Since we began our world travel adventure so many of our friends and acquaintances have expressed their envy. They often make comments such as," you are so lucky" or "I wish I could travel the world like you do".
I am not even sure what to say to comments like these without sounding pretentious. I want to say "hey we aren't special, nothing extraordinary here," or "if we can do it so can you". The truth is, anyone can make travel or anything else a priority in their lives if they want to. Like the great Yoda says, "do or do not, there is no try". Just get out there and make it happen, take control of your life and your dreams.
I think the trouble is that most of us have forgotten how to dream. We don't seem to even know what it is that makes our hearts flutter. Think about it, really, do you wake up every morning knowing that you have options? Perhaps you feel trapped by obligations; mortgages, jobs, school and activities for the kids, or family and societal pressure not to live an alternative lifestyle even if it's temporary.
Before we got married, my husband and I figured that we really should get all our traveling out of the way because we thought that we couldn't possibly do it with kids in tow. He played beach volleyball in California for a year and hippied around in his VW campervan. I moved to Florida and back and spent three months in Europe. Phewww, done, traveling behind us, now we could get married and have kids and settle down into the whole 9-5 thing....right?
It took us seven years to realize that we indeed still wanted to travel and that the so called "American dream" was not our dream. Once we decided to make a change, what once seemed impossible to do with children suddenly seemed to have countless benefits for them. It's amazing the tricks your mind can play on you when you keep it in a small box of possibility.
|I can't imagine this journey without my kids!|
If we can do it, anyone can! You just have to decide what you want out of this life and it will manifest. It truly is that easy.
Having children and traveling the world is not always easy, but it most certainly can be done. They enhance our experiences and learn so much about being a global citizen.
As for luck, it has very little to do with it. After all “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Although the lifestyle we lead is a dream come true, first we had to dream it and then we had to work very hard to make it happen.
My husband spent endless hours setting up a platform to make money with just a laptop and Internet connection. I had to get our belongings down to what could fit into our luggage and plan our excursions. And the kids had to kiss their pets goodbye. Not easy things to do, but they were all driven by our passion to explore new areas and experiences.
|Just jump in and go for it!|
There are lots of families following their travel dreams, see what they think about it:
Diet shouldn't stop you from travelling by Amy at Livin on the road'http://www.livinontheroad.com.au/2012/coeliac-travel
If Anyone Can Travel Why Don't You? - Keryn at Walkingon Travels
Anyone can do this! - Kate at Experiential Family
Not Everyone Can Travel - by Living Outside of the Box
You Have to Be Special Like Us if You Want an Awesome Life - Discover Share Inspire
True Story: Single mother from Bushwick, Brooklyn, funds long-term trip without having to sell a kidney - Melissa at Break Out of Bushwick
Anyone Can Travel, Just Let Go by Diya at a minor diversion
Don't Be Jealous of Our Travels! Be Happy for Us and Know That You Can Make it Happen Too !-Susan V.
Pity, Envy, and why anyone can travel -- Clark Vandeventer of FamilyTrek.org
Travel - Possible?
Even Solo Mamas on Government Handouts Can Travel (by Jody): http://solomamatravels.com/2012/03/28/even-solo-mamas-on-government-handouts-can-travel
A Family Travel Lifestyle..... Loreena at Little Aussie Travellers
New Life on the Road
A Kings Life...Our Path to becoming Lucky enough to Travel
Only the Very Special, Lucky, Rich, and Perfect (Like Me) Can Travel by Gabi at http://thenomadicfamily.com/?p=178
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