1. Spending time together. My number one goal for our trip is to simply spend time together. Like most fathers, Mike works outside the home five days a week. When he is not at work he is usually still busy working on our house. I’m really looking forward to spending all of our time together as a family.
2. Become closer. For some families, spending 24 hours a day together could be disastrous, but for us it will be amazing. Mike and I want to be with our children. We want to watch them growing and learning together. We want to be good role models for them and begin and end each day in each others arms.
3. Learn about the world. We already follow an unschooling approach to homeschooling. I want to take our unschooling to the next level by worldschooling our children. We will learn about the world by seeing and experiencing it up close and personal.
4. Follow our passions. I want to study yoga, learn Tai Chi, and take cooking classes. Mike wants to continue to learn to play the guitar and to take time to do his art (pencil drawings). I want the children to learn anything they fancy from being a mahout, to art and music classes, to martial arts. This trip will afford us the time to follow our passions.
5. Do less chores. Housework, yard work, maintenance, bills….they will all go out the window. Our lives will not be usurped by all the mundane day to day chores that owning a home involves. Sure we will have to find restaurants to eat at, places to sleep, and markets to get groceries, but all that will be an adventure not a chore.
6. Yell less, love more. I am a much better mother when Mike is home. We work so well together and can tag-team in our parenting roles. Two on two is a whole lot easier than one on two! The combination of having Mike with us 24/7, not having my days filled with chores, and following my bliss will make me a better person, a better parent, and a better wife.
7. See the world through the eyes of my children. This trip will be much different than any of our pre-children travels. We will have to move slowly and not pack too much into our days. We will be forced to approach things differently to keep our kids happy, healthy, and entertained. Seeing our children’s wide eyed wonder as they behold places and things that most kids only read about will be so rewarding. A reason to travel in and of itself.
8.Getting to know the locals. We are going to have an edge over other travelers when it comes to befriending locals. Not only will we be staying in the places we love for one or two months at a time, but we have something to immediately bridge any cultural gap….our kids! Asians, in general, LOVE children. From what I have heard, traveling with children is the best icebreaker there is. People will come up to us and start conversations and when we immediately win them over with our charm and wit, we may even get invites into their homes!
9. Volunteer. This trip I want to give back. I’ve really been inspired by Got Passport, an American family living in Thailand that co-ordinate and promote volunteer opportunities. I want to foster a spirit of service in my children and in myself as well.
10. Lose weight, feel great. The Asian diet is the best in the world. I will get to eat fantastic and fresh food (and I don’t have to cook it!) and I will lose weight! The traveling lifestyle is also a very active one as you are out and about every single day…..unless you get food poisoning but hey, food poisoning makes you lose weight too! (Sick joke, pun intended, I really, really don’t want food poisoning.)