4 Worn PassportsInspiring Family Gap Years and Independent Global Travel

About 4 Worn Passports

Table Mountain family picture
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Family Gap Year and Global Family Travel

We are a family of travelers who set out to independently explore six continents together before our daughters finished high school. Country by country, trip by trip, we marched toward our goal. Some trips lasted just a week; others lasted two or three. However, our “big trip” lasted 5 months when we world-schooled our way around-the-world (RTW).

Our website began as a way to document our global family field trip (and meet homeschooling requirements). Since then, it has become a travel site full of valuable information and inspiration for fellow travelers. Whether you are planning a two week adventure vacation, or trying to muster the courage to take a family gap year, we encourage you to just do it!

Our Travel Philosophy

We believe…that travel is the greatest gift you can give your children. It doesn’t break or go out of style, and the memories will last forever.

We believe…the lessons that are learned through travel cannot be duplicated in the classroom. And these lessons–like the importance of freedom, tolerance, and an expanded world view–stick with you forever.

We believe…family travel creates lasting bonds and shared memories that will last well beyond childhood.

We believe…that most of the world can be traveled independently and for much less money than most people think. Our motto is:

No Travel Agent. No Tour Group. No Trust Fund. No Problem!

We believe…that with careful planning and research, you can take extraordinary trips on an ordinary travel budget.

Why We Decided to Take a Family Gap (Half) Year

International travel has been a part of our family from the beginning. I (Kellie) was attracted to my husband, Dale, for his wanderlust and blond curls. He was attracted to my sense of adventure and frequent flyer miles. Although the blond curls and frequent flyer miles are long gone, we’re still exploring the world together.

When Delaney and Riley came along, traveling took on a different sort of importance. Like most suburban families, we spend our days running like a hamster on a wheel. We run off in different directions–school, work, church, extracurriculars, etc.–and at the end of most days we wonder if we did anything, anything at all, that actually matters. When we travel, it’s the one time we are all going in the same direction, experiencing the same things, and growing together.

Every year we put another small notch in our travel belt all-the-while dreaming of doing something bigger, more meaningful, and life changing. You see, what we really, really want to do…is travel around-the-world as a family. When we first started talking about it, it seemed so radical. It was only something that rich, young, single, or retired people could do, right? Not suburban families with kids, jobs, pets, and a house, right? Wrong!

After spending two years stalking following the blogs of families who were traveling around the world, we realized this:

The only difference between them and us is that they stopped talking about it, and actually did it.

It’s already been 10 years since Delaney and Riley received their first passport stamps. In just 11 months, Delaney begins high school. There’s still so much for us to do–so many important conversations to have; so many life lessons to learn; so much world to explore. Time is quickly slipping away and our window to make this dream a reality is about to slam shut.

So beginning October 2013, we’re pushing pause on our conventional suburban life to take a short family gap year and travel around the world. We hope you’ll come along with us.

And so did we! And we hope you will too. 🙂

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Kellie
Kellie
Riley
Riley
Delaney
Delaney
Dale
Dale