To celebrate Soultravelers3 entering our fifth year of non-stop, open ended world travel as a family and blogging. Twittering, Facebooking ,YouTubing our travel experiences (and book writing) as we go, I thought I'd make one of those infamous "lists" posts about WHY we do this and LOVE it so much.
We have no plans to stop and are excitedly looking forward to adding 10 or more countries this year ( to our 32 so far), in Asia, plus Australia, New Zealand as well as Tahiti and Hawaii , in addition to one more continent to make it five soon. Such a big world, so much to see, so little time, even with the longest life and long term travel. We hope to stay on our 23-dollars-a day-per-person super low budget that we have done so far, as we roam, which will be more tricky with added plane travel. We will keep you posted!
In our busy world, time has become the biggest luxury and it is our greatest wealth. Mozart was just 5 when we left and just celebrated her 10th birthday in Barcelona. We have endless gratitude for the massive quantity and quality of time we have had together as we slow travel the world. We would never have had this much time together had we not made this choice. Seeing how fast it has gone, makes us cherish this opportunity even more. I am particularly happy that she has had so much daily time with her father, something few children and few fathers get in this world.
You will need to work together like you have never done before & will soon find yourselves like a well oiled team as you take planes, cargo ships, overnight trans-county ferries, trains, buses on many continents and learn to handle mass transit in umpteen world cities. You will realize like you have never known before, just how valuable each member of your team is and how each one, even the youngest, can sometimes lead or know the answer first.
Celebrating our 19th Wedding Anniversary in Paris at the Eiffel Tower in August 2010
7) PREPARE YOUR CHILDREN TO BE 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL CITIZENS
In our fast changing world, one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your children, is the opportunity to really experience, connect with and respect the many different cultures on this planet and how we all share the same humanity, love and goodness. In a world full of digital natives, getting smaller by the minute due to technology, we can connect in an instant, but being able to walk the land, know some of the everyday life of other places, speak the language, experience the culture deeply through immersion can't help but expand ones horizons, creativity and global empathy. Some what by accident, people like us and the Frost family, have found family world travel amazingly advantageous for our future global citizens.
8) LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
One of my favorite quotes is:
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position n which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted. " Bill Bryson
I love living like that and find long term travel, keeps us living in the "now" like nothing else that I have ever done. Sometimes it is a challenge, especially if one is going too fast, and we have had our bad moments, but mostly it gives a real timelessness to life and I think the memories are sweeter, richer, more vivid and succinct because of the "newness" and focus that creates. I've never felt more alive or more loved. Life often feels magical as if we have angels watching over us and I think that is because we must live most of it in the present moment.
What do you think are the best reasons for family world travel?