Radical Family Sabbatical helps families live extraordinary lives through travel, learning, and entrepreneurship.
Who We Are
Meet Matt and Diana Scherr, Regular American Couple, Exhibit A. And, though fairly ordinary, we are also travelers. Before we met we both traveled internationally just out of college, and that travel was a transformative experience for both of us. It changed the way we view the world and how we see our role in it.
But then we both went on to hold fairly low-rung corporate jobs with the likes of General Electric and MCI. Fortunately we both ended up traveling again and were shaken from our corporate stupor. We then both ended up in the ski resort town of Vail, Colorado where we got hitched and made two kids.
And because our worldviews had been influenced by our travel, we always wondered if exposing our children to the world at a younger age would make them the “global citizens” we only try to be. Being disorganized procrastinators, we never did any actual planning or preparation or any other kind of strategic work to actually realize that dream. So what do slackers need to motivate them to action? Pain.
It was the typical pain just about everyone hits at some point in their lives; between our work and community commitments, we did not feel in control over our time and our lives. And on one particular date night after some rough days at work, we invoked the name of the sabbatical dream and asked, why not? Why not, and why not soon?
When we truly cross-examined all our reasons why not, we realized they were actually just excuses. The kids are too young (what is the right age?). We have to achieve X at work (couldn’t someone else?). We don’t have enough money (how much is enough?). We have responsibilities to our community (that we might tackle better with a more global perspective). This is irresponsible (the voices of others in your head). We are taking the kids away from their grandparents (ooh, that one hurts…but a deal breaker?).
So we started looking legitimately at the logistics and overcoming our own objections. And the short and surprising answer to the big question was, yes, we really can do this! So we made our plans, gave our notice (though not actually in that order), packed up, and moved our family to Ecuador for a while, where we were inspired to create Radical Family Sabbatical.
Radical Family Sabbatical is our effort to demystify the family sabbatical experience, inspire other families to similar adventures, provide resources to make sabbaticals happen, and create a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens to change the world! Because…why not?