Amanda Turner is a writer, a mum, an author and a part-time digital nomad. Despite many close calls with publishing houses, today she is a New York Times bestselling author. All she needs is a pen and paper (or a laptop and an internet connection) and an inspiring place to live. Having written a number of books that have received acclaim, Amanda is the author of a series of books called Vagabonding with kids, having developed a life living part-time on the road. When not at their home base in Idaho, she works whilst living across the globe with her husband and two children. In this episode, part one of our two-part chat, Amanda reveals the reality of writing multiple books whilst visiting many countries and how she remains focussed when there’s so much to do and see. Hear how her young children receive an education and how travel has affected their characters and personalities. Items mentioned in this episode (quick access): [00:42] Introducing author, Amanda Turner. [01:31] Amanda describes how she is a full-time writer and part-time digital nomad. [04:06] How Amanda avoid distraction when visiting new countries. [06:49] What Amanda’s children feel about their semi-nomadic lifestyle. [07:31] What their first trip, to Mexico, was like. [08:43] Amanda describes some of the successes of their first trip. [10:04] How Amanda and her family began living semi-nomadically. [11:48] How Amanda identifies where to go next. [12:40] Never experiencing snow. [13:26] Perspective on safety and security. [14:44] Logistics. [15:28] Other fears and concerns. [16:00] Opening up possibilities. [16:32] Fear of change. [17:10] A shift in mindset due to technology. [18:18] Benefits of travel for kids. [19:24] How her children maintain relationships with friends at home. [21:25] Amanda talks about her eldest daughter. [21:58] The reality of a home exchange experience. [23:32] How and when Amanda decides to go next. [25:14] Amanda shares some of their more ambitious experiences. [26:05] Tasmania and Alaska. [27:40] Her family living in a camper van. [28:07] Travel highlights including South America.