Family Bonding Through Vagabonding

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The Scott family simplified their lives by focusing less on comfort and more on what is most important to them: exploring the world and spending time together.


Excerpt from Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts


Peter Scott – Co-creator of Earth Family Travel

Twelve years ago, Peter and his wife Monica, both registered nurses, spent two years working in a remote nursing station in northern British Columbia. They saved up enough money to travel for a year around the world, from South East Asia to South America. When the year ended, they settled back in Vancouver, bought a home, returned to their jobs and started a family.  

Fast forward 10 years, and once again they decided it was time to escape the daily grind and prepare for another long-term adventure, this time with their kids. Two years of preparation led to 2019, the year they quit their jobs, sold their home and most of their possessions, and started travelling the world.  It began with a cross-Canada road trip all summer long, tenting most of the way, to show their kids the country they were about to leave. In September they began the international leg of their journey.

They are travelling slowly, often spending a month in a city or town and worldschooling their two kids ages six and eight. They are travelling with carry-ons only and buying one-way tickets as they go. There is no fixed end date, but they are focusing on budget-friendly destinations in order to allow them to travel as long as possible.


Thanks to the generosity of his grandmother, Aaron Schlein traveled to four continents and a dozen countries before he was old enough to vote. Those early trips convinced him that travel is an essential part of life.

More than two decades later, Aaron remains inspired by his grandmother’s generosity. He is committed to honoring her legacy by sharing the gift of travel with his own kids—and by helping other parents do the same.

Aaron is the host of Family Travel Radio—a weekly podcast presented by The Family Travel Association.

Aaron also helps new entrepreneurs use their personal stories to build a network, expand influence, and strengthen relationships.

Aaron lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)

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