I have been asking around for the few last days to my friend and family about what they would do if they had seven million dollars to play with …and most of them gave answers like ‘more travelling with kids‘ and other things that can be done without actually having the seven million. The things we want in life are way more achievable than most people realize.
My point is this… if you want to do something, do it.
Travelling with kids happens to be high on my own priority list because I simply love to travel and have had great experiences travelling and living in various places. Travelling is one of biggest passions. It brings me joy and I want to give that to my kids.
Before I was married, I travelled a LOT. I lived in Japan for 5 years, Australia for 2, Whistler for a couple, France for 2, backpacked around Europe, studied in Montreal, and went on various beach vacations.
But something happened after I got married and had kids …my adventurous world travels came to an end, and I lost myself in being a mom.
Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE being a mom and I adore my kids. But I think it’s a terrible shame when new moms stop doing what they love like I did, because it’s kind of hard to get back into the swing.
However, when my kids were young, we did live in California for 4 years and then Kelowna for 2, but it wasn’t the same. We were living the ‘family life’ but we were far from our family, which was really hard because we had on support. We still had the travel mindset but weren’t doing it, and we were trying to fit in as ‘normal people’ (which we are not) and things becaome a struggle because we were not following our hearts.
So a couple years ago I made a decision to change all that. We moved back to Ontario to be near family, and to get the support we needed, and to enable ourselves to do more travelling with kids. You see, when you live far from family, all your vacations are normally spent visiting them, and not to be rude, but it kind of sucks when you’re a travel lover.
Anyway, last year I put a plan to do more travelling with kids in place. I made a promise to myself that we would go somewhere every year from now on, no matter what.
I stretched the budget and booked an all inclusive trip to the Domincan Republic, and it was amazing. Worth every penny and more. Having been an ‘adventure traveller’ in the past, this was my first all inclusive. And I’m addicted. It was easy and fun and we could all just relax and enjoy.
This year, we are off to Japan in July for 3 weeks. My son is competing in a karate world championship in Osaka and we are really excited! Tickets are booked, homestay set up for a few days after we arrive, and things are slowing coming together for a trip that I think will be a doozy! We’ll be visiting friends who still live there and showing our kids the beauty of Japan first hand.
Next year, I think we’ll do Disney, simply because the kids are at a good age for it. And after that perhaps somewhere in Europe. All I know is that I love to travel and I am going to do more of it.
So whatever is on YOUR ‘wishlist’, I am sure you can start doing it now too. No need to wait to win the lottery. Life is short and you can so anything you want to. Really.
Just make it happen.
It starts with a vision coupled with the burning desire to actually make it happen …which means if your vision is strong enough, you CAN turn it into reality.