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3 Terrific Reasons to Transform Your Family into Digital Nomads and Travel the World

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Pre-Internet, all but the most eclectic families followed the same template when it came to work, school, and vacations. September through May, everyone hunkered down and got through the daily grind best they could. This 9-month stretch known as the school year was punctuated by a few breaks, when you could visit Disneyworld, road-trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s, or maybe take the whole gang to Europe for a week’s worth of culture – and then there were three months of summer vacation, most of which were spent by the parents working and by the children complaining of boredom.

Nowadays, both homeschooling and remote work arrangements have become — well, if not the norm, at least much more commonplace and accepted. Few folks would raise an eyebrow to learn that you work from home, or that you teach your own children rather than sending them to a public or private school. Raising a family no longer has to mean staying in one place for 18 or more years, giving up your wanderlust dreams, or turning into a (shudder!) soccer mom.

Have you been kicking around the idea of ditching your suburban existence and hitting the road en famille? Here are 3 terrific reasons that becoming digital nomads isn’t such a crazy idea at all.

Hands-on Homeschooling

One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling your children is the flexibility to design your own curriculum. Rather than flying through history from the Mesopotamians to the Civil Rights Movement, or drilling multiplication tables ‘til you’re blue in the face, you can help your kids learn everythign they need to by studying what interests them most.

When your family lives a digital nomad lifestyle, you can substitute real-world experiences for textbooks and truly make learning come alive. See the sights where historic events actually happened, taste foods that tell you about the intersection between climate and culture, improve math skills by calculating the miles to go before reaching your next exciting destination.

Speaking of miles, one lesson you don’t want to teach your children is what a hassle it can be to get stranded mid-sojourn! Make sure to protect your time and travel schedule by securing an extended warranty on your RV or camper van. Find out more at https://www.goodsamESP.com/fifth-wheel-extended-warranty/.

A Wealth of Experience Equals Well-Rounded People

The greater one’s depth and breadth of experience, the better one is destined to become. Exposure to diversity builds strength of character, good communication skills, creativity, and compassion. Those are qualities that will serve your children well, no matter where they end up geographically or in terms of a career.

Traveling around the country — or seeing the world’s most stunning travel destinations — is one of the absolute best ways to expose your kids to different experiences and peoples. And because you’re beside them every step of the way, you don’t have to be afraid they’ll make poor decisions or be emotionally harmed by an encounter.

Don’t Put Your Happiness on Hold

In some ways, Western society sends a pretty mixed message to children. We tell them to carpe diem and live each day as though it’s their last; to dream big and pursue their goals no matter what obstacles others put in their way. Yet at the same time, we expect them to conform, to contain their passions to certain hours of the day and times of the year, and to sacrifice their own happiness for the greater good.

We tell our children that we love them more than anything, but we also can’t wait until they leave home for college so that we can enjoy life. Stop putting your adventure on the back burner, or delaying your gratification for after the job of parenting is done. Teach your sons and daughters by example that parenting and a full, rich life aren’t mutually exclusive. Dare to live your travel dreams, and in doing so, teach them that theirs are within reach, as well.

Happy Travels – to Your Whole Family!

For intrepid travelers who just can’t hang with 9-to-5 office culture, monthly PTA meetings, or a picket-fence lifestyle, the possibilities are now wide-open, thanks in large part to the digital revolution. And while it might take some serious planning and organization, the rewards you will reap are definitely worth the work.

Think you and your family are cut out to live your best life on the road? Or have you already made the break from sedentary society and become a digital nomad — kids or no kids? Let us know how you’ve made it happen, and what you’ve gained from the experience, by leaving a comment below!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Time To Start Travelling Again – Soon!

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Fellow travelers, most of you must be feeling that old wanderlust very strongly right now! I’m pretty sure most of us are ready to go out and explore like we did before. The good news is that it looks like we are nearing that point.

Most major airlines and destinations are at the very least starting to open up and book non-humanitarian flights (check sites like SkyScanner & CheapOAir), with departure dates ranging from two weeks to three months’ time, depending on, depending on the destination.

So the question remains: where should you go first? Here are some of Four Jandals’ thoughts on the subject:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

We’ve already been to Montreal many times before, as that link can surely show you. We really want to go back and enjoy the life in that vibrant city. Here’s a few reasons why:

-International flights will be available in a few weeks.

-Everything except for combat sports, amusement parks (La Ronde closed, too bad), and major events is now open.

-Cuisine, cuisine, and more cuisine. Bagels, smoked meat, poutine, mmmmmmm.

-Montreal for all it’s panache is surprisingly cheap if you know how to avoid the tourist traps.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Why Punta Cana? Great all-inclusives. This option is really good for people who just want to kick back and relax and not necessarily even move that much, which is something maybe we all want at one time or another.

Several days of beaches, buffets, luxury accomodations and absolutely no schedule. And nobody else does it quite like they do it in Punta Cana!

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City gets a lot of tourism, but for some reason it’s always been greatly overlooked as tourist destination, all the same. This is a shame, because this city has a whole lot to offer.

First off, it’s a world-class culinary destination. You can get food from all over Mexico and all over the world here, from chapulines on the street corner to tacos to seafood Veracruz style to asados to Michelin star restaurants, Mexico City will never fail to disappoint a foodie!

Besides this, together with NYC and London, Mexico City features some of the world’s best and most prestigious museums. One could literally spend months on end here and still not see everything the museums have to offer.

Add to this great live music and nightlife in general, and a generally great climate (it’s rarely below 10 degrees or above 30 degrees centigrade over there), and most importantly, seriously awesome people. Everybody should check this city out at least once.

 

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G​ive yourself a Florida writer’s retreat

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While folks are still trying to social distance, many freelancers could use a getaway. The same gig in the same house with no coffee shops available to go to? It gets old after awhile.

A​ writer’s retreat might be in order for you. While holed away in a resort, you can get your freelancing organized on Top Content, order from hidden gem local restaurants, relax, enjoy, and get those creative juices flowing.

Florida may not be your top destination this summer. But if you’re looking for a new place to write all alone? Then severalFlorida destinations are a good bet, especially the less obvious ones.

S​tuart

North of Palm Beach County you’ll find calm, peaceful Martin County. Stuart is the largest city in Martin County. The small city boasts both great beaches and diminishing numbers of corona cases, and so it’s an ideal place to get away from it all right now. Because it’s on the water, Stuart is best known for its fresh seafood. Some restaurants are open for dining. Better yet, you can get fresh, local seafood delivered directly to your resort door.

I​slamorada

I​f you’re up for an oceanside drive to inspire your thoughts, make Islamorada the end of your journey. The Florida Keys are a writer’s paradise, even during the hot summer months. Less crowded than Key West and a lot closer, Islamorada Is everything you’re looking for in the Keys, only you can have it all to yourself. Almost every resort in town is directly on the beach, and yours for relatively cheap. Fresh seafood is plentiful, as is beautiful scenery. On your way down, stop at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.

A​popka

Immediately northwest of Orlando, Apopka features a ton of natural beauty and wifi enabled campgrounds. There are many RV and resort parks nearby, including Lost Lake RV Park and Magnolia Park, a campground featuring butterflies & peacocks. While trying to gain inspiration, you can stroll around hugeLake Apopka. Because it isso close to Orlando, Apopka has the shopping and amenities of a larger city. Once you’re there, though, you’ll feel like you’re way out in the country.

M​icanopy

Just outside of Gainesville and close to Cross Creek, the famed home of Florida writing legend Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, you’ll find Micanopy. Named after a title given to Alachua Seminole leaders, this town is a well-preserved slice of old Florida. One great place to stay is the Herlong Mansion, currently running a reopening deal.

S​ebastian

W​ith wifi-enabled camping grounds, coastal views, and quiet summers, Sebastian is a prime place to visit. The town motto is “Friendly People and Six Old Grouches,” but the six old grouches probably went back up north for the summer. Hotel rates are low, and between Sebastian and neighbor Vero Beach, you can fulfill whatever food or shopping needs you might have. One optionis the Sportsman’s Lodge, a weekly and extended stay property that boasts especially low rates between May & December. Call ahead if you’re looking to book a stay.

A​ change of pace can be great for the writer’s imagination. Hopefully, you can find it in Florida this summer.

 

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The Best Cities for New Opportunities

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Even in this time, one service that will still remain essential is moving. While relocating to a whole new area might not be at the forefront of many people’s minds right now, there are lots of wonderful places ready to welcome you to a whole new lifestyle. Although lots of people are staying put this summer, moving is one of the safest adventures right now.

If you’re looking to start a new business in your new location, be sure to check out the New American Bancard company at https://www.northamericanbancard.com/ for help getting off the ground. The post-pandemic economy will be a place that a lot of people are looking to start over, so get moving now.

Sarasota, FL

With calm beaches, great culture, and a slower pace of life, Sarasota is a destination for more than just vacationing. Outstanding restaurants and the picturesque gulf waters are anchored by low cost of living and lots of available housing. Schools are great and performing arts thrive in Sarasota, and living close to The Ringling Museum is pretty great, too. If you need great local movers when you arrive, be sure to call Great Local Movers, who will be happy to welcome you to the jewel of west Florida.

Franklin, TN

Want Music City Magic without the Music City cost of rent? 30 minutes south of Nashville, you’ll find your answer. While costs in Tennessee are rising, Franklin remains an affordable option for many singles & families. Close to the Smokey Mountains for nature lovers, Franklin also boasts the historic Mockingbird Theater, a local gem.

Provo, UT

A booming tech sector and growing cultural scene helps boost Provo’s reputation as “the Austin of the Mountain West.” With low cost of living, an exciting music scene, and enormous job growth, you might want to get in on the goods of Provo now, while costs are still low. Proximity to the benefits of Salt Lake City and the stunning beauty of Zion National Park are also terrific reasons to head west.

Lancaster, PA

Close to Amish Country, Philadelphia, and dubbed the new Brooklyn, Lancaster is a great place to move to. It has outstanding restaurants, incredible shopping, and is a rising star on the East Coast. Lancaster offers a lower cost of living with reasonable access to the biggest cities on the Eastern Seaboard. It is a great place to relocate for both young professionals and for families.

Boise, ID

If you’re looking to leave behind urban life without leaving behind culture and opportunities, Boise is for you. Idaho’s largest city experienced growth three times that of the national average in the last decade. Boise is only looking up from there. The natural beauty of the city is boosted by a nearby central Idaho dark sky preserve.

Think of a big move like a very big vacation. Take the plunge, and you might thank yourself once the world has returned to normal.

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