When people ask me how our family is able to travel the world with our two children AND keep a home base, my answer is, “We DECIDED to.”
Yes, that sounds quaint. And of course, it is an oversimplification of an entire process. But I find, as in most things in life, once you make the decision, everything else falls into place. Once you decide on something, your actions align with your goals and you continue, determined, along the stepping stones in the trajectory of achievement.
“It is not the decision you make that is most important, it is the degree of commitment with which you make the decision” –Bo Barllett
The first and most important step in achieving any goal is making the commitment to it. That is how every big thing in my life has been accomplished. I made the decision to do it and then I found the ways to make it happen.
Our family isn’t the only one with big dreams, but there is a difference between those who are satisfied with the dream and those willing to sacrifice to make their dreams a reality.
When my husband and I first made the decision to travel the world with our children, we didn’t even have kids yet! We were on our honeymoon in 2004, a ten-month backpacking trip around SE Asia. We were staying in a sweet guest house in Hoi An, Vietnam, when we saw a family backpacking with their young children. We were shocked. For some reason, we had never fathomed that you could take your children to places other than Disneyland! After excited conversations of our future, we decided that was going to be us when we had children. We were going to give our children (and ourselves) the gift of adventure!
It took us over years of planning to reach our goal. I won’t bore you with the details but it was a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and goal setting. When we were finally ready to leave, our two children were seven and five years old. Our first trip began in 2012 and was a six-month journey back to SE Asia. This time with kids!
Here is a picture of our kids back in 2012 practicing travel by going for a walk with their backpacks loaded with the toys they were bringing to Asia!
We’ve been going strong ever since, traveling each year for between 6-12 months at a time. We aren’t rich. We don’t make a bunch of money, or have trust funds. We travel on a budget and are only able to do it because TRAVEL IS OUR PRIORITY.
“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.” — Emma Bombeck
Every traveling family I know got to where they are in different ways. There is no one way to make it happen. But I think I can speak for all of them when I say that our first steps were all the same. We made the decision and we committed to making it possible.
“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw
Are you ready to make the decision to travel with your family?
Are you ready to commit?
Let us help you find your way!
The Family Adventure Summit is an event for the entire family, happening October 2-6th in Bali Indonesia.
The Family Adventure Academy is a 3-day intensive only for parents held August 16-18 in Seattle, Washington. This is not one of those events where you hear a few nice talks, exchange business cards, and leave without any real value. This is an intense 3 full days of training and coaching where we teach you everything we wish we had known when we started our family travel adventures. It’s an educational program we’ve designed that incorporates not only valuable information, but also time for you to introspect, write, discuss, meet others on your path, and receive support for your specific dreams, concerns, and plans.
Our goal is for you to come away with all your questions answered, clarity on how you’ll move forward in a way that best serves your family’s needs, and the courage and support to make it all happen.
Hope to see you there!