We left the rat race in June 2014 to go travelling as a family.
After a few years of slowly sinking in London, one day we asked ourselves, “what are we actually doing this for?” to which we both answered “I don’t know” and at that point we decided to do something different with our lives.
Six months later we were in Mexico at the start of our Latin American adventures and we didn’t look back. We spent 6 months in Mexico, 3 in Guatemala, 1 in Costa Rica, 14 in Argentina and 1 month in Brasil. We have had some amazing experiences and lived in some incredible places along the way.
After 2 years of wandering, we decided to settle down (for a while at least) and we now live in Valencia, Spain
Prior to travelling Dominic was a self-employed Financial Adviser in the City Of London for 16 years.
He managed a large team for 11 of those years and formed his own Financial Advice business in 2010.
Lindsay worked in strategy and planning, specialising in TV marketing and has done work for the BBC and Channel 4 amongst others.
Have you ever stopped to think about how you are preparing your kids to live in the real world, and how you could improve your approach?
Our twins are 10 years old now (6 when we left the UK) and they enjoyed our life on the road. We homeschooled them whilst travelling but they now go to a local school in Valencia.
One of the huge benefits to travelling was that we are a lot closer as a family, we know each other really well and are a lot more relaxed as people. It’s also been a pleasure and a privilege being able to spend so much time with the little
buggers treasures as they grow and develop.
The idea for lifehacksforkids came about during our travels. Normally you just send your kids off to school and think nothing of what's being taught, you trust the education system to do the job.
Homeschooling forced us to look at what we were teaching and we quickly realised that something was missing.
a gratuitous travel photo
As we’d witnessed in our own careers, skills and attributes such as confidence, grit and determination, being a great communicator, a positive attitude and an entrepreneurial mindset, were much more important that academic qualifications, and yet our kids aren't taught these skills.
and another (sorry)
They learn them as a by-product, or by osmosis from their parents and peers, which for something so important, didn't seem right. Like all parents, we want to give our kids the best start in life we possibly can so we thought wouldn’t it be great if we could actually teach our kids these skills, attitudes and attributes as if we were experts.
From that idea was born Lifehacksforkids.