Around the World in Easy Ways: A Guide to Planning Long-Term Travel With or Without Your Kids.

World Art - Santiago, Chile
World Art – Santiago, Chile, Photo by Peacocks

You began your travels at an early age. You continued to travel until real life intervened – meaning fell in love, got married, bought a house, had children and worked for a living. It may not have happened in quite that order (for some) but the end result remained the same. Travel was relegated to family vacations and work-related trips to here or there. Regardless, a nagging little voice kept tapping you on the shoulder, “Take a year off. Travel. See the world. Bring the family. Just do it!” And, so it went for lisa Shusterman.

About The Author(s):

Yes, the family thought her mad – at first. Little did they know how sane an idea it would prove to be…

lisa Shusterman is a writer who, along with her husband Marty Greenwell and twin daughters, Siena and Avocet, set a course to places unknown. In lisa’s mind, when her daughters would be nine years old (the age she herself had started traveling), a yearlong journey around the world was a necessity. Yes, the family thought her mad – at first. Little did they know how sane an idea it would prove to be…

Christchurch New Zealand
Swimming with Dolphins

In 2008, the Shusterman-Greenwell family embarked on a yearlong exploration of the world. They rented out their home, stored their cars, packed their bags and bid farewell to family and friends. But, I’m starting in the middle of the story so let me backtrack a bit. The real tale began in 2005 with the idea. Over the next 2.5 years, the groundwork was laid, lists after lists were compiled, decisions made, same decisions altered, sanity questioned and a dream was turning into a reality.

Around the World in Easy Ways

The Review:

Indeed, the Shusterman-Greenwell family did make their dream a reality and spent a year visiting 40 cities in 17 countries. Lisa has now written about their endeavor in Around the World in Easy Ways: A Guide to Planning Long-Term Travel With or Without Your Kids. It is a detailed account of their own planning strategies, the pitfalls, the positives, the unexpected. From money to schooling issues to “just going with the flow”, lisa has touched upon them all. (Okay, the only thing I found missing was traveling with pets. Kids are not pets. Nice try.)

Spanish Class
Spanish Class

While reading this book, I did find certain topics/areas to be repetitive. At first, I found it a bit annoying. The more I read, the more I put myself in the same position of planning such an adventure. I came to realize that repetition is not a bad thing when so many issues need to be addressed. There is always some overlap between transportation and budget or accommodation and budget or food and budget or, well – you get the point. I finally accepted that each topic, as independent as they may appear, are still an integral part of the whole and some things just need repeating.

The book is also interspersed with entries from their original blog: One World – One Trip. All four family members contributed to the site while on the road. These additions definitely make Around the World in Easy Ways a family affair. Not only is it an informative book but also a fun read. I recommend it for anyone considering long-term travel with or without children. (Pets not included.)

Buy now: Around the World in Easy Ways: A Guide to Planning Long-Term Travel With or Without Your Kids

Editor’s notes: This article contains affiliate links. The book was also received compliments of the author for review.

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  • #1Steve Jepson

    I suppose I can’t understand it until I have kids of my own, but I’ve never seen the appeal of traveling with children.

  • #2soultravelers3

    Looks like a cool book and I hope it encourages more families to do extended travel! A year goes by too fast to really deeply explore the world, so my advice is to take MORE time and go slower. That way it will cost MUCH less and one has the advantage of really immersing deeply and becoming very fluent in at least one other language.

    We have been on an open ended, non-stop family world tour since 2006 traveling and living large on just 23 dollars a day per person. Today, most folks can arrange their lives so they can school and work ANY where, so one doesn’t have to rush about in just a year to see and explore the world together.

    A year sounds like a long time if one is used to just a week or two of holiday/vacation, but it goes by really fast and raises costs limiting it to the wealthy.

    It is a lot of work to prepare for such a trip, so why rush back home in just a year? We’ve been traveling the world non-stop for 4 years and we’ve barely gotten started ( despite seeing 32 countries on 4 continents & over 175,000 miles mostly overland). The world is big, go deep. Once you get used to the freedom, amazing education and deep family bonding that comes with extended travel, you change and it is hard to go back to a confined life. It is also the best possible education for tomorrow’s 21st century global citizens!

    Steve, perhaps traveling with kids doesn’t appeal to you because you do not have any kids, so don’t understand what a great joy it is. Traveling with kids is the best way to travel in my opinion & I’ve been traveling my whole long life, so have tried all the other ways too. ;)

  • #3G. Michael Schneider

    For an interesting related issue about traveling with kids, check out my most recent post “Childless in Africa.”

    I was the recipient of an all expenses paid, three month trip to Africa to teach a course at the University of Nairobi. Trip of a lifetime, right? Well, not when my two almost but not quite adult children (ages 17 and 14) said in no uncertain terms, “We won’t go.” So, what to do? How do you deal with the issue of a great trip but balky kids. That was my problem and a problem that many of you may also have.

    Michael

  • #4Alison

    Wow! That would be an amazing adventure to travel the world with your kids for a year. One day I hope I can do that. To the commenter who said they don’t understand the appeal of traveling with kids-you will understand when you have them. You will want your kids to have these amazing experiences, open their minds to different cultures, foods, people etc. Traveling also gives your kids confidence to face new situations. And its a great bonding experience for your family.

  • #5Ranes

    Wow. That is such an amazing trip… Traveling is a perfect opportunity to explore the beauty of the world and to appreciate better life for having the gift of nature. For me, it is the best way to relax and reward myself for all the good works especially when shared with the family.

  • #6hunting

    Sounds great and the money to do this came from where exactly? She is a writer so i am assumiong the publishers paid for this trip, or she got some kind of adavnce? The reason people don’t do this, is not because they dont want to, but they cant!!! We want to visit family in Florida but cant afford the tickets for me, my husband, and two kids, plus all other expenses while there, how could we travel around the world? We make great money but financing a trip like this would be beyond expensive, it would be insane!!!!

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