My name is Lara Chartier and I home school our three children,
Cameron (11), Donovan (9) and Carol (6).
We take many trips both local and across the states mostly in the
name of educational pursuits. Traveling with a family can become
very expensive, but we have been blessed with the ability to find
other families that are willing to trade homes for a few days or
even a week. This has allowed us to travel with relatively little
It was during our trip in June from Kansas City , MO to Baltimore ,
MD my oldest son gave me an incredible idea to organize something I
have been doing for years on a larger scale..... Exchange homes with
fellow home schooling families to further the education of our
children. You can see our children on the "About Us" page from that
We began HELM Travel (www.HELMTravel.com).
It is an acronym for Home Educated Learn More while Traveling.
We are organizing a pool of families that are looking to enrich
their children's education through hands-on learning experiences or
just to take a trip to enjoy family time together. Home schooling
families will exchange their primary residence, a second/vacation
home, maybe even a timeshare that isn't being used OR a your can
choose to host another family in your home rather than exchanging
during one, two or three pre-designated dates. You can even exchange
in the spring and host in the fall.
Dates for 2008:
April 20th 27th (Spring)
June 20th- 27th (Summer)
September 20th 27th (Fall)
Home Exchange is a fantastic way to reduce travel costs, promote
goodwill and develop long lasting friendships. This is your chance
to create a trip of a lifetime, spend some time panning for gold in
Coloma, discover the real story of the Pony Express in St. Joseph or
learn about the Civil War in Atlanta . Big City or Small Town ,
there is opportunity at every corner.
Check our website www.HELMTravel.com to find out additional
Thank you very much for your time and attention.
This is a grassroots effort, so spread the word or in this case our
web address. If you need flyers, just let me know, I can mail flyers
or send a Word document. The more families that sign up, means the
more choices of destinations for everyone.
Let's Explore, Experience and Educate Together!
Lara Chartier, Owner