"I am like a little pencil in His hand. That is all."


Mary Stephens is a homeschooling mother of four children--two of whom have graduated and gone on to success in college and beyond.  With a Master's degree in teaching and many years of experience teaching children of all ages in a variety of enviroments Mary is happy to share her knowledge and experiences with other homeschoolers through PencilTreks.  Mary also offers a more personalized homeschool consulting service.

Mary has included a travelschooling component to her children's homeschool curricula for more than fifteen years.  Her children have traveled all over the world and their experiences have been integrated into their book learning to give their travels context.  As owner of Christopher Travel, Mary created Pencil Treks to expand her business to include this travelschooling concept for all families.  The website includes a variety of unit studies to help you plan your own travelschooling adventures, but if you need more help please contact us.  We not only have a wide array of preplanned itineraries but also work with vendors around the world in all budget categories to plan the perfect adventure for your family.  For our semi-custom and custom options we help you select and book hotels, car rentals, tours and activities etc.-- as much or as little as you want.  All our trips also include a personalized travel app with a day by day itinerary and all the information you need to head out into the world confident and ready to explore.  There is no planning fee for cruises, set tours, single destination resort vacations or group trips!

We also specialize in group trips of all kinds: homeschooling co-op trips, family reunions and pilgrimages etc.  Planning fees are waived for most group trips and special discounts/tour conductor credits are usually availble.  We organize, plan and book everything for you!  Contact us today to see how we can help get your group to go!

We kindly ask you, when possible, to purchase travel schooling supplies through the links on this website.  We are paid a commission through many of these links which helps support the website and keep it growing.  We are just getting started and we appreciate your support!


Mary is available by phone and email, though when travelling it may take a day to hear from her!

Phone: (202) 601-0119

Email: mary@christopher.travel

Homeschool Consulting begins at $250 for the first child in the family with discounts for each additional child.  Please visit our Homeschool Consulting page for more information.

Our Christopher Travel trip planning services start at $5 for pre-planned road trip itineraries, $50 for semi-custom domestic and international itineraries, and $200 for a custom itinerary (both domestic and international).  There are never any planning fees for cruise vacations (including any pre and post land options).  We also do not charge a planning fee for trips including componenet from one of our preferred small group tour operators or single destination resort vacations.