Our lovely kids have come to call our family gap year a ‘holiday’ and rather than dent their enthusiasm we have not shattered the illusion just yet (lucky they don’t read the blog every day, Horrid Henry is more interesting!).
So will life on the road be much of a holiday? Hopefully in parts we will break our travels with a week or few on a nice beach recovering from some adventure or other and this will be our ‘holiday’. The reality of life travelling is that you spend much of your time just existing and planning the next step, or at least you do when younger and BK (before kidz).
One of the reasons we have not committed to anything so far, apart from one way flights to Rio, is that we have no idea how this is going to work, in ‘real life’ as Lara likes saying. Will they and us want to sleep in a new bed each night or will we need to settle for months in places we like and get to really know a country?
Most likely I am thinking we will:
- ‘Rinse and Repeat’ until we fancy coming home
Which begs the question what are we going to do with our time when staying anywhere for a while?
- Schooling (home or local)
- Learning Spanish
- Making friends
- Being digital nomads
Wikipedia’s description of a ‘digital nomad’ is:
“individuals that leverage digital technologies to perform their work duties, and more generally conduct their lifestyle in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops and public libraries to collaborate with teams across the globe.”
Personally I ‘use’ rather than ‘leverage’ as I am a lazy typist and not a great fan of creating family synergies using core parental competencies to push the envelope with our paradigm shifting travels. Although I think Ben would relish drinking Kool-Aid with a best of breed 800 pound gorilla while trying to ignore the Elephant in the room. Lara would like to get her ducks in a row, Zoe wants to hit the ground running and Mo is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
I digress, it would appear that we are taking a laptop and I shall be a digital nomad if I can find WiFi. I can see it now… ‘have you got WiFi?’, ‘You haven’t, that’s brilliant, can we stay for a month please?’.