Who are the Lindströms? 

Christine, a native of suburban Philadelphia (USA) and Staffan, a native of Byske in northern Sweden, met while working at a summer camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. We got “engaged” just a few days after we met, but never would’ve imagined that just 3 years later we’d be married. Funny story. We’ve traveled together in the US and Europe, Honduras, South Korea, Jordan, Israel and Egypt. We recently celebrated our 17th anniversary and until about 3 years ago we lived in Skellefteå, Sweden.

Emelie joined our family in 2009. Now 10 years old, she’s bright, articulate (in 2 languages), inquisitive, stubborn and charming. She loves music, dance, playing outside, and books. Her first international trip was to Finland when just 6 weeks old. Not counting travel in utero, she’s already been to 7 countries.

Peter, born in 2011, is also bright and articulate (in 2 languages) and sweet and funny. He loves Legos, dinosaurs, and studying things to figure out how they work. Peter’s first trip outside of Sweden was our big road trip around the United States in 2012, when we also visited Mexico. He has also been to England, and hopped (literally) across the border into Norway. Though he hasn’t had the chance to travel internationally as much as his sister, we’re hoping to rectify that soon!

Micah joined our family in 2016 but it feels as though he has always been with us. He’s a curious, independent, and active preschooler who loves books and mud in equal measure and can almost never be seen wearing shoes. He came home from the hospital to our camper in Sweden and was just 6 weeks old when we transitioned to the United States. We’re fascinated to see how his childhood will differ from his sister’s and brother’s as life on the road is all he’s ever known.

We originally started this blog to recount our adventures on a 90-day road trip around the United States in 2012. What we thought might have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ignited and fueled a passion in us to continue traveling as a family. We love the way our experiences “on the road” bond us together and educate our children beyond what books and classrooms ever could. Christine, a former teacher, has left the classroom to focus on homeschooling our kids and explore her own passion for writing here on this blog. We genuinely love being with each other, so we try to do things together as much as possible.

In April 2016, we ended our lease on our apartment and moved full-time into our camper. The following October, we left Sweden to pursue our dream of roadschooling and living a more nomadic lifestyle. Two years later, we have made mistakes, learned a lot, and still love this lifestyle! We have no plans to stop traveling anytime soon. The road has taken us places we never expected to go and we love the adventure!

We plan to continue writing about our travels, but also about our adventures in home education and simplifying life to include less of what we don’t need and more of what we want most. This is a process and as such our reflections here will always be a work in progress. A journey. Thanks for joining us on the road!

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  1. Hej, vi träffades på ett kyrkfika på Mobackenkyrkan. Kul att hitta till denna sida. Önskar er lycka till med resan och allt! Vore kul att hålla kontakten med er och höra hur ni har det. Gud välsigne er!
    mvh Kristina

    1. Hi Andrew! So great that you found us! Emelie and Peter say thanks again for that little car – they’ve had lots of fun with it! It was fun to meet you guys!

        1. Maybe it’s my fault – maybe I’m mixing up who gave it to them? Someone gave them a little car from a Happy Meal just as we were leaving. I thought it was you but there was a lot happening at once. I might be the one who’s confused. 🙂

      1. I segest to do children’s museum; it is fun for adults to!:-) And it’s a super great learning experience (science: bouince, D&A, electricity, act. IT IS FUN

        1. We’re definitely planning to do both, but we’re especially looking forward to the children’s museum. Also, it’s part of a reciprocal program with another museum we’re members of, so we can go in for free! My favorite price!

    1. We are in Houston now! For a few more days anyway. Currently experiencing the joys of Houston traffic on our way to the zoo 🙂

    1. Can’t say for sure – right now the blog is a few weeks behind where we actually are. Hoping to catch up, but it’s hard because we keep doing so much fun stuff! 😀

  2. Hi -, I’m Rike! Are you – like us – a traveling family and always on the lookout for other traveling families? Then this if for you! We are in the process of developing a map-based platform for all traveling families (incl. dreamers and returnees) to help them find each other and connect.
    And who are we? We are two sailing families who joined forces because we always struggle to find other kids boats and we weren’t happy with the existing possibilities. Together with a programmer we decided to create a new platform for all traveling families to find each other and connect.
    We want to make sure the forum is really really useful and for that we need as many traveling families as possible to join! Are you in??
    If that’s sounds good, please send a quick email to find@cruisingfamilies.info and we’ll keep you updated about when we’ll launch the forum and you’ll also get an invitation link (don’t worry, we are doing this on the side of our normal lives and really don’t have time to spam you :))!
    Hope to hear from you and your family,
    Rike from Cruising Families

  3. Aloha, my name is Gigi Love and I was the Trails and Rails Troubadour for the National Parks last year on Amtrak. I sang songs that I wrote for our national parks on long distance Amtrak trains, and at the national park amphitheaters and visitors centers. My songs and message were so well received by families that we have collaborated with Park Smarts for Kids to make an activity songbook that goes along with the album, National Parks Centennial Songs. The activity book will be available in Sept and I was wondering if you would like to receive a copy of the book to enjoy and review for your blog?
    I read about the Curren family in the National Parks Magazine. It was wonderful, and I love it that more families are getting out and learning together. NPCA also did a story about my journey last fall. You can read it here: https://www.npca.org/articles/1631-for-love-and-trains
    I’m still touring and singing in the parks and plan on continuing this journey for many years to come. I look forward to hearing back from you and hope that you are enjoying your journey! best wishes, Gigi

    1. Hi Gigi! Thanks so much for reaching out to us! Your project sounds really exciting and we’d love to receive a copy to review! We are currently overseas for about 6 weeks, but I can get you a U.S. address where we can get it in August. It shouldn’t be a problem to review it and plan a post to correspond with your release date in September. Does that work for you?

  4. Hi! 🙂
    I’ found you through ditchingsuburbia. We are (hopefully) starting our RV adventure in January. We still haven’t bought our truck or SUV / trailer. We got fast paced into this because our house flooded so we are trying to make decisions quickly 🙂 . You’re one of the first families I found that have a travel trailer and SUV!! We are finding more with 5th wheels or motor homes. Can I email you some questions!??!?! What year/kind of SUV is that and what size trailer????
    Hope you’re having a good day

    1. Hi Randi!
      Glad you found us! Sure, that would be fine! We drive a 2003 Chevy Suburban (that has the appropriate tow package and a 8.1L engine). Our TT is 29ft (not counting the hitch) and weighs 7800lbs (gross vehicle weight). The Suburban (“Herb the ‘Burb”) can tow up to 12,000lbs.
      I’ll send you an email so that you have a good email address to reach us. We’re always glad to help more families hit the road!
      – Christine

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