”I am a single mum. What is your super power?” – Anonymous
Life is one great big adventure and the whole world is there to explore. Wherever you go in your travels, you’ll come across fellow travellers. Their stories are inspiring, their pictures amazing and their smiles contagious. We’ve decided to start interviewing our fellow travellers and share their stories, advice and pictures with all of you.
Lea Beven is our next travel interviewee. Her story as a single mother inspires me and hopefully will inspire other single parents as well.
Can you tell us a little about you and your family?
Our family is myself (45 yr old single mum), 6 year old son, our cat and our dog. We worldschool and have done part time till this term, and now we are full time home educate with multi trips each year.
Do you travel full time or part time? How many countries have you visited?
I’ve taken my son to 14 countries, we’ve already got 3 planned for 2019 but usually is more. We full time home educate and travel when we have an interest we are following (I.E. volcanos interest became Lanzarote and Pompeii)
Throughout your travels, is there one memory that sticks with you?
It just all feels magical, my son is so engaged with natural curiosity that it doesn’t need ‘teaching’ because he’ll ask all the questions anyway. I feel so proud when he repeats things he’s learned on trips to other people, I know then that’s he’s genuinely taken it on board.
How as your first trip? How long ago was it?
We’ve travelled regularly from birth so I don’t remember too many specifics but the one at the start easy to remember was to the Calais refugee camp The Jungle, where we delivered a caravan together to a family.
What has been your favorite adventure so far?
Without a doubt the fairytale route in Germany for a few weeks. We explored where the traditional fairy tales originated from and learned about the authors of each, and my son was so excited he began to write his own stories.
What’s on your bucket list?
I’m living my dream already.
Do you have a blog/FB page/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest account that we can use to follow along on your adventures?
Yes http://leabeven.com/ is my blog and I have @leabevenpage on Facebook. I also run the Shoestring Mum Facebook group and a Home Ed Lego group.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is itching to take that first step to travel?
If you’re not sure where to start, book any flight and figure it out as you go. Don’t procrastinate. We tend to jump on fare errors where we can.
Do you have anything else you’d love to share with my followers?
Travelling mixed with the stability of having a home / base is lovely. We’re living in a fabulous community yet meet people worldwide we can keep in touch with.
Thank you so much Lea! I loved reading about your experiences and hearing your story. I hope her story has inspired you to check out her Facebook pages and follow along on her blog. Enjoy the amazing life that you’re living!