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- Can you optimize raising children like a web startup (picking a good location, school, doing a bit of home schooling, choosing languages, etc)[/quote]
Not sure exactly what you mean, but yes, you can homeschool while traveling. We use digital programs mostly (traditional textbooks too heavy to travel with), and it’s going great!
We quit our jobs to travel indefinitely with our kids earlier this year, and it’s honestly one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our kids are aged 5 and 7 right now, and so far, they love this new lifestyle.
It depends on what you have in mind. We travel slowly, spending a few weeks to a few months at a time in each destination - with kids, you can’t get as much done, can’t sightsee as fast, so you need to allow more time in order to avoid frustrating yourself, or them. We usually rent apartments or houses - with kids the extra space comes in handy.
I think there are pros and cons to whatever you do. You can raise them traditionally, have bad luck and end up with grown children who are drug addicts (ie. if for some reason they are attracted to the wrong crowd in school). Or you can raise them on the road where they will be more sheltered from THAT, but maybe they’ll grow up to hate you for not letting them live a normal life. OR maybe they’d be fine in regular school. Or maybe they’d be perfectly happy as adults with having spent their childhood on the road.
There’s just no way to know for sure. What is encouraging is that IF you go the nomadic childhood route, as far as homeschooling goes, there are loads of studies showing that homeschooled kids on average, do at least as well as their traditionally schooled counterparts, both socially and academically. The nomadic part is an unknown. I think you can mitigate some of the potential downsides simply by being aware of them, and trying to make up for them. That should put the odds in your favour of everything working out ok in the end.
And yeah, I do think there are HUGE advantages to exposing one’s kids to the wider world - better than having them grow up in a bubble, afraid of the unfamiliar, intimidated by it. There’s a level of confidence you get from knowing you can thrive anywhere you’re planted, know what I mean?
Hopefully this helps some. Good luck in your decision!