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The Expat Family

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   

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 Have you ever thought about selling it all and taking your family on a very long road trip? Each year, scores of families choose to expand their geographic horizons by learning a new language in another country or seeing as much of the planet as possible while circling the globe. Learn more here:

  1. She wrote the book. In June, 2008 Lisa Shusterman, her husband Marty and their twin daughters, left the security of their family life in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a year of traveling. “There were a plethora of guide books to tell us where to go and what to do. But I never found a "how to" book - one that would help us formulate a "to do" list, before departing,” explained Shusterman. So after traveling through six continents with her family, Shusterman wrote the book she wished she’d had to plan her family’s trip. Find tips and strategies for planning long term travel in her book and on her website.   Contact: www.aroundtheworldineasyways.com; www.oneworldonetrip.blogspot.com.
  2. 42 Countries and Counting. The Soul Travelers 3, who use the pseudonyms Jeanne Dee, Vince Dee and Mozart tosoul travelers 3 protect their privacy , are entering their 6th year of open-ended, non-stop, world travel as a family. They’ve explored within 42 countries on five continents, spending just $23 a day, per person. Their young daughter Mozart, is being raised as a “world citizen" with many "homes" around the world, explains Jeanie. Learn about their lifestyle, travel tips, “unschooling” and money-saving strategies via their popular blog. Contact: www.soultravelers3.com.
  3. Providing expertise. For more than 30 years, editors and dozens of geographically dispersed writers at International Living, have provided a wealth of information on living, retiring, traveling and investing overseas. You’ll find resources such as the publisher’s Quality of Living Index, destination guides, columns on expat advice plus reader profiles and feedback. It’s all input that will assist in developing a plan for extended global travel. Contact: www.InternationalLiving.com.
  4. Great Expatations. Coloradans Diana and Matt Scherr and their two young children (above) are midway through an 18 month stay in Cuenca, Ecuador. “It's been as bumpy, exciting and unpredictable as an $8 overnight bus ride from Manta to Quito,” explains Diana. The intrepid mom shares advice and observations, including her top ten “Great Expatations” in her blog Scherr Thing. Matt advises committing two to four hours every day to practicing language skills if learning the local lingo is on your list. “Being able to communicate will enhance every other aspect of your trip,” he observed. Contact: www.ScherrThing.blogspot.com.

And Fido Make Five. It can take a fair amount of time, research and paperwork to insure your furry family members make the international trek with your itinerant crew. For example, it can take as long as 150 days to prepare a pet to move to Australia from the US. Once on Aussie soil, your animal will be required to spend an additional 30 days in quarantine. That’s when experts like those at PetRelocation.com come in handy. They specialize in the detailed handling of your pet’s safe passage to the new destination of your choice. Contact: 1-877-Pet-Move (738-6683); www.PetRelocation.com.

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