How do these pop-ups work?
Think of the pop-up as a micro-community where families gather to hang out and play. There is an itinerary which highlights cool things to experience at the destination, but the main purpose of the pop-up is to provide the space and time for traveling families to connect.
Families have full autonomy over where they stay, how they get around, and how involved they are with pop-up activities. Everyone is encouraged to attend the activities which interest them most... plus the group often makes spontaneous decisions such as skip the museum and have a BBQ instead! There are no set rules, we provide the framework and worldschool connections, you provide the fun.
Can I attend part of the pop-up?
Yes! Join us for as many days that are feasible for your family. The fee, however, stays the same. The pop-up is set up for a full 8 days and you'll get access to the family directory, private chat group, the full schedule, and our mobile in-person community. We are unable to split off single days or pieces of the package.
Can I join the pop-up after it starts?
Yes! Tickets stay on sale through the entire pop-up so it's easy to join in at any point.
How many families join your pop-ups?
We typically have 5-12 families attend any given pop-up. However, occasionally we are surprised (sometimes it's an intimate group of 2-3 families, but Merida, Mexico, had a whopping 28 attending families)! Both small and large groups have their advantages... but regardless of group size, there is always time to foster new friendships and explore together.
What's the best age for attending children?
There is no best age... there are many perfect ages! We've welcomed children from 3 months old to 17 years old into our events. Your children will fit in no matter their age because worldschooled kids tend to connect with each other across age 'boundaries'...it's really beautiful to see them naturally play in multi-age groups.
Additionally, our gatherings are designed with everyone in mind... museums, playgrounds, nature walks, food carts... and the itineraries are flexible. If your family needs a break (a morning to sleep in, an afternoon nap, or a full day off), that's perfectly acceptable. You absolutely can adapt our schedule for your children at any age.
NOTE: Our activities are family-oriented and we do not provide babysitting or educational classes for children (though obviously there are plenty of opportunities for learning). These are events for the whole family to enjoy together.
Will there be any teens/tweens there?
Very likely! We are thrilled that families with tweens and teens seek out our pop-ups...perhaps more than other ages because adolescence brings a new need for peer interactions and social experiences. This has been a huge benefit for our family because the Carlson kids fall into this age range as well. Honestly, this need is the main factor we founded the Pop-Up Hub...we want our children to enjoy these travel experiences yet still have regular "teen things" to do.
We've noticed worldschooling kids are much happier when there is the prospect of meeting peers that understand this lifestyle and it's challenges. Plus, as a parent, it's absolutely lovely to see the teens have an opportunity to hang out at a mall, host a pool party, or just enjoy a fancy coffee drink at the town square. So, though there is no guarantee, we have an excellent record of attracting teens and tweens to these events. Feel free to message us about upcoming event questions, we do keep track of attendees' ages and are happy to share that with you.
When and how is the itinerary released?
The itineraries are finalized 12-14 days prior to the pop-up start date. The schedule is released in an online format and is emailed to each paid participant.
Can I get a copy of the itinerary to help me decide if we'll attend?
Sorry, we don't share the itinerary outside of our registered attendees. These schedules take us a long time to put together because we group activities by area and ensure those attractions are open on the days we have scheduled (especially for lining up the right days for the farmers markets or "free days/hours" offered at museums).
However, we disclose what we can about the agenda. You'll find a generalized list of activities in the event page on our website... those listed activities will be on the itinerary. If you have a specific question -- "We are only going to attend for the first half of the pop-up and really want to see Attraction X. Will that be scheduled in the first few days?" -- it's always fine to contact us privately and we will assist.
Do you have repeat customers?
Absolutely! Worldschoolers really resonate with these events. There is nothing like feeling you have a 'home' while you're traveling... and there is nothing like seeing our friends over and over again, all around the globe!
We are so grateful to the families who have joined us, realized that a mobile community is exactly what they need, and have rearranged their travels so they can come back for more! Who knows...maybe you will become the next pop-up groupie?! Please browse our Testimonials page.
When will you release the next season's pop-up destinations?
We are always adding events to the our calendar... and not necessarily in chronological order.
The best way to view our confirmed schedule is on the Upcoming Events page.
The best way to receive all new updates is to subscribe to our mailing list (link in footer).
Are you going to offer a pop-up in [insert favorite destination here]?
We'd love to offer as many pop-ups as possible and appreciate all suggestions... however, if it doesn't fall within our travel path, it's unlikely the Carlson family can host that destination. But here's the good news:
We help other worldschoolers host events on our platform. Our long term vision is to have pop-ups happening simultaneously across the globe so traveling families always have access to community, regardless of where they roam.
If you or anyone you know is interested in hosting an event, please tell us! We rent out itineraries for those who would like to host a pop-up in an area we've already traveled... but we also help individuals create a new pop-up in their destination of choice. Please check our Become a Host or Design a Pop-Up Q&A pages for more information on how this works.
What are the fees to attend? Where do the fees go?
The cost is US$70/family (increasing to $100/family in Nov 2022) which includes parents, partners, grandparents, and children. If you are a solo parent you can use the code SOLO for a 25% discount. Early bird rates are $50/family (increasing to $70/family).
Our payout structure is built to reward the hosts on the ground for making these gatherings possible (thank you hosts!!). The host receives 60% of the ticket revenues, the pop-up designer receives 10%, and the Worldschool Pop-Up Hub retains 30% for administrative costs.
I see the pop-up fee doesn't including lodging or other items. What is included and what do I arrange on my own?
Basically the entry fee covers the cost of a friendly host, a private communication group, a family directory, our itinerary, and the chance to meet other worldschoolers. Transport, lodging, meals, and entrance fees are the responsibility of the attendees. This allows each family to honor their budget and interests. More information here: Event Details.
What neighborhood will be most central to the pop-up events?
Please read the event details on the website. We give neighborhood suggestions for each of our gatherings and also disclose the general area for the host family's lodging.
Is shared lodging available?
Typically the Worldschool Pop-Up Hub does not set up shared lodging... however, each event has a private Facebook group linked to it so attendees can chat about sharing a rental or staying at the same campground. You're absolutely welcome to connect with each other and line up shared lodging (especially nice option for solo parents).
The exceptions to the shared lodging set up include the Resort Week where the WPH has chosen a resort where everyone will stay and the Excursion trips where the families will be staying in 2-4 different areas. The Excursion trips may include an option to stay at the same guesthouse as other attendees.
I'm not a worldschooler yet, can I still attend?
Yes! In our eyes, worldschooling families are those who value travel and real-life exposure as a foundational piece of their child-rearing and lifestyle goals. If you are worldschooling-curious and want to meet other traveling families, you're more than welcome at our events. This is how our community grows, everyone is welcome and we all encourage one another.