Josh Bender and his high school sweetheart did something on their 10th anniversary that a lot of us ask ourselves everyday why we're not doing. They sold their cars, packed up their family of four, and moved to a nature hut in Bali to give their kids and themselves an amazing opportunity to explore the world.
This was in 2012, and today you can follow their adventures at Travel with Bender where they post about living the dream of a travel life. This year, they're off to 15 more countries across Europe and Southern Asia with two young kids. In this episode we chat about their journey and how they pull off family travel in such a perpetual style.
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What We Cover:
Somehow you think living the dream is some kind of utopia where everything is perfect and there’s no sort of challenges.
What Josh admits he did wrong before they left, and how communities of traveling families helped them find their way.
What are the Effects of Travel on kids
How to overcome the fear and get started traveling anywhere with young kids
Why Josh travels to give his kids the opportunity to learn to find and interact with people who are different than them, and have fun doing so.
Words from an Explorer:
“Be willing to do it. Go out, make a plan to do it. And learn from as many people as you can."
“That’s one of the single most valuable lessons our kids are learning… How to connect and relate to individual humans as humans… To connect and realize we’re one family.”
“If anything it’s the most natural way of living, understanding and getting to know people, rather than sitting in a cubicle for forty hours a week.”
Josh’s Best Travel Advice:
The First Step: Say to yourself, “You’re never going to regret it.” Use that as a mantra.
Money Saving Tip: Turn your knowledge and experience into a mini-business, a product or service that you don't have to be present to run. Also, look at the exchange rate
Packing Tip: Be ruthless. Use packing cubes. When you have kids it can be tempting to bring everything along. Kids get toys where ever they go, so just bring what they need to get them there.
Favorite Internet Travel Resource: Useful Websites on Travel with Bender, Skyscanner, Money Journal
Favorite Travel Book: The Atlas! (Great answer, right?)
Favorite Travel Gear: His smartphone
Weirdest Food: Grubs!
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Music Credit: Move Slow by Felxprod ft. Jess Abran (Myriad Remix), Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static
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