Suzy: thank you Tara for visiting with us today!
Tara: Thank you for the opportunity!
Suzy: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your family?
Tara: We're a family of three currently living and learning full-time on the road. We travel in a small RV powered by solar and waste veggie oil. We're passionate about so many things: sustainability, unschooling, mindful parenting, gaming, connecting with people, hooping, sculpting...we love life and learning and the freedom we've discovered on the road.
Suzy: I think it is so amazing that you are traveling around and experiencing so many new things on a daily basis. What moved you create this lifestyle for yourself and what keeps you going?
Tara: It was really a financial decision at first. Justin was facing a layoff and we knew we'd need to move out-of-state for work. So we decided to roll with it and turn a potentially negative situation into a seriously awesome one! At first we assumed it would be short-term, but we're loving it more and more and it's become hard to imagine settling down just yet. We love watching Zeb (our 10 year old son) embrace and explore the world through traveling and unschooling and that is definitely one part of what keeps us going.
Suzy: Can you talk about one of your favorite places or experiences that you have had on the road?
Tara: It's only been two months and it's already impossible to narrow it down! It seems that anywhere we are is our new favorite place! The whole experience just continues to get better and better. We really love meeting so many amazing people and making profound connections. We love experiencing the history of a place firsthand or just slowing down and enjoying a quiet evening in the middle of nowhere.
Suzy: How do you make a living while traveling?
Tara: We like to do lots of things! I've been a massage therapist for 10 years and I do that where I can. Justin is a carpenter and jack-of-all-trades and finds side jobs or short-term work as we travel. I'm also slowly branching out into freelance writing and working on a few other projects that I will hopefully be ready to reveal over the summer!
I've also just begun to offer personal coaching [http://theorganicsister.com/unschooling-coach/] for families interested in moving toward unschooling and/or mindful parenting. I really love helping families move past conflict or stress to embrace trusting, loving relationships and a lifelong passion for learning and this has given me a perfect way to offer support and validation for other parents on this path.
Suzy: Do you have any advice for other families who are interested in trying out this lifestyle?
Tara: Do it! The opportunities available to unschooling and full-time traveling families are so amazing and the experiences are far beyond what we imagined. It's impossible not to be profoundly influenced by the freedom and joy you find within a nomadic and/or unschooling lifestyle.
Suzy: Any plans to settle down in the future?
Tara: We'd like to someday find a place that feels like home. I'd love to have a homestead again. But we're not making plans just yet. We're enjoying this too much! :)
Suzy; Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Tara!
Tara: Thank you Suzy!
The Giveaway: Tara is giving away a free 30 minute unschooling coaching session to 1 winner. If you or someone you know would be interested in this, please leave a comment here. We will announce the winner on Friday June 4th.
"I would love to have a coaching session. My son is currently a Montessori kid and I'm scared to transition to unschooling, but super interested. We are working toward getting out from under our house and doing the RV thing for year to travel the country and "find our place". I also have a daughter, age 2. I'm scared about reading and writing and spelling and math and about whether or not I'M strong enough and dedicated enough to unschool my kids. "