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Family Adventure Travel

In 2015, our family made the bold decision to sell almost everything we owned and embark on a worldwide adventure in search of excitement and discovery. Over 8 years now, we have traveled the world, experiencing a wide range of cultures, embracing every challenge and opportunity that has come our way, building confidence through adventure sports, and creating unforgettable memories together.

But our journey has also been about something more profound – a search for deeper meaning and purpose in our lives.

By immersing ourselves in the sights, sounds, and experiences of different cultures and nature, we have gained a new appreciation for the diversity and beauty of our world. By following our passions and living life on our terms, we have created a rich and rewarding life full of adventure, discovery, and connection.

And you can too!

Adventure travel allows families to explore unique destinations, challenge themselves physically and mentally, and create lasting memories together.

With so much to gain from family adventure travel, why doesn’t everyone do it? I find that 2 major fears are getting in the way.

The first is that parents think if their kids aren’t raised with traditional schooling, they won’t be able to get jobs and support themselves as adults.

The second is if their kids don’t have a core group of friends they will be developmentally scarred, or worse, their kids will be angry at them for ruining their childhood.

I’ve found neither of these fears to be true.

When we started this journey almost 9 years ago, my kids were ages 15, 14, 11, 7, and 4. Three of them are now well-adjusted adults who support themselves financially. The two youngest are now teens and are happy and thriving. While adventure travel is not a guarantee for this, here’s my two cents on those common fears people tell me regularly.

But What About School?

In the dynamic landscape of AI and technology, the job market is moving towards valuing life experiences over traditional education. AI and technology are reshaping employment, making adaptability, creativity, and emotional intelligence crucial assets.

Adventure travel is an amazing means to cultivate these qualities. With all our experience of exploring diverse cultures and navigating uncertainties in the wild, my kids have developed the unique skills required in an increasingly AI-dominated world.

But What About Friends?

I believe that parents wield an unparalleled influence that far surpasses the impact of peers and that family adventure travel creates an immersive environment for imparting life’s essential lessons.

While peer interactions are undeniably important, it is the parental guidance that serves as the moral compass shaping a child’s character and values.

Amidst the challenges of exploring outdoor adventure and navigating new countries, our kids have we as parents can instill adaptability, capability, and resilience, which are the building blocks of self-worth and confidence in children.

More importantly, if you navigate your interactions well, your kids develop a lasting friendship with you that will be more important in adulthood that those friendships formed in school.

If you’re interested in becoming an adventure travel family, here are some tips to help you get started.

Plan ahead and research your destination

Before embarking on any adventure travel experience, it’s important to do your research and plan ahead. Start by researching potential destinations and activities that interest your family. Consider factors such as the weather, language, and culture of your destination.

Once you have a shortlist of destinations, start planning your itinerary and decide how long you want to travel for.

Make sure to include a mix of activities that will appeal to everyone in your family. You may want to include activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling, or rafting. Make sure to also build in time for relaxation and downtime, as adventure travel can be physically and mentally demanding.

Pack appropriately

Packing for an adventure travel trip requires careful consideration. Make sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the activities you’ll be doing. For example, if you’re going hiking, make sure to pack sturdy, comfortable shoes and breathable clothing. If you’re going rafting or kayaking, make sure to pack a waterproof bag to protect your belongings.

It’s also important to pack any necessary medications, first aid supplies, and insect repellent. Make sure to research any necessary vaccinations or immunizations for your destination.

Get in shape and prepare physically

Adventure travel can be physically demanding, so it’s important to make sure everyone in your family is prepared. Start by getting in shape before your trip. Depending on the activities you’ll be doing, you may want to work on building strength, endurance, or flexibility.

Address your fears and master your mindset

Before embarking on the exhilarating journey of becoming an adventure travel family, a key tip is to proactively address and master your mindset by tackling any lingering fears. Embrace the discomfort of the unknown and gradually expose yourself to the elements of adventure that may initially evoke apprehension. Engage in open communication within the family unit, discussing individual fears and collectively strategizing ways to overcome them. Recognize that fear is a natural part of growth and exploration, and transforming it into a positive force can pave the way for a more enriching adventure. By consciously shifting your mindset and viewing challenges as opportunities for growth, you not only cultivate resilience within yourself but also set an empowering example for your family, laying the foundation for a transformative and rewarding adventure travel experience.

Strengthen your communication skills

Strong communication skills between spouses are a crucial element in navigating the potential stressors that may arise. The dynamic nature of adventure can introduce new challenges, making effective communication paramount in fostering understanding and unity. Regular and open dialogue enables couples to articulate their expectations, share concerns, and collaboratively plan, ensuring that both partners feel heard and valued. By cultivating a communicative foundation, couples not only weather the inevitable challenges of adventure but also deepen their connection, turning shared experiences into opportunities for growth and strengthening of the marital bond. In the realm of adventure travel, the ability to communicate becomes a compass, guiding couples through uncharted territories with resilience and understanding.

I hope this helps you in deciding if adventure travel is right for your family. If you need any coaching on this, you can schedule a call here.

For us, adventure travel has not only created amazing memories but it’s nurtured a relationship between siblings and parents that is kind, loving, and compassionate. To me, that was very important.

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