Making the Commitment to Family Travel

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 that 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 SEVEN YEARS OF PLANNING to reach our goal. I won’t bore you with the details but it was seven years 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 me help you find your way! If you want to learn about family travel, how you can do it, how you can make it affordable, how you can finance your journey, how travel can provide an amazing education for your children, and so much more, then join me in Seattle this August for the Family Adventure Academy. Hope to see you there!

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  1. Joy says:

    funny, I knew I would travel with my kids when I was doing a solo bike trip around New Zealand and met a family that took their kids out of school for 1 year and bought a car and traveled around New Zealand. I knew I would do something that too, and when my sons were 7 and 8, I bought them each a backpack and we started our first winter adventure and we have traveled every winter since then, (except last year) for between 2 and 9 months. They are now 14 and 15 and we are in Prague

  2. Nancy says:

    So true. It’s a decision, albeit a big one. But something many people don’t realize is that leaving their dreams packed up neatly in a box is also a decision. Ignoring your dreams, putting off your dreams, those are also decisions.
    Good luck with the Family Adventure Academy, and we’ll see you in Bali!!

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