Anna Dusseau | 9th April 2020
Let’s dream for a minute. The coronavirus crisis is over, everyone loves how the Prime Minister’s new baby is rocking the same Eton-flick as his famous dad, and the runways are busy again polluting the planet thanks to the jet-set squad which, let’s face it, we all were until like 5 minutes ago. (Darn you, Greta, and your good intentions!) So where would you like to go? I know by this point that you’re loving the global homeschooling experiment so much that it’s not really a question of sorting school uniform for September, but rather ‘does everyone have their passports ready?’ Because, in case you didn’t know, one of the coolest aspects of being a homeschooler is that you are now free to travel any time, any where. And for some families, this is what they do all year round whilst working remotely from hotel rooms and beach side canopies (battery life depending..) It’s called worldschooling and, generally after a large glass of merlot, this is what I dream of and spend my Saturday nights pestering teenwolf to agree to. So far it’s a no, but I am eternally optimistic about my powers of persuasion. I mean, we have 3 kids. Let’s get going!
The world is a big place, so where should you begin? How about getting a map out after breakfast today and discussing the destinations that you’d all like to hit on a big family worldschooling adventure. Follow the shapes of the continents and cringe when your five-year-old asks you to locate the Indian Ocean (it’s okay..you’re homeschooling now; the best answer you can possibly give is: “go look it up for yourself and please tell me once you’ve found out!”) So Sri Lanka looks stunning and, apparently, less touristic toward the north of the island. Nestled at the entry to the Bay of Bengal off the southern tip of India, this exotic location should probably be first on your list. From trekking in Nepal to visiting the rainforests and ancient Mayan sites of Guatemala, the world is full of endless inspiration for families with a thirst for discovery. What better way to learn about ancient Rome than visiting the Colosseum? Or stay a little closer to home and take a camper van round the UK, with a road map of all the things you’ve never done in your own country (sorry, my American readers; you know what I mean..) Who doesn’t love battered fish and vinegary chips on the seaweed-clad rocks at Porthbeor Beach, South Cornwall?
“NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST.”– J. R. R. Tolkein
But hey, times are changing and I hear it’s all about reducing our carbon footprint now. Well, that and the fact that most major airlines seem to have collapsed as fast as you can say COVID-19, pushing prices way up once we are all – hopefully – face mask free and contemplating a summer holiday in Spain again. So, what to do? Have you heard of Seat 61? This guy is a train-hopping genius and, whether you want to up the creativity on your daily commute (bet you never thought you’d miss that, eh?) or trying to get from Surrey to Seville, The Man in Seat 61 has got you covered. So now you can feel like a true homeschooler and carry your eco tote full of industrial packs of brazil nuts (oops! I mean locally-sourced sesame snaps) with you as you explore the world guilt-free and, almost, carbon neutral. Just try to skip the beef burger on the menu. Pretend you really do prefer polenta chips.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s pack our bags and spend the next 3 months standing anxiously in the hallway checking our watches, already! Seriously, whether you are a school or homeschool family, there are so many amazing places waiting for you to come along with your guide book and order a spicy shot of something that disinfects your entire digestive system at 10am. It’s the culture, ok? Let’s not be rude. From the epic World Travel Family to other blogs such as Purely Patcha and World School Adventures, there are a tonne of tremendous worldschool families out there to follow and be inspired by. Get dreaming, get involved and surprise everyone at the checkout next week when your quarantine shopping trolley is filled to the brim with sun cream and mosquito repellent. Ha! I am so going to do that, now..
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