Many people incorrectly assume it’s only millennials that travel regularly. But it’s still possible to be a digital nomad and have a family.
The arrival of children does not have to put a stop to your travel plans. If you have a job that allows you to travel, why not take that opportunity and give your kids the travel bug?
Here’s how to have kids and still be a digital nomad.
Travel light & organize what you have
Keeping organized is a vital part of being on the road with young kids. Arrange clothes in packing cubes for each child to make them easy to unpack and locate.
A key part of organization is traveling light and only bringing with you what you need. What you do bring, make note of its location and make it easy to access for you and the kids.
Get them excited about travel
If your kid is enrolled in a local school, get them excited about travel by enrolling them in a foreign language class. They’ll be dreaming of school trips to Paris and be excited to tell you about their own travels when they get home.
If you homeschool your kids then consider an online tutor to help alleviate the stress of homeschooling and working. You could invest in a foreign language tutor to really give them a taste for expanding their own horizons.
If you’ve seen the benefits and freedom that travel offers, sharing this with your kids at a young age will help them catch the travel bug.
Prepare to keep them entertained
Travel is fun, but for many kids, long journeys can be boring. Be prepared to keep them entertained with games, books, activities, and emergency electronics and chargers. Anything to keep them distracted while you need to drive, work or plan ahead.
Ensure you’re putting in regular family activities as well, so you’re not just dragging them along to your next adventure.
Maintain a routine
Kids love habits. If you’re traveling with young children, keep them to at least a semi-regular meal and bedtime routine. It will also help you determine your own routine of when you can work, sleep, eat yourself.
Picking a travel destination or locations slightly similar to your own way of living might make this a little bit easier to achieve.
Be clear with work-life balance
Traveling while working still means that you have to work.
As you’ll likely be working and living in the same space as a digital nomad, try to strike a balance between work, family and private time.
Spending quality time with your kids and on your own is invaluable, and what’s the point in traveling if you don’t get to enjoy it?
Be kind to yourself
Try to remember that you have achieved something remarkable. You’ve managed to raise a family and find a job that allows you not to be tethered to one place.
Although the life of a digital nomad is a remarkable one, it still requires a lot of navigating, especially with kids.
Give yourself room and patience to explore this incredible journey with your family.