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Happy New Year to you all! We hope that 2010 will be a good one to travel long term or whatever your choice might be.

Travel long term this year?

Travel long term this year?

We want to take this first day of the new decade to tell you a bit about Extended World Travel and what can be expected of us. The whole concept of website and blogging is still quite new to us and we have for sure learnt a lot of things during these 6 months or so since we started. And we have come to realize that some things may need some changing around in order for us to better be able to help and serve you.

The reason we started this blog in the first place was just that – to be able to help and serve all those of you that were asking us all theses questions about how to travel long term. Not really questions about how to do the actual traveling for an extended period of time though but more about how to make it possible in the first place. Questions like the lack of time or money or issues with work, children and school. What to do with all these kinds of everyday life issues that have to be solved even before you are able to think about where to go or how.

The desire to go on a long journey is extremely common, but for many different reasons a great majority of you who dream about this, still don’t think you can. We are here to tell and show you that you can no matter what your circumstances are! If your desire is to take off for 6 months or a year then you can! Even if you have little time, are low on cash, have a job and family and kids in school.

We have also come to realize that extended travel is not just about fulfilling a dream. It is also very powerful to travel long term and it can literally transform your life. So if you in any way are feeling stuck or feels the need for a change in your life, traveling for an extended period of time is a great way to turn your life around.

So we will kick this year of by doing some improvements to the website. We do it with the ambition to better be able to help those of you who really want to do something about this dream and turn it into a reality.

These are the major changes we are working on right now:

We want to make the website clearer and easier to navigate and therefore some things will be added whereas some things will be removed. The major part of this change will be done in the next week or two.

Our intention is to give you a new blog post 3 times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In order to keep in contact with you, our readers, and help you keep your desire of long term traveling alive we have decided to make a newsletter. We are convinced that a long journey probably would be good for you and we want to stay true to our commitment of helping you fulfill this dream. By filling out the form in the top right hand corner you will be signing up for the newsletter.

We are right now in the process of finishing a new eBook. It will be a guide that helps you turn your dream and desire into an actual possibility. We will for sure tell you more about this in a later post. If all goes according to plan we hope to have the eBook up for sale by the end of the month.

• Still in the planning stage is to offer one-on-one coaching for those of you who are really serious about your dream of going on an extended journey or maybe even creating a traveling life style.
Because of the time demand on such a service we will only be offering this to a very limited amount of people. If you already know now that you are interested in this please let us know through our contact form and you will be first in line.

One year is of course a long time and it is difficult now to predict where life will take us by the end of it. By being as we said, new to all of this we also have to be open to go with the flow when new things happen. But until then these are the major things that are on our agenda.

We wish you all the best for 2010 and lets all make it the best year ever!

Here is an extra Happy New Year wish from our fellow countrymen in ABBA:lol:

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We often hear people say things like “In my life, there’s no time to travel”. How often do you yourself use the expression “I don’t have the time” by the way? For many people, usually several times a day. But, how can you actually say that? Of course you have the time! What you really should be saying is something more like, “I don’t want to take the time for this” or even “I choose not to prioritise this”! Different, huh?

Do you have time to travel?

Do you have time to travel?

For people today, especially in the “western” world, you’re aware that there are so many ways you can choose to live your life. You know that “the possibilities are endless” as well as the fact that “You create your life”. So what shall you choose to be and do and have? It’s easy to get frustrated over all the alternatives that exist that you can to give your precious time to. Should you really make room for some time to travel?

If you take a look at your life right now and what you’ve filled it with, do you remember why you chose the things you did? Was it because you were totally passionate about these things? Or because someone else thought this is what you should be using some of your 657 075 hours (an average life) for? Or, are you using your time to do whatever you’re doing at the moment, so you can do something else that’ll make you happy later, in the future? If that’s the case, why not be happy now as well? Time is on your side!

You are given this amount of time, 24 hours every day. What do you want to do with it (yes, more choices)? What do you want to use the next 8760 hours (1 year) for? Or the next six months? Or next month? Next week? Tomorrow?

When you start to look into how you really would want to use your precious time, it’s a bit like moving into a totally new home. Imagine that you have this empty new place that you’re just about to move in to. You can furnish it exactly the way you want, so what do you really want it to look like? Which of all your old stuff do you want to put in here? All of it? Maybe you want to get some new things? Or do you want to get rid of all the old ones and have everything brand new? Or maybe mix old and new? In that case, which parts of the old stuff do you want to keep? Maybe you even want to move into a totally empty place and then see, along the way, what will suite you best to fill it with?

It could be the same thing with your time. If you do an inventory of your time, what you are filling it up with at the moment? Take a look in your planner. When you look at all the “stuff” that fills up your days, your weeks, your years, what would you really want to keep? What excites you? What makes you feel depressed? What would you like to exchange for something different?

If you had an empty house or rather, an empty planner, and had the possibility to fill it with whatever you want, what would that be? Which things, from all there is to choose from, would you want to prioritize to put there in your brand new time schedule (some time to travel maybe)? What would reflect the person you are today and give your life more meaning and support you to become a happier person?

So, go get a new calendar and start fantasizing!

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I just have to tell you about Thomas Bodström. I presume most of you have never heard about him and I don’t blame you. In Sweden though, most people know who he is, at least if you regularly watch the TV news and stay tuned in to what is happening here. He used to be the Minister of Justice until the Social Democratic party lost the power about 3 years ago. He is one of the front figures in his party and he is now busy, together with his friends, planning a comeback in September next year when all the Swedes get ready to cast their votes. He is also active as a lawyer and in his spare time he writes crime novels that have been quite successful.

Thomas Bodström

Thomas Bodström with Parliament

So Thomas has just announced that, after the election next year, he will be taking 6 month off to do some extended traveling with his family. Or rather, move to somewhere in the USA where the kids can attend school and explore the country. This will give him lots of time with his family and also the opportunity to finish another of his novels. It turns out that this is a 10 year old dream that he is now going to make a reality of. He and his wife were planning already back in 1999 to travel the world with their children for 6 month, when the Prime Ministerof Sweden, at the time, called and asked him to take the job as Minister of Justice, since the previous one had to resign because of some scandal…

The Bodström Family did put their dream on hold back then, but are not willing to do it again. Even though he would be the obvious choice as the next Minister of Justice if the left wing wins the next election, he intends to start his new assignment by taking several months off. This is of course unheard off and it has created big attention in the Swedish press. Quite frankly I am not too interested in the discussion whether or not he is allowed to do this, if it is good or harmful for his party and if he is un-loyal towards the people of Sweden.

To me it is just fun that a successful man like that also feels the need to do some extended traveling with his family. As you all know I believe it is good for everyone to do it sometime and to get a new perspective on their life. And I do congratulate anyone who makes the decision and really does it.

My suggestion to Thomas, if I was asked, would be:

Not to make too many plans for the future before taking off. Not to commit to a job he might not even want when he gets back. Or maybe he and the family don’t even want to go back once they have discovered a new traveling life style. Here he is giving himself the opportunity off a life time and he is willing to limit it by committing to a job as Minister of Justice…? Well what do I know? Maybe it is a lot of fun and maybe that is the opportunity of his lifetime.

Not to commit most off his time to writing another novel. Can’t that wait until he gets back? Really take the time off and devote it to his family. They have probably had to stand back many times before. Well he does sound like a busy guy and maybe writing a book is his way of relaxing and spending quality time with his kids?

• Maybe enrolling the kids in an American school is a positive change for them. But an even more exciting change would be to also give the kids some time off by homeschooling them for this relatively short period. It would for sure give them a different perspective on how learning can be done. But maybe this is to ask a bit too much from a maybe future Minister of Justice in Sweden since Sweden is, for whatever it is worth, trying to more or less stop the right to home school with the new school law.

Well who am I to give a man like that advice? First of all I don’t know much about him. And secondly, he is definitely much more successful than I’ve ever been, in a traditional sense of speaking anyway.

But then maybe he is interested in my opinion? I’ll send a link so he at least gets a chance to read it… :lol:

To finish this I just want to offer you this quote from his Blog:

“It will be incredibly exciting. Of course I realize that it may have consequences for my career, in politics anything can happen. But still I have no hesitation. Somehow everything always works out to the best. And is there anyone who believes that in twenty years from now I will think: F… my choice to focus on my family back in 2010?

It is just like if he has been reading what I suggested a little while back in “Listen to experience speak and you will take your dream of long term travel more seriously” :lol:

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Talking about time to travel, what kind of time do you “need” to really be able to let go of whatever you want to let go off, get into a travel mood and experience the world and your life in a new way?

Our first campervan

Our first campervan in south of Spain

When we went on our first long term trip as a family many years ago, we had been living a very stressful life for a long period. So stressful that we came to a point where we realized we couldn’t continue in that way – we wanted another kind of life. We bought an old campervan, sold our house, put all our stuff (a lot) in a big sea container and took off. We didn’t have a time plan. The only thing we knew was that we wanted to go as far south as possible in Europe, Southern Spain.

Our first challenge came already the first day when something happened to the car and we had to stay at some friends place to do some repairing. Then someone got ill. Then all of us got ill. Then we got lost and the campervan got stuck in the mud in the middle of the night and Magnus, who at this point had pneumonia, had to put on the snow chains to get us out of there. It continued in this spirit for a long time, one challenge after the other.

In hindsight we realized that we actually brought with us all the stress and frustration that we had had at home before we left. Of course it was great to be away, to be on the road and to have left our old life at home, but this didn’t mean we were totally changed (yet).

We also took a lot of time to visit with friends along the way. Wherever we realized we knew someone, we stopped to say hello (some stops could be really long).

Finally one day, two months after we’d set off, we arrived at our destination, Marbella in Southern Spain! From that point, everything changed. It was just fantastic, like a total dream life! We could relax, the kids just played, we started to get perspective on our lives and to see what really was important to us. We were just happy! Our whole 6 month trip then continued in this spirit. But it took us 2 months to get there, both physically and mentally.

We have often talked about this– the time to travel. How much can a “ordinary” 1-2-or even 3 week vacation really make us able to let go off all our everyday stuff and allow a new mindset? Not much…

Of course, it’s always great to take some time off, experience something new and recharge your batteries: But to get that life transforming effect, you usually need a lot more time. Other long term travelers that we speak to usually agree that something starts to happen with you somewhere between 6 to 8 weeks after you’ve left home. This amount of time is probably, depending on what kind of life you’ve had before you left, how much stress and so on, what you need to start with.

Then your journey really can begin!

If you want to read more about the concept of time and some reflections on that click here.

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No, is for most people a pretty clear answer to that. What would happen with everything if you just took off? How could you possible squeeze something like that into you already overbooked schedule? Well that is kind of the point. The time to travel long term is not something that is meant to be squeezed in.
Do you have time to travel long term
One of the main purposes with traveling long term is to give you a break from a tight schedule.

You put all that stress on hold and step into the emptiness that is waiting to be filled with your dreams and desires. You get a chance to kind of start over and fill it with whatever you want. It can even be some work along the way and school exercises for the children if that is what it takes. But please, for your own sake, don’t cram too much in.

But the thing is if you are waiting for a 6 month free time slot to appear in front of you the risk is that you might be disappointed. You will never just have the time to travel long term. You will have to make room for it. You will have to create the time. Decide that this is what you want to do and then give it priority!

On the no time to travel page you can find out more.

And if you want to know why now may be the best time to travel, you can check out this blog.

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Have Kids Will Travel BookSo many people we meet want to travel the world with their family and so many just don’t take this desire seriously because they think it would be too costly. A few years ago, we came across this very interesting book called “Have Kids – Will Travel”. It’s written by Dale and Michelle Bartlett, the parents in a family of six who have traveled the world extensively for many years.

How can a family with four children just travel around in the world several times a year, staying in hotels, renting cars, visiting interesting sites and just have a great time without being multi millionaires, you may wonder.

Well, I guess you could say that they have used a variety of very simple and conscious ways of traveling. They have thoroughly researched ways to travel inexpensively and have then implemented these ideas and refined them through their own traveling life.

The family has (so far) mainly focused on shorter trips like days and weeks. Even so many of the ways they have used to lower, and even eliminate, travel costs are of course valid even for extended traveling.

The Bartlett’s have many examples of extremely inexpensive trips they have made. A two and a half week trip to the East coast of the USA (from Utah) for example cost as little as 700 dollar for the entire family! That included airfare, hotels, car rental, food and more!

They have visited Europe several times. Some of these trips have been with both free airfare as well as free accommodation, paying just for their food.

As Dale Bartlett says:

“I believe that with the proper planning and knowing the right travel secrets, any family could travel anywhere in the world for less than it costs to go camping, definitely much less than going to Disneyworld.”

If you’re interested in knowing more about them and to learn about how you too can travel inexpensively, visit their website: where their book also is available. They do ship worldwide.

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We’re having visitors at the moment. It’s our friends from Germany, Gabi, Gunter, and the kids: Esra, Noah and Amy. They have taken some time off from their life in the small gorgeous wine producing village Bubenheim, and are spending 6 months experiencing new things on the road.Family Reichert
Well, maybe you should say “experiencing new things on the beach” because that’s where they spend most of their time. But not laying there under a parasol with a colored drink in their hands though, but photographing. To this family, and particularly to the mother, taking pictures is life. And not just any pictures, but pictures of the ocean and everything related to it.

For this purpose they packed themselves into their camper van and went all the 3 000 km from the South of Germany to almost the furthest North you can get around here: Lofoten, in the northern part of Norway. A fantastic place far, far up by the Norwegian Sea. You absolutely have to check out some of the results from that visit on:

campervan in sunset Norwaycampervan in Norway

Having spent a couple of months up there, they are now on the way down south again, to go to France and take the Dover-Calais ferry over to England. The plan is then to drive towards the north again, to some far away located Island in Scotland. To find more beautiful pictures…
Norway Lofoten
It’s not the first time the family is on the road experiencing the world and creating fantastic photos and memories. They have made an innumerable amount of shorter trips around the European coastline, and also several long term trips in countries like New Zealand and the USA.

How do they do it? How do they get the time and money to just take the kids and go away on these trips? Well, I guess it’s like with everybody else who do similar things, they have a dream. They have a dream about doing more with their life than just the normal school and job race.

They have a dream about living a more vibrant life filled with passion for what they love; ocean, nature, travel, photography and being together as a family. And when you have a strong enough desire to do something, when you are filled with your dream – with why you want do to something, the how always sorts itself out.

Lofoten Norway

If you have a strong desire to travel and to see, do and experience new things, you plan your life accordingly and put your focus on the things that support this desire. You eliminate things in your life that doesn’t support what you want to do and instead put your time and energy on taking steps that lead you towards what you really want.

Maybe we’re getting a bit philosophical here, but if you want some more practical ideas about the how’s, read more on the pages: Job and Career, Children and School, Travel & Money for example.

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We went on a long hike yesterday. We didn’t hike far away, just around the corner from where we live. We put on our hiking shoes, threw some food into our backpacks and took off. The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot.

Studying the map before taking off for the hike

Studying the map before taking off for the hike

A virgin forest is not totally easy to walk around in, many “obstacles” to pass

Old-growth forest is not totally easy to walk around in, many “obstacles” to pass

Both big and small enjoyed balancing on the many old fallen trees

Both big and small enjoyed balancing on the many old fallen trees

Part of the hike went through a forest which was protected and hadn’t been cut during the last 300 years. There’s a very special feeling walking in an “old” forest like that, solemn. It makes you quiet and reflective and also amazed over the wonders of nature. Over how well everything fits together. How the big, old fallen trees just lies there, transforming themselves into an abundance of new life. How nothing just stands or lies there by itself but is connected to the whole in some way.

Under the surface in the "Coca Cola" water
Above the surface with a water lilly

Above the surface with a Water Lily - The Swedish Lotus flower

We went swimming in a small forest lake. It had this dark brown water, “coca cola water”, as the kids call it. Swimming around there, with no buildings anywhere around, no cars, no roads, no sounds except the sounds of nature, it felt like it could have been any age: “ let’s see, where are we now, yes 2009, well what does it matter…”

We had a picnic up on a small hill overlooking another bigger lake than the one we went swimming in. Already we were starting to talk about going on a longer hike soon. Maybe for a couple of days? Maybe for a week?

We were two families, eight people, hiking together, and we all seemed to appreciate a lot this time away from “civilization” for a while. No stuff, no computers, no telephones (no connection in the old forest, of course). Just to practice “mindfulness” in the most natural way.

We came back after this one day experience a bit different persons from the ones who earlier that day set off. A bit more relaxed, happy and with a few new insights into things we had had time to reflect upon during our walk.

Time for reflection

Time for reflection

We realized again how much traveling can change you, how much it helps you to grow as a person and to see things more clearly. We were reminded of how profoundly life transformative long term travel can be. Just to leave things behind, not only for a day but maybe for three, six or nine months. Maybe even for a year or more. Here you can really talk about coming back as a different person.

This short hike really opened our eyes and let us see even more clearly how all our traveling has contributed to making us to the people we are today and taking us to the place we are at the moment.

So, to summarize: take some time off and go traveling! A day or a year, whatever you choose it will affect your life in many ways and take you to new places, physically and especially mentally.

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