Folium: The “Hows” and “Whys” via Notes From a Big World

Folium: The "Hows" and "Whys" via Notes From a Big World

Folium: The “Hows” and “Whys” via Notes From a Big World

Folium: The “Hows” and “Whys” via Notes From a Big World

“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.

What do you think traveling the world and immersing in other cultures could do for you and your family?

Would you find yourself comparing the similarities found world over, like little children will always find a way to make a toy out of anything?

Might you notice that the languages in the countries you have visited have a lot in common? Will you find yourself playing with your children by asking them to pass the salt in different languages? Can you say it in Spanish this time? How about “Ora dire, passare il sale” in Italiano. Okay, bonus points if you can remember the words for please pass the salt in German. I’ve forgotten, sorry.

What is keeping you from taking a trip with your family? Is it finances, elementary school, career, what to do with your home and pets? Are you intimidated by traveling with children?

How have other families solved the same dilemmas?

Notes From A Big World

Notes From A Big World

These answers and more are found in Notes from a Big World, a blog begun by a primarily-vegetarian family who started their great “Round the World” trip in January 2013, with expected return in July 2013. You can follow their adventures and misadventures and figure out the hows and whys for your own family.  It may inspire you organize a plan for your family – how you can take a trip while your children are in the 3rd and 5th grades like A.J. and Charlie.

“Why? Tim and I have always loved to travel, both solo and as a couple, and we want to share that with our kids. We want to discover the far reaches of our big world and give the kids a perspective that extends beyond their community. We’re ready to break out of our routine, learn new things, grow closer as a family and have the greatest adventure of our lives! Childhood is fleeting and this will be a special bonding time for our family before the kids are pulled in many different directions and, ultimately, away from us.  We’ve also been inspired by groups such as Meet Plan Go, which encourage and facilitate “career breaks” for individuals and families.  It’s been helpful to realize that we aren’t the only ones who have considered something like this, and that it doesn’t have to be just an idea. – Notes From A Big World.

Kellisue Montague-Kolz
LEAF Contributor

(Ed.) If you could go anywhere in the world with your family, where would you begin? And more importantly, what is holding you back? Let us know in the comments!


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