This website was created when we outgrew our Carolina Homeschooler website. Although we started out locally (and still serve South Carolina homeschool families), many of our trips are open to families throughout the United States and beyond. Traveling Homeschoolers features our trips that are available to all families, regardless of where they live.
Want to join us?
We’d love for you to join us on our trips! If you want to get news and announcements of new trips and events, subscribe to the Traveling Homechoolers newsletter here, or text the word HOMESCHOOLTRIPS (no spaces or it won’t work) to 22828.
Frequently Asked Questions
I subscribed to your mailing list but haven’t received any newsletters.
Please text the word HOMESCHOOLTRIPS (no spaces) to 22828. That should solve any problems you were having. If you still don’t receive them, check your spam, junk, marketing, promotions, or whatever folders to see if they’re stuck there.
What’s the best way to get trip announcements and updates?
- Subscribe to my newsletter, and
- Join my community (and follow the Trip Announcements forum), and
- Follow Us on Facebook, with the following recommendations:
- First, click the Like button.
- Then, click the Follow button (near the “Liked” button below the cover photo). It will have a checkmark beside it if you’re following us.
- Then, click the See First (In Your Newsfeed section), and then click On (in the Notifications section) A checkmark will appear beside both, confirming you’ll get notifications when I post something on my wall, and they’ll show up in your newsfeed first every time you log into Facebook.
- Interact with my page every once in a while (like something or comment on something) to keep our connection active. I’ve heard that if you don’t, you’ll stop getting notifications.
I try to keep Facebook posts down to one or two a day (or less) so you don’t get bombarded with notifications. During a trip, I may post a few more times so you can travel virtually with us.
Where do your travelers come from?
Our travelers come from all over the United States, Canada, and beyond!
Do you have a membership fee?
Traveling Homeschoolers does not require membership nor have a membership fee.
I coordinate separate local, state, and regional field trips and events for members of my South Carolina homeschool association (which requires a membership fee). Some of those trips are open to non-members if space is available. You’re welcome to check them out here.
How long have you been doing these trips? Do you have trips every year?
I’ve been coordinating trips for homeschooling families every year since 2006.
How do people afford these trips?
See this thread for tips and advice from other families.
Do you know all the families on your trips? Will I feel like an outsider?
Although I have many repeat travelers, the majority of families on each trip are meeting me (and each other) for the first time. You won’t feel like an outsider, and will most likely make new lifelong friends.
My husband doesn’t like being part of a group. Should we still go?
Yes, please do! Many husbands have told me they started out feeling the same way, but ended up enjoying my trips after all. I organize them so families can stick with the group, go their own way, or mix things up according to how they’re feeling each day. We’re a friendly group, but your husband won’t be stuck with us the whole time.
I have a question about a trip that isn’t answered at your website.
Please check here to see if there are FAQs about the trip. If your question isn’t answered there, email me and I’ll add it to my FAQs.
Do you recommend your Washington DC, NYC, Boston, or international trips for younger children (under 5)?
I don’t usually recommend these trips for children under 5 because we have busy itineraries and do a lot of walking with no time built in for naps. I do DC every year, may do Boston every year, NYC every couple/several years, and an international trip every year, so wait until they’re older. Everyone will enjoy it so much more!
What trips do you recommend for families with younger children (5 and under)?
Any of my retreats (they’re great for all ages), Disney World, most of my campouts, and probably a few others. Read the trip descriptions for each trip and let me know if you need my advice.
Do you have teens on your trips?
Yes, we have teens on almost all of my trips, unless they’re specifically targeted to younger children. Email me if you’re worried your teen will be the only one on a specific trip.
Is your trip to (insert destination here) full? How long will I be on the waiting list?
The status of each trip is updated in the trip description. If a registration deadline is listed, we still have spots available.
If it’s full, but we’re still accepting registrations for the waiting list in case of cancellations, then it’ll say that. Waiting list families don’t make any payments until spots come available (and they usually do).
I can’t tell you where you are on the waiting list, or how long you’ll wait. Not everyone on the waiting list will follow through if offered spots, so even if there are 10 (or 100) families ahead of you, you may actually be the next family on the list.
If the trip is full, and we have many families already on the waiting list or are past the date I can add anyone, it’ll say registration is closed. If it says it’s closed, I won’t be able to add anyone else, even if a family cancels at the last minute.
Can you put me on the waiting list for (insert trip here)?
To get on the waiting list for any trip, please submit a registration form. You’ll automatically be added to the queue and I’ll let you know when/if spots come available. You won’t pay anything until I confirm spots are available for your family.
Can I opt out of paying for the hotel, meals, transportation, or specific sites on each trip?
We’re usually required to have minimums to qualify for group discounts, so if several families opt out of a specific event, group meal, or hotel, then the rest of the group may be negatively impacted. If our group hotel is optional, it will clearly state this in the trip description. I’ll try to offer more hotel-optional trips in the future so families who have RVs, hotel points, or whatever, can join us, too.
Can I opt out of visiting specific sites on a trip?
Most of my trips are flexible, and families can out of activities if they’d rather do something else (no refunds, though). If an activity is mandatory (to qualify for discounts or whatever), it’ll state that in the trip description.
I live in or near the area you’re traveling to. Can I opt out of the hotel?
See answer above. Also, if you already live in or near an area we’re visiting, it’ll be more cost effective for you to visit on your own so you won’t have to pay your share of my travel costs.
Can you tell me the exact itinerary and/or hotel(s) we’ll be using for the trip?
I give a general idea of our itinerary in our trip description. However, I usually have to wait until closer to our travel dates to share final itinerary and hotel information in case something changes (due to circumstances beyond my control).
What do your trip fees cover?
They cover the cost of planning and organizing each trip, hotel, admission fees, educational programs, included meals, included transportation, and anything else I can get at a group discount. Please read the description for each trip to see what’s covered.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept checks and money orders. I don’t accept PopMoney or any other payment method that requires me to give my bank account number to a third party.
I accept credit and debit card payments through Stripe for some trips. (Each trip description will describe the type of payments I accept.)
I don’t accept PayPal.
Can I trust you with my money?
Yes, but don’t take my word for it. Do a search of “Carolina Homeschooler trips.” If I’ve cheated anyone, it’ll be all over the internet. My “Traveling Homeschoolers” name is newer (created in 2016 it to differentiate between my local member trips, and trips that are open to everyone), but you can search that name, too. Please don’t register for any of my trips or send me money until you trust me.
I can’t go to (insert destination here) with your group. Can you tell me your itinerary, hotel, etc., etc., so I can plan a trip?
I get a lot of requests for advice and have found that each family’s preferences and expectations are so different that what works for one may not work for another. I don’t want to give you bad advice and ruin your trip. So the best way to plan a trip is from the ground up – research your destination, sites, hotels, etc., and choose what’s best for your family.
Have a question?
Please email me if your question isn’t answered here.