“Many [homeschooling families] travel extensively and on a whim. Just think what your family could do if unburdened from the *school year*.”
So true. We will probably take a year long “sabbatical” (or 2) at some point. Just have to find some Sudbury or Sudbury-esque free schools in Europe, since we really think there’s great value in Sudbury Valley School over homeschooling. Oh, and hopefully we can pull off a winter-long ski-”vacation” in the Haute Savoie of France at some point. Or maybe that will just be part of a sabbatical year.
I say vacation, but it’s not really that since I (and perhaps J) would still plan to work remotely. I don’t mean for this to sound like it is luxury or expensive, because it isn’t. It’s just a different way to organize one’s year. Tim Ferriss (ala 4-Hour Work Week) talks a lot about his inexpensive travel destinations… noting the same thing, that it doesn’t need to be expensive.
We’ll see. Sometimes I wish schools were open year round with more flexible coming-and-going schedules. But I think there is something to be said for a cohesive school community culture for everyone to be there at roughly the same time. It wouldn’t be the same if 1/3 or 1/4 of the school population wasn’t around on any given week or month.
Anyway… just some ramblings.
Oh, and this isn’t really travel, but certainly a flexible school-day schedule allows for very cool things like:
- Wednesday trips (when the kids are little we tend to take Wed off from school to give them a break. Family first!)
- Sunday night trips (the night-skiing slopes are relatively empty)
- quality family time every day (since there are no homework struggles)
We’ve taken good advantage of this already.