Currently Wandering » Family of 5 Traveling the United States in 188 Square Feet of Airstream Awesomeness.

After spending months wandering around Florida, we were starting to miss our summer backpacking adventures.  After some research on The Outbound, Jess found Cumberland Island, located in Georgia, just North of the Florida border. Although we could do just a day trip, we kind of have a thing for camping on islands (see here and […]

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Traveling the United States, we’ve visited many different areas and ecosystems. Beaches, forests, swamps, and mountains are all different and provide many learning opportunities. Many of the National Park sites we’ve visited have well-stocked gift shops with relevant books about the area. One of my favorite series of books for the kids are The Cat […]

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  • Megan Marlene Peter - Thanks for the recommendation- what a fun souviner, too!ReplyCancel

Even though we’ve traveled full-time for over 2 years, there are only a few states we feel that we have thoroughly explored. Having spent almost fourteen weeks in Florida this past winter, we feel that we can officially check Florida off the list! There are few spots we missed (Shark Valley in the Everglades for […]

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  • Megan Marlene Peter - Okay, so I was born in Florida and lived there for the first 11 years of my life and have been back to visit nearly every year since then and I’ve done only ONE thing on this list! How is that even possible?!?! Just when you thought you knew a place….ReplyCancel

  • Coral Divers Lopez - Looks like an awesome time was had by all! So fun!ReplyCancel

A life with few possessions requires everything to have multiple purposes. That collapsible salad spinner? Also a bowl. And a colander. Single purpose things don’t serve us well, and are quickly dropped from our collection of gear. We have two main types of lights for our adventures. Small area lights solve one person lighting problems, […]

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I’m a true believer in needing opposition in all things. Its hard to experience joy when you don’t know sadness. Beauty is all the same unless you’ve also seen something ugly. Travel and living adventure is fabulous, but only if you also have downtime. We had a great time in Florida this winter, and I […]

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  • Lydia Tucker Farell - I look forward to seeing phase 2 unfold for you and your family! We too are in this FT thing for just 2-3 years and then…well, that’s what we are trying to figure out… Where do we want to live? Do we want to still travel and just own a condo or 2 in fav cities? What about community? We’re only 9 months into our journey but we’re in a similar spot… What does phase 2 look like? I’d love to meet those who do a hybrid approach!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - We’re planning a two month cross country trip for next summer; two months seemed like an incredibly long time….until I actually started plotting everything out and trying to figure out how long we could/should stay at each stop. I guess it’s reassuring to know that even if we were traveling full time I’d be dealing with some of the same dilemmas! Excited to hear more about phase 2 🙂ReplyCancel

Its a rainy day here in Arkansas, which is a perfect day for soup! This is one of our recent favorites, although I apparently don’t make it enough. Each time I was asked what’s for dinner, and responded with, “Italian Wedding Soup”, I received an “Ooooh! Yum!  I LOVE that!” comment. Cara is our pickiest […]

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  • Lydia Tucker Farell - This sounds so yummy and I love the multiple meal prep! Do you have a suggestion for a park substitute? I am dairy free, family is not. Will it ruin if I add it after the eggs to individual bowls?ReplyCancel

  • Mica Hale Hauley - Going to try soon, sounds so good! Your kids favorite recipes often turn into my kids favourites too, so thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Coral Divers Lopez - That sounds so good for those rainy camping days!ReplyCancel

Our Christmas presents this last year to the kids were tickets to Universal Studio’s Harry Potter World and coupons for Butter Beer. They couldn’t have been more excited to open them on Christmas morning as we had talked about this for months beforehand. Unfortunately, for them, we wouldn’t be going until the end of January so […]

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  • Doug Trout - Great post. Thanks for the information. We are going to visit Universal for the Harry Potter attractions this fall. We will be leaving the Airstream at home so I am preparing for what will be a pretty expensive couple of days. Your insight is helpful as always.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - How come you are leaving the Airstream? Bill Frederick Park has got to be A LOT cheaper than a hotel and its SO CLOSE to Universal!ReplyCancel

      • Doug Trout - Just a time issue. We will have to fly in and fly out and stay in a hotel. Jack’s gunning for a top university and will not miss a day of school. The Airstream would be cheaper and preferable to me.ReplyCancel

  • Heath Padgett - Some awesome photos! We were so obsessed with the butter beer that once we got home we looked up a recipe and made it ourselves (a bit unsuccessfully). Looking at y’alls photos makes me want to go back! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Jess - I need someone else to go back and just bring me some fudge!ReplyCancel

  • Felix Gerasco - Great post! Thank you for sharing. I have already sent it to out kids lol (24 & 25 years old). Our son mentioned going just a week ago lol

  • Our Top 10, Kid-Friendly Adventures in Florida » Currently Wandering - […] 7. Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fudge, Ice cream, hot, cold and frozen. Visiting Harry Potter Land in Orlando was definitely a highlight for us, as the older kids have read books 1-4, and all three have watched the associated movies. It was enough for them to really enjoy the experience and to be excited about all of the details we found at the park! […]ReplyCancel