A number of years ago we discovered the blog Six in the World about a family of six traveling around the world. It was fun to live vicariously through their adventures, and dream about doing something similar one day. While we have no plans yet for a round-the-world journey, we are gearing up for increased family travel.
One interesting insight I gleaned from their posts was how long-term adventure travel is very different than short 1-2 week vacations. Although I loved reading about their trip, I was equally interested in their life after they returned. And predictably, reentry had its challenges. The bonds they felt while traveling eroded amidst the diverse daily routines. When they attempted to get the mojo back on a short trip to Puerto Rico, it just wasn’t the same.
I realize now vacation and long-term travel have different aims, one is not better than the other. The disappointment comes when expecting that a weeklong trip will deliver the same degree of enchantment as a long trip, where ties to daily routines are truly cut. That said, one of our intents of future travel is figuring out how best to optimize these experiences for what they are.
Perhaps the biggest wake up call from following their blog came when Anne, the wife, was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away. Reading their latest post brings so much into perspective for me. Life is short; we must make the most of it while we are here. The image today of the lovely La Fortuna Waterfall is in honor of Anne, her spirit for travel, and the gift she has given us in motivating our family to hit the road.