Katie Quirk‘s writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Orion, and Slate. She is the author of  A Girl Called Problem, a middle-grade novel set in post-independence Tanzania. Her current project, Sari Swinging: One Mom Opts out of the Work-Family Grind, is a memoir about the challenges of finding work-family balance in America and her unconventional solution: moving to India with her newborn son.

Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, Katie wrote regularly here at Warmer Than Canada about how to plan a family gap year and about her family’s experience living in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Now that Katie has returned to the States, she is reporting on other families’ approaches to gap years–those rare cases where parents and kids deliberately choose to step off of the hamster wheel of their everyday lives, to relocate for a spell, and to do something radically different. If your family fits that description, Katie would love to hear from you.