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post #41 of 54
No, we don't have the money that would allow me to take a trip. So I cruise the internet and read people's blogs about their travels. Someday, someway.....
post #42 of 54
Count us in!

We're going to be stable for 6 months...finally committed to a lease! We've been on the move since my son was born 18 months ago.

We own one suitcase that's too large to check on a plane, a carseat and carseat bag, one suitcase that can be checked, one bookbag, and two laptop bags. We move so often that this is really all we can manage along with our 18 month old!

My husband plays poker online...it's a very stable income for us, but doesn't require him to work very many hours, so it enables us to move anytime we desire.

We haven't lived overseas yet although we dream about Thailand and Australia...particularly Darwin, Australia...sounds DREAMY! Basically, we keep an eye on craigslist...lol...anyone else do that? If there's a nice deal in an area we are interested in visiting, we move! That's why we're in Hawaii right now ;-)

In the past 18 months, we've lived:

Erie, PA-- (ugg)
Pittsburgh, PA--(double ugg)
Myrtle Beach, SC--(nice, but wouldn't want to live there again)
someplace along the florida panhandle for a month?---(crazy hot!)
Asheville, NC---(Wonderful...would totally move back if I had to stop moving)
Puerto Rico---(MISTAKE!)
Berkeley, CA----(Beautiful and would totally move back)
and now Kailua, Oahu, HI---(gooorgeous!)
post #43 of 54
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My husband plays poker online...it's a very stable income for us, but doesn't require him to work very many hours, so it enables us to move anytime we desire.
can i just say how awesome that is? my xh nearly lost our house when he decided that would be a good idea! lol your dh rocks!
post #44 of 54
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Originally Posted by lemonapple View Post
Count us in!

We're going to be stable for 6 months...finally committed to a lease! We've been on the move since my son was born 18 months ago.

We own one suitcase that's too large to check on a plane, a carseat and carseat bag, one suitcase that can be checked, one bookbag, and two laptop bags. We move so often that this is really all we can manage along with our 18 month old!

My husband plays poker online...it's a very stable income for us, but doesn't require him to work very many hours, so it enables us to move anytime we desire.

We haven't lived overseas yet although we dream about Thailand and Australia...particularly Darwin, Australia...sounds DREAMY! Basically, we keep an eye on craigslist...lol...anyone else do that? If there's a nice deal in an area we are interested in visiting, we move! That's why we're in Hawaii right now ;-)

In the past 18 months, we've lived:

Erie, PA-- (ugg)
Pittsburgh, PA--(double ugg)
Myrtle Beach, SC--(nice, but wouldn't want to live there again)
someplace along the florida panhandle for a month?---(crazy hot!)
Asheville, NC---(Wonderful...would totally move back if I had to stop moving)
Puerto Rico---(MISTAKE!)
Berkeley, CA----(Beautiful and would totally move back)
and now Kailua, Oahu, HI---(gooorgeous!)

All I can say is WOW! I didn't even know people did that and earned money! That is insane! Sounds like you guys have had an amazing adventure!
post #45 of 54
We're pretty lucky...hopefully it'll hold out for a few more years ;-)
post #46 of 54
I guess, kinda, we're nomadic, sort of . We have two places we call "home" and spend the school year (I'm a teacher) in one place (Alaska), and an extended holiday break and the summer in the other place (Wisconsin). We rent in Alaska, and are buying a home in Wisconsin.

So... we're not exactly jetting off to all sorts of different places; we're jetting off to the same two places every time. Not sure if I qualify as "nomadic," maybe we're more "migratory."
post #47 of 54
I don't know if we are nomadic per se, but we move every two years or so. We are just gear up for the next international move in two days.

I moved a lot as a kid, so it's not as big a deal for me as it is for DH who never moved before the age of 16.

We are moving ds around a lot and I do worry for his sense of stability, but I hope I counter that with a safe home. Who knows.

Anyone have any advice for transitional behavior issues?
post #48 of 54
Does anyone who moves frequently (and have older kids) also lack some 'routine' with them?

I am beginning to feel like (as artist) who are constantly in transit- even though our son is with all the time- 24/7, we cosleep, etc.. our routine is no routine.. and a lot of other parents (ok, just my DH family) has stressed how important it is the kids have 'routine' or they go crazy...

thoughts?
post #49 of 54
I simply said that we are headed. My three half-years, has lived in eight different places, including abroad. My 14 months has been to three different locations to date.
post #50 of 54
so good to find this thread! we've been roving all over asia since our daughter was born - first in turkey, then india/nepal and finally china. she's been on a great many airplanes in her two years! our work as artists is bringing us back to our homeland of america for an entire year in 2011 - truly we're a bit trepidatious!

along the way we've had to contend with a few naysayers in our circle of aquaintence, who maintain that country-hopping is harmful to a child's development. we believe it to be quite the contrary - little Lark has learned to appreciate and accustom herself to a myriad of cultures. in order to integrate into our new neighborhoods as fully as possible, we try to approximate the lifestyle of an 'average citizen' in whatever country we find ourselves in. it's given her a chance to experience not only different places, but different ways of living.

another benefit we've found is our ability to break away from the 9 - to - 5 routine. until Lark was two, both of her parents were constantly available to her. we took various jobs which could be done in the home...photography books, visual arts tutoring, cottage industries and the like, so we could share as much of our time with her as possible in the first years.

now, as she begins to grow more independant, we work part-time jobs; my husband lectures at a university, and i teach theatrical arts to a group of small children. china provides an option for working parents that is often not available in our homeland - many families here have an 'ayi' (which literally means 'aunt'). an ayi is usually treated just like an aunt would be, as part of the family, which has given lark another adult to look to for love and guidance.

a common criticism we hear is that it's unkind to make a child forever leave their friends and familiar surroundings. in our experience, though, lark has been able to develop her confidence by learning that, wherever she goes, there will be new friends to make and new places to call home. kids are natural adventurers, and we feel that a child's sense of security can rest within herself and in her family, not just in particular places or things.

right now we're in shanghai (china), modifying mopeds to pull small covered wagons. later this year we'll travel the countryside with another family, putting on an old-fashioned variety show for the residents of the villages we visit - and making a documentary of the whole affair!

we'd love to hear from other travelling families, especially those who make their way by creative means in various cultures. slots are still open for the aforementioned covered wagons if anyone wants to join us
post #51 of 54
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...develop her confidence by learning that, wherever she goes, there will be new friends to make and new places to call home. kids are natural adventurers, and we feel that a child's sense of security can rest within herself and in her family, not just in particular places or things.
I couldn't agree more
post #52 of 54
It's my first post on this board YAY!! So hi people.

My husband works for Teva Pharmaceuticals, we move and travel a lot mostly because of his job but it's exhausting for him. I'm pretty used to travel and moving. I'm originally from Israel but I moved a lot as a child. I lived in Israel, South Africa, Turkey and Spain as a child and teen.

We are in Equatorial Guinea at the moment, I think we are staying here for another 4 months. I met him while I was living in Spain then I moved to Poland with him for two years, then we lived and got married in Israel.

We've lived in Equatorial Guinea, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Israel and Mexico with the kids, I have 5 kids under 8. We plan to establish when my oldest turns 10 though but that's 4 years from now becuase it does get tiring.
post #53 of 54
ok...exciting news I must share! We have big plans. This one year here or there business is just not enough for us! We've bought an RV, given our notice, and are on the road full time at the end of the month! *crossposted in the FT RV tribe*

We're all SO excited. We're starting out by tooling around the US some. Take dh and the kids around to all the things they've never seen. I've seen it all. Then we're going to head south and explore things none of us have. I've been around Mexico a little, but it's a big place with lots of things I haven't seen. And below it is a whole CONTINENT I've never explored! I can't wait! I'm totally stoked.

We'll be getting by on my writing and whatever side work dh can pick up. For the US portion, we are set for enough income to be stacking money aside in savings...or just pooring it into the beater of an RV we picked up. lol We opted for WAY under budget - with tons of potential. Instead of something that doesn't need any work, maxes out the budget, and would be more difficult/costly to upgrade and customize. I think it exemplifies our values nicely. lol
post #54 of 54

i could write the above post....although my parents didn't move a lot, we only moved from russia to lebanon when i was 14 and i moved to japan and back to leb in university years. But moving is inside me! I used to change my room's furniture places since i was a kid and always want to move somewhere.....once in japan i promised myself that i'll spend my life moving from now on. but ive married and dh is sooooooooooo settled in his village, he used to be a traveller but he changed...i did not...:( so now it has been 3 years we are in a wonderful house in dh's village have our own farm but............i always feel depressed and wanting to move somewhere....:( maybe i am gypsy too?

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