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Hotel-hopping

homeschoolers | Entrepreneurs | Explorers

Hi There!

We’re Charlie and Colleen Carswell, high school sweet-hearts turned hotel-hopping homeschoolers.

We grew up in a small town, left to travel the world, and eventually found our way back so our four kids could grow up around family.

After years traveling on cruise ships, working in hotels and living in big cities full of vibrant and diverse people, we knew it would be more important than ever to find a way to show our kids the vastness of humanity outside of just one small, rural mountain town in North Carolina. 

So in 2021, the week after giving birth to our pandemic baby, we knew it was time to FOFO and dive head first into building our dream life. It’s not been easy – quitting jobs, starting a family business, taking on homeschooling – but it’s been a journey well traveled. 

Educational Exploration

In August of 2021, we made the decision to homeschool. There were a variety of factors that played into our decision, but ultimately we wanted the freedom to travel and explore the world together.

At the time we envisioned a full-time RV lifestyle. But later, as our journey unfolded, we discovered that traveling by hotel was a much better fit for us (especially with a hotel solutions strategist in the family)!

Through building out the first of many destinationless travel adventures (sign-up for Choose Our Adventure Blueprint updates) we created a FREE Interactive Map and Travel Guide with over 1,500 locations to help families save 50% to 100% off museums, zoos and aquariums throughout the states. 

Focus on the Journey

Similar to our FOFO family motto, we also have adapted a journey mindset through the years. We found ourselves getting so focused on the end destination that we weren’t fully appreciating and savoring all the present journey had to offer. Maybe you can relate?

This journey mindset is exactly why we started our destination-less travel adventures (check out the Choose Our Adventure Blueprint below). It’s an experience based metaphor for how we want to live our lives.

As parents, as a family, and as individuals, our destination can – and nearly always does – change. With each new decision we make, new path we take, new thing we learn. Our futures are fluid and ever-evolving.

If we let go of holding onto this idea of what the future/destination is suppose to be, our life can end up even better than we could ever have imagined.

It’s (almost) Your Turn!

We embark on a few big road trips each year, hopping from hotel to hotel and exploring all the world has to offer along the way. The catch? We have no idea where we’re going next until just hours before we check-out. Plus! Our friends, family, and online community vote on where we go in real time.

We have so much fun with our big adventures (check out our May trip HERE) that we decided to share our framework with others. 

The FOFO Motto

You’ve heard the saying “faith over fear”, right? Well, same thing. In everything, our motto is to choose:

Family Over Fear Of …

the unknown, failing, not being good enough, not having enough money, not having enough time…

This list could go on and on, right? But what we’ve found over the years is our dreams for our family have to be BIGGER than our fears.

Our advice (should you want it): 

Do it scared. Do it messy. Do it before you’re ready.

Need help getting started? Try spending some dedicated, quality time answering these three questions:

1. What’s the worst that can happen?

2. What’s the best that can happen?

3. Is my family worth the risk? 

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Ready for something more?

Is the life you desire one of untethered family travels, having wild and wonderful adventures together, creating once in a lifetime memories, and raising globally conscious, socially aware children through intentional and educational exploration of new places, cultures and people?

If your answer is yes – or even just maybe – schedule a complimentary 20-minute discovery call with Colleen and let this be the first step of your own FOFO journey!

Hotel leader, owner or management company looking for our hotel solution services? Visit CarswellEnterprise.com.