Courtesy of Lara Flanagan
Cailey Rizzo
March 28, 2017

While some say it takes a village to raise a child, sometimes it actually takes the entire world.

Lara Flanagan — from New South Wales, Australia — is a single mother who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After spending 12 months getting her condition under control, Flanagan “realized life was too short,” so she sold her belongings and her business to take her two children on a trip around the world, she told Metro.

Courtesy of Lara Flanagan

For the past nine months, Flanagan and her two children, Archie and Larissa, have traveled throughout the U.S., Costa Rica, and Italy, picking up odd jobs here and there to supplement her savings.

They are traveling on a budget of about $76 per day (100 AUD). “Now everything we own fits into our backpacks and we find ways to live cheaply, such as house-sitting,” Flanagan said. “It’s been really liberating.”

Courtesy of Lara Flanagan

So far, Flanagan estimates that they have spent about $24,400 (32,000 AUD) on their worldwide journey.

The children are enrolled in a distance learning program for the entirety of their journey to keep up their schooling, but Flanagan believes that the trip is a worthwhile addition to a well-rounded education.

Courtesy of Lara Flanagan

“They’ve learnt so much about life at such a young age because of what we’ve been doing this last year,” she said. “I think they’ll be stronger, well-rounded kids because of this experience as they’ve been exposed to so many challenges and culture.”

The family is scheduled to head to Thailand and Cambodia before heading home to Australia. But it likely won't stop there: “I don’t think this will be the last of our travels,” Flanagan said. 

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