), and now Spain. We have been on the road for 2 months now.
Why do you travel as a family?
Why not? Honestly, we get asked this question A LOT and I don’t know that we ever have one answer. We travel because we believe that life is something you move through rather than toward and that no matter how cliche, it is about the journey. I know that is incredibly vague, and yes there are some details that influenced our decision, but I think the answer lies more in our philosophy as a family than in the details anyway.
What are some of the benefits your family has experienced as a result your travels?
Wow. Well, hitting the road indefinitely has radically changed our view of life in general. My backpack was left behind when we went to Ireland (I chronicled the whole saga on our blog) and I was left with the few things I had in a carry on bag, some dirty clothes, and the clothes on my back. After a momentary “freak out” I realized that it didn’t really matter. Anything I needed right away, I could go and buy again and I was so fortunate to have a warm bed and my family with me. We have made new friends, seen amazing sights, and enjoyed each other as a family.
What inspired you and your family to incorporate travel into your lifestyle?
For almost 8 years, my husband and I built an amazing business and we were selling it to pursue something new. I suggested that maybe whatever we did could be made mobile…and it snowballed from there!
How do you address education while you are traveling?
This isn’t a huge issue for us as our son is not yet school age. We do, however, visit museums (he loves science and natural history), incorporate cultural experiences, and use iPad apps for things like basic math, reading, spelling and writing skills. We read every night as well.
How do you and your family experience being global citizens?
I have to admit that this has sometimes been difficult for us. With everyone I encounter, I try to strike up a conversation about the region, the customs, etc. and I have rarely found anyone to be anything less than friendly and helpful. We are learning as a family about different lifestyles and cultures and even different ways of doing things. Just today, I had to prep my 4-year old before we arrived at the beach. In the U.S., we just aren’t used to seeing nudity!
Can you share one of your families most memorable experiences?
Our last day in Ireland, we booked a small hostel on a farm. The accommodations were sparse, to say the least. The owner had our son he could help him feed the animals in the morning and so we climbed the hill with our scaps for the pigs. We stayed for several hours chatting with Farmer Mike and watching Tyler run around with Pippi the dog as they chased the chickens. The joy on his face was absolutely priceless. Sometimes it is the completely unexpected detours that turn out to be the most memorable.
Can you share one story from your travel experiences when you and your family had an “aha moment”.
When we almost missed our flight and had to pay an extra $350 to print boarding passes? ‘Aha’…get to the airport early
Barcelona followed by Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji…or at least that’s the plan for now 🙂