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Blue Waters

The Path to

Worldschool Pop-Ups

Welcome a place of connection, camaraderie, exploration, and encouragement

During our worldschooling ventures, we've crossed paths with numerous families living this non-traditional lifestyle... and honestly, there is nothing more refreshing than sharing time and experiences with you! 

Worldschoolers are unique:

  • We prioritize travel and experiential learning

  • We live and learn outside of the box

  • We're willing to step out of our comfort zone 

Others may call us fearless, courageous, inspirational, crazy or even foolish...but all we know is we are unequivocally drawn to travel. However, a life of wanderlust is not without its challenges.


Sometimes we hit a rut; sometimes it gets lonely; and sometimes we need reassurance and guidance from others who know what it's like to live unconventionally.

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Join our Mobile Communities

Though we are a resilient bunch, perfectly capable of traveling on our own...doesn't it sound wonderful to access a portable community designed for worldschoolers by worldschoolers?

Pop-ups are the perfect platform to connect with like-minded individuals while exploring the planet together. Our week-long, casual itineraries allow you to engage in local offerings, immerse in nature, and forge lasting friendships...ideal for those beginning their worldschool adventure as well as seasoned travelers!

Welcome home. 

What's a Pop-Up?

Our pop-ups are temporary, mobile, week-long gatherings designed to bring worldschoolers together to develop community and explore our planet. Pop-ups can happen at any location, at any time.

These get-togethers bring some expected experiences: visit the museum, swim at the beach, stroll the farmers' market... but also leave room for unexpected, spontaneous adventure.


Our flexible schedules allow the group to create impromptu adjustments as they desire. Maybe everyone wants a day to sleep in or a family game night or even a grand-finale-hair-dying-extravaganza...that's a shoutout to you Madison 2021 Pop-Up Crew!

Upcoming Events

Sample of Upcoming Pop-Ups

  • Sydney, Australia  |  February 2023
    Feb 12, 12:00 PM – Feb 18, 12:00 PM
    Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to visit Sydney. We'll explore the Sydney Harbour, pedestrian markets in The Rocks, the botanical garden, beaches and tidepools, and even take a ferry ride to the beach!
  • Istanbul, Turkey  |  February 2023
    Sun, Feb 26
    İstanbul, Turkey
    Feb 26, 12:00 PM – Mar 04, 12:00 PM
    İstanbul, Turkey, İstanbul, Turkey
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Istanbul, Turkey. Our itinerary includes the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, shopping the Grand Bazaar and spice markets, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, and more!
  • Veracruz, Mexico  |  February 2023 (pre-summit week)
    Feb 26, 12:00 PM – Mar 04, 12:00 PM
    Veracruz, Heroica Veracruz, Ver., Mexico
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Veracruz, Mexico, conveniently adjacent to the Project World School Family Summit 2023. We'll explore beaches, playgrounds, parks, mercados, castle ruins and the museum of anthropology.
  • Osaka, Japan   |  March 2023
    Mar 26, 12:00 PM – Apr 01, 12:00 PM
    Osaka, Japan, 〒540-0002 Osaka, Chuo Ward, Ōsakajō, 1, 1番1号
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to visit Osaka during cherry blossom season! We'll gather from March 26 - April 1, 2023 and explore the Osaka Castle, temples, parks, zoos, Tempozan marketplace & giant Ferris wheel, waterfalls, and even a traditional onsen bath!
  • Porto, Portugal  |  March 2023
    Mar 26, 12:00 PM GMT+1 – Apr 02, 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Porto, Porto, Portugal
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Porto, Portugal. We'll visit famous markets, Clérigos tower, botanical parks, historic town center, beautiful tile work in the São Bento Station, playgrounds, pedestrian streets, Jardim do Morro, and the iconic Ponte de Dom Luís I bridge!
  • Florence, Italy  |  April 2023
    Sat, Apr 01
    Metropolitan City of Florence
    Apr 01, 12:00 PM – Apr 07, 12:00 PM
    Metropolitan City of Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Firenze, Italia, from April 1-7, 2023. We'll explore museums and parks, ride the antique carousel, -visit the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Rossini, try real gelato, and much, much more!
  • Tokyo, Japan  |  April 2023
    Apr 05, 12:00 PM – Apr 11, 12:00 PM
    Tokyo, Japan
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Tokyo, Japan, from April 5-11, 2023. We'll experience how this megalopolis of 37 million people harmoniously lives, works and plays with a culture unique unto itself. Highlights include local foods, karaoke, temples, markets, museums, and more!
  • Normandy, France  |  April 2023
    Sun, Apr 30
    Apr 30, 12:00 PM – May 06, 12:00 PM
    Picauville, L'Isle Marie, 50360 Picauville, France
    A week-long gathering for traveling families to explore Normandy, D-Day beaches and WWII history. Our itinerary includes Château de L’Isle Marie history, cathedrals, museums, hikes, birdwatching, Roman settlements, and even a trip to Mont Saint-Michel. Castle stays are available!

Two Thumbs Up!

Something extraordinary happens when worldschoolers gather... it's hard to believe unless you've seen it with your own eyes.

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We are welcomed and strengthened in this unique mobile community. Because we all relate to the challenge of living an unconventional lifestyle, we allow ourselves to connect on deeper levels. 

  • Kids naturally play in multi-aged groups

  • Adults find a sounding board to hone their lifestyle strategies

  • Experiences are shared, respected, and valued

  • Families glean information from each other

  • Everyone belongs

Our past participants resonate with this welcoming, non-judgmental vibe. It really feels like you're meeting long-lost friends for the first time.

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Contact Us

Questions? Feedback? More ideas for us? Found a broken link? We'd love to hear about it! We will get back to you as soon as we can. ~The Carlsons

PS If you do have a question... please check our FAQs first, I answer lots of the same inquiries so it's likely your answer is already there.

Thanks for submitting, we'll chat soon!

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