The Year, or Perhaps Unyear, of Family Travel Has Begun

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 24 September 2016

Yes, I need to catch up. A great deal of my life is in flux right now, but I’ve barely had enough focused time to reset my clock over the past two weeks. So it’s high time to put my (lack of) house in order!

You see, on September 14, I left NYC with my wife (Jane) and two sons (Rohan and Kai). If all goes as planned (or, more accurately, unplanned), we won’t be back until next summer. Yes, you read that right. Our hope/intention is to be away for the better part of a year. Our unyear.

The four of us: Rohan, Kai, Ethan and Jane (left to right). All rights reserved.

Deadly serious. The four of us: Rohan, Kai, Ethan and Jane (left to right). All rights reserved.

It has been our family dream to hit the road and travel the world. No surprise, that, for those who know me well… or even just a little bit. In fact, it’s been my dream to travel with my kids since before I had kids, and fortunately I met a partner (while traveling) who shared that dream. Now we have two little boys who are, by most measures, just as excited as we are to take the hugs and bugs of living out of our bags.

Rohan and Kai jumping

Rohan and Kai are always (definitely always) ready for action. All rights reserved

So at the end of May, we packed our belongings into a 5×7-foot storage box in Brooklyn, Jane begrudgingly quit her job and we had the boys names put in parentheses on their school rosters. For the next indeterminate number of months, we (well, mostly Jane) will be homeschooling (or roadschooling) the boys, while I will don the mantle of a digital nomad, working from wherever I am.

And we’ll do our utmost to keep you informed of our whereabouts: here on The Travel Word, as well as on my personal Facebook profile, on Jane’s Facebook profile, on my Twitter (@thetravelword) and Instagram (@bikeabout) accounts, via the Family Travel Association and other outlets as well.

Our unyear is underway!

Next stop: Amtrak to Indiana!

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Ethan Gelber

In addition to his freelance travel writing (Lonely Planet author, ex-AFAR Ambassador, Huffington Post Travel blogger and more), Ethan has agitated tirelessly for responsible/sustainable travel practices, family travel, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing. Among many other things, Ethan is editorial director of the Family Travel Association, a co-founder of OutBounding, and tackles content projects for HomeExchange.com and RW Social, which produces the NY Trav Fest. Previously, Ethan was Chief Communications Officer of the WHL Group, for which he founded and edited The Travel Word (this now-independent blog); publications manager of the French government tourist office (Atout France) in NYC; and helped manage a Paris-based bicycle tour operator.
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