007: Around the World With A Large Family in 9 Months From Our Squad Abroad
Have you ever thought about traveling the world with your children? In today’s episode, we talk with Our Squad Abroad about their 9-month adventure around the world with a large family, including a toddler! From snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef with a toddler to getting their kids to try new foods throughout Asia, Todd and Ashley McCleneghan prove large family travel is possible!
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Todd and Ashley joined us from Japan where they spent some time exploring the cherry blossoms, food, and quirky culture before heading out to their next adventure. What started as an idea to winter somewhere warm and tropical to spend more quality family time together, quickly became a grand around the world adventure. I’m so very blessed to have had the chance to talk to this lovely family while on their adventures and I hope you come away as inspired as I did!
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Who are the McClenaghans from Our Squad Abroad?!
Todd & Ashley McClenaghan are the fearless leaders (aka mom & dad) over at the Instagram account Our Squad Abroad. They are currently chronicling their full-time adventures around the world with their young family, they have 4 kids, (yes you read that right, 4 kids) Eli-9, Bentz-7, Tatum-5, and Max-2. They love adventure and seeking out all things beautiful in this amazing world. Their travel life isn’t perfect, the beds are usually hard and they should probably plan ahead more, but they are doing it, they are living their big, wild, crazy dream and hopefully inspiring other families to do the same, whatever those dreams might look like.
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In This Episode with Todd and Ashley From Our Squad Abroad We Cover:
What’s To Love About South Korea?!
For this food-loving family, South Korea ended up being a pleasant surprise destination on their travels. While not high on their list of must-go-to destinations originally, it quickly became one of their favorite destinations so far. From immersive cultural and historical experiences to the kindness of locals, South Korea has become a true inspiration to their large family. Make sure to listen to see how it has inspired their kids to learn new hobbies once they get home!
How to Deal With Picky Eaters While Traveling:
If your toddler is like most, including mine, then you worry about traveling with a picky eater. But Todd and Ashley have some insight on how to help your child become a more experimental eater! Listen in on how they make sure everyone can find something they love while still encouraging them to try something new! They may become your child’s new favorite food!
Ashley and Todd are big foodies and they discuss their favorite foods from New Zealand to Indonesia. They love exploring the tastes and spices during their travels, but not all experiences are the same. Listen in to see what it’s like eating in different countries and what foods their kids have loved!
How To Continue To Enjoy Your Favorite Adventures Even With Young Children!
There’s no need to give up your bucket list! Todd and Ashley go into detail about they’ve raised their kids to enjoy adventures right alongside them. While they discuss their tips and tricks for snorkeling and scuba diving with young children, in particular, the idea is to not give up what you love, but to involve your kids from the start!
How To Decide What Countries To Visit & How Long To Stay:
When you only have 9 months and a large family, how did they decide where to go? They explain how they’ve decided which countries to visit and when as well as the pitfalls of fulltime travel. Sometimes it’s not so much planning, but following your family’s needs.
Traveling With A Large Family
In a world where everything seems to be geared towards the “perfect” sized family of two adults and two children, I asked them how they navigate the world with 4 kids. From shoebox size hotel rooms to taxis made for 4-5 people to restaurants not suitable for small children Todd and Ashley explain their tips for traveling long term with a large family. Including a tip to get insider knowledge in the areas you’re visiting!
Traveling With A Toddler
This interview was perfect timing as I was struggling with my toddler not napping and then sleeping. So I had to know how they manage traveling with a toddler with inconsistent schedules!
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