• Europe,  Family Travel,  Unschooling

    7 Weeks of Europe: week 2

    It’s all relative(s)! After a great first week of travels, our second week in Spain we met up with yet more cousins. Some we hadn’t seen in about 17 years, others in even 30! But still it was so nice and great fun to be reunited again. On monday we first brought our car to the garage to have our car window fixed. We then went to the local market and bought churros (again). Our cousin Gabri spend the whole day with us. We met his mother later at the beach and in the evening we met another cousin. On Tuesday we were mostly around the home waiting to pick…

  • Europe,  Family Travel

    7 weeks of Europe: week 1

    Reconnecting with friends and family Our first week of our Europe summer road trip has been foremost about meeting with old friends and familymembers. It is amazing seeing these people after years like time has not passed. Only some added wrinkles and dates on calenders tell us the truth: we have all grown older. Driving from the Netherlands to Spain Entertainment on the road On sunday evening we left in two cars. Our first destination was Durango in Spain. It took us about 20 hours to get there. It was hard to fight the sleep during night and it was hard in the hot sun during the day. We had…

  • Europe

    7 weeks of Europe

    Preparing our family summer trip In a few days we will hit the road again. This time we will go on a 7 week family summer road trip through 9 European countries. Well, the kids and I will. During our 6th travel week Juul will fly home 5 days for work. It will be the first time ever to be apart for that long, so it is kind of exciting (in both a good and not good way). My mother will come and join us those 5 days, so we’ll manage just fine. Poor Juul working while we lay on the beach!   9 Countries in 7 weeks Our plan…

  • Destinations

    Things to see and do in New Orleans with your family

    It’s all jazz!! Last november we were in New Orleans for a few days. It had been on our bucket list for a long time. And although we visited the USA as a family three times before, somehow we just didn’t make it to that side of the country. This time we were staying three months of which we had about the last 3 weeks free to travel. There was no better time then finally make it to NOLA for some good music, delicious food, a dip in history and much more! If you are thinking of visiting New Orleans (which we highly recommend!), we offer you 8 tips in…

  • Destinations,  Europe,  Family Travel

    5 Reasons to take your family summer Europe trip by train

    Traveling by train in Europe… we had done it before. Little day trips around the country, weekend getaways to Germany and Belgium. But never had we travelled as a family of 5 for a few weeks through several European countries. Until the summer of 2017. Our car had broken down the year before. We were leaving in October to spend 4 months abroad. So we were not planning on going anywhere during summer, especially since we are not a very big fan of flying. But then our kids took an interest in the WWII. Juul remembered he still wanted to visit Auswitz in Poland. So as true unschoolers/worldschoolers, we thought:…

  • Family Travel,  Our BIG ADVENTURE

    10 Ways to afford your family travels

        One of the questions we get the most, is how we afford to travel as a family that much, while only living of one income. Since we would like to inspire more families to travel, we decided to write a blogpost on the subject. We will share 10 ways to afford your family travels. We will use these ourselves while preparing for our Big Adventure!   How to afford your family travels: 10 ways to do it   #1 Save up! Okay, this is an easy one to get you started. Save money! If you already are saving, save some more! Saving will get you into living more…

  • Family Travel,  Unschooling

    13 Reasons why travel as a family

        Traveling as a family…stressful or fun? At times it can be both, but for us traveling as a family is most of all fun! We enjoy our little and big adventures around the world. Close to home or far away, short or long trips, traveling has been wonderful. Besides being mostly fun, traveling is great for other reasons too. In this blogpost we outline thirteen reasons why travel as a family (in random order). Thirteen reasons why travel as a family   1. Traveling broadens your mind You get to see and experience other cultures and ways of living. By staying with locals in Cuba, we got to…

  • Our BIG ADVENTURE,  Unschooling

    Learning from the world: worldschooling

        Three years ago we decided to take our kids from school. Tomas was 6,5 years old and was almost 2,5 years in school. Sara just turned 4 and had been going to school for almost 6 months. As we grew unhappy with the system and the children were miserable at school, we became desperately ready for homeschooling and more in particular worldschooling. We wanted our children to learn from the world instead of from an artificial environment, sitting behind a desk all day.   Homeschooling in The Netherlands Unfortunately, in The Netherlands we have this strange law regarding home education. In our situation it meant we had to…

  • Our BIG ADVENTURE

    Travel planning: Decluttering the home

    Decluttering the home: a step closer to our Big Adventure Before starting our Big Adventure next year, we still have a lot of work to do. One of the biggest and most important tasks is getting rid of almost all our stuff. And that is a lot! Decluttering our home feels like a real challenge, but one that is also really fulfilling. I love how our house feels when it’s more empty!     Making choices We are still in the beginning of it all, so at this point it feels quite easy to decide what can go. We went through clothes, books, DVD’s, toys, kitchen supplies, gardening things (we…

  • Our BIG ADVENTURE

    Converting our car into a minicamper

      Last time we wrote on how to choose camper for your travels. I also wrote that we decided to buy a Fiat Doblo and use it as a minicamper for our summer travels. In this post we will tell you all about our new ride and how we plan on converting our car into a minicamper!   Converting our car into a minicamper We selected this car because it met all our criteria for space, budget and easy travel and conversion. Just look at the size of the trunk!   We like the fact that the trunk is wide, deep, high and squared. And you know what we also…