Cooney World Adventures Blog Series
If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling the world, it may not be as complicated as you think.
In 2008, Mike Cooney traveled the world with his wife, Catrell, and three teenage sons, Morgan, Zach, and Harrison, who studied online with FLVS. After selling their home, downsizing, and packing up their belongings, the family traveled across six continents and 22 countries…more than 61,000 miles! Today, Mike shares their experiences at speaking events and talks about his book which details their adventures. As Mike likes to say, “If we can do it, anyone can!”
In a year-long blog series on The Virtual Voice, Morgan, Zach, and Harrison and their parents shared their experience:
- Creating Global Citizens One Country at a Time
Read the full backstory and how online learning made the family’s adventures possible.
- Traveling the World with Family: A Mom’s Perspective
Hear from Morgan, Zach, and Harrison’s mom and what it was like for Harrison to take a Spanish test while in the jungle of Costa Rica.
- Making the Journey the Destination
Morgan shares how seeing the world changed his life and opened his eyes to what is possible.
- Five Ways to Stay Safe While Traveling the World
Mike shares safety tips for travel – whether your taking a weekend road-trip or planning a trek around the world.
- Never Stop Exploring
Zach shares how FLVS made his journey possible. While providing tips for future students, he discusses skills gained and lessons learned by studying online and traveling the world.
- What Travel Has Meant to My Career
Harrison explains how traveling the world pushed him out of his comfort zone and led to career opportunities in photography.
- Travel is the Ultimate Education
Mike discusses the state of education in America and how classroom learning doesn’t compare to the education one can acquire through hands-on exploration.
- Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling
Catrell shares tips for staying healthy, happy, and fit while traveling.
- The Value of a Diverse Education
Mike shares the value of enriching a student’s education by providing cultural immersion opportunities and seeing current events and world news through a new lens.
- How Online Learning Helped Our Dream Come True
Learn how Morgan, Zach, and Harrison ended up studying online with FLVS during high school – a decision that eventually made it possible for them to travel the world.
- A Narrow Piece of Geography
Traveling off the beaten path has its benefits, as the Cooney family learned while driving more than 5,000 miles across Australia.
- A Life-Changing Experience
Mike recaps their world adventures and shares the priceless discoveries and life lessons the family gained through their travels.
Want to hear the whole story?
Read Mike’s book about their experience! Cooney World Adventures: Backpacking with Teens Through Latin America details the first leg of their trek and tells the stories of their adventures (and sometimes misadventures) while traveling through Central and South America almost entirely by bus. For more information about the book and their travels, visit their website, drop a comment below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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