Category Archives: Extended World Travel

Yes, we’re hiking around in new territory again. Not physically though (well, not by foot anyway).

We’re working on our first real book! Of course it’s about traveling – extended travel. Actually it’s a development of our e-book: “Extended World Travel – How to take a break from the rat race and travel the world with your family for 6 months – or more” and it will be out soon!!

We haven’t been too active with our blog lately, and this is the reason. We’re also starting to do talks soon here in Sweden. That’s also a totally new track for us and we’re very excited!

At the moment, most of our time goes into book editing and preparing slide shows and talks and we’ve spent lots of time lately looking at old paper photos and not so old digital photos. I thought I’d post a few of them here.

I must say, working with this, and looking at all the photos, brings back so many memories, as well a reminder of how quickly times goes. The kids are almost adults now and I’m so grateful for having been able to spend so much time together with them and to travel around the world as a family. We’ll have all those memories together, I’m sure (and of course, the photos :) )

Aurora collecting drinking water at our favorite spring in the mountains above Marbella, southern Spain

Aurora collecting drinking water at our favorite spring in the mountains above Marbella, southern Spain

Viktoria got her hands painted by some Berber women in Marrakesh, Morocco. She was fascinated by the different outlook of this well known can.

Viktoria got her hands painted by some Berber women in Marrakesh, Morocco. She was fascinated by the different outlook of this well known can.

Tiny Aron with huge cactus in southern Arizona

Tiny Aron with huge cactus in southern Arizona

Just arrived in Fiji – look how pale we are! And yes, we got way to sunburned :(

Just arrived in Fiji – look how pale we are! And yes, we got way to sunburned :(

“Our” bure (cottage) on Nacula Island, Fiji. Certainly wouldn’t mind spending some time there now.

“Our” bure (cottage) on Nacula Island, Fiji. Certainly wouldn’t mind spending some time there now

Aron in Mumbai, India. The sun’s almost in zenith and the shadow fascinated him (wouldn’t mind being there either:))

Aron in Mumbai, India. The sun’s almost in zenith and the shadow fascinated him (wouldn’t mind being there either:))

We saw this fantastic sunset at the beach in Newport, Oregon, USA

We saw this fantastic sunset at the beach in Newport, Oregon, USA

We’ve mentioned it before, the idea of creataing a trip around something you’re really passionate about. A few years ago, the younger members of our family had a passion for the Lord of The Rings. So big they managed to persuade us to take a trip to New Zealand and visit the different locations where they made the films (and much more).

We just wrote an article about our adventures there for the Travel Mamas Blog; “New Zealand in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings” and you can read it here: www.travelmamas.com

Our precious guide book

Our precious guide book

Sometimes we feel just stuck. Stuck with a job which may not be our biggest passion in life or with having to fit everything in to the kids school schedule. We feel stuck because of the payments for all the stuff we, for some reason, have gathered, or with a life that just isn’t exactly what we had expected it to be, and now we don’t see a way out of it.

We were there too. We had our own company which took all of our time (and more it seemed). We drove the kids to a school where they spent their days actually neither gathering much knowledge nor learning the precious skills of socialization. We rebuilt and refurbished our huge old house in a never ending scheme. We didn’t have any time to just be together and have fun, do things we really loved, or to be with friends. We also never seemed to have enough money.

When we got to the point where we’d finally had enough, we got rid of our company, sold our house, took the children out of school and just left.

Our first long journey

Our first long journey

Thus began our first long term journey, as we spent 5 months in a campervan touring Europe all the way to southern Spain.Along the way we had many adventures. However, it wasn’t always easy, and when we arrived at our destination it was with a sigh of relief.

We had done it! We had taken ourselves to a new place, both geographically but especially mentally! To us, that was the big turning point. We have been on many long term trips around the world since then, and we’ve never gotten back into the 9 to 5 Rat Race or into the school system. We have, to a very big extent, lived the life we have chosen to live – our life.

For us, as for thousands of other people, what took us from where we didn’t want to be to where we wanted to be, was leaving everything behind and setting out on a long journey.

A life transforming journey that totally changed our perspectives and our ideas on what we wanted out of life. This trip provided us with lots of time, many new meetings and inspiration and energy to start all over again.

It is possible for you, too, to travel and get perspective on your own life and we’re here to support you as you take the necessary steps to go on that life changing dream journey. As you give yourself time to just be, you will also find adventure, excitement and peace of mind. Not only will you spend time with yourself and your loved ones, but your life will be full of new, interesting people and inspiring situations

Doing some Extended World Travel is one of the absolute best ways to start off a new life.

A shorter journey may give you a welcomed break, but once you get back you will most likely soon find yourself back in the same old situation again. But with a longer journey, you have the possibility to let your life take on a new direction if you choose to. Extended travel is perfect if you wish to make a major shift in your life to a “new” you, or find your way back to the “old” you that you may have lost along the way.

We believe this quote by Jeffrey Kottler, PhD, therapist, teacher and traveler, sums it up perfectly:

“Traveling can bring out parts of yourself that can’t be accessed any other way. Always looking for more efficient and effective ways to promote personal changes, I realized that most of the constructive growth I’ve undergone in my life has not come from books, or the classroom, or even therapy, but from traveling – especially the kind of trip that involves not just the search for new experiences in the world, but also the time and inclination to look within”


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Your guide to creating travel experiences that lead your life in new directions!

Our intention is to support you to take the steps you need to be able to go away on that long term life changing dream trip. Or maybe even to create a traveling lifestyle which will enable you to go wherever you want whenever you want.

We want to do this by sharing from our own experiences and knowledge, as well as that of fellow travelers, and show you how you can:

- Let go of everyday commitments, like your job and the children’s school, to give you time and space to go on a long journey

- Take yourself beyond fears which hold you back from traveling like fear of flying, of health issues, of crime and terrorism or of what your friends will say

- Create the time and the money you’ll need to travel extensively

- Create your ultimate long term trip that suites your wants and needs, makes you grow as a person, feel more alive, enjoy life more and which forms the basis f the next stage in your life

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So many things happen when you are on the road – both in the outer world as well as the inner.

We want to recommend things to do and places to see, but rather than giving you advise about the cheapest flight to Harare (which we also might do, thinking of it) we’d like to inspire you to get to the stage where it will be interesting for you to have a look at those Harare flight prices in the first place.

•    What do you need to do before that specific traveling day?
•    What’s necessary for you to do between the idea, the dream about traveling comes up, and the actual booking of the ticket?
•    How do you create a traveling mindset so that you easily and effortlessly can pass all those everyday roadblocks?

Also, traveling is about so much more than transporting yourself between Paris and Sydney and the things you do while there. The whole life is a journey. You’ll see about that here as well.

We love the big questions. The ones that make you feel alive – what’s life for if not for living, if not for feeling alive?

We ourselves have put a lot of focus on those big questions in life. Questions like:

•    What’s important to us?
•    How do we want to live?
•    What’s the point of everything?
•    Is this really what we want to do?
•    Where do we want to go next on our path of life?

This has led us onto many different roads, not always the big and broad ones that are easy to travel on. Actually, more often small tracks full of stones and stubs and sometimes we’ve even had to make our own trails. More about this later…

Now we want to hear from you! We invite you to comment what you read, watch, hear, think, realize….. To ask us questions. To recommend whatever you find interesting. To share your ideas, your experiences, your book reading lists (yes, we do looove books too).

Together we can give both ourselves and each other and other potential (life) travelers more inspiration, knowledge and hope to live life alive, to travel and to make our fantastic planet even more fantastic!

Happy Travels

Maria, Magnus, Viktoria, Aurora & Aron

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