EPoP 028: From Alaska to Argentina with a Family of Four

Posted By Trav


Imagine deciding to take your twin 10 year old boys on a trip from the very top of Alaska to the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina.

That’s a lot of fighting in the backseat, bathroom breaks, and “are we there yets?”.

Now imagine doing that same trip…on bikes!

Nancy Sathre-Vogel never believed in the oft-repeated statement “once you have kids, your travel life is over” and so her and her family set off on an epic bike trip to shatter that fallacy.

3 years and 17,285 miles later, they did just that.

Nancy recounts their amazing trek in great detail and also gives some incredibly practical advice on the intricacies of traveling with a family, including how to know what’s right for your specific children.

If you’re someone who isn’t interested in family travel, don’t worry, because Nancy also shares some amazing tips on how to stick to a budget when traveling and also prepare your life back home for a long term expedition.

Whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, you’re going to want to tune in and hear this amazing story and insanely useful advice.

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In This Episode:

  • The logistics of putting your life on hold and how to push through it.
  • The two hardest parts of the 3 year journey (the answer will stun you!).
  • The normalcy of day to day life on the road.
  • How the wise words of a 12 year old changed the course of the trip.
  • The #1 thing you can do for successful family travel.
  • Tips for building your trip around your budget, not the other way around.
  • Vulnerability, and the only time safety was a concern.
  • “Jumping back in the box”

And much more!

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  1. kentymac says:

    Loved this episode, Trav. So inspiring! Really makes all of my excuses seem lame, but it also makes my crazy dreams not seem so crazy! Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Trav says:

      @kentymac- Awesome, glad you liked it. Couldn’t agree more with you…excuses are just that, excuses! And keep dreaming big, and I’ll keep bringing on people who make them not seem so crazy!

      1. kentymac says:

        I’m a college chemistry professor with a wife, 14 year old girl, and 5 month old boy who dreams of traveling the world. I am currently building up several streams of passive income with a four year time horizon to be out traveling full-time, able to live wherever we want! At that time (May 2018) my daughter will be 18 and off to college and my son will be almost 5, so he’ll get his education on the road. Crazy or not, here I come!

        1. Trav says:

          @kentymac- It’d be crazy NOT to do that. Not only will your life and experience be so much richer, but just imagine the things your son will be able to experience that others never will. And it’d be amazing for your daughter to take her college spring break and get to visit her jet-setting parents in some amazing exotic location instead of going to the Bahamas like everyone else!

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