ng the world with children
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I'm creating this thread as I would like to get ideas and opinions and help on the subject of backpacking with children especially single parents that have or are wanting to go traveling around this marvellous planet!
I'm a single Mum to a beautiful 2 year old boy whom is cheeky and charming and he is my whole world. My son wasn't planned and a little bit of a surprise when I found out I was pregnant, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Before I became pregnant with my son I dreamt of going traveling and seeing the world. Learning and embracing new cultures seeing the world through others eyes. I'm not talking fancy hotels, I'm talking salt if the earth camping under the stars, hostels, mud huts the lot. Volunteering, Watching sunsets and sunrises, trekking hills and mountains searching for those spectacular views. Then not to mention trying all the local cuisines where you are. Generally just experiencing the world whilst growing as a person.
Now that I have a son nothing has change for me in terms of my want and dream to travel. If anything I want to travel even more so. I want my sun to experience all those things with me and for him to learn about the world and all it's wonders with me.
However, whenever I even hint or mention the world travel to anyone with a child as a single parent their immediate reaction is to shut me down by pointing out every negative they can possible think of. For example:
"It's far to dangerous to travel with a child"
"It's far to expensive"
"Your child is to young"
"What about your family"
"What about school"
"How will you find yourself, you can't work and travel with a child" (for me this is my biggest set back personally and my reason for this thread)
Sound familiar and do you too feel it's frustrating and infuriating?
Now don't get me wrong I a good parent and so of course I think about the above and so much more. This is why we try to have a bit of a structured plan to stay safe and be financially stable along the way.
I have been looking and researching for months on end to figure out how I'd travel with my son and financially support us along the way.
When I first started to google I found it extremely difficult to the information I was seeking and clearly I still have not found the information or I wouldn't be writing this piece. What I did find was articles and blogs on parents who have traveled with tip on how to stay safe, their experiences and recommendation, but nothing really on how they funded it and on the very few blogs and articles that did mention how they funded themselves they had mostly had a lot of savings, on maternity leave so had income every month, they sold their houses and cars and anything else, and on the occasional one their was 2 parents present allowing one to go out and work while the other was looking after the child/children. The other suggestion I found was working remotely. That's great if you have a business or work for a company you can do that with or you have the time to build a good clientele up to to do some transcribing (which can take years and is a very competitive)
If you are like me and hold a degree, even a couple of degrees or you don't, so you lack in the ability to work remotely, because they don't provide you with skills to be a web designer, or your not a marketing wizard, your not a teach, you don't speak other languages bar your mother tongue and lacking in experience your stuck for these types of jobs. Then what do we do? What can we do?
You see all these websites offering Gap Year experiences but they are all aimed at the younger and child free population. One that caught my eye was You work so accommodation is provided out of your wages, But upon looking it again it wasn't catering for parents let alone single parents. Why is this that companies that are offer these opportunities have never thought about the young single parents or just parents in general regardless of age.
I'm certain I am not the only parent out there who wants to travel, volunteer all whilst bringing my child along, but having this issue of being able to work while traveling due to circumstances.
I am convinced there has to be a big niche in the market for this and would love to find out a possible way to do this so I can go explore and have adventure with my and and help other parents especially single parents achieve their dream of traveling.
If you have been traveling with your children and managed to achieve this especially if your a single parent that worked on your travels I'd love to hear your story. Even if your not but you have idea and tip I still want to hear.
If I could set up a business to help in doing this I'd love to so all help is welcome and much appreciated.
Thanks for reading!
Have you looked at workstay type places, atalantica?
We are travelling with 3 kids under 8 but dh works on the road so a different story. Single Friend of mine does workstays and housesitting with her 2 kids.
Thank Peripateticparent for the reply. I have looked at only a few sites offering workstay but they didn't seem to be offering what I needed with being a single parent. Perhaps it was just that the select few I looked were not very good. I'll go back and dig deeper and see what I can find.
Can I ask how you found it traveling with your children and what views the people around you had in it?
My biggest issue would be if you have to work while travelling who will look after your son? I'm not surprised WorkStay programs don't include childcare
We are still travelling. Generally people have been friendly and helpful (and a little surprised), but we don't have a 'tight' budget and for healthcare reasons we are at the moment travelling first world, specifically not too far from hospitals. Left home about 9 months and as many countries ago.
I should say that we travelled a LOT before kids so we are quite experienced compared to most people.
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