Ever since starting this blog, I’ve received a lot of questions from people asking me about what is it like to be living the nomadic lifestyle while having kids. Well, first of all… it’s great fun. It’s one of those things that’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the end. You will see that being a nomad with kids is going to ask a lot of you, in case you were ever to try this lifestyle out for yourself. You need to become an expert planner in case you would ever want to do this and get it right on the first go. And let’s face it, you probably would not get it right on the first go. You will require to developed a lot of patience. Kids can be demanding. They’re not going to go easy on you just because you decided to become a nomad and saddle yourself up with a homeless, drifting existence!
But like all forms of parenting, you will get used to being a nomad parent in due time. All parenting is hard, let’s get that out of the way first. But parenting from a trailer is extra hard. Especially if you’re going from one place to the next. You have to home school your children, for starters. You can’t expect them to get used to a new school every time you move from one location to the next. Heck… we never stay long enough in one place in order to find a new school for our kids. Home schooling is basically the only option here. Traveling is an absolutely fantastic experience. Anybody who has ever done it can confirm this. I loved doing it while I was single. But then I got married and had to take my wife along when I went traveling. Thankfully, I love doing it with my wife too. And then there were children… and the children made it even more fantastic!
Nomadic… With Children
Raising kids while being on the road is hard. We had not one but two babies while living in a trailer and moving from one place to the next. Thankfully, we learned a lot from the Baby Got Stuff site. It’s run by an experienced mommy called Paisley. And she knows what she’s talking about. She’s got a great overview of all the best car seats, food makers, cribs, and other sorts of baby stuff that you need. Check out this page for reading up on a bunch of really good food makers. Read this page as well for a nice overview of the nicest cribs to be had for little money.
Bringing kids along on your travel makes the world open up to you. Even the most jaded people will open up to you and start asking you about your family and your life. It really is a great experience. It’s kind of like walking in the park with a dog and without a dog. We all know the dog owners get more attention from the ladies. It’s the same kids, except the effect is tenfold! The fun starts with your first kid. But when the second comes, then all of a sudden you’ve got interaction. This yet again takes the fun to a whole new level.
It was hard to make the decision to live this lifestyle. Some people called it unethical that I would force this upon my children, since they don’t have a choice but go along for the ride. But it turns out that me, my wife and my kids are happier than ever. It was a hard choice, don’t get me wrong. There have been lots of doubts. Many times I have asked myself whether this was the right decision to make. We almost did not do it. But now that we have been into it for the past few years, I’m glad that we did. I would not want it any other way. No regrets whatsoever. And the wife agrees!
I recommend this lifestyle to everybody, although I darn well know that it’s not realistic to be a country full of nomads. The fact of the matter is that most people will have to stay in place in order to keep society running for those that prefer to live in… well, you know… society. But on the other hand… the traveling lifestyle enriches you in ways you could only dream of if you are sitting in one place your whole life.
So even if you’re not going to ‘go nomad’, please take some time off in your life for travel. It’s important. Don’t be one of those people who, at the end of their lives, feel sorry for themselves and have regrets. Make the most of life while you got it. Travel!