On the verge of any big travel adventure, like our upcoming cross-country road trip, I find it’s easy to romanticize everything to come. Picture our little family all smiles, all bliss driving off into the sunset. There’s lots of that, sure. But there just as many real life moments thrown in too, without which, we wouldn’t have the full story. These experiences can be downright terrible at the time, but in the end, are parts of the adventure that make for a good laugh or a really wild story – the grit of any traveler.
Here are ten of our collective family travel fails – from traveling with kids and without. I’m excited to have this post largely written by my husband, Doug. Feels only appropriate that the craziness we lived together, we tell together. And even more appropriate that the guy who makes me laugh all the time, tell most of these stories. Ready?
Meet Doug + our family travel fails. (more…)
Next week our little family heads out on our big cross-country road trip – the beginning of our long-term travels and the continuation of a slow lifestyle that we’ve been living for the past few years. In my last piece, I shared how our path, rhythm and learning on the road will most likely flow. In this post, I want to talk more about how it is possible for us to travel this long and in this way. Here is the path we took from dreaming about a slower lifestyle with more family time and more traveling possibilities to actually living it.
Let’s take a look.
The countdown is on. In just one month, we head off on our big cross-country road trip. And with it, of course, comes much excitement and anticipation. There’s the adventure of exploring new areas and experiencing new things, the happiness of reconnecting with folks and places we haven’t seen in a long time, and the discovery of all the unknowns cropping up along the way – you know, those beautiful surprising moments, as well as those unreal stories you can’t believe you just experienced, which somehow seem to come along with any journey.
Getting to do this as a family makes the adventure that much sweeter. We’re going cross-country with our daughter. I write it matter-of-factly, but I’m ecstatic over here – we’re going cross-country with our daughter!
There was a point, not too long back, where I thought these kind of adventures were out of reach for us or just not possible for families at all – at least not until your kids were much, much older or unless you won the lottery. But in challenging these ideas, and surrounding ourselves with inspiring folks who were doing the same, our life has, ahem, really come alive in a way. So away we go.
This week, welcome guest blogger Melissa Quaal, or MQ as I love to call her, creator of A Happy Stitch. She’s all about sharing her love of sewing, being smitten with a beautiful fabric design and celebrating the joy of finding your creative self. She also travels and heads into the great outdoors with her family of boys. Recently, she returned from a family adventure visiting her husband’s native Ireland. Welcome, MQ!
Family Travels to Ireland
We set off on a grand adventure this summer. Our little family traveled to Ireland for the first time. It was an adventure that had been tugging at our hearts for a long time.