Chelsea Gonzales loves to travel, and she was determined not to stop when she had children. So she did what felt the most natural to her: she decided against traditional schooling and took her son on the road instead.

Crixeo reported that they started RV living over two years ago when he was about four, but they didn’t pause when he was ready for kindergarten, and they’re not stopping anytime soon. Schooling takes place in the RV or on trips to museums, zoos and aquariums.

“Last summer, we were studying the Revolutionary War, and we went to a lot of the cool Revolutionary War museums,” Gonzales says. “We weave our history, language arts and science together, and it helps him and me get a better understanding of how all of these things fit into the world.”

Gonzales’ family is roadschooling (homeschooling on the road), AKA worldschooling. There are no records of how many families are roadschooling, but according to the Department of Education, close to 2 million, or 3.5% of American children, are homeschooled. A roadschooling Facebook community has over 12,000 followers, and a worldschooling one has about 1,800. Experts have devoted their lives to helping families navigate this relatively new method of schooling.

“It’s hard to say how many families, or people in general, are traveling around these days, but based on Instagram, some meetups we’ve done, and just people we meet, it’s probably a larger number than most people would imagine,” says Nathan Swartz, a writer for Wand’rly, a magazine for full-time travelers, who along with his wife has been roadschooling their three children for the past eight years. “There’s a real trend toward living mobile these days, whether you have kids or not.”
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