In March, my family of four rented out our house in California’s Central Valley and set off for a year-long trip around the United States and Canada. Our boys are Theo, 3, and Arthur, 2.
My husband Lee and I talked about this dream when we got married five years ago. Back then we had full-time jobs and the idea seemed very difficult. But slowly we arranged the details to make it happen and here we are. Lee is retired and I am a freelance writer.
We’ve found that the key to traveling with small children is to take it slow and not try to do many things at once. As long as we give the kids frequent playground breaks, everything seems to run pretty smoothly.
We’re mostly staying in airbnb and vrbo rentals. We’ve had a great experience so far with comfortable homes that allow us to stretch out and make our own meals. We’re on a budget and try to stick to paying no more than $1,500-$1,700 a month on accommodations.
Our goal is to visit national parks, intentional communities, Waldorf schools and anywhere people are trying to live in new and interesting ways. We want to come away from this trip feeling inspired.
Right now we’re in St. George, Utah. We were awed by Bryce Canyon National Park and its hoodoo spires that look like an ancient city. We loved the red cliffs of Zion National Park and Snow Canyon. But I think my boys are most excited about our coming visit to the local children’s museum. This town is truly children’s heaven with lots of fun activities for the little ones. My boys were thrilled with the downtown splash park that included a play river and waterfall.