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I’m sitting here with a box full of books beside me. Not any books though – our own book! It’s an amazing thing, being able to hold it in your hands after all this time of talking about it, planning and working with it.
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You could without exaggeration call it a 5 year plan – we started brainstorming around it in 2005 :) More exactly on Viktoria’s 17th birthday when we were sitting in the café at Thursday Plantation, the Tea Tree Oil place south of Byron Bay, Australia. I remember it well, we had been traveling around the world for some months and were discussing, again, all these questions people always ask us when we’re away. Like;

How do you get the money to travel?

How do you have the time?

What about the children’s school and

How could you travel when you have a job?

We’d all heard them more than once :) and realized that what people really want to know with all these questions, is how they could do it too. How they could leave their jobs for a while, let the kids take a break from school, find the means to go on a 6 month trip and maybe create a more independent lifestyle in general.
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Anyway, that day, at the café, someone (jokingly) came up with this idea that we should write a book with our answers and then we could just give it to people. We first just laughed at the idea but then started thinking that it actually didn’t seem like such a bad thing. And now see where it has led us, that discussion around the lunch table!

Our first attempt was our ebook, which already has been out for a while, you can find it HERE. But now we also have a “REAL” one, a paper book! It contains lots of information on how to make a reality of that long dream trip for any family – how you could travel – and also our ideas about why we think that you should. We really think that traveling around as a family is GOOD for you and want to do our best to help you get out there and see for yourselves.
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Here are some different links, depending on where in the world you’re living, or traveling :) and where you can check out the book and buy it.

USA – www.amazon.com & www.barnesandnoble.com/
Canada – www.amazon.ca
UK – www.amazon.co.uk
Germany – www.amazon.de
France – www.amazon.fr
Japan – www.amazon.co.jp
Sweden – www.bokus.com& www.adlibris.com

So check it out! Order it for yourselves and for your friends so they can go too or give it away as a Christmas present!

Happy Trip!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover“
Mark Twain

“We just want to take a break and to experience the world and other cultures and people together with our children”, Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway told the press the other day.

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The Norwegian Crown Prince family

We, of course :-) , think they’re doing the right thing going traveling the world and spending time together as a family. The parents call it “an educational trip” and say they want to teach their three children, aged 4, 6 and 13, about diversity, show them a bit of the world, that there are many different cultures and ways to live.

They will be away for two months (which probably is a really long trip royal wise) and will take care of the education themselves. I love the fact that the royal family of Norway will be homeschooling :-) !

There has been criticism to this trip (of course) and especially to the fact that the children will be taken out of school. Arguments like “they will fall behind” are not to uncommon, and this especially I find really unrealistic and unconsidered and the total opposite of my own experience.

There’s obviously a growing trend of parents taking their kids out of school for a one or two weeks holiday which I think is great. A couple of weeks is of course not exactly a long term trip, but at least a chance to spend time together as a family for a while in a new environment and experience something together. Usually a one or two week trip doesn’t require any special focus on the school issue. You just let go of everthing and take a break.

When you’re away for months though, most parents usually give the school issue much more focus. If the kids go to school when you’re at home, you might get plans to follow and material to bring. If you’re used to homeschooling, you just adjust your way of learning to the new situation. But either way, you will probably spend a lot of thinking and focus on the kids learning and it will be a big part of the trip.

And that’s the big difference between going away for a week or two compared to taking a trip for 6 months or a year (or two months for that matter). It’s another way of thinking and it’s a different way of living. And when you travel long term, when the trip is a part of your life, you will see things to learn everywhere. You will experience everything as “education” and the amount of things a child (and you too) will learn when you’re out in the world is massive. Because, as someone had commented regarding this royal trip “the school of life is really the one that’s most important”.

So, I’m really curious to follow this family on their new adventure which will start at the end of November. Now they of course want to be as private as possible and don’t want any involvement of the press, but at least it will be interesting to hear about their experiences when they get back and to see if they have changed in any way.

Come to think of it, maybe we should ask for an interview when they get back! Yes, we definitely will!

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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

Just sent the girls off to England (with different flights) so I’ve visited our nearby airport twice during the last days. It’s interesting how that part of the world suddenly has become like a second home to them (well, to all of us). Being used to traveling around, the UK feels really close, in more than one sense.

”Homes” along the road in Mumbai, India - traveling gives you perspective

”Homes” along the road in Mumbai, India - traveling gives you perspective

Anyway, I picked up a new magazine for that local airport – Take Off- and found some interesting articles. One, “Journey of life”, which I found especially exciting was written by the airport priest, Mattias Bähr (didn’t even know they had one there). He talks about all those internal and external journeys you can experience at a place like that. People on their way somewhere, both physically as well as mentally. We ourselves love to talk about traveling, and especially long term travel, as a life transforming event, so I totally agree with him there.

I also like the way he uses the airport as a metaphor for life and want to quote him on that:

Sometimes people stop me on my journey. An airport security inspector or someone else who wishes me well, would inquire if I really need all the “life luggage” that I am carrying around. “Luggage” that diminishes me; like prestige, never ending anger, discouragement and envy, would be a relief to just leave behind. Perhaps the journey, the vacation, meeting new people and places will give me the opportunity to reflect over my luggage and get my life into perspective.

And here again, I couldn’t agree more. This is also our own experience and something I want to emphasize, traveling really makes you get perspective on your life and helps you to become a better person! Imaging if we just could look at our everyday lives as if we’re on a constant round the world trip, with minds open to the “new” (to everything that is, because do we really know everybody and everything as well as we think?). We would get innumerable opportunities to reflect on who we really are, what we are doing and what we really would want to do, not take everything for granted and be more open to looking at things in a different way.

For me, it’s an interesting thought, a bit zen like I guess, and it does require quite some practice. And in the meantime, we can always rehearse this way of looking at the world by traveling around in it and bring the new perspectives back home, can’t we?

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So, finally they’re on the road! Our friends, the Reichert family, have now left old jobs and schools behind them and are now full time travelers! After having dreamed about it, talked about it and worked hard for it, their new journey (in every aspect) has now started.
We’ve just had them visiting on their way up north. And not just north btw, but about as far up as you can get on this earth, northern Norway.  If you’ve been following us here you probably know that for this family, it’s all about oceans and photography and this passion is what will be leading their way now.  They have now taken the leap to live on what they love and their first project will be to meet with a marine biologist in Lofoten and do a project together with her. I think this is so great and when they were here, we talked a lot about all the things you can do and learn from when you travel together full time as a family. How everybody can participate on different levels in projects and fill a function, how what you do feel “real” and how your family feels “whole”.  I also love how Gabi, the mother, expresses it when she talks about how they’re into this together, all five of them, which, in the world of photography, obviously isn’t  the most common thing, and if people don’t like that, too bad for them…
We ourselves have done many, (well, most) things together as a family and it has been interesting to see peoples surprise many times when they expect you to be there as one adult and we turn up all five of us 
Well, I’m really looking forward to see their new photos. If you haven’t seen what they have done before, you must have a look at some amazing pictures here, in one of our previous posts about them.
By the way, Gabi, the mother, recently won a very big photo contest with one of her seaweed pictures (I wasn’t to surprised )
To me, it’s just so inspiring to meet with people who take what they love so seriously so they take the leap. I think it’s fantastic, and courageous; to actually leave a safe income, school, family and friends to do something more with their lives than just living an everyday life (and longing for something else) and I wish them everything good on their journey. May they find great places and people along the way, sell loads of pictures that’ll give joy and inspiration to others and just have lots of fun together!
For more pictures check out their blog (and if you read German you can also follow what they write )

So, finally they’re on the road! Our friends, the Reichert family, have now left old jobs and schools behind them and are now full time travelers! After having dreamed about it, talked about it and worked hard for it, their new journey (in every aspect) has now started.

The Reichert family – full time travelers

Full time travelers – Gabi, Gunter and the kids Esra, Noah and Ami with their campervan just leaving our place to travel up north

We’ve just had them visiting on their way up north. And not just north btw, but about as far up as you can get on this earth, northern Norway.  If you’ve been following us here you probably know that for this family, it’s all about oceans and photography and this passion is what will be leading their way now.  They have now taken the leap to live of what they love and their first project will be to meet with a marine biologist in Lofoten and do a project together with her. I think this is so great and when they were here, we talked a lot about all the things you can do and learn from when you travel together full time as a family. How everybody can participate on different levels in projects and fill a function, how what you do feels “real” and how your family feels “whole”.  I also love how Gabi, the mother, expresses it when she talks about how they’re into this together, all five of them, which, in the world of photography, obviously isn’t  the most common thing, and if people don’t like that, too bad for them…

We ourselves have done many, (well, most) things together as a family and it has been interesting to see peoples surprise many times when they expect you to be there as one adult and we turn up all five of us :-)

Well, I’m really looking forward to see their new photos. If you haven’t seen what they have done before, you must have a look at some amazing pictures here, in one of our previous posts about them.

By the way, Gabi, the mother, recently won a very big photo contest with one of her seaweed pictures (I wasn’t to surprised :-) )

To me, it’s just so inspiring to meet with people who take what they love so seriously so they take the leap. I think it’s fantastic, and courageous; to actually leave a safe income, school, family and friends to do something more with their lives than just living an everyday life (and longing for something else) and I wish them everything good on their journey. May they find great places and people along the way, sell loads of pictures that’ll give joy and inspiration to others and just have lots of fun together!

For more pictures check out their blog at www.blog.5reicherts.com (and if you read German you can also follow what they write :-) )

One of Gabi’s photos

One of Gabi’s photos

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“I want to take my girl of 10 on a gap year”: Emma Thompson puts travel before school.

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Extended World Traveler to be, Emma Thompson, in one of our (especially our daughters) favourite movies “Sense and Sensibility”

This is the headline of an article someone just sent me. I was really thrilled to see that Ms Thompson obviously follows our blog and has read our recent post “Why do kids need school when they can travel” and quickly taken some action on that (you can always dream) :)

I’m sure the family will have a great time together during their traveling year. And I’m convinced that Gaia, the daughter, will learn loads of things (well, the parents too of course) that’ll benefit her for the rest of her life.

As we have mentioned over and over again, first hand experiences of the world give kids knowledge they can never acquire in a class room. When you see different places with your own eyes, hear sounds with your own ears, experience wonderful (and less wonderful) smells with your own nose, things become a part of you in ways that you never come close to, reading about them in books.

Not to mention all the meetings with different people that take place when you’re out there, traveling the world. People from other cultures, religions, colours, with other political views and who live under totally different circumstances than your own.

Obviously, and sadly, the “National Association of Head Teachers spokesman” who’s quoted in the article, doesn’t have much experience from traveling with kids. Nor does he/she seem to be very informed about how children really learn. It’s good to be aware of, that as a potential long term traveling parent, you can be met with remarkable ignorance from school officials. I assure you though, that when you’re away on your trip, and see how your child is developing and learning and thriving, you’ll know you’ve done the right thing!

Way to go Emma! Have a great trip!

You can find the article HERE

“Do not let school get in the way of a good education”
– Loesje

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“To be able to be brave,

you first have to be afraid”

A remark from one of the younger participants of our unconventional gathering last week, Lukas, 10. Many more wise and inspirational things came up when we gathered together, asko201030 adults with about 40 children, to discuss and brainstorm around the issue of how to create our financial futures.

Since we were quite a lot of homeschoolers, many of us had already “seen the light”. When you’re not part of a school system and not bound to be in one specific place at certain times for the kid’s education, it’s easy to start fantasizing around how it would be if you could apply this to your work life as well.

  • What if I didn’t have to “go to work” every day?
  • What if I could work from anywhere?
  • If I could work part time and have loads of time free?
  • If I could have a seasonal job?
  • Create a passive income?
  • Really focus on the one thing I love and create a business out of that?
  • Have several, smaller projects and devote myself to all the things I’m passionate about?
  • How could I create a lifestyle that would allow me to travel the world with my family?
  • How could I take a break for a year to contemplate about what I’d want to do with my life?
  • What would my dream life look like?

Many questions arose during the 3 days (out of the week) when we were focusing on “Money, Job and Life”. And many answers and ideas were provided! Ideas and solutions which probably wouldn’t have come up if we had been sitting on our own trying to figure these things out. It’s so true what they say, that when you get together and use all your combined capacity to focus on solutions, 2 and 2 actually doesn’t make 4 – but 5!

Yes, it’s extremely powerful to do something like this with a group of people who all have an interest in finding solutions outside of the 9 to 5 box and I really encourage you all to do it. Find people around you, close by or more far away (you can always create a Skype group or similar) and start looking into what you want to do with your life and how it would be possible to do it. Create a network, or join ours, which we’ll soon have ready.

Take some kind of step to start living the life you’re dreaming about and that you are entitled to. What will be your one first step towards this, today, now? And you are welcome to share your first step here in the comments. The more you go public with it, the more real it gets.

If you want to stay updated to what will happen with our networking project in the future you can leave your email at www.asko2010.info

Here are some pictures from the week:

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Meeting in the "conference centre" = our barn

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Internet Cafe in the barn

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Tug of war with the "kids" (ages 2-22)

Frode, 3, using Skype for the first time

Frode, 3, using Skype for the first time

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Late meeting by the fire

Relaxing by the fire

Relaxing by the fire

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We got this question a while back. We do get many questions and we love them so do keep them coming. Send them to Info@extendedworldtravel.com or post them in the comments below. It sure helps us to know what’s on your mind and in what way we might be able to assist you.

Anyway, the whole question was:

“I was just curious as to how possible and realistic it would be to travel for 10 years or more with little initial savings, no education past high school, and no other source of income?”

The answer to that is very simple: it is absolutely possible! But, and this is important to remember, it all depends on any specific desires you may have regarding your travels and what you want them to be like.
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It’s a very common misconception that long term traveling has to be expensive. Maybe it’s because a lot of people see it as an extended one week holiday in high season, when you stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, hang out in bars every night and spend money on tourist attractions. Multiply that by 52 and you will of course get an astronomical figure for a one year journey. And if this is the way you want to travel you will need lots of money in the bank or a big steady income. For most long term travelers , this is not the way they do it though, usually because that are not their circumstances.

A lot of people who want to travel long term don’t have the money for an extravagant journey. So they have to plan accordingly and find solutions that match their situation and their desires. Even without any money saved up it is still possible to go on a long journey.

The truth is, traveling long term can often be much cheaper than staying at home! We have met many and talked to many travelers who confirm this. For instance, when you’re on the road, you don’t have all the fixed costs that come with keeping a home and staying in one place. No rent, no home insurance, no car (if you are not traveling by car that is), no electric bills, no expenses for commuting , no day care costs…

All you got is basically the expenses for food, lodging and transportation. And there are also many things you can do to keep even these at a minimum. It just takes some creativity and a willingness to find solutions.

One idea is network travel which we have written about earlier here. If you choose this way you can basically eat and sleep for free. That would mean that the only expense that remains is the actual transport. Furthermore, you can always choose to ride a bike or walk. Maybe it won’t take you around the world, although that is possible too, but will definitely keep the expenses close to zero :-) .

And this is possible to do for a year or longer. To have plenty of time absolutely makes it easier to be able to travel inexpensively. We have some friends who did just that. They used WWOOF for their network travel, and spent 5 years traveling around Europe (and this is not the cheapest part of the world). They just kept going and even became parents along the way, and then continued to be “WWOOFers” with their child.

Of course this may not be everyone’s choice. But neither are first class tickets and 5 star hotels. You just have to find whatever suites you and your circumstances.

And yes, just to be clear: Education has nothing to do with this being possible or not…

Don’t forget to write your own question in the comments :-)

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