Q:  Is it possibly to travel with your family?

A:  Yes, traveling with a family is certainly possible.  That said, there are a few things to consider before making the decision to hit the road with the kiddos.

Housing

As a traveler, you will be paid a housing stipend.  That amount is based on the cost of living in the area in which you will be traveling.  Typically that is more than enough to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the area.  For small families, that is doable.

It’s certainly possible to find larger accommodations for your family, but evaluate if apartment living will work.

You can also consider renting or buying a RV.  This option will allow you to be able to drive the country without worrying where you will find housing.  Obviously, it will be downsizing.  So, consider if you will be able to handle small quarters!

Childcare

As you go to work, you want to make sure your child is in good hands.  If you are traveling with a spouse, usually they are the best option for childcare.  You can head to work while they care for your kiddo(s).

If you are a single parent, this may present a challenge for you.  If you have a pre-school aged child, be sure to check on daycare options in that community prior to accepting a position.  Read reviews on them.

At the end of the day, don’t force traveling it if you cannot figure daycare out.

Schooling

It is so important to set your children up for success by granting them a great education.

Homeschooling is probably the easiest and most feasible way to educate your children.  Obviously, you will need someone to stay home (likely you spouse) while you work in order to do this.  Check into the cost of purchasing curriculum and evaluate if that is something you are willing to do.

Public school, in most cases, is not an option.  Many school districts require that you be domiciled to the area, a permanent resident in other words, to attend their schools.  Some states may have different rules, so proper research is needed.

Have you traveled with your family before?  What tips do you have?

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