Sharing Your Dream To Travel

Sharing Your Dream to Travel


Telling others of your plans to go

Once you have decided to go, and you have told your child, work out who is next. If you are confused about this, you can probably seek the advice of luxury travel experts. They will be kind enough to advise you on how to handle family travel. For a single parent like me, I found so much help for looking for answers to my dilemma from single parent travel blogs and experts.

I started ‘hinting’ with ‘maybes’ to a few people. Then I spoke to his teacher. Then I told a couple of close girlfriends – one who cried! I also told my family I was selling up and going overseas. I would advise you to expect mixed reactions when breaking the news. 

I loved my sister Glenda’s response. She looked at me and said, “Go for it, you deserve it”.  It is just so wonderful to get such encouragements. However, you will rarely get them at the start of your preparation to leave.

People want you to plan your next 20 years. They will want you to have your child’s private education and college fund sorted.  Some of their goals are unattainable to single parents like me – especially if you are not financially supported by the child’s other parent.
Sharing your dream to travel is really important and please nurture it.

So think out a few answers to the curly questions that will be shot at you like fire-darts.

  • The ready answers you will need to have at your fingertips are:
  • Why you want to go.
  • Where you want to go.
  • When you want to go.
  • How long you want to travel.

Expect opposition

NOW is the time to get thick skinned! Little old ladies will tell you it is a shame, your kids will grow up dumb. However, this is not true.

There are some who will encourage you to take that step of faith and travel the world since kids achieve so much from the lessons they learn as they cross borders and get exposed to new things. I was reminded of kids who left for their world travels and when they came back, they were brighter than their peers. Some even skipped a grade or two when the came back.

I have realized that you and the child determine what is learned during a trip around the world. You need to help your child to understand the need for him/her to grasp every educative information as you travel the world.

If you practice this and make it part of life before you leave, the transition will be easier.

“The world is going to be my classroom” as my son wisely told me last night.

What you want to remember is that you are an adult, and you have made this wise decision after giving it a serious thought, and proper goal planning. So no words should bring you down.

Keep it close to your heart – work out was is best for you when sharing your dream to travel.


©Exploramum and Explorason – Dance in the rain

You are free to live your life the way you want. Your dreams are not other people’s dreams. They are unique to you. Many who think you are nuts, live in their cottages, with white picket fences, and have 2.2 children!

They ooze stability.
You crave adventure.
They live routine.
You are ready for the next chapter of life.

Now start to spend time with people who motivate and encourage you! People who believe you can be what you want to be, and do what you want to do.

I was blessed with a mother (God rest her soul), who taught us to always be free to follow any career path we chose, as long as we were happy.  What a woman!

The worst thing if you are selling your home is that the only thing you will keep hearing is “has your house sold yet?” I wish I had kept that part more of a secret – as it is quite draining to keep replying “not yet”.But each open inspection is one step closer to a sale, so I tell my son.

Take your time to prepare for your trip, and take your time to tell people.  You may want to keep it a secret for a while – I did!

The end $$ in your hand is very important. So is the planning, and preparation. Stick to your plan, and do not be swayed by the persuasion of others. If you want to start a new chapter of life, and not keep your home because it is too much work, then don’t.

If you want to sell your car and buy a new one later when you return, do. This is your time. People love to give advice – like me – but do what is right for you.

This is your dream.  
This is your adventure. 
Live the life you imagined.

Questions and Comments

  •  Do you believe in sharing your travel plans?
  • Who are the people you are most likely to share your travel plans with?
  • Kindly give your comments below.

13 thoughts on “Sharing Your Dream To Travel

  1. We leave on the 3rd December as a family of four for our year off, first stop Thailand … Initially planned to be a year but you never know, can’t wait to let go of all the things that drag you down.

    • So pleased to hear you are travelling. There is a great Facebook group called Families On The move with all families travelling long-term around the world. You might wish to join. Travel is wonderful. Just remember that the journey is educational. Whilst you think it is not formal education, wait a while and suddenly it will all click into place and you will be amazed at what your children learn and remember. Happy travels from Exploramum and Explorason

  2. Hi exploramum! I am now in my way to port augusta with Linton who recommended I read you blog as I am travelling in Australia for a month before heading back home to the Caribbean!

  3. Thank you for such an inspiring message. I ideally want to go exploring with my two boys. As a single mum who already home schools one of her sons, I already get a lot of the poo pooing, so a little more won’t matter haha. I’m working on the finance side of things at the moment to make it a reality within the next 18 months. I love your site.

    • Hi – I am here to encourage you anytime. It is an amazing experience and there are way more parent out there traveling full tome than you realise ! Don’t owe sight of the dream 🙂

  4. It is so strange that we found you because I have always been a wanderer & my husband a settler. We did everything right bought the houses, cars, things & thought we were happy but it was always wanting the next thing that happiness was in the next thing, but it wasn’t. We had a miscarriage last year & it stopped me in my tracks, I was broken & nothing could make me feel better, my husband wanted so desperately to make it better WITH STUFF! I wanted him, I wanted to get out of this place even Australia. My husband has a great job & makes great money but we are drowning. I have been looking to move overseas for 3-6months a year to explore Asia as it is cheap & he can work a few months & we can afford to live. I am so ready to get but he is the planner. We are selling 2 of our homes to pay out most our loans, so we can save some money cause at the moment the bank owns us. I am making the steps to us living a more for filling life but I need some resources so I can have answers to all the questions. All our friends are but property work forever never live because our retirement will be great but tomorrow is never promised you only have today & it could be your last. Our baby was so wanted & we did everything right & we lost them, we have done everything that society expects from us but I keep thinking there must be more to life than this! Any advice, links, forums anything will help us so much! Thanks you are an inspiration

    • Hi Katie – Thanks for reaching out and for sharing. I can relate as it took me 10 years to fall pregnant and a miscarriage in the 4th month and it was like my world was empty. With time it is still never forgotten. All I can say is do what is right for you. Never do what others “expect” of you or what they “think” is right, correct, or should make you happy. I think the greatest happiness in travel is still helping the poor and seeing life without .things’. Possessions do not fulfil. We just had a big cull of all the things we have hoarded around Europe for the last year in the car and gave bags and bags of stuff away. And it was so hard to make the decision. Once in the bags and given, it lightens the load. My advice, write down your goals. Don’t tell too many til the plane ticket is bought. And go and follow your dreams. Life can change in the blink of an eye. You only have one life, so time to go and live it from your heart. HUGS x

  5. Thank you so much! The plan is to do a bit of Asia exploration this year then a 3-8month trip thru Europe next year for our wedding anniversary. Once we are away I think my husband will want to stay away, he loves his work though. We are vegans so we are used to people thinking we are weirdo so this will be just another Katie being a hippy thing!!

  6. I would have loved to do some long term travelling when my son was little but it didn’t pan out and so at the age of 18 we finally went travelling together around the world. The two of us for 3 months to 8 different countries. Magical!

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