Our Homeschool Journey - Homeschool to Roadschool

by Tabitha Best on October 29, 2019

“Homeschooling is so much more than filling our children’s heads with facts. It’s about opening a world of endless possibilities and wonder. It’s being curious about life and letting it rub off a little. ...”

We have been untraditional for years and that includes the way we homeschool. When it was time for our oldest daughter, Lydia, to enter kindergarten we were in the process of buying our first house. Since home buying rarely works according to anybody’s timeframe, we weren’t sure where we would be on the first day of school.

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The Perfect Day

by Tabitha Best on October 17, 2019

The morning started out lazy - no rush to get up and get going. It was a beautiful sunny day in New Hampshire, so we did a few small loads of laundry in our washer and hung the clothes up to dry outside in the sun. We then filled our water bottles and headed off to a nearby trail we had heard about called Kilburn Crags.

Entering it into our phones, the GPS first took us to the wrong location but we followed signs that lead us to the trailhead. As we were getting out of the truck, I was quite hesitant to take the kids on the hike. The trail was overgrown and muddy at the trailhead and it looked like there were going to be ticks and mosquitos everywhere.

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Take Your Kids Traveling! Part 2: Parent Benefits

by Matt Best on October 08, 2019

This is part two of my previous post about why you should take your kids traveling with you. The first part focused on the benefit to the children. In this part, I attempt to share some of the benefits that we have had as parents by having our kids with us for our travels. It’s far from exhaustive on the topic, and in reality, I have written pages and pages that I cut out of the final version to keep it post length and not book length.

Yes, traveling with your kids can be exhausting sometimes – as seen in my above photo of me being overloaded after buying the kids ice cream.

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Take Your Kids Traveling! Part 1: Their Benefits

by Matt Best on June 29, 2019

"In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with children." - Robert Benchley

Can you travel with kids? Yes you can! Should you travel with kids? Yes you should! Will it be first class? No it won't. But, if you develop a closer connection with your kids through education and adventures, it will be better than anything first class could ever offer you.

Shared travel with love, simplicity, education and adventure will probably be the best moments you ever have with your kids .... ever!

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Death Valley Guest Post On Crazy Family Adventure

by Matt Best on May 02, 2019

Crazy Family Adventure is a family of 6 plus a dog who sold everything, bought an RV and have been traveling full-time around North America since May 2014

I got to meet Bryanna from CrazyFamilyAdventure.com this last March (2019). Her family has a great travel blog of their adventuers. So, when she was looking for a guest post about death valley from someone who had been there recently I jumped at the chance. If you read my last post you would have read a brief mention of the black tank issues we had while we were at Death Valley. Well, when we weren't dealing with all that unpleasantness, we were seeing the National Park.

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5 Uncommon Adventures During Our First 2 Months Of Full Time RV Travel

by Matt Best on April 26, 2019

They say that time flies when you are having fun. After our first couple months of full time RV living, I'd have to agree with them.

I will often say to Tabitha that I feel that events that happened just last week occurred months ago because in between then and now we've had so many notable adventures and trials. Contrasting this consistent flow of new experiences (both good and bad) with my life before and it almost feels like years have gone by and not just months. I guess when you are actually trying to “live life to it's fullest”, or “make every moment count” or any of those other motivational phrases it's amazing what you can pack into a couple months. ...

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Launching Best - Our story to life on the road

by Matt Best on April 11, 2019

Our first blog post - wait, are we bloggers now?

Hi. I am Matt Best. My wife Tabitha and I are the proud new owners of ditchingsuburbia.com. As this is our first blog post on this site, we decided it would be most prudent to have our first post be just about who we are and how we got here.

In the future, we will be posting regularly about...

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Goodbye Boyinks, Hello Bests!

MsBoyink has always been the navigator for our travels.

Many times she would climb into the passenger seat, wave vaguely out the windshield, and say "just start driving". I'd head in the general direction we wanted to go. She'd then lean the seat back, close her eyes, and begin a couple hours of intense mental processing about our exact route and destination.

Well, that's what she claimed...

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Where’s the Ditching Suburbia Crew?

“Are you guys still traveling? I miss your travel blogs.”

The above question was recently asked of us.

It’s a fair question. Sometimes I fell like we pull a “bait & switch” on you guys. We lure you in with a travel/RV theme then write about a bunch of other stuff.

Here’s the truth. A behind the scenes look at our future plans for Ditching Suburbia.

We don’t know.

We’re in a season of...

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How to Define Your Family Adventure

Adventure is a funny word. It can mean different things to different people. What’s it mean to you?

Dictionary.com defines adventure as:

1. An exciting or very unusual experience. 2. Participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure. 3. A bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.Dictionary.com

In 2018?

What’s adventure mean in...

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How American Culture Is Designed to Turn Us Into Consumers

Have you sat back and thought how our culture is designed to create cradle-to-grave consumers?

Start ‘Em Young

We start young. Kindergarten. Forget play. Forget outdoor time. Forget about getting physical skills like balance, coordination and strength. Because ‘This really isn’t kindergarten anymore’ - it’s the first step in a life designed around performance, productivity and...

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Our Manifesto

We’re not an RVing site, although we talk about RVs.

We’re not a boating site, although we talk about boats.

We’re not a travel site, although we talk a lot about travel.

We’re not a parenting site, although we talk a lot about raising kids.

We’re not a homeschooling site, although we talk about homeschooling.

So just what is Ditching Suburbia all about anyway?

We’re not any of...

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Are Organized Activities for Kids Worth Staying Home For?

Piano lessons. Choir. Hockey. Scouts. Karate. Little League. Dance. Part of the suburban scene in America is organized activities for our kids. If parents decide to ditch the suburbs - do the kids suffer for the lack of these?

Busy! Busy! Busy!

On the one hand, the over-scheduled suburban life is almost always a motivator for families to ditch the suburbs.

By the time you subtract the...

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