The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Augustine of Hippo
Travel has long been considered among the most transformational pathways to gaining wisdom of the world, but more importantly, unlocking the mysteries of our own being. It’s because by venturing beyond our homeland, beyond page one, we discover a story far beyond anything we might have imagined. An adventure of self-discovery that takes us to the heart of what it means to be human.
My freshman year in college I had a roommate from Costa Rica who had traveled extensively. He would take pleasure in often pointing out my naiveté of the world, and how my sheltered American existence had kept me from understanding much about life. Not one to back away from a challenge, I enrolled the next year in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and embarked on an experience that would forever change my life.
To travel is to live.
Hans Christian Andersen – The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
During my year in Europe I lived with an amazing family that helped me understand the
value of searching out experiences beyond the comforts of home. I spent time behind the Berlin Wall (before it came down), bought tickets on the black market to the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and sat behind then, Secretary of State George Shultz. I spent a month island hopping in Greece, went looking for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, and imagined being a gladiator in the Colosseum in Rome. And, throughout the journey, I met interesting people that opened my eyes to a world beyond page one.
Kelly has also traveled extensively and together we share a passion for seeing the world with our son. While the idea of vagabonding around the world for a year or two has great appeal, and we may consider it at some point in the future, our preference is to develop a lifestyle around travel. We want our time on the road in distant lands to infuse and motivate an extraordinary home life, so there is a thread that connects our experiences together over time. This means lots of travel during summers, weekends, and holiday breaks, and putting our head to the grindstone during school months.
Traveling as a family these days is no simple affair! We have now been to New York City over two dozen times, taken Trevor to Europe, and done our share of road trips. We have learned a lot about traveling together as a family and wish to share it with you on this site. We believe everyone should read past page one because honestly, it’s perhaps one of the best ways to really know yourself! At the same time, we want travel to be about more than white beaches and hip resorts. We want to share with you the nuts and bolts of how travel can help you awaken to your own truth in life.
Travel far enough, you meet yourself.
David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas: A Novel
Thank you for joining us on our journey and we hope to see you on the road!
ANTIDOTE TO THE AMERICAN LIFESTYLE
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime
Mark Twain – The Innocents Abroad
It’s hard to believe that in 2013 American’s failed to use 430 million days of earned paid time off. This time could have been spent with family, traveling, or even enjoying a stay-cation! Instead, as the report by Oxford Economics suggests, many Americans are too busy working, would rather earn a few extra bucks, and believe taking time off would adversely impact how they are perceived at work. This report speaks volumes to American’s deepening unhealthy lifestyle, and our inability to balance what is most important in life.
As a country we continue to suffer the challenges spoken by Mark Twain over a century ago! Our divided political system, narrow-minded opinions, and wide-spread bigotry reflect a populous in need of wisdom that can come from leaving the comforts of home and embracing experiences that only come from travel. Not that other counties outside of America have it all figured out, they don’t. But the more you see the world, the more you will see yourself and open to the good, the truth, and the beautiful.
36 HOURS IN NEW YORK CITY EBOOK
EBOOK INCLUDES TIPS ON:
- What to take
- Getting around
- Where to stay
- What to do
If you are heading to New York with your family our 36 Hours in NYC: A Travel Guide for Families ebook is a great resource to plan your trip!
WHERE WE’VE BEEN, WHERE WE WANT TO GO
If you want to keep track of all the places you have visited, look no further than TravBuddy. This cool site has a wonderful template to check off all the places you have been and then uses that information to magically create a visual map of your travel adventures! Here is our map of all the places we have collectively visited:
The site tells us that we have visited 17 % of the countries in the world, which means we really have just scratched the surface! Check out our Top Places to Visit on Pinterest of places high on our list to add to the map.
SAILING AROUND THE WORLD: NO PROBLEM!
Have you ever dreamed about selling the farm, buying a sailboat, and casting off for the adventure of a lifetime? We have, many times! Turns out it’s important to know a thing or two about boats and sailing if you want to circumnavigate the oceans of the world. While it likely will not happen in our future, it did for my cousin and her family. At precisely noon, on June 10th, 2007 the Burns Family Voyage of Discovery kicked off from Juneau, Alaska in a 36′ Catalina Sloop called Wind Dancer.
Captain Chris, along with 1st Mate Richelle, 2nd Mate Grant, and 3rd Mate Grace, left behind the life they had known for years to embrace a future of adventure and risk on the high seas. For over two years and 13,000 nautical miles, the family of four explored topical islands, endured rough storms, and learned what it means to be a family. The entire journey, along with invaluable advice to those who wish to follow in their path, can be found in their eBook Family Voyaging – Ak to nZ: A Complete Guide to Family Survival or you can access them directly via their VIP service for only $20.