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Local family returns home after traveling the world for the school year

Years of dreaming about this global journey finally became reality for Michael and Ellen Bradley in September as they traveled with their three daughters to 13 countries, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and the list continues. (Instagram, journeyoftheglobe/Bradley family)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local family is now home after traveling the world for a school year. Local 12 first told you about the Bradley family in January.

Years of dreaming about this global journey finally became reality for Michael, a former University of Kentucky player and Summit Country Day basketball coach, and Ellen Bradley, founder of Modo Yoga, in September as they traveled with their three daughters to 13 countries, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia.

Videographer Ricky Willis documented their travels. They also posted on Instagram.

The hope for the trip was for their girls to learn about the diverse world we live in and raise them up as compassionate global citizens, immersing themselves in each culture and society.

"Michael and I both said this is such a way to live," Ellen said. "You're living a dream because everything is new and you want to learn more and more. And the girls were just so peaceful and eager to like see the next thing. And then for us to be able to share that. We felt that from home, people wanting to see more and want to know what's happening. They want to be educated and feel united in the world, not divided."

According to the family, traveling the world isn't out of reach for those who may think there is no way they could afford to do it.

"You wouldn't believe how many thousands of families are doing this on budgets of like less than $1,000 a month," Ellen said. "And it's all choices right? You give up stuff that we have to maintain and monthly bills to then take that and you go and travel and you can stay in hostels. And some of the best experiences we had was when we stayed places like doing woofing, the Worldwide Organization on Organic Farming. We stayed there for free and we worked and we farmed and we planted over 1,000 tomato plants and you can do those things."

Rather than buy a house again and settle back into their normal routine, the family wants to keep their journey going.

Now, this school year the girls will be placed in a Spanish immersion school in Costa Rica. The family plans to travel around Latin America.


You can follow the Bradley family's journey by clicking here.

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