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They say that if you have a really strong why, the how will very much sort itself out.
Of course you can apply this for traveling as well. If you’re very clear about why you want to do that 6 (or 3 or 12) months trip, you can be sure to start finding solutions to obstacles that stand in the way between you and your journey. Some questions you can ask yourself to strengthen your why are:
What specifically motivates you to do some long term traveling? When you think about traveling, what is it that makes your heart beat a little faster?
What do you want to experience?
What do you see your trip to lead to?
Who do you want to be when you get back?
What is your biggest motivation to travel?
Contemplate this for a while and get yourself a really strong why!

They say that if you have a really strong why, the how will very much sort itself out.

Of course you can apply this for traveling as well. If you’re very clear about why you want to do that 6 (or 3 or 12) months trip, you can be sure to start finding solutions to obstacles that stand in the way between you and your journey. Some questions you can ask yourself to strengthen your why are:

What specifically motivates you to do some long term traveling? When you think about traveling, what is it that makes your heart beat a little faster?

What do you want to experience?

What do you see your trip to lead to?

Who do you want to be when you get back?

What is your biggest motivation to travel?

Contemplate this for a while and get yourself a really strong why!

We dreamt about Fiji, and made a reality of that dream – how about you?

Well I don’t know about you, but for me this happens now and then. Suddenly I can find myself in a situation where things aren’t working anymore and the need to change my life starts popping into my mind.
Change my life
Even if you live your dream life these feelings can come up, and probably will sooner or later. It even happens to millionaires… And it does occur, I believe, because time passes and you and the world change over time. Things start out just perfect and then after a while your feelings about things change.

It can be your favorite music that after listening to it for years and years just doesn’t give you the same thrill as it once did. You or the circumstances have changed whereas the music is most likely still the same.

This can also happened in a relationship. It starts out just perfect with love and passion but when time passes and routine takes over it might not feel that perfect any more.

Or it may happen in your family life. Your lovely little family may have turned into a source of stress and uncomfortable feelings for you. And that’s so sad because it should really be a source of joy and happiness.

For a lot of people, their work definitely creates those “I want to change my life” feelings. Your work may have started out just fine or even great but over time it has a tendency to turn into something mundane. This happens when time pass and you change or the work assignment stays the same.

Well, whatever is the reason for the need to “change my life” is not that important. What’s important is that the feeling is there, and what you do about it. And we’re not talking about a small downturn in your mood but rather something that is a more permanent feeling.

A common way that most of us tend to choose first is to try and endure it and hope for it to improve or go away. It works in the short run but for a feeling that comes back again and again it’s usually not enough and there’s a need for a dramatic change of some kind. A boring job seldom turns into something exciting and inspiring.

What has happened to us personally when we have run into this state, is that we have managed to take off on some extended journey. At first this was more of a coincidence, but we then realized that we can use this when we feel stuck and need a major change. And it has created a complete shift for us more than once.

The people we were who took off on these long term journeys have been completely different from the ones that came back. The journeys themselves and the time away from the life that were stressing us have given us the possibility to take a huge step in discovering and realizing our new dreams and visions.

These experiences from our extended journeys are some of the reasons we’ve put up this blog. We’ve met so many people who feel stuck in their lives and who have a desire to change. And the best technique we know of for creating change is to go on an extended journey.

There are of course lots of other techniques out there and we have tried some of them too. But to us, the power of traveling outweighs them by far. If you have a desire to create a lasting change in your life our recommendation is to try long term traveling. It will change your life forever!

Here are a couple of books on the subject of transformative travel:

Picture by: www.5reicherts.com

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There always seem to be something stopping us from going on that long term journey. For some of the families we meet, the reason is that their children are too young. “It will be better when the kids are older and can manage more by themselves and will be old enough to enjoy the experience”. Ironically though, for the next family we encounter the reason can be quite the opposite, that the kids are too old. “They have their school work and their friends which they don’t want to leave”.

Writing in the olive tree in Spain

Writing in the olive tree in Spain

For us personally, school has never been an issue since we’ve been homeschooling. Well, that is not perfectly true. At the time of our first long term journey, our oldest daughter, Viktoria, was actually attending school and it was a bit of an issue for her to leave her friends there.

For us the parents, it was a surprise to be confronted with what power the idea of schooling has over our society. When we told the teacher that we were taking Viktoria out of school to go on a 6 month journey, we were told that we needed his as well as the school boards permission! Realizing that the school authorities could claim to overrule our decision was chocking to us. How ignorant we were…

Anyway, what was more interesting for us during that first long term journey, was the possibility we got to compare class learning to real life learning. Like most people we were convinced that school was something that everyone had to go through in order to learn anything. We had never even really questioned the fact that learning was something that had to be done in a school setting, more or less.

That first long term journey changed it all for us. Just to witness all the fantastic learning that happened was an awakening for us. All the different languages, cultures, climate, nature, wildlife, distances, currencies, exchange rates, social behaviors and lots of other things. And all the different people we met and their varying customs we experienced was definitely a crash course in socialization.

Who says you have to be sitting in a room on a chair to study? The options are endless, reading in a pool in Fiji for instance.

Who says you have to be sitting in a room on a chair to study? The options are endless, reading in a pool in Fiji for instance.

The biggest insight for us though, was when we got back home and Viktoria returned to her school. We then realized, that while Viktoria and our whole family had been out exploring and learning in the world, her classmates had spent all their time in the same class room. That’s when it became clear to us how limited the school world can be and that was when we started our search for something else.

We are not saying that homeschooling, our choice, is the right way for everybody. But we do believe that school by no means should be an obstacle for taking your children for a long term journey and exploring the world. The question is not if you dare to take them on this adventure but rather if you dare not to.

To find out more read our Children and School and School Ideas page.

Taking Viktoria out of school at that time impacted our lives and our whole way of living. We’re very glad we did it and grateful for having had the opportunity to do it. To travel as a family is a fantastic way of connecting and of learning and we just wish and hope more families could experience this.

So, if you dream about traveling with your family – just go for it.:grin:

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Traveling is and has been a very big part of our family’s life. As a result of that, we have also always been interested to look for different ways to create money in more “unconventional” ways.

With T Harv Eker at the Millionaire Mind in Seattle 2004

With T Harv Eker at the Millionaire Mind in Seattle 2004

The thought of going somewhere, somewhere new, is almost always present in all of us. Well, actually, today we don’t think about traveling as something “exotic” or as some “once in a lifetime” event. Nowadays it’s just a natural part of our life.

We have become very much world citizens. We have our home base in Sweden, but we feel very much like the world is our home.

Through the years, our lifestyle has become more and more “independent” (in the meaning of not having to be in one special place to work, to go to school, to follow the main stream or do what everybody else does). Our lifestyle has evolved over the years thanks to many things.

One challenge we (too) have faced is the financial one. We’ve had our ups and downs and we’ve had, and still have, much focus on creating a “stable” relationship with money.

One of our big breakthroughs in this area came when we participated in a seminar in Seattle some years ago (the whole family, of course) – The Millionaire Mind Intensive. 3 days of working with the mental issues of money and transforming the blueprints we all have around it.

We realized that this is actually the most important thing to get in place for us to be really confident and successful in this area. During these days we learned a lot. We got a whole new view on the subject of money and our own (and other people’s) relationship to it. It totally changed how we look upon ourselves and how we look at money.

After the Millionaire Mind, we have learnt more about money and finances in other, different ways. Especially about creating and investing money. Having learnt the basics though, the psychology behind it have really helped us to understand and to take in all these other parts so much better.

To reinforce all that we got from this seminar, we all volunteered to crew a couple of months ago when the MMI for the first time was launched in Europe, in London.

With T Harv Eker at the Millionaire Mind in London 2009

With T Harv Eker at the Millionaire Mind in London 2009

It really gives everything a new dimension when you can be part of supporting other peoples learning.

Anyway, since it was extremely successful, they are now running the MMI a second time in Europe. It’s in London this time as well, on the 29-31 August 2009.

If you want to create a healthy platform for your financial future we really encourage you to take this opportunity to participate in these days. It doesn’t even have to cost you anything. To support people to raise their financial awareness they even give out a number of tickets for free! Check this out at www.millionaireminduk.com

It could (will) change your life, it sure changed our!

Our friends from “Have Kids – Will Travel”, the Bartlett family, are inviting other families to join them for a 7 day family cruise in the Caribbean in January.
The Norwegian Jewel
Sounds absolutely fantastic, doesn’t it? Just imagine taking some time off to join them and lots of other families and having the time to just relax, be together as a family and enjoy the sun, swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear waters, the company of other families, new adventures and create lots of happy memories together!

To us, family and travel is just the perfect combination. When you travel, you just let go of ell the everyday obligations and concerns and experience so many new things: new situations, new places, new people. You see and do things together, experiences that you will have in common and that will make you feel connected.

To travel as a family is just a fantastic way to strengthen your family bonds. And it’s fun! And you all learn so much!

Since the Bartlett’s are experts on inexpensive travel, they have managed to get a very good deal for this cruise. And, as they suggest themselves, why not take the opportunity to give your family the most fantastic Christmas gift (yes, we know, it’s a bit early to think about this now, but you may need some planning) instead of all the other stuff that probably doesn’t last that long anyway.

Why not give yourselves the ultimate holiday gift this year, a cruise in a fantastic location together with your whole family!

We’d sure love to be there ourselves and are looking into it at the moment.

Read more about this opportunity here: www.havekids-willtravel.com/cruise.aspx

As you can see from the invitation there will be some “Have Kids-Will Travel” seminars where you can learn more travel secrets.

And since many of the “Have Kids-Will Travel” readers and the Bartlett family themselves are homeschoolers we believe that this will be a great opportunity if you are interested in learning more on that subject as well.

Maybe this could even be the perfect opportunity to start you off in that new, independent, traveling lifestyle?

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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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: www.5reicherts.com

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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Travel can give you a perspective on life and help you to see all the amazing things that surround you. Viktoria found this video and we think it reflects (in a fun way) rather well this issue of taking things for granted.

In our everyday lives, we take so many things for granted. We stop recognizing all the fantastic things that surround us, everyday, everywhere, all the time.

That’s one of the reasons we think that travel is so amazing. Traveling gives you the opportunity to let go of all the well known things in your life, job, school, home, activities, friends, habits, and gives you the chance to get a new perspective.

Experiencing life in new ways is usually so much easier when you take some steps away from everything you are used to having around you.

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