Hi, I’m Brandon Pearce. In 2009, my family and I were living in suburban America, going through the motions, but feeling unfulfilled and stagnant in our personal growth.
We felt weighed down by the consumerist focus of our culture, busy with responsibilities and expectations that left us more drained than fulfilled. Looking ahead, we just saw more of the same, with maybe a bigger house and a newer car. But we knew that these things wouldn’t add more meaning to our lives.
Something inside was telling us there is more to life than the bubble of reality we were experiencing, and we wanted to grow and see the world from a different perspective.
When my wife’s mother passed away from cancer at the age of 50, it was a wake-up call that showed us how short life can be. We decided to begin living life to the fullest NOW, while we still had the chance.
I had been creating an online business for several years called Music Teacher’s Helper. As it grew, I was able to quit my programming job and stop teaching piano lessons. Not being bound to any location for work, we chose to sell our house and all our “stuff”, worldschool our kids, and travel the world together as a catalyst for personal growth and new experiences as a family. This blog is about our adventures and what we’ve learned in the process.
More Than We Bargained For
In the past 9 years, we’ve visited over 40 countries, starting with Costa Rica, where our third daughter, Aysia, was born. We’ve volunteered at rescue centers and schools, experienced some of the earth’s most inspiring natural and man-made wonders, visited with people from all walks of life, and stayed in accommodations from people’s floors and hostels to 5-star resorts. We’ve attended retreats, conferences, classes, and camps, and had a several major identity crises and relationship drama that have driven us to dive deep into our own pasts and psyches to understand better who we are, what we believe, and what we want to contribute to the world.
Traveling and living abroad has been an enriching and life-changing experience for our family. But it’s also been exhausting and humbling. We’ve enjoyed learning about other cultures and languages, and our minds have been opened and expanded through the new ideas, friends, and various challenges we’ve encountered. We’ve also grown closer together as a family and as individuals than we would have if we had just stayed home where everything was familiar.
Savoring Each Moment
All through this, it’s been a journey of discovering how to live life to the fullest, and to savor every moment while it lasts. And while there are moments when we just want to throw in the towel and settle somewhere again permanently, the growth that we continually experience by being in new surroundings is what propels to keep moving.
Because my business is online and managed by a great team, we have the freedom to travel and live where we choose, and to do what we want with the majority of our time. We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, and it’s something we’ve worked hard for years to achieve. But family travel can be done at any budget level, and I hope this website will be an inspiration to those interested in the journey.
When we travel, we’re not just sightseeing. We try to experience “living” in a new place. I still fill my time with creative pursuits, reading and writing, working on passion projects, dining with friends, creating music, being with my kids, and practicing enjoying each moment to the fullest. Everyone has different goals and desires, and a different idea of what constitutes a full and happy life. This website charts our journey of living the life of our dreams. I hope it helps you to live yours.
Helping More Families Get There
If you’re interested in making this kind of lifestyle work for you, then come meet the families who are doing it at the Family Adventure Summit. This annual live event is for families interested in long-term travel, location independence, alternative education, entrepreneurship, community, deepening family relationships, and more.
There, you’ll experience inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops, fun games and educational activities for kids and adults, and lots of amazing people intent on living with purpose and adventure. Each year we bring together over 400 people inspired to live life on their own terms. The next event will be in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico over Day of the Dead! (Oct 28-Nov 4, 2018).
For families interested in connecting with each other at deeper levels (whether they intend to travel more or not), we also hold 2-week immersive retreats. This is a more intimate gathering of just ten families, where we dive deep into what it means to be a family and how to create a life that inspires and fulfills each family member.
These retreats are held twice a year. In exotic Bali, Indonesia in Feb/Mar over the Nyepi holiday. And in beautiful Transylvania, Romania in July over the 1000 Székely Girls festival.
And for a thorough online education about what it takes to travel the world long-term, from the logistical and practical to the inner struggles you may face, be sure to check out my Family Travel Accelerator program.
Best wishes to you, wherever your life journey takes you!
Brandon Pearce and family
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Meet the Family
Brandon grew up in Salt Lake City, studied music and computer programming, and later launched an online business for music teachers. He enjoys travel, entrepreneurship, photography, reading, music, technology, mindfulness, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer is the master mom. She enjoys singing and taking voice lessons, cooking amazing creations with mind-boggling resourcefulness, writing captivating posts for the blog, and taking care of her sweet family. She is also a certified High-performance coach.
Emily is 14 years old, and is a passionate and talented singer/songwriter who has released several singles on iTunes. She also enjoys piano, violin, art, animation, video editing, make-up, snow, and environmental studies.
Marie, 13 years old, loves gymnastics, aerial silks, reading, acting, clowning (and knows how to juggle), magic tricks, art, and making people laugh. She's also dabbled in computer programming and enjoys video editing. She loves playing with friends and chatting with them across the world via Skype.
Aysia is 7 years old, and has been traveling ever since she was born in Costa Rica. She brings so much joy to our family, with her empathetic care and contagious giggles. She loves playing with new toys, exploring new places, reading with Mommy, playing with her sisters, and cuddling with Daddy. She gives the best hugs!
Here are a few interviews that summarize more about our story, our process, our values, and our lifestyle. If you would like to interview us for your podcast or program, or have us speak at your events, please contact us.