I'm Nadie and my husband Dion, our four children Kaya, Keyon, Emen, and Zane. We were 'regular' with a side of homeschool, deployments and moving every 3 years.. Ok! Ok! Not so regular but it was our life for 11 years. I was employed with the local school system for special needs students and did homeschool lessons after work. Dion was a solider and we balanced life like most families, but this wasn't the life we wanted, we wanted to live! We wanted more time with our children and each other and didn't want to wait until retirement to get it.
We are now wandering the world exploring and sharing each new adventure with our children. There is something unique about traveling, it provides a view of the world unobscured by movies, or stereotypes. It was important for us to make the world bigger than our neighborhood, our state, or even our country for our four children. We wanted them to embrace the diversity in the world without the filter of judgement.
So, we chose to sell EVERYTHING we owned, to live out of suitcases (carryon only), to travel to places that speak languages different to us, eat different foods, have different beliefs from our own. We decided to LIVE without borders!
Where abouts in the world are you right now?
We’ve recently finished a month of solitude in the mountains of Southern California. We are headed off to Mexico City for a month!
What do you love about this place?
Twin Peaks California was a haven of serenity, we had amazing views of snow covered mountains, and almost no neighbors. As far as Mexico City we are excited for this new adventure to explore an urban latin city, one that is the largest in North America.
Anything you don’t like?!
The Wildlife!! I’m not against wildlife and love it from a distance, however we’ve had a few run ins with some wildlife that sacred us to death.
What are the three most challenging aspects that stand out?
Budgeting is always a challenge with a large family
Caring for homeschool lessons for each child, and making sure they are learning at their levels.
Overcoming the language barrier. The local people are always super nice about us destroying their native tongue, but I am always nervous initially.
How’s the food?!
California’s cuisine is vastly diverse but we’ve enjoyed homecooked meals most of our time there. As for Mexico City the latin palate is modern and traditional, it is an explosion of culture. We can’t wait to immerse in what Mexico City has to offer.
Any funny, interesting or daunting experiences along the way?
Yes, our California BNB we were greeted by a family of raccoons who were not interested in sharing. We all ran back to the car until we could devise a plan to run them away.
Can you give us 3 tips for making it work?
Its all a part of the journey, even if you get it wrong.
Be flexible with time, destination, and experiences.
Check in with your resources, facebook groups, many people are more than willing to help.
Do you have any financial tips for travelling?
Use Skyscanner for flights
Send invites for AirBNB to get those coupons
Use affiliate links, Ebates or niches to add passive income.
What do you miss, if anything?
Nothing! We facetime family often … really daily and we have each other.
What advice would you give to other Mamas planning on travelling with their tribe?
Just do it! Whatever, however, whenever you can get out there to see the world do it. It will change your tribe’s life, their perspective, their humanity in beautiful ways.
Where can we find you?!