Vagabonding With Kids: How One Couple Embraced an Unconventional Life to Work Remotely and Show Their Kids the World
AK Turner, author
With her signature wit, AK Turner deftly slays all the dragons separating "life with kids" from "life with travel and adventure." Determined to prove that long-term travel need not be reserved for the lone male traveler, Turner tackles obstacles including working while traveling, affording an extended trip, pulling kids out of school, and what to do with them once you've done so. With stories from the author's experiences in a dozen locations around the globe, and the honest and hilarious admissions of her fears along the way, Vagabonding with Kids is a timely affirmation of why we should all journey forth.
Armchair travel and parenting guides find unusual symbiosis in this work from Turner (Hair of the Corn Dog), in which the mother of two uses her own lively experiences traveling abroad with children to persuade readers that “long-term, nomadic travel” with little ones “fosters compassion, adaptability, perspective, gratitude, and a sense of wonder.” Parents will be easily swayed by the prospect of exposing their young brood to life abroad, as Turner recounts her tales of trips to Australia and Brazil for months at a time. The real challenge is convincing little Ivy that fried piranha is a viable snack or helping Emilia leave all her books at home. Turner also advises intrepid parents to remember the Imodium and think carefully about traveling by camper in a foreign country. Awkward diaper changes aside, Turner argues firmly in favor of the benefits extended travel had for her children. Turner’s charming tales evoke an odd mix of envy and schadenfreude; readers may simply want to stay home and keep reading. (BookLife)
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