From international travel to tiny homes, Amy Sztupovszky and her family are living and breathing the worldschooling lifestyle. They home base from beautiful British Columbia, Canada and are currently exploring one of the largest cities in the European Union, Budapest, Hungary. You can follow along on their travels by reading their blog, worldschool adventures. Without further ado, 8 questions with this weeks Worldschooler of the Week, Amy Sztupovszky.
How long have you been traveling?
We have been living a family travel lifestyle for the last five years. We started international travel when our children were 5 and 7 years old. So far we have traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, America, Spain, Italy, and Hungary.
Do you currently travel from a home-base?
We do! We have a home base in British Columbia, Canada. When we first started planning for long-term travel we thought that we wanted to be full-time nomads. We soon realized that there was so much about our community that we would miss so we changed our plans to travel for up to half the year. We were able to downsize and purchase an extreme fixer-upper, a 742 sq ft house. My husband is a carpenter so we completely renovated the home ourselves. We now live in our small space that we absolutely love. We really have the best of both worlds, in our stationary life we have an amazing community of friends and homeschooling families and we are able to grow much of our own food and raise farm animals on our small acreage. When we are traveling we get to experience new cultures and unfamiliar places and learn from the world around us!
What does the term Worldschooling mean to you?
Worldschooling is more than just an educational philosophy. It is a lifestyle. Worldschoolers question everything and realize that what society expects from us is not necessarily what is best for us. Worldschoolers have the courage to forge their own paths and live life on their own terms. As a family, we believe that the best way for us to learn is through experience and what better experience is there than to explore the world first hand?
What do you think the future of Worldschooling looks like?
When we first started this lifestyle the term Worldschooling was just starting to emerge. The movement has grown in leaps and bounds and there are so many families out there worldschooling and sharing their journey! I think as the world starts to move deeper into the digital age, more people will realize that having a 9-5 job is not the only way to earn an income. The Internet has changed the way we earn a living and how we can travel and Worldschooling is now becoming a very appealing way to educate our children!
What is one travel hack you would pass on to fellow travelers?
Stay longer! We have found that staying up to one month in each destination allows us to really experience a place in a different way than if we were just burning through to tick sites off a list. We prefer to rent apartments on Airbnb at a monthly rate. This saves us so much money over a daily or even weekly rate, sometimes as much as 60% off. Staying in furnished apartments also allows us to cook much of our own food which is a budget saver in more expensive countries. Right now we are spending three and a half months in Europe but only concentrating on a handful of places. If we were spending each night in a hotel room there is no way we would be able to afford to travel here!
What is the one item you never leave home with?
Snacks. We dedicate a daypack to snacks and water whenever we travel. There is nothing worse than hangry children (or a hangry mama!)
What words do you live by?
Live the life you dream of.
Where can people find you?
I blog at www.worldschooladventures.com
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