Cooney World Adventures Blog Series

FLVS Cooney World AdventuresIf 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:

  1. Creating Global Citizens One Country at a Time 

    Read the full backstory and how online learning made the family’s adventures possible.

  2. 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.

  3. Making the Journey the Destination 

    Morgan shares how seeing the world changed his life and opened his eyes to what is possible.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling 

    Catrell shares tips for staying healthy, happy, and fit while traveling.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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3 comments on “Cooney World Adventures Blog Series

  1. Kelli

    This is great! My family of 5, our 3 children ages 6,5, and 4 months, my husband, and myself want to take a year off starting Fall 2017 to travel the US with an RV. By the time we go my 2 older boys will be in 1st and 2nd grade and our baby will be 1 1/2 years. It seems crazy, but we know it will be so worth it. I found your story by researching ways to homeschool. I’m excited to read more about your experience!

  2. A. Student

    I am trying to have a success story, but flvs isn’t letting me upload documents on time links in the application are dead or not working. Waited an hour for help through phone line.


      Oh no, sorry to hear that! Try your teacher to see if they can help you troubleshoot or get this resolved. You may be able to email them the file directly if you continue to have difficulty. You can also submit a help ticket by clicking on the help ticket link at the top of this page:


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