“We aren’t rich. We couldn’t afford to do this. We couldn’t afford not to. Neither can you.” ~ Heather Greenwood Davis, Globetrotting Mama
Before June 2011 our days consisted of making school lunches and working and going to school and wondering what to make for dinner and driving from karate practice to swimming practice to soccer practice before collapsing in bed.
And in the seconds in between we wondered if there was more to life.
We dreamed of seeing the world with our kids. We imagined having more time to do nothing (and everything) together. We hoped that one day we’d make it happen. And then one day we decided to do it.
12 months. 6 continents. 29 countries. 4 lives forever changed.
Family Travel| Who we are
Heather Greenwood Davis
Heather is a trained journalist who practiced law for a number of years before ditching that life in 2007 to follow her passions as a travel writer. For almost 20 years she has contributed lifestyle stories to The Toronto Star, Canada’s highest circulation newspaper. She is a columnist with National Geographic Traveler and Lexpert Magazine and contributes to a host of media outlets (see below) in print, on television, on radio and online.
Professional Affiliations: SATW, TMAC, NABJ, ASJA, FTA
He’s the husband and father in this family mix. A municipal health worker by day with a passion for family travel on his off hours. His interest include history, anthropology, sports and meeting new people while exploring new places. He has social media networks but you’re more likely to find him offline, chatting with people he barely knows and turning them into lifelong friends.
Our former picky eater who has developed a taste for international cuisine. He’s likely to greet you with a handshake and a smile. His favourite subject is math and he is a whiz on Minecraft.
The youngest member of our traveling family is always up for an adventure. His favourite subject is Physical Education and he’s got a killer sense of humour, not to mention dance moves that prove he can shake what his mama gave him.
Family Travel | How did we do it
Heather is an award-winning travel writer so a trip around the world meant she could continue to freelance her writing to newspapers and magazines. It also meant that she could see some of the more far-flung destinations that are hard to get to when you need to be home in time for supper with the kids.
Ish works as an inspector in municipal public health. He loves his job. It offered him the chance to take a reduction in his salary over four years in order to save for a pre-paid sabbatical. He signed up and earned a year away to travel the world as a full-time, hands-on dad.
Ethan and Cameron missed a year of school to be on this trip. Most of their school year travels now happen over long weekends and holidays but they’ve been known to miss a day or two to see something special.
RTW Family Tip–> To read about our year of non-stop travel from start to finish, click on the grey box in the top right corner of this page.
Family Travel | Media
Here’s where you can find articles by Heather, information on appearances and stories about the family’s continued travels:
Newspapers: The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Metro,
International Magazines: National Geographic Traveler, Oprah Magazine, Smartlife (Kenya)
National Magazines: Canadian Living, Canadian Family, Parents Canada , HOLR, LEO, Canadian Automobile Association, Lexpert, Today’s Parent
Online: National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel, MSN.ca, Huffington Post, Life in Pleasantville, Disney Jr., Where Parents Talk, Canadian Tourism Commission, iVillage.ca, Jetsetter.com, Sunlife , Sympatico travel, Toronto Tourism, Travel Channel, Urban Moms, Canada.com,
Television: CTV’s Canada AM, CTV National News, Global Morning Show, CityLine, Breakfast Television Vancouver, Breakfast Television Winnipeg, Ottawa Morning Live, CTV Afternoon Express, The Marilyn Denis show
Radio: CJAD Montreal, CBC Radio One, NPR, Good Morning Sacramento
Family Travel| Speaking
Heather is often asked to speak at conferences to audiences of writers, parents, travelers or corporations about travel, working with influencers, changing your profession and other lifestyle choices. Her speaking bio is here. Recently she has delivered talks to audiences at the National Association of Black Journalist annual conference in Boston , Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX Dublin), Mom 2.0. in Atlanta, Blissdom Canada in Toronto, Magnet, Nestle Canada, Society of American Travel Writers (USA), New Media Expo (Las Vegas) Travel Media Association of Canada (Pittsburgh), SheConnex (Ontario), Toronto Public Libraries, Social Capital Conference (Ottawa) and Career Break (Toronto).
Family Travel| Awards
Lowell Thomas Award -Bronze (Cultural Tourism) – Society of American Travel Writers 2014; Voices of the Year, Blogher ’14, 2012 National Geographic Traveler – Travelers of the Year, 2010 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards Gold Winner – Best in Canadian Business Writing, 2009 Travel Media Association of Canada- Best Family Feature , 2008 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards- 1st place Bylined Column (Print); Destination Travel International (Newspaper)- Merit Award 2007, Travel Media Association of Canada- Calgary Award
Family Travel| Honours
2014/15 United Nations Social Good Ambassador, Babble Best Bloggers 2013, Working Mother Best of the Net, FlipKey – Best Travel Blogs to follow; Right To Play Canada Parent Ambassador, Luxury Travel Mavens Finalist, Inspired to Travel Awards Nominee for 2012 Canadian Weblog Award, Who’s Who in Black Canada , Top 25 Canadian Parents to Follow- MSN.ca, Top 30 Toronto Moms Gals we Admire: Canadian Career Gal
2012 National Geographic Traveler – Travelers of the Year
2010 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards – Gold Winner – Best in Canadian Business Writing
2009 Travel Media Association of Canada: Best Family Feature
2008 North American Travel Journalists Association Awards: 1st place Bylined Column (Print); Destination Travel International (Newspaper) Merit Award
2007 Travel Media Association of Canada: Calgary Award
Chosen as a Right To Play Canada Parent Ambassador
Finalist for Luxury Travel Mavens: Inspired to Travel Awards
Nominee for 2012 Canadian Weblog Award
Who’s Who in Black Canada
Top 25 Canadian Parents to Follow: MSN.ca
Top 30 Toronto Moms
Gals we Admire: Canadian Career Gal
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