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Ep. 17: It's a Wonderful Life... On the Road

Ep. 17

In May 2016, halfway through my 3-person family's year-long backpacking trip around the world, we met the Norths - Phil, Amanda, Sophie and Nate - in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They had left their former Alaska hometown of Kenai behind for good in the fall of 2013. and would not resettle in the States until 2017.


On this episode of One Step Beyond, I catch up with the the Norths - in their new hometown of Bellingham, Washington - for the first time in four and a half years. Sophie is now 17, Nate 15, and along with their parents, they talk candidly about their experiences, what they learned about the world at large and about themselves as a family, why they believe in 'slow travel', how they kept costs down, and why they think everyone should have the opportunity to travel internationally. For any family thinking of embarking on a long-term travel project, this is an empowering and encouraging story.


Unlike other interesting people featured on this show, the Norths have nothing to promote. There is no social media to link to! However, if you would like to read more about the work that Phil North does in his environmental role with the Tulalip tribe residents in Washington State:

https://www.heraldnet.com/news/for-tribes-climate-change-fight-is-about-saving-culture/


The other podcasts referenced on this episode are:


All The Sh*t I've Learned Abroad, Episode 76: WorldTowning

The Runners World UK: When Joe Strummer Ran The London Marathon

Baggage Claim: Travel Stories No One Tells.


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