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There are times in our lives when we change directions. When we go from following one path and start pursuing another and go from the familiar to the more unfamiliar. Sometimes these changes are “big”, other times they are not so significant (at least not on the outer plane). Such a time of transition can be when you graduate from something, or when you get married or become a parent, or when your kids move out. It can be when you or someone close to you get an illness, or recover from one. Maybe you get laid off, or retire, or like in these days especially, you may lose a whole lot of money and are facing a totally new situation. Or why not, you might even win or inherit money, which can take you to a totally new place in your life.

In times of transition, going away and travel long term can help you see things with new eyes

In times of transition, going away and travel long term can help you see things with new eyes

Anyway, these times of big (or small) changes in our lives, these transitions from one level to another, are perfect for traveling long term. When you’re in transition you’re leaving the well known to take on something new, something you may not really know what it will be and what it will look like. And when you’re at this stage, it’s oftentimes easier to let go of the familiar, take the plunge and leave everything for a while.

The advantages with traveling at these times are many, like for example:

You totally break with the old and well known to just be and start (or continue to) find out who you are and what you want

You get perspective on things since you’re not totally stuck in well known routines you’re more open to new things, you can get ideas from everything and everyone which gives you input to how you’ll want to continue your life

You get an opportunity to break old habits that doesn’t serve you any more and which can be more difficult to change when you’re in your familiar circumstances

It can also be a great thing to travel together with other people during these times, like with your kids before they’ll move away or with your new love to really connect and get to know each others (think about honey moon).

A person we know, for example, got a “death sentence” from the doctor, that she had just a few months left to live (talk about transition time) and she decided she wanted to spend her last time traveling around. She got rid of her house and everything, bought a campervan and left for her last big trip. As you might imagine, it didn’t become her last trip. Many things happened along the way, some that even helped her recover from her disease and heal again. She not just got her life back, she also decided to start all over again and do totally new things and is now working with helping people creating an independent lifestyle.

We’ve made an interview with her so you’ll be able to learn more about her experience of how to travel long term in the near future.

There are of course a whole lot of other reasons why travel long term can be great during transition times and if you have your own ideas or your own experiences from this, you are more than welcome to share it with us here!

It just strikes me how rare it is to find families who actually travel long term. Looking at the travel community on the Internet you pretty soon realize that families are very rare. Sure there are some to be found but in comparison with all the young backpackers or single couples they are for sure a minority.

To travel long term could mean waiting for a bus in Byron Bay, Australia...

To travel long term could mean waiting for a bus in Byron Bay, Australia...

Why is this? Can it be that the common belief that you have to be young and single to be able to travel long term is so strong that families just don’t think it is possible for them? Or is it the lack of financial resources that stops families from taking off? Maybe it is the strong belief that kids has to be in school in order to be able to learn anything at all that is the main obstacle? Perhaps it could be that families just aren’t interested in longer journeys? Or is there some other reason that we haven’t mentioned?

We would really like to know what you believe is the main reason.

As you may know from previous blog posts we strongly believe that to travel long term can be very good for you and this definitely goes for families as well. Personally we are just so grateful that we as a family took off on that first longer journey many years ago. It had a major and, in our point of view, positive impact on our whole life. And we are convinced that many more families would benefit if they did something similar.

But I guess not everyone is as convinced about these benefits as I am or we would definitely find a lot more families on the road. Maybe our whole point of view on life and society in general is just very differently from most other families? Maybe what we see as benefits are obstacles for others?

• We just love spending a lot of time with our kids. Other parents my think they would go crazy if they had to spend that much time with their kids.

• We believe that long term traveling is great for strengthening the family bonds. Others may worry that their family couldn’t survive a longer journey and that they would end up “killing” each other.

• We think that the real life education that our traveling has given our kids is invaluable and nothing any school could ever offer. Others could worry that their kids will fall behind if they miss a couple of month of schooling.

• We think that the freedom and break from the very common peer pressure in schools gives the kids a good and well needed chance to develop their own personality. Others may think that time away from their friends could be harmful for them.

We would really appreciate if you took the time and gave us your opinion in the comments below on why so few families are actually embracing the opportunity of long term travel. The more families and kids that get to experience the world firsthand the better it is I believe.

Just to finish off I want to offer a couple of quotes. First this from the book “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss:

“Far from being a reason not to travel and seek adventure, children are perhaps the best reason of all to do both”.

And then Nancy from www.FamilyonBikes.org who said something similar the other day when we spoke to her and asked her why they were doing this, traveling with their twin boys on bikes from Alaska to the south of Argentina. She said:

“We wanted to take advantage of their childhood and go out and do something now.”

That opportunity won’t ever come back for sure!:lol:

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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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I was talking to Viktoria, our oldest daughter, and she told me about a conversation she had a while ago with a relative. This relative, who is in her late seventies, said, that if she had known in her younger days what she knows today she would have retired 10 years earlier to do some long term travel. She would have had to live on less money. “But why did I give my time and effort away to a big corporation when I could have invested it in myself?” she said to our astonishment (she’s always been the dutiful one). To hear things like this makes me sad. People who spend their whole life working hard and sacrificing themselves, only to realize: “Is this it?”
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These are the people who did everything right. They did what they were told to do and what was expected of them. They adjusted themselves to the rules of the system. They got themselves a good education and later on a good job. They worked hard and loyally for many, many years. All this so they would one day, in the future, get to live the good life that they were promised. And then, when finally getting there, the good life wasn’t as good as they had imagined. They maybe didn’t have the health and strength any longer to do the things they had been postponing all these years. And they grow sad and bitter regretting not having followed their hearts desire when there was still time. What makes it even sadder is how common this is.

I know, this may be a very black picture. There are of course many, many people who’ve had a fantastic and prosperous working life, who has fulfilled their dreams and who don’t grow old and bitter. But these people have in fact done just that – fulfilled their dreams. What I am referring to are those having dreams but have neglected to acknowledge them and instead done what is “right and expected” of them.

We, who to a big extend have chosen a “different” path, have been told many times to “grow up”, “become more responsible”, “act like adults”, “get a real job” and “can’t you do like everybody else”? Sometimes, when things have been difficult, we have been tempted to do just that. And believe me, there have been times when I wish that I could just “do like everybody else” and adjust to the big almighty system that tells us to do the “9 to 5 till 65” (or maybe even – till we die).

For some reason our desire for freedom has been stronger in us than our need for that kind of security.

It would be exaggerating to say that it has always been a conscious decision. Often it is just coincidence (is there such a thing by the way?) and guts feeling that have been the source for the decisions we have made. But today we feel happy that we did listen to our gut feelings.

We very seldom run across someone of a more mature age who wish they had spent more time in the office at work and away from their family and loved ones. No, to be honest, we can’t remember that it has ever happened. And this is a relief to us since it tells us that somewhere we probably did something right. That our choice of not “doing like everybody else” has turned out to be the right choice.

What I am trying to say is:
“Listen to the wisdom of those that have gone before us. They may not know much about the Internet, Social Networking and other modern technology. But they have a life long experience of what has worked and not worked for them. And if they are telling you that they are regretting too much time spent at work and away from family and not having made a reality of their dreams, than this is something you should pay attention to.”

Do you still have a dream?
Then you should do something about it.
It is not too late yet.
It is only to late the day you stop dreaming and starts regretting…
Do you still have a dream?

Then you should do something about it.

It is not too late yet.

It is only to late the day you stop dreaming and starts regretting…


BTW - The dream doesn’t have to be long term travel. Whatever makes your heart sing is fine with us!

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