We are a family of 5 from Idaho, USA: Kendra (mom and “I” in blog references), John (dad), Bird Nerd (age 11), The Boss (age 9), and The Entertainer (age 6; I promised that I would state, for the record, that The Entertainer wanted his blog name to be “Wildcat Grasshopper Karate Fighter”–I simplified). In summer 2018, we sold nearly all we owned, including our house, and set out for full-time travel. For more details about what went into this process, check out some of our travel prep posts: T-Minus 6 Months, The Money Thing, Realtors, To-Dos, & Yard Sales, House on the Market + Our First Official Housesit, Tent Trailer Livin’ + Good-Byes & Parental Guilt.
About the blog name: A(Broad) With 4 Kids. You may have noted above that we have only 3 kids. When trying to come up with a name, I thought of several, all of which were promptly and emphatically shot down by John (they were pretty bad, for the most part). I challenged John to come up with one that included either the words “abroad” or “travel” in it, and he immediately spit out, “Abroad With 4 Kids. Get it? A ‘Broad’ With 4 Kids and ‘Abroad’ With 4 Kids! You’re the broad and I’m your fourth kid, and we’re abroad!” It really isn’t that funny, but Bird Nerd thought it hilarious, and to be honest, I couldn’t come up with anything better. Anyway, it suits us–John does act like a child sometimes, and we do like bad puns. And so, A(Broad) With 4 Kids was born. You’re welcome. Or I’m sorry. Not sure which.
We began our travels with a homestay and language school in Guatemala, and have been mostly housesitting ever since. We spent almost 3 months in Costa Rica, several more months in Mexico, and are now in Europe for the foreseeable future.