In 2007, Rachel Denning, her husband and their four children sold all their things and set out to see the world. They haven't looked back since.
Driving from the U.S. to Costa Rica, the Dennings started their nomadic lifestyle with a year in Central America followed by stints back in the States as well as the Dominican Republic and India. After India, the clan returned to the U.S. and eventually made their way to up Alaska, where Rachel delivered baby number five, son Atlas. In April of 2011, the family left on their biggest adventure yet — a journey from Alaska to Argentina in a truck that runs on recycled vegetable oil.
"We started traveling mostly because we just felt like we wanted to learn other languages and learn about other cultures," Rachel says. "We wanted that to be a part of our children's education. We wanted to expose them to new ideas and just to live a deliberate life."
While the kids love the perks that come with permanent traveling — hiking ancient ruins, exploring volcanoes, partying it up at the Dia de los Meurtos in Mexico and getting to do humanitarian projects in several countries — Rachel adds that it's crucial to maintain a routine of chores and schoolwork to provide some stability. The Dennings' trip is currently being funded with money earned through their blog
and additional revenue streams
. They plan to end their South America excursion in 2016 with a visit to the summer Olympics in Brazil.