Kevin, 42; Domini, 41; Andy, 15; Brenny, 14; Laura, 11; and Addy, 6 live in Pennsylvania but also travel the world part of the year together as a family.
Where you live.
Our main home is in Pennsylvania. We also have a second home in SW Florida that we rent out during the high season and use whenever it’s not rented. We also came to realize Florida is quite a sought-after destination, with many families interested in house swapping with us. So far, we’ve traded homes with families in Quebec City, Saint Avertin, France, and Paris. That has been a big bonus for us!
Please explain your lifestyle and philosophy.
We have a travel-intensive lifestyle, with transition times at our home base in the U.S. Our plan is to keep traveling for at least a quarter of each year since we believe travel is the best way to educate our children.
Do you work-from-home or are you a stay at home parent? Please tell us about it.
We both work from home. Kevin owns a real estate rental business that allows us a lot of flexibility for being away. Also, Domini is a blogger and writer. Because of our flexible work, both of us are able to be home most of the time, which allows us plenty of time for learning, life, and travel with each other.
How do you make things work?
Very, very carefully, with a lot of hard work and juggling.
What inspired your lifestyle?
In 2010, we lost two parents to cancer—my mom and Kevin’s dad, both only 65. Even though it was a year of loss for all of us, it was ironically also one of renewal since that was the year our last child, Addy, was born.
In the end, 2010 taught us that there are no guarantees. When you get a chance for happiness, you have to grab it with both hands. And you know what? Every day gives you a chance for happiness if you only open your eyes to look for it.
In 2012, we left for our six-month family sabbatical to Belize. It was a joyous, difficult, eye-opening, life-changing, beautiful experience—and all came about because we realised we only have one life to live.
What are your child/ children’s education options?
Our kids started off in a traditional school situation, attending a private, Catholic grade school. After Belize, we pulled them all out of school to travel and homeschool.
We now use a combination of homeschooling, worldschooling, and even unschooling techniques. My view about education has really changed since the kids were little.
If you work from home what is the best bit of advice you could give other parents who want to work from home?
What is your favourite family activity?
We have so many things we like to do together as a family—fishing, biking, watching old TV shows on Netflix like M.A.S.H. and Andy Griffith, and, of course, traveling. But these things change depending on the schedule and where we are in the world.
After some thought, I realized our favorite family activity—through all of this—is TALKING. We laugh all the time, tease, talk over each other in our excitement, and support each other in both the deepest, darkest moments and the highest-flying times. We talk about everything.
What has been your biggest family adventure so far?
This is a difficult question to answer since we feel that all of our trips stood out for us in different ways. Living off the grid in Monkey River, Belize, in a house only accessible by boat was definitely an adventure for us, but so was towing a 32-foot travel trailer 10,000 miles across the U.S.
What are you most grateful for (as a family or individually)?
Every night, I practice gratitude, listing out at least five things I’m grateful for before I fall asleep. It’s truly wonderful to be alive and presented with all of life’s opportunities. But I am most grateful for my family. My four wonderful kids and loving, supportive husband are absolutely the best part of my life.
Three words to describe how you feel about your lifestyle?
Read more about Domini and her families adventures at her blog exitnormal.com