About us

Cozy nomad travel

Slow down. Enjoy. Connect.

Hi! We’re the St. Clair Family: Jodie, Anthony, Connor, and Aster.

As Learners and Makers, our family of four slows down, connects, enjoys the world and each other’s company. We have been traveling full time since 2022. We use lifelong learning and joyful making to create our destinies and guide our kids as they learn to make theirs.

Our plans as parents always included traveling the world with our kids for at least a year.

As our kids got older, the dream of travel only grew (and our children became big enough to carry their own backpacks). The only thing was, one year didn’t fit the dream anymore. From Malaysia to Mexico to Morocco, we now travel the world full time, and have no plans to stop anytime soon.

Every person has their own lens through which they come to understand the world and their place in it. For our family, that lens is travel. We use our travels not only to fulfill our dreams and goals, but to show our children other countries and cultures. We want to experience how people worldwide have so many different ways of meeting life’s challenges and appreciating its joys. As our kids become adults, they can draw on their global experiences as they create their paths in the world.

To date, we have visited 12 countries as a digital nomad family. We regularly create cozy slow travel content for our Learners and Makers travel blog, YouTube video channel, and social networks.

At the Hassan Tower in Rabat, Morocco, in 2024

The St. Clair Family
~ Jodie, Anthony, Aster, Connor ~

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Family travel, slow travel, and accessible travel

Our full-time family travels inspire others to adventure together at home and away

Our travels are wide ranging. We’ve spent weeks road-tripping and popup camping throughout California and the US West. We’ve wandered Oaxaca, from the city and nearby ruins, to the calm beaches of Huatulco. Our travels in Asia so far have included Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan. You might also catch us RVing in a Class C motorhome from coast to coast of the USA. Wherever we go and however we get there, we value:

  • Traveling as a family
  • Outdoor adventures: hiking, camping, and more
  • Flatwater kayaking
  • Road trips, camping, and motorhome/RV travel
  • Accessible travel/accessibility for visitors with mobility impairments
  • US and global/RTW family travel
  • FOMO-free slow travel
  • Digital nomads

Traveling as a family: Meet the Learners and Makers

Jodie St. Clair, Director of Content

As the Director of Content for Learners and Makers, part of Rucksack Press Inc., Jodie St. Clair manages social media strategy, community, online photos and videos, and content development. She is also a world traveler, wife, above-the-knee amputee, and homeschool mom.

After 25 years of teaching Suzuki violin and early childhood music, the need to travel the world with her family was just too strong. Instead of running two separate businesses, in 2021 Jodie and her husband Anthony combined forces professionally, and began creating travel content together as Learners and Makers.

When Jodie was 13, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had her left leg amputated above the knee as part of her cancer treatment. At the age of 14, she was granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jodie chose to travel to Kauai, Hawaii, with her parents and sister. This trip inspired Jodie’s love of travel.

More than many people, Jodie understands how important it is to appreciate every day and live in pursuit of goals and dreams. Yet she also knows how to relax with a good book, a cup of coffee with half and half, and her favorite shows, from the latest YouTube travel video, to watching One Piece with her Straw Hat family.

Anthony St. Clair, Director of Business Development

As the Director of Business Development for Learners and Makers, part of Rucksack Press Inc., Anthony St. Clair creates original online travel content, and coordinates business partnerships with brands and DMOs worldwide. He is also a writer, author, traveler, husband, and dad.

Childhood trips from Nashville to New York City made travel an integral part of Anthony’s life. As a young adult attending Tusculum College (now Tusculum University) in Tennessee, Anthony participated in a student exchange program at Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland. His time in Scotland changed the course of his adult life. Along with traveling in the UK after college, Anthony lived and worked in Scotland and Ireland, and he has visited Australia, Canada, and Japan with his wife and business partner, Jodie St. Clair.

Anthony has worked in print and online content since 1995, including urban newsrooms, national sales companies, and travel startups. Since 2011, Anthony has worked as a full-time independent freelancer, copywriter, and ghostwriter. He manages website content for corporate and small business clients, and he is known for crafting approachable and informative articles. As an author and publisher, Anthony has published seven books and a range of short stories.

Ever since he was a little boy in Virginia, Anthony has understood that the world was bigger than he could imagine, and he devotes his time as a father to showing some of the world to his two kids. You can often find him with a cup of black coffee, reading Lord of the Rings to his children, or re-reading his favorite books from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld or Louise Penny’s Three Pines series.

Connor St. Clair, VP of Sushi

Connor St. Clair went to his first country (Japan) when he was 15 months old.

When he’s not playing Minecraft, you can find Connor reading a book or discussing strategies for his latest game. Japan is Connor’s favorite country, but he’s also a big fan of Moroccan mint great tea, Italian tortellini, and wandering Thai street food markets with his dad.

Aster St. Clair, VP of Nachos

Aster St. Clair went to her first country (Canada) when she was 7 months old.

When she’s not reading books or playing Roblox, you can find Aster swimming in lakes or solving Sudoku puzzles with her mom. Japan is Aster’s favorite country, but she also has especially fond memories of husky cafes in Bangkok, dragonfruit in Vietnam, cats in Morocco, and gelato in Italy.

Our mission as a traveling family

Topics we discuss

Through our photos, videos, travel articles, and more, we discuss how:

  • Adventure can be big or small, at home or around world
  • Parents can embrace the joys and challenges of travelling as a family
  • Family travel helps children grow into adults who can make their own destinies
  • Jodie as an amputee, and other parents who have disabilities, can travel as a family too

Goals

As Learners and Makers, we strive to:

  • Inspire kids and adults to find adventure wherever they are
  • Showcase how families can make the most of any destination
  • Guide children to grow into curious, resilient, active, and capable adults
  • Demonstrate that amputees and other people with disabilities can take on accessible travel and see the world, their way

Slow Down. Enjoy. Connect.

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