Decide. Commit.

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 that are satisfied with the dream and those willing to sacrifice to make their dreams a reality.

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

It has taken us six years of planning since we made the decision.   If you are doing your math on that you’ll see that the decision was made even before we had children.  We have worked very hard to get where we are today and our minds have always been on this goal of traveling long term with our children.  We will be funding our dreams by selling our house and using the equity we have built up in it as our travel funds.  And even though at the moment we are stuck until our house sells, we are still as committed as ever to this goal.

This post is part of a round table post from long term family travelers.  If you would like to read stories about how other traveling families made their travel dreams a reality, check out these posts:

Living on The Road – Why and How we became a Travel Family

Family on Bikes – How to Afford Long Term Family Travel

The Drop Out Diaries – Funding a Dropout

Raising Miro – Inspired Dreams, Inspiring Travel

Around The World In Easy Ways – Turning Our Travel Dreams into Reality

Break Out o Bushwick – Prioritizing, taking life by the balls and making my travel dreams come true

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  1. Barbara says:

    Wow, you have so much more patience than me. We decided *in theory* to leave Singapore for Chiang Mai six months ago. We gave two months notice on our place today so … we’re finally on our way!

    Good luck with your house sale. I am waiting with baited breath for news that it’s sold.

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Yay Barbara, I am so happy you have set a date!

  2. Melissa Banigan says:

    SIX YEARS OF PLANNING!!!! OK, I’m impressed, and love how committed you and your family are to fulfilling your dreams. Best of luck selling your home!!

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Thanks Melissa!!!!!!

  3. Lainie Liberti says:

    You gain ultimate patience through traveling.. Look at your delays as training! It’ll happen. Thanks for the post, promise to see you out there in the world at some point!

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      I am looking at the delay as a lesson in patience for sure!

  4. Lisa Shusterman says:

    You have put your commitment out to the universe and it will happen. And, as Lainie says, your patience is good practice. We planned for 2 1/2 years but our dream started 18 years before leaving. Your commitment will make it a reality.

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