Traveling with kids sounds scary and overwhelming. I find women feel like their lives end when they have a child and it's just not true. When you design a life according to your values and goals then having kids is like icing on the cake...not a chore.
When did you first know you were a traveler?
When I was 14 my parents switched us to independent study and took us to Europe for a month. After that I went on school + church trips throughout high school and in college was off during every holiday!
Tell me a little about where you've gone so far. What are your favorite locations and most impactful trips?
All over Europe...I think every country in western and central Europe. A lot of Asia too, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, East Timor, India and more planned! I lived in Slovakia for a year and that was very impactful being my first time living abroad. I made lifetime friends and met others that loved to travel and live around the world so it seemed less crazy. I also met my husband there who was working in the embassy so thats a big deal! Otherwise I've spent several months in India and that forever changed the way I look at people and the world.
What do you do for work as a Digital Nomad?
I run a virtual agency and teach fellow travel lovers how to be virtual assistants and work from anywhere too.
Do you run 3 companies essentially? Can you tell me more about each company and how they fit together in your daily life now?
Esther is Wearing the Ultimate Travel Dress in Red
What is your packing style?
I keep is simple with all black but then bring fun colors in scarfs, shoes + dresses to keep it fun.
What are your favorite items that you always travel with?
I have a big bright green pressed wool shawl I got from an almost 100 year old American woman living in India most of her life serving the severely impoverished people there. I bring it everywhere with me and use it as a sweater, pillow, scarf, blanket, etc. I am also getting really into shampoo bars and similar face washes and such to reduce our luggage. We travel a lot and usually carry on so we are always looking for little things like that.
I'd love to hear more about traveling with a son. What obstacles do you encounter, and what are the benefits?
So for us we find basing abroad to be the best so we chose Bali because it's wonderful and very expat friendly. Then we can take trips every 2 months for however long we like around Asia and Oceania. We enrolled him in a small and lovely expat school here that just sends work with us when we take trips so he doesn't get behind. We sit every morning and I'll do some work while my husband does some school with him, sometimes we stay home entire days if I have a lot of work and he'll do extra those days. When my husband isn't with us then I just plan to not work beyond email check while we are on trips! We spend the morning at home chilling + school work and then go on an adventure the rest of the day. I love it because we go places I wouldn't ever go if I was alone and they end up being really fun!
Do you see yourself staying in Bali long term or do you have other dream locations for the future?
What was your life like before you started traveling?
What advice would you give to a new traveler?
Simplify your life as much as possible. You'll have more money to travel and spend on experiences that you'll remember forever vs. more stuff you can't take with you. Never worry about 'what if I need...' when packing. You can always buy something where you are going and they make great souvenirs. Chances are you won't need it and then didn't drag it around for months for no reason ;)
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