Worldschooling is a way of educating a child through travel and learning outside of four classroom walls. It is arguably its own branch or subset of homeschooling or home education, but where a child is educated through travel experience and world interactions beyond the home or immediate community. It’s a unique approach that offers incredible possibilities and opportunities for both child and parent(s).
Worldschooling is real world learning. Living and learning in the real world and in real time.
Families who choose worldschooling, may travel full-time, part of the year, seasonally, or during shorter breaks during the year, such as during a parent work or holiday vacations. Known as worldschoolers, these families recognize The World is Our Classroom.
For the past 10+ years, I have worldschooled, roadschooled, unschooled my four children. We’ve come to think of the collective experience as Wanderschooling, a traveling, experiential, and worldly educational experience, that includes some epic experiences, like our whirlwind 50 States Tour of the USA, unbelievable journeys and destinations, and happy reprieves in the comfort and familiarity of our home base.
What Do You Need to Worldschool?
There is no one way to worldschool, just as there is no one way to homeschool. Every family is different. Every family has a different work, financial, and personal situation. Every family has its own goals, dreams, or objectives in choosing to worldschool, and its own approach to making it happen.
There are a few things that you do need to worldschool. These will vary depending on how long you plan to adopt this lifestyle and educational choice.
- A desire to travel. In two parent households, this doesn’t necessarily mean that both parents must be dying to travel, but if they are going to travel together as a family, there needs to be open, honest, and good communication from the beginning about the plan and foreseeable moving parts associated with worldschooling.
- A desire to want to welcome the world as the child’s classroom. Worldschooling is an incredible educational and lasting gift.
- A willingness to be step outside of the comfort zone. Worldschooling involves keeping an open-mind as you encounter different people, cultures, ways of thinking, and new environments.
How To Afford Worldschooling
The decision to worldschool and pursue a travel lifestyle is exciting and intimidating to most. There are a lot of unknowns when you travel full-time, part-time, or for big chunks of time, regardless of the amount of pre-planning involved, and money/cost is one of them. Some families opt to sell everything they own. Some save for months or years. Some come up with side hustles. Some create detailed budget spreadsheets. Others find flexible, remote work opportunities, and enjoy life as a worldschooling digital nomad. Others find house swaps or family volunteer-work opportunities that offer housing and food in exchange for service.
There are creative ways to afford worldschooling. Motivation is key, and worldschooling is a powerful motivator.
How Do You Start Worldschooling?
Start! You can begin your worldschooling adventure by reading anything and everything you can about worldschooling. Read blogs like Wanderschool and any book you can find on the worldschooling or off-the-beaten path education.
Then come up with a plan. I am one of those people who likes to come up with a general, broad plan, but I make up the day-to-day plans as I go. I guess you’d call that winging it, and so far so good. I’ve been known to make my best plans in the middle of the night, like the decision to buy an RV.
Whatever you do, if you choose a worldschooling adventure, it surely will become the best experience of your life.