Wanderlust

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

Maya Angelou

It is our family’s goal to permanently travel someday. As much for ourselves and the experience of traveling, but also for our daughter and the education that a traveling life can provide. I don’t claim to be an expert on traveling, nor do I have any sound advice to offer for those who share the dream of becoming traveling families. For us, it is a reason to get up in the morning, to study hard, to go to work, to save our money. It is a shared goal that we strive towards together. We have sacrificed a lot. When my flat screen television broke, we did not replace it. When our landlords told us they were selling the beautiful home we rented from them, we moved into a small apartment close to work.

We have cut our monthly expenses in half and are still working on purging our non essential belongings. We estimate we can be on the road within 3 years, with a modest amount of funds saved up to at least survive the first year. We sacrifice modern comforts that we know just get boring after a while anyway. I think my daughter could use a life without a couch and a living room for awhile. A world where the TV is not the center of our attention. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up in the 80’s, I love TV.  I just don’t want it to define my daughters or my family’s life.

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18 thoughts on “Wanderlust

  1. Beautifully captured. Congrats and wish you & your family the best for the traveling plans. Keeps us “traveling with you ” by continuously sharing your photos. Wish I could follow your footsteps, one day if not one fine day !

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  2. victoriaaphotographyictoria says:

    What a wonderful goal in life.
    Travel, especially overseas amongst cultures different to your own, has to be one of the best educators around. But even travelling in your own country brings many new sights and rewards.

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  3. Is this the VW bus you recently lost? My mother, brother and I went up the west coast, through the redwoods and then halfway across the country in this exact same model (color and all) in 1977. Memories.

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  4. Himself and I had a “lean year” (albeit before kids) where we saved like crazy, forwent eating out, buying new stuff, takeaways etc,, holidayed at home and managed to pay off a big lump of mortgage.

    Then we kept paying the mortgage payments as they “would have been” before the lean year to get it down further even though less was due. This eventually enabled us to put more cash into the travel fund and WAY less into the hands of greedy bankers in the form of interest. Win Win…

    During our lean year we found we did without and liked it… we got used to less, not buying stuff etc. Having a clear and defined goal REALLY helps you make the changes 🙂

    A friend did something a little similar to follow her dream but rents her house out when she’s away (short term rentals) and it not only pays her mortgage but generates a small income too.
    Good Luck with your plans and dreams 🙂

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    • Thank you for sharing this great story with me. It is so cool to get inspiration from all the families that have done it before. We appreciate the advice as well as the support. It’s great to know that it isn’t just an impossible dream.

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