Our mission with Family Detour is to share our family’s travel experiences to inspire you to get out there and explore. Travel has enriched our lives tremendously as parents with young kids.
After years of working really hard to afford the best things in life for our children, we realized our lifestyle was not sustainable. As full-time professionals in the Washington DC area, we were working all the time and spending very little quality time with our daughters. When we did spend time with our girls, we didn’t always bring our best selves. In all honesty, our kids really could have cared less for the “best things in life” we were offering. They would rather spend more quality time with their family and friends and doing the things they loved and enjoyed (which you will probably read about in our blogposts). The types of experiences they were craving couldn’t be bought with money. So, we needed a plan.
Well… back in February 2018, we went on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure by renting, for the first time, an RV or motorhome to visit Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks in the Southwest. What can I say? We fell in love with RV’ing. Maybe it was the closeness that developed from us being in a 25-foot home for more than a week. Maybe it was the way we were forced to disconnect from all devices and fill our time with chatter and games. Maybe it was the way our daughters’ eyes lit up when they saw the stars at night and roasted marshmallows. And maybe it was the way we learned to appreciate the natural wonders and history around us if only we stop to appreciate the little things and make the time to get out and explore.
Since our first RV trip, we’ve bought a travel trailer and have gone RV’ing whenever we’re able squeeze it into our busy schedules. These trips gave us a chance to spend more quality time with our girls and gave our girls a chance to learn more about who they are as individuals and who they want to be. At the same time, we had the ulterior motive of instilling in them a love of travel, learning, and exploring. Our trips really got us thinking about how to keep doing the things that make us stronger as a family. And we finally came to the conclusion that we owed it to ourselves to take a year off and become full-time RV’ers/travelers. Stars aligned and we are able to make this once-in-a-lifetime dream come true.
Family Detour is our story of how we pivoted from a typical suburban family into a family, on the move, homeschooling and learning about life on the road, spending more quality time together, and living out our dreams… if only for a year.