The Down Sides To Traveling Full-Time With A Family

The Down Sides To Traveling Full-Time With A Family

Traveling full-time hasn’t always been a dream of ours. Five years ago, we didn’t even realize it was possible, let alone that there were thousands of families living this exact lifestyle. 

Fast forward a few years, and here we are traveling full-time with our two kids. A lifestyle we never even dreamed of but are grateful to live. It does however come with a lot of hard work, and losses, that some may not see at first glance.

This past week we have received several messages telling us how lucky we are, that we’re living their dream and how they would love to raise their kids this way.

Which is great! We love that we’re showing other families it’s possible to live outside the norm. It’s been our goal from the day we began the unrootme brand but we also don’t want people to jump into this lifestyle blindly based upon what they see on social media.

Every lifestyle has its struggles and as much as we didn’t want to share the downsides to our life, we thought it would be best to help other families decide if this was the best lifestyle for them.

 We feel as though the pluses far outway the downsides, but that’s for you to decide.

The Downsides To Traveling Full-Time With A Family

1) You Will Miss Your Family & Friends

We’re going to start by pointing out the obvious. You’re going to miss your family and friends. Our kids used to love when grandma and grandpa would come to the door unexpectedly with snacks and love. It was something we took for granted and miss dearly today. 

Now when someone knocks at our door, the kids and I run in the opposite direction to hide. (I’ll save the full story to this another time.) But by the way, we run you’d think there was a mass murderer at our door.

2) You Can't Participate In Extracurricular Activities

While living in our house, both of the kids were in several different extracurricular activities. They participated in anything from pottery classes to dance lessons with a couple of recitals a year. 

Mackenzie loved taking dance! It breaks our heart that we haven’t been able to provide those for her but know that we’ll figure it out over time.

Xavier & his best friend wrestling While We Were Visiting Michigan.

3) Lack In Meaningful Relationships

While we meet a lot of different people on the road, we don’t spend a significant amount of time with them making it difficult to form meaningful relationships and gain real friends. As soon as we begin to feel connected, it’s time to go.

4) Kids Can't Have Bikes

At the beginning of our travels, we still had our bikes. We lived in our fifth-wheel, which held a lot more than our suitcases and backpacks. We just loaded them up in the back of our truck and were good to go.

That space is no longer available, and while we think a couple of folding bikes might work for us, we haven’t given them a try. If you have, we’d love to hear about your experience using them.

Justin & I Eating Our Anniversary Dinner. Yup, The Kids Were With Us LOL

5) Lack Of Alone Time

This one is bittersweet. As much as we cherish every moment with our kids, we also would love to have alone time.  Even an hour away for dinner would be nice but cannot happen as we don’t know anyone locally to care for the kids. 

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6) You Have To Make Sacrifices

Giving up our house and the majority of our belongings was easy for our family. When it came to giving up our fifth-wheel and truck, things got a bit tougher but still doable. 

Our last downsize to a suitcase and backpack each was tough! We were only able to keep what was necessary for us to live and a few toys for the kids. However, it wasn’t nearly as hard as our recent decision to leave our kitties behind in Michigan with my dad while we travel the NorthWest part of the United States. 

Our desires have changed over the years, and we would like to travel further than we have before. Places our car can’t take us, and that require us getting on a plane.

We’re not sure if this is the best situation for the babies and know it’s not going to be as easy as putting them in their travel bags, hopping in the car and hitting the road. We’d be entering the world of security checks, airplane rides, quarantine, things that don’t sound fun.

While we’re grateful we have my dad to not only watch our kitties but love them as much as we do in-between our locations of travel, they wouldn’t be comfortable. We also miss them dearly, and it’s the toughest decision we have ever made.

It seems as though tough decisions are a part of this type of lifestyle. So beware! Chances are you’re going to have to make a lot of sacrifices to make traveling full-time work.

7) You Won't Have A Routine

Aside from our weekly extracurricular activities, we never were a family with a routine. We never woke-up at the same time, ate breakfast or dinner at the same time or did anything routinely. That’s not to say I didn’t try because I did. I consistently would write out these detailed schedules and attempt to stick to them without success.

So this downside to full-time travel doesn’t fit our family. I’m only mentioning it because I know routine is a big part of many families life and it’s something that doesn’t happen when you travel full-time. Especially if you aren’t traveling with an RV. Everything changes on a regular base. From the coffee pot, you use to activities that you participate throughout the week.

Little Things Worth Mentioning

-You will never know where a light switch is again

-Your cooking pots, pans, and utensils are never the same.

-You may or may not have good knifes

-You don’t always have a bathtub

-Your bed isn’t always comfortable 

-Every stove cooks differently so be ready to fail on a few dinners

-Your Internet speeds are always changing


Do you have any other downsides to traveling full-time? Please share them in the comments below. 

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