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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.
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.
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.
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

In our last blog post, we talked about the why. Why you would want to travel and the fact that being clear about this can help you to get over roadblocks that stand in your way.

Anyway, we have a friend, Litsong from Taiwan. She’s a real globetrotter and travels several months every year, all over the world, most of the time together with her son.

When we asked her why she travels, she said this, which we really think sums it up in a great way:

“I travel so I can have a change of pace and path in my life. Traveling helps me to still my curiosity about people, to create new possibilities for my livelihood and to discover new places. It gives me the opportunity to be with friends, both new and old and the opportunity to live in the present, being in the here and now and having fun!”

What’s your ideal lifestyle? Who do you want to be – a world traveler? What do you want to do and have?

Tim Ferriss author of "The 4-Hour Workweek"

Tim Ferriss world traveler and author of
The 4-Hour Workweek

These are some of the questions Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” encourages you to consider if you want to create an independent lifestyle. If you too are interested in living a life outside the 9 to 5, a life where you among other things can choose where and when you’d want to work, then you can get some really good tips from this short video.

In short, there are 4 steps you can take to help you to unplug and reset your life:

1, Define your ideal lifestyle

What do you want to be, do and have? We think it’s crucial to take the time to reflect upon this. Try to step outside of whatever you have around you and tune into the you behind all the layers of musts and shoulds. Who are you? What are you passionate about? What’s that dream you’re having that keeps coming up again and again? What did you dream about when you were a kid?

2, Eliminate everything that interferes with this ideal lifestyle like stuff, interruptions and people.

I guess you’ve already noticed you have quite a lot of things around you that you really don’t need, or even want. Things, and people as well, that really takes up your time and holds you back from being what, and where, you’d rather be. Start to declutter, on every level!

3, Automate, delegate or outsource everything that you don’t need or want to do yourself.

What don’t you want to be doing yourself and what could you actually delegate or outsource so someone else? How can you make your life more automated? Today we have the big advantage of being able to use technology to help us with so many things and not having to do everything ourselves. Part of this is also to unplug and not use technology all the time, like checking e-mails every other minute. Learn to use it to your advantage!

4, Liberate yourself to get used to all your excess time and see how you want to use it.

The idea of making these changes is of course to get more free time. But, what do you want to do with it? Knowing what you want to use your time for, instead of being at work or working for yourself more than full time, is also important. It’s time to dream again. If you have an excess of time what do you want to do with it? Spend it with your family? Write that book of yours? Starting a new career as a world traveler? All of the above?

Watch this short film with Tim Ferris and get some more ideas and inspiration…

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While I was considering weather it is possible to travel around the world in a safe way somebody handled me this article about a man planning to drive around the world. Heading out from New York he will be spending a year driving down South America, up through Africa, east out of Europe and onwards through Asia and then finally the homestretch, a cross country drive through the US. It definitely sounds exciting to me.
Around the world in a car
I just thought about the fact that I have read several stories about circumnavigating the world in different ways. Be it by car, motorcycle and boat. Amazing stories like that always inspire my imagination but they all seem to involve danger to a certain extent. I just remembered a fantasy I had when I was younger and had just completed my flying training and had a brand new flight certificate. I dreamt of getting my own single engine airplane and fly it around the world. I could see pictures in my imagination of me flying over Africa like Denys in “Out of Africa” with hoards of animals running below the plane (and this was even before the film was actually made). But would it have been a safe way to travel around the world? Probably not…

Well as you may imagine, nothing came of it. And nothing has, so far, come out of the stories I’ve read about driving, riding, sailing or walking around the world. When we’ve been traveling to places outside of Europe, we’ve always “only” been flying. Even though this way of traveling around the world doesn’t make the headlines it is definitely the most common one. And to be honest we have never felt in any kind of danger.

And this is something to keep in mind. The newspapers and other media are not interested in the ordinary. They don’t cover ordinary stories. They want something unique and special. Therefore, most of the stories about people traveling around the world are describing out of the ordinary journeys that are dangerous or special in some way.

This is also probably why the name of the blog about this man who’s driving around the word isn’t just “Trans World Expedition” but it also has the subtitle: “The year of living dangerously”.

Why? I don’t know how dangerous this journey may be. Maybe he is risking his life by taking off on this adventure? But then maybe it is not more dangerous than walking down certain streets in his home town New York?

The thing I am trying to get at anyway is that even though these fantastic stories can inspire us to take off on our own journey they can also have a discouraging effect. They can actually scare us from daring to do anything about our dreams. We just feel we are not adventures or courageous enough. Instead we stay in the comfort and security of our home.

But I want to tell you that it is possible to make longer journeys just as adventures or secure as you want them to be. Don’t let these stories of brave young men discourage you. You can be old and grey and still do your thing. You can bring your kids without putting them through any kind of danger greater than an ordinary day in school.

The world may seem big and dangerous from the safety of your home. And maybe some parts are. But what’s also important to remember is that the world is a big place where most people really are friendly and helpful and where you can feel safe.

Friendliness and safety aren’t things, unfortunately, that create big headlines and catches peoples attention. Therefore you don’t hear much about it in the TV news. The focus of the media is not on the safe and harmonious places in the world but rather on chaotic and unstable ones. Because of this our awareness of the world around us sometimes runs the risk of being a bit unbalanced.

If you’re considering traveling and for some reason don’t feel totally safe about it, having a look at our Crime and Terrorism page may be of some help.

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