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We are not only about traveling even though it is definitely one off  our passions in life. As you might have understood after reading some of our blog posts we kind of like doing things a little bit different sometimes.

The palce for Asko2010

The setting for the Asko2010 gathering

  • We like traveling but will not just settle for going on a two week holiday. We want to explorer the possibilities of going on a 3 or 6 month journey.
  • Our children’s education has always been important to us. And since the conventional way which is to send kids to school isn’t always working that great we took a look into alternatives. We investigated and explored the subject and found other ways that work  just as well or even better. On top of that it offered us the time freedom to go on long journeys…
  • To us the idea of working the 9 to 5 has never really inspired us that much. Although, when times are hard we can sometimes get tempted by the security if offers. But  it has never really convinced us to give up our desire for freedom. Whenever really faced with a choice between the two our need for freedom has always won.

A problem with making unconventional choices though is that sometimes people around you don’t always understand. This of course can often make it harder. With this in mind we have decided to hold a gathering for unconventional choices at our small farm in Sweden. How about that?

We have previously had 4 family gatherings at our farm with participants from more than 10 countries. Even with people coming from such far away places like Israel, Spain, USA, Taiwan and New Zeeland. It has been absolutely amazing.

Not having done it for two years we have now decided to do it again. We are opening up our home for anyone willing to come and share in a network meeting around how we can support each other in our unconventional choices. We expect it to be the best week of the summer.

Read more about it at: www.asko2010.info

And if you are in the neighbourhood do come and join us!

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We’re having a family here visiting at the moment, from Romania. Actually, they are Swedish but they live in here mostly during the summers and in Romania the other half of the year, in Transylvania more precisely (yes, the land of Dracula).
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We wondered how they ended up in Romania and it turned out the parents (before they were married) first went there to help out at an orphanage and also to work with helping street children to get a better life. This lead to them coming back again and again and finally they moved there with their own family. This got us talking about how to travel and how we can create our own “travel themes”. Oftentimes we don’t just go traveling, we travel for a reason, with a purpose, because we want to pursue an interest or to learn something new.

there, a dream came true! <br> Matamata New Zealand

Finally there, a dream came true! Matamata New Zealand

You have probably heard by now about how we once traveled around New Zealand in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings. For a long time LOTR had been a big part of our family’s life. We had read the books and watched the films (and not only once, I’ll tell you). The children had sewn their own cloaks which they walked around in. They made a play on the theme and even studied elfish! What more could they do with this passion? Visit the places for the movie shootings of course! So we flew to NZ and went to places like Matamata, where “Hobbiton” is situated and Mount Ruapehu, aka “Mount Doom”. You couldn’t see the ski lifts in the movie though, maybe Sauron didn’t like skiing? To our big surprise, we found “Dunharrow” in the middle of Wellington! We even met a guy who worked at Weta workshops (who made all the props for the films) and who also acts as a body double for Aragorn. Got to hear some interesting inside stories there! Anyway, we had so much fun during this, in many ways, rather “touristy” trip.

Mount Dome in the background. The weather, as you can see, helped to create the perfect “dark” atmosphere

Mount Doom in the background. The weather, as you can see, helped to create the perfect “dark” atmosphere

As for other “theme trips” we have spent lots of time in places like Spain to learn Spanish. Although, the first time we went there, the kids actually learnt their first basic English (some parts of Spain are very international).

Another time, we made a long “pen pal visiting tour” around the USA and Canada. This whole trip originated in a letter Viktoria had received about 5 years earlier from a girl on Vancouver Island BC Canada, asking if she wanted to be her pen pal.

We also thought about some of our best friends who spend months and months traveling around the beaches of the world taking photos, since that’s their passion. And another friend of ours, who spent 3 months in a Buddhist center in northern India, to learn more about that specific religion and about herself.

As for another example on how to travel with a special purpose, or with a special theme, we came to think about all the people we’ve heard about who go to Argentina to learn “real” Tango and maybe also some Spanish at the same time.

So, is there a theme you would like to give your trip? This isn’t necessary of course, you can just travel and see what turns up, but for some people, or sometimes, having an overall theme for your trip can be of help as well as great fun.

• What are you or your family interested in or even passionate about?
• Are there people you’d like to visit somewhere in the world
• Is there anything you’d love to learn more about?
• Is there a cause which is close to your heart that you could contribute some of your time to?
• Maybe you’re in desperate need to do an “in search for a new business idea” trip?

Since ideas become more real when you share them and talk about them you’re very welcome to tell us about any travel themes that pops up in your head!

And remember, anything can be an excuse to travel!

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A couple of years ago, the Lord Of The Rings interest was huge in our family. So huge we even created part of our RTW trip around it. We went to New Zealand where the films were made, bought a LOTR guide book, rented a campervan and traveled around visiting places and meeting with people connected to the film.

A real Uru-Kai mask from the movies

A real Uruk-Hai mask from the movies


We all had a great time and of course couldn’t avoid doing a lot more than “just” LOTR things. We took the opportunity to visit old relatives as well as many homeschooling families, we experienced the fantastic nature as well as the Maori culture and last but not least, learned about the most boring sport we’ve ever experienced – cricket (sorry cricket lovers). Especially the 3 day version!

What kind of person are you? What do you like to do? What are you interested in and passionate about? Where have you always wanted to go?

These are some of the questions you can ask yourself to get more clarity around which way to travel that would be the most suitable to you. We all have different interests, needs and desires and if you really want to do some travel but have no idea what it could look like, these are some of the questions you can start by asking yourself.

Some friends of ours, a German family, have another interest, photography. They just got back from a 6 month trip around Norway, England, Scotland and France where they have been spending time on all kinds of different beaches taking the most fantastic pictures. We did a post about them a while ago when they were passing here on their way up to northern Norway. You can read it here and go to www.5reicherts.com if you want to check out some of their amazing photos.
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Another Swedish friend has a passion for motorcycling, Scottish Whisky and playing the bag pipe and you can probably easily guess where he and his wife spend lots of their time traveling around on motorbike.

Yet another close friend of ours went to Rumania to spend some time there helping street children to get a better life. She got so involved in the project, she and her family now lives there 6 months every year. If you think you’d be interested in doing some volunteering too, here’s a great site with lots of information www.oneworld365.org. You can also have a look here, where we write a bit more about this way to travel and give of your time and energy.

If you’re interested in using your trip to boosting your career (yes, as we like to point out, it doesn’t have to be travel OR career, it can be both!), you can have this as your main focus. You may want to do things to improve a special skill, meet with people who are connected to your field, visit exhibitions and museums or attend seminars around the world. Learn a new language is another possibility that often can be a bonus.

Maybe you’re the really adventurous type who don’t want to plan or pre book anything and just want to lock your door, give the key to your neighbor, set off and see where the roads will lead you.

We’re all different and finding out how you’d really like to spend your time away from home and which way to travel that suite you the best lays a good foundation for creating a fantastic time!

You can also check out our page “What to do while traveling” by clicking here.

And remember, whatever you want to do and don’t have the time to do on this trip, you can always do on the next!

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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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