There’s an excitement to the beginning of a new year as the world around us collectively takes measure of where we are and where we want to be. I’ve always loved the New Year holiday for that reason. It’s a chance to dream and to think about how we can make our dreams come true. I asked some of my favorite traveling families to share their goals for 2012. The seven families below have some really cool things ahead of them.
But first I want to talk about my family and me!
What’s in store for the Van Trek’s in 2012?
2011 was a rebuilding year for our family. We moved and settled into a home in Lake Tahoe and we love it here. One of our goals for 2012 is simply to continue enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe. Every season offers a new opportunity and there is still so much that we want to do and see. I like starting with that point because to me trave is a state of mind. If you aren’t interested in exploring the world at your front door you may as well forget the place on the other side of the world. Save yourself the hassle of TSA. My wife always likes to say that even when we are at home we are traveling.
Having passed the explore the world at your doorstep prerequisite, we do have other places we want to explore. We love to ski and in addition to this blog I’m a blogger for the Sprint Snow Squad with Vail Resorts. Vail owns two Tahoe based ski resorts– Heavenly Mountain and Northstar California — and that’s one of the things we love about living here. This winter though we’re planning a trip that will take us to Colorado to ski at Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Beaver Creek over the course of a few weeks.
Throughout late spring and summer we plan to do a lot of camping. Yosemite National Park and Half Moon Bay are both places we are certainly camping this year. Mt. Shasta and Joshua Tree are also both on our radar.
A goal that we’re working on throughout the year is to become conversational in Spanish. I’m not just interested in listening to my wife speak to me in a more seductive tongue. This October we’re planning a month-long family trip to Central America. We’ve not yet made our final decision on a country — we’d love some input on this one! We’re looking seriously at Panama and El Salvador. We have 3 primary criteria:
- A place not overrun by tourists
- Some place cheap (which usually means a place with few tourists). C’mon. There’s got to be somebody who knows somebody who has some place we can stay. Or a house-swap or a house-sitting gig. Or a rich uncle.
- A place I can learn to surf
I’m looking forward to an exciting 2012. Along the way I’ll be working to build my residual and location-independent income as well as eliminate debt to allow us to sustain the life we want long-term.
Check out these traveling families below. They’re some of of our favorite families to follow. Each has a unique story and each has achieved (or are achieving) a lifestyle of family travel in their own way. If you dream of traveling the world your family but don’t know how to do it, get out a note pad and start taking notes from these families.
We are the Miller Family of the Edventure Project and we’re about to celebrate our fourth year of full time travel! We have four kids, aged 9 through 15 who are growing up with the world as their classroom. So far we’ve cycled Europe and part of North Africa, slow-traveled Central America, spent six months going deep instead of wide in Guatemala, road tripped across America and back and spent time living in fifteen countries! There is SO much left to see! In just a few months we’ll be blasting off South East Asia to spend a year exploring, learning and working together as a family. Stop by our site for a visit and leave us a note! The best part of this nomadic life is the fabulous people we meet!
I have one huge travel goal for 2012: Start traveling as a lifestyle. This year we will be saving and preparing for a life of world travel, so honestly we will be staying put most of the time here is Boston. But our plans for 12/1/2012 are to head off to Mexico and Central America by car and then we are thinking of heading back to the US and spending the late summer of 2013 in Alaska. Lot’s of planning and reading to be done on these areas in 2012, so if anyone wants to share and give us some tips that would be great. I wish we were traveling more this year, but I think the patience will pay off in the end.
We love Asia. Once you have traveled in Asia, it becomes an addiction and you want to return, and return, and return. Why? It’s the Asian culture, the friendly people, the food and Mother Nature all together. In 2012 we will embark on our longest family trip so far: 6 weeks slow-travel without a fixed itinerary. Starting in India we will continue to Thailand. But after that we will let serendipity and suggestions from our social network of traveling families guide us! We might go to the beach, we might volunteer at a local orphanage, we might go on a mountain trekking, everything is possible. Currently we are about to book our long-haul flights, exciting! Follow our preparations and the actual adventure on www.actoftraveling.com.
Since our family are setting off on our first long term travelling adventure we are full of goals for 2012 – These were designed to put some variety into our trip!! They are big goals but I think they are all achievable. Time will tell! It’s so exciting for us to set fun goals like these after years of only work-related goals or worse, no yearly goals at all! So here’s our list: Travel to at least 20 countries, See the Northern Lights, Stay 5-Star at least once, ride an elephant, house-sit at least once, volunteer in an orphanage or school, buy pretty bangles in India, meet up with 5 travel bloggers that we follow, see wild monkeys close up, ride in a bus or aircraft with chickens, take a cruise, couch surf at least once, stay in a monastery, keep good records of our spending, visit Forks.
What happens when a totally average family trades their twice a year vacations for a full time life on the road? This year, we are going to find out! We’re hitting the road with our 30 foot camper, our family of six, and an open ended plan to travel the United States. While on our MOART (Mother of All Road Trips) we’ll be roadschooling the kids and hoping to see as much of the country as possible. We really aren’t sure what lies ahead, but we know it will be an adventure of a lifetime! www.suitcasesandsippycups.com
We left our suburban life in order to live out our dreams of travel. Last year we had a baby in Costa Rica and this year we are living on an island in Belize. In 2012 we plan on heading back to Colorado, but just to sell the rest of our stuff and commit to a lifetime of travel. In June, we’ll be heading to Asia. Keep up with the King’s on our blog as we discover how to live life like a King every day.
We’re Family on Bikes. 2011 was an incredible year for us as we finished our three-year bicycle trek from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. Reaching Ushuaia was, undeniably, one of the highlights of our lives. We are now settling down and putting down roots in Boise to give our children a different type of experience. Our adventure plans for 2012 is to hike from Denver to Durango along the Colorado Trail. It will be a journey of 500 miles where we’ll climb more than if we climbed Mt. Everest three times!”
Just when we thought we could stay put, we find ourselves itching to get out and travel again. We recently moved to Mexico, and have stayed busy this past year, exploring this vast and beautiful country! This Spring we have plans to see more of Southern Mexico and journey down to Guatemala, as well. In the summer, we will explore Alaska (our old stomping grounds before we moved south)! We lived in Southeastern Alaska for 10 summers before moving to Mexico, but we still have so much more of the state to explore! Surely more adventures await in 2012…because the truth is that when the travel bug bites, it bites HARD!
What about you?
What are your goals for 2012? Do you want to travel to the other side of the world? Do you just want to enjoy all the things that are close to home? Share your family travel goals with us. We’d love to hear from you. You can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or RSS.
Looking for some help as you set and work to achieve your goals? Check out this post on setting goals and making 2012 the best year yet.