In 2008, Lainie Liberti and her son, Miro, sold all of their belongings, packed up and started traveling the world. They have both been chronicling their travels on her blog, Raising Miro. It’s a pretty cool tale:
The year before, we were living a privileged life in Los Angeles where I worked as a branding expert focused on eco-conscious businesses and nonprofit groups. My son spent his first 10 years having everything he desired. He owned all of the fashionable toys and was surrounded by every comfort imaginable, as many American children are. We led a privileged life that allowed us to stuff his room with things.
But when we embarked on this open-ended journey in 2008, all of that changed. I closed my business, sold our possessions and we hit the road of life in search of the world. Before we left, my son pared down his possessions and put those he highly valued into one box that was placed into storage. The rest of his toys, books and other possessions were given away or sold””but not without some struggle.
Obviously you need to be in a certain financial situation to be able to do this (translation – very financially stable), so this is probably not a fantasy I will be fulfilling anytime soon. But I think this woman is giving her child a wonderful gift. They’ve traveled to 14 countries in the last four years. The world is literally his classroom. Wow.
I spent my early twenties traveling through Europe, visiting about eight countries in four years. I always assumed having a family forcibly grounds you for nearly two-decades. If I had the means to travel the world with my children, I would definitely do it. Hopefully someday I will.
Of course, there are always going to be people who disagree with this kind of abandon:
I’m wondering how she’s homeschooling her son up to standards that will benefit him in college & beyond into adulthood.
If, as I’d thought before clicking to read, she took every summer to travel, awesome.
But since he’d helped the village with his toys “in September”, sounds like they aren’t ‘at home’ during the school year.
This is a huge assumption on my part, but I think a child that has the opportunity to be surrounded by so many different cultures will enter adulthood well-prepared. I’m just going to sit here in my little corner of suburbia, seething with envy.
(photo: Lainie Libertie/ RaisingMiro.com)