We’ve always had a passion for travel.
In 2014 Mitch and I went on our first vacation to Cuba. Since then we’ve tried to take at least 1-2 vacations per year. In 2015 I went on three trips without Mitch- Jordan with a friend of a friend, and China and Thailand with my mom. During this 30 day span of traveling to 3 different countries, I think I figured out exactly what I wanted to do with my life and learned a lot about myself. Except, there was one little hiccup… I was pregnant! I thought that my backpacking and travel days were over for years to come at that point.
I would always talk to Mitch about selling all of our belongings to travel, but he had a good paying job, we had a baby to raise, a house, and I was in university. Then I found different ways to make money online. We learned one business model and perfected it, and I was constantly looking into how to diversify our income (I’m a bit of a scatterbrain).
Mitch got on board with the idea of making money online, and since then we’ve grown several businesses and are still looking into more income streams. Anyways the point is- we figured out that we were happier spending time as a family, rather than us both stressing about work, school, and bills. We also realized that we were not completely satisfied with the “All American *ahem* Canadian Dream”.
You may be saying, okay that sounds awesome, but what exactly are you hoping to get out of becoming a full-time traveling family / digital nomad family?
We lived in a very small town in Northern Ontario. There’s only 1 grocery store, very limited amount of things to do, and the town we lived in was about 3 hours from any decent sized cities. We’re people who like to be doing something, pretty much all of the time. We enjoy change, we both enjoy traveling, and we want our son to grow up in diversity, and learn from real world experiences.
What we want out of this
We want the freedom to be able to work on the things we love, and work on our own schedules. We both realized that the traditional 9-5 isn’t for us at this point in time. We realized that we were both much happier working together as a unit, and on our own time.
Going along with freedom to work when we want to, how we want to, and be able to be location independent… we value family time above all else. Cooper is still young, and we want to be able to maximize our time with him. Mitch and I both think that traveling together and having these experiences together will bring us closer as a family and strengthen our family unit.
Learning & Sharing
We both think it is incredibly important to learn about the world from first hand experiences. How many times have you heard something from a friend or from a news source, that totally put you off of a location? We want to experience the different cultures, countries and people ourselves, share that with our son, with our families back home, and with our community (you!).
I guess you could say that these are our family values. What are yours? Let us know in the comments below!