Welcome Summer!!!

We are happily welcoming the warmer weather that has come our way!

 

Weve been spending lots of time outside going for walks and playing in the yard.

Over the long weekend we drove to Alberta for a quick visit. It looks like we might be moving back to Alberta!

Plans are in the works for the fall!!

 

Stay tuned!!

It’s Not All Sunshine And Roses

Over the years I’ve had people say “it can’t all be sunshine and roses”. They are so right. It isn’t always sunshine and roses when you are Worldschooling and living life on the road. Living a conventional life isn’t alway sunshine and roses either. I don’t think anything would be sunshine and roses after a while. Before long things get to be normal and mundane, even things like living in a tropical country. 

I think a persons attitude can greatly affect how much sunshine and roses you see in your life. We all know someone with the personality of Eeyore in the Winnie The Pooh series. The person who is always down and always finds the negative in everything. This person could go to the best party of the year that everyone has been raving about for months since and say it wasn’t that great. 
I try to be a very positive person. Even when horrible things are happening to us, I try to find the positive in the situation. This really helps. Many years ago I took an online art journaling course called Soul Restoration. It changed me a lot! One of the activities was to make a time line from your birth until you were 90. Fill in as many details as you can on the timeline. The good, the bad and the ugly. I did this up to my then current age. I filled in my childhood, my parents divorce when I was a teen, my children’s births, my marriage, my divorce etc. Then I looked at the entire timeline and do you know what I saw? I noticed that, my timeline had down points along the way but that it always went back up to positive parts! Even when bad things happened, something good always happened after that! Now I try to remember this when not so great things happen.
There are going to be days when you are on the road when things are not going to be good at all. Hotel bookings didn’t happen for whatever reason, the rental car broke down, the bank machine ate your card and the bank won’t be open for 4 days, you lost your credit card and can’t get a new one for 8 days and have no access to your money during this time. Things like this can and do happen. How you choose to deal with them will make a difference as to how your kids react when they happen. 
We’ve had times that were pretty horrible during out traveling life. In 2013, I got Dengue fever. It was awful. I was so sick for months and nothing gave relief. I lost 22 pounds by the time I finally got well. I had no medical insurance, so I went to the public hospital. I was given a bed but no bedding. A shared bathroom and showers between two big rooms full of 16 patients per room and the people caring for them. I had to have a friend stay with me at all times and it had to be a woman. This person was also responsible for going to the pharmacy across the street from the hospital to get any medication I needed and bags of fluid for my IV. They also went to the cafeteria to buy me food and beg me to eat it (I wasn’t eating because I was so sick with vomiting and fever). Other friends and neighbors cared for my kids at home. They did our laundry and helped clean my house. When I was released from the hospital, I was still weak for a long time. My friends and neighbors in our little barrio cared for my family. 
Instead of dwelling on the fact that I was sick in a developing country, I chose to dwell on how wonderful my friends and neighbors were to us. Our little community in that poor barrio really pulled together and took care of us. 
Even when there’s rain, it doesn’t last forever and eventually a rainbow comes out and shows it’s beauty.

Traveling Full Time 101 Online Course

I will be running a beginner course aimed at getting started with full time travel and becoming a Digital Nomad. I will also run more advanced courses later.

Classes are limited to keep them small and more intimate. All classes will be via Skype conference calling. A good internet connection is needed for the entire hour long session.

Start your course today! Email me your full name and full payment of $120 for course fees via PayPal 

soultrekkingmom@gmail.com

Steps to Get Started Traveling Full Time

In the last little while, I’ve had several people contact me asking how they can get started living the travel lifestyle full time.

Traveling full time means different things to different people.
You need to think about how you see yourself while traveling full time. If you see yourself staying at large, fancy hotels as seen in the ads on social media and eating from gourmet restaurants everyday, you may need a large nest egg of money before you can start. However if you envision yourself working with locals in exchange for food and accommodation, exploring in areas not common to tourists and seeing things only the locals know about, learning about culture and meeting new people along the way, you won’t need much to get started.
Once you make the decision that traveling full time is what you want to do with your life; the rest is up to you. After that decision is made the choices you make from then on, will affect how soon you can get traveling.
You will need to start downsizing your life. You can choose to sell things or just give them away. You might also want to store some of your most valued possessions with a friend or family member. You’re going to need to be able to fit your entire life into a bag or suitcase. Think about what kinds of things would be on your Must Take list. If you have children, you will need to downsize their belongings as well.
I always suggest that people start living as if they are living the life they want. So if you’ve made the decision to travel full time this would mean making decisions now for that goal. For instance, if you need to buy clothing for summer, go shopping with traveling full time in mind. Pick clothes that can be easily hand washed and will air dry fast. Pick clothing that won’t wrinkle easily in a pack, that is easily matched and worn with other pieces of your wardrobe. When holidays come around, let your friends and family know that you’d like gift cards to airlines (Spirit and other cheap airlines), preloaded credit cards, gift cards to outdoor shops so you can get the gear you need to get started (places like REI aw good for this), things like an iPad or light weight laptop. Ask for things that will help you with your goal. If you have children buy toys that can easily fit in a small backpack. Consider getting the child an iPad or tablet with a kid proof case. Ebooks and educational apps can come in handy on long plane, train and bus rides.
Think about if you’d like to travel internationally or within your own continent. You could buy a van and make it into a camper and travel in that or you could travel to distant lands and live with the locals. The choice is yours.
Consider taking a TESOL course online while you’re preparing to start living full time as a traveler. Doing so would give the ability to teach English while traveling. It opens one more door of opportunity for making money on the road. I wrote a blog post http://wp.me/p8jGgE-1Qost  about making money while traveling.
Set a date for the start of your new life. Mark the date on the calendar and make smaller goals to get to that big goal. Smaller goals like getting your TESOL, buying a van if this is in your plan, buying/acquiring your gear for your new life, selling and giving away all your things, storing the things you absolutely must keep.
While you are preparing for your full time traveling lifestyle, you can also be working on ways to make money online. Do some research on things like drop shipping. If photography interests you and you have the gear for it, practice on friends and family in all sorts of environments. Make yourself a blog or webpage.
This is how we began our journey to full time traveling. I put an ad on Craigslist being very honest. I said I was a single mom looking for a 47 passenger school bus for $1000 or less and if I could make payments it would be even better. I got an email a few days later from a guy saying he had a bus that he would sell me for $1000 and we could make payments! The dream was beginning to be a reality! I took the risk of posting that free ad and stating what I needed to make it a reality.
By January we had finished paying for the bus and could bring it home. During the time we were making payments on the bus,I was putting ads on Craigslist for free items we would need for the conversion to a motorhome. I was also looking for cheap things that we could use in our bus as well. If you ask, you will be surprised at what you can get for free!
From February until May, I downsized everything we owned and we moved into our bus. We spent a year living in our bus before we sold the bus and took off for international travel full time.
The full time traveling lifestyle is totally achievable if you make it a priority and set goals.

Ive also written a blog post about traveling for free or close to free. Living full time on the road doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are a lot of options for this lifestyle. Check out my other blog posts and get Started toward your dream of living a full time traveling lifestyle!

Feel free to contact me about coaching to help you achieve your dream of living a full time traveling life. My fees are very affordable. I can be reached at soultrekkingmom@gmail.com

Bathroom Surprise!!!

Another old blog post! I will be adding some old blogs posts here for continuity.

This morning we went to town to do some errands that didn´t get done yesterday. We also had to bring Grumpy so he could get his few things done as well. After doing some shopping and walking downtown we stopped at a restaurant that we havene´t been to in a while. The restaurant was built around a huge tree. It is buffet style and very busy! The staff that work there are not very energetic to say the least. So TheMan and baby went and sat down. Grumpy and I waited in line. We tried to figure out what some of the food was. My theory has always been and will remain, if you don´t know what it is and you have to ask…you probably shouldn´t eat it! 

Anyway after the adventure of getting our meal and enjoying said meal. I had to go to the bathroom. I went into the womens washroom. There are two stalls. One is immediately to your left when you come into the bathroom. Then you go down a little hall and there is another stall. 

So I enter the bathroom and someone is in the first stall. I proceed to the second stall. I quickly look around the stall. I look into a small broom closet with a mop and other cleaning supplies. I determine that this is in fact the only stall down the little hall. Just as I finish this thought…I turn around to close the stall door and there stands a rather large Haitian woman. She closes the door for me. I´m a little alarmed. I decide to remain calm and tell the woman that this is the only bathroom here. Indicating the toilet. She nods her head and motions for me to use the toilet. I stand there a little taken aback. While I´m debating whether I should not be shy and just go pee while this woman is standing there, she goes into the dark broom closet. I assume she is attempting to give me privacy and has maybe had second thoughts on sharing the bathroom together. I decide to be quick and get my job done before she changes her mind. I´m going to the bathroom and I hear the woman PEEING!!! She was peeing in the mop bucket! Apparently here, when there is only one stall and you really need to go, you make do with a mop bucket. I´m just glad she allowed me the use of the toilet and wasn´t selfish and left me the mop bucket! 

After using the washroom I went out into the main area and washed my hands at the sink. Bucket lady used the sink right after me which I was very grateful to see!