Whilst you cannot give your child the 'moon on a stick' the World can be their oyster. Travel can enrich a child's life and improve their knowledge whilst creating special lifetime memories. The opportunity to travel as a family is really the best gift for any child, a long term investment that will shape them for the future. Exposing your children to different cultures, climates, languages and landscapes in their formative years, can teach them to become more tolerant, build confidence and encourage independence.
With today's 24/7 lifestyles not many families have the opportunity for long term travel with their small children, but what if you had all the money you needed in the bank? Would you be thinking responsibility, stability and routine or would you pack up and go on an adventure? Jessica and Garrett Gee choose the latter.
When at just 25, entrepreneur Garrett sold his business to Snapchat for $54 million, the young parents to Manilla, 1, and Dorothy, 3, intriguingly decided not to touch the money and instead devised a plan to embark on a family travel adventure, seeking out a destination to maybe one day settle. Garrett and Jessica sold all their belongings in a yard sale in order to fund their trip, to keep their finances secure for the long-term future . They created a bucket list of countries they wanted to visit, looking to enrich both their own and their children's lives, whilst searching along the way for somewhere they may call a permanent home.
Now that they have been travelling for some time we were keen to learn about some of their experiences so far, the benefits for their children and their favourite destination. We look forward to staying in touch with this lovely family and cannot wait for the next installment! Thanks so much Jessica and Garrett!
The Bucket List Family
What inspired you to go travelling as a family?
My husband and I are rookies at this parent thing. We aren't totally sure where we want to raise our family. We thought if we travelled all around the world learning more about other places and cultures, it would shed some light on how/where to raise our kids. Timing and opportunity were perfect, so we took it!
Favourite destination so far and why?
Best experience so far?
How do you think your travels will benefit your children?
Snowballs or Sandcastles?
Sandcastles. Almost all our travels are around water. Maybe because we both grew up in the mountains. ;)