Jun 06, 2018 Full time travel for one year
I think I love nothing more than being stuck on a long flight next to Derek. No phones or life. Just us side by side and I am sad to say that we only have a few months left of this. We have been traveling full time now for 52 weeks/1 year/365 days and we seriously considered going for another year. After assessing every member of our family we felt it best if we went back to owning a home and traveling once a month during the school year and planning a big adventure for the summer. We have been to 37 countries in this time period, I think total we have been to 55+ countries. I am assessing what my world view is as we hit our year mark last week. To keep it simple here are my top truths that I have discovered personally.
1. I now see this world as place where I am learning to become someone, instead of a pass – fail mentality.
2. I don’t need to feel like I have to find common ground. We can present our different truths to each other and then choose how to relate to it.
3. There are A LOT of different ways to live a happy life in this world.
4. Being public on Social Media for this adventure shows me that people’s gut instinct to anything that’s foreign or different from what they KNOW or DO means it is wrong. We received messages on various pictures, Instagram stories, Vlogs etc, about how this is wrong or that is inappropiate. I know they have never visited these places and that they mean well. They know how they view the world and therefor message us from THEIR point of view. They have no idea what life is like where we are; the government, the availability of items, what is considered the norm, the religion, or how the locals work and view the world. Let’s remember that not all countries are in the same place economically, educationally, or socially. The story behind any culture is so crucial to creating a world that is sensitive, understanding, and patient.
5. To do ALL the things you want you have to sacrifice… To travel the world for a year there is A LOT of sacrifice. Comfort, food, and cleanliness are just the tip of the iceberg. Simple tasks at home can take hours in another country; like finding diapers in China, fruit that isn’t a banana in Japan, or a public restroom in Jerusalem. We sacrificed our whole lifestyle to be able to travel and I can honestly say we all had days where we hit a wall and just wanted life to be easy. What we gained is worth so much more than our hardest days. So remember the big dreams, the things you really really want in life requires some sort of sacrifice on your part in order to get it.
Today we met a man who asked us, “Out of all the places you’ve been how does Armenia rank on the scale?” Armenia is pretty good right!” I realize everyone is proud of their country and where they are from. We all are grateful to be born where we are and I think there is a reason for that. I have a different perspective of the world after zooming through parts of it in a year. I have many more take aways but in order to not drag on I will limit it to these 5 for now.