Think starting a family means boxing up your gear and putting an end to your travels? From three moms raising their kids on a healthy diet of exploration to the motocross family revolutionizing an industry, here are the inspiring families helping us forget one of the most persistent and antiquated tropes in outdoor adventure.
The family who sold everything for a year of adventure
As a young family with two small children, the Gees (above) had almost accepted it was time to settle down and build a house. Instead, they sold everything they owned to finance a six-month adventure around the Pacific Ocean.
They call themselves the Bucket List Family, and following them on Instagram is enough to make you want to have a brood of your own and set sail on an epic family adventure.
Identical triplets traveling the world together
With full-time jobs and different home bases, it’s not easy for triplet sisters Kylie, Lisa and Megan to arrange a call, let alone plan a trip. But logistics haven’t stopped the sisters from racking up a list of joint sojourns so long they had to alphabetize it.
The father-daughter team exploring all seven continents
For National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. His 11-year-old daughter, Lilliana, is a worldly preteen who’s joined in his expeditions to all seven continents. The duo most recently scaled the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The family solving some big motocross industry problems
When Michael Leib’s parents decided to support his professional racing career, they knew they’d have to sacrifice financial stability and certain aspects of their children’s schooling. But, somewhere along the line, they decided to get a little more proactive about it.
From restructuring the way competitive athletes get their education to putting sponsorships back in the hands of the riders, the Leibs aren’t ones to settle for the status quo.
Three moms making their kids’ outdoor education a priority
Morgan Brechler became a household name (at least for a day) when a social-media photo of her 4-year-old daughter rock climbing went viral. She’ll join fellow moms Brooke Gaynes and Shannon Robertson in the upcoming film Born Wild, an effort to inspire more parents to introduce their kids to the outdoors.
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