I am a single mom traveling and experiencing life with my 2 sons (both adopted from China). Our home-base is Fairbanks Alaska, but we have spent the last 3 winters traveling. The first winter, my sons were 7 and 8 and I bought them each a backpack, and we headed to Costa Rica. We ended spending almost 3 months in a small town on the Caribbean side (Puerto Viejo), with a couple weeks of travel around the country. The next winter, we started off visiting family in Miami, then we flew to Cancun where we meandered our way for 7 months and ended up in Panama. This past winter (2013-2014), we again started in Miami, to visit family, and then flew to Lima Peru and traveled around Peru and Ecuador for over 4 months.
All in all, we enjoy traveling, but the boys enjoy having a home-base in Fairbanks that we can come back to in the summers. Me personally, I could and would travel longer-term, but decided to listen to my sons and honor their request for a home-base.