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On the Fly: Adventures in Homeschooling Around the World 

Published September 2, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

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Kids VT contributor Jessica Lara Ticktin was finalizing plans to travel the world with her family — and to homeschool three daughters along the way — when she found out she was pregnant. The trip is still a go. She’ll document her family’s adventures on this blog until they return to Vermont in December. 

In early September two years ago, my husband, Adam, and our three daughters, Dahlia, Lola and Kaya — then 8, 6 and 3 years old, respectively — went hiking in the Northeast Kingdom. It still felt like summer, and the leaves had yet to turn, creating a brilliant canopy of green above us.

We let out a collective gasp when we reached the top of Mount Pisgah. Sheer cliffs dropped hundreds of feet directly into Lake Willoughby. The view was breathtaking. But with no guardrails or fences up there, it was also scary.

Adam and I have always sought out that perfect combination of beauty and risk — in work, travel and love. Now, we were ready to take a leap of faith as a family.

On our descent that afternoon, we hatched a crazy idea: In two years, we’d relocate with our kids to another country — simply for the sake of living abroad.

Adam and I have always had wanderlust; we met while traveling in South Africa 16 years ago. When our first daughter was born in 2004, friends told us that would be the end of our traveling days. “You can’t go traipsing around the world with an infant or toddler,” they told us.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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