Katie, Ka and their 6 children (Jaro, Benny, Ronja, Joa, Luna and Sofia) are the Sundance family. Originally from Germany, they have now established a home base in Costa Rica. They aim to be a holistic, nature-loving, world travelling family, with a zest for life. Ka and Katie are entrepreneurs and educators, aiming to show aspiring business owners, coaches and artists, how to transform their lives and manifest more purpose, abundance and freedom.
the Jupital was offered the opportunity to interview Ka and Katie Sundance on the impact travel is having on their children and the life lessons they have learned along the way.
the Jupital: What influence has travel had on your family?
Sundance family: Travelling has broadened our horizon and we have gained a global perspective about our place in the world. Originally from Germany, we now call Costa Rica home, while also feeling connected with a place in Thailand where we used to live. Whether travelling to Africa, North America or Asia, when we are abroad we see everything in a new light in connection with the culture and customs of the host country. The new reality challenges our preconceptions, teaches us new skills, and may offer a new approach to life more in line with our inner values. Travel has also made us appreciate more our roots and traditions and it has brought us closer together as a family. We have learned to welcome friendships with people from all countries, cultural and social backgrounds, and to keep an open mind and draw our own conclusions about a place or country after personally visiting it.
the Jupital: How is travel shaping your children’s personality?
Sundance family: Travel has boosted the children’s confidence, patience, independence, imagination, and creativity. They have learned to adapt to unique environments and circumstances, to be open to new experiences and meeting people from different cultural backgrounds, to absorb fresh information and learn valuable life lessons along the way. Travelling and meeting people from all cultures fosters a sense of intercultural adaptation and competence, which may help them thrive in a global society. Travel is also offering the children direct access to culture – on recent trips we had the chance to visit castles in Germany and ride camels in Africa.
the Jupital: What social and practical skills have the children developed through travel?
Sundance family: As we constantly meet new people and form new relationships, the children are testing and improving their social skills day by day. We have friends all over the world – in Germany, France, Thailand, Australia, the USA, Costa Rica, etc. Since we’ve been living close to the ocean for a long time, the kids learned to read the ocean, the tides, be around sea life, respect the nature and all living things. They have picked up a few foreign languages, which is helping them better understand and communicate with the locals. At home, we talk mostly in German, however we also speak English as well as some Spanish, French and Thai.
the Jupital: How may families make travel more educational and purposeful for their children?
Sundance family: We involve the kids in preparing for the trips. They do research on the new destination, ask questions, and help create a list of what they’d like to do and see upon arrival. While basic planning for a trip is important, we also leave room for spontaneity and exploration. Overall, we encourage our kids to be open-minded, enjoy a sense of freedom, and follow their intuition. Travel has most certainly impacted our view on life. We love the planet; we consider ourselves citizens of the world, we make connections and think beyond frontiers – we see borders as opportunities rather than limitations.
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