Why do I want to travel the world with my son?

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
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Trip End Aug 10, 2010


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Flag of Bahamas  , Grand Bahama Island,
Saturday, April 25, 2009

So here I am, writing my first blog.  Finally got some time to write besides

preparing and planning our Round the World trip. 

My dream has always been to travel the world.  Explore archeological sites, learn languages, volunteer, learn about history and culture, make friends and learn to appreciate my life more.  Never thought I would do it with my 11 year old son! He thinks Im crazy of course and

he is not the only one!

Of course, this trip is not something I planned overnight.  I have been researching, reading travel books, sitting in front of a world map for hours pondering all the places I want to visit.  I have finally come up with a revised plan to take in fewer countries in more time, instead of

trying to see it all which is impossible.   It will still be 16 countries in 373 days.

The hardest part about this trip besides deciding which places to go was to tell my family and friends that I was actually doing this trip!

So why am I doing this trip?

1.  I want to break every routine I have.   It will be refreshing as well as disorienting to hit the reset button and get only those things back in my life that I really want.

2.  Lose the materialism.   I want Nikolas to discover and learn about the rest of the world, especially to see how privileged his life has been living with freedom, food, electricity and all the things we take for granted every day.

3.  I want to discover things that we will prefer forever.  We are all creatures of habit and much of what we prefer comes from the fact that our choices have been quite limited our whole lives.  

4.  Reinvent myself on departure day.  As I have been a workaholic for all of my adult life, I want to make new friends, find old friends, find new passions, be adventurous (stop talking about it and just do it!)

5.   Reexamine my own culture and habits.  What things are really important to me and what do I want out of life?

6.  Appreciate my home upon returning.   I am very privileged to live on a beautiful island where the weather is perfect year round and I have some really great friends and family.  Its nothing like travelling that makes you appreciate what you have!

 
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itchyfeet09
itchyfeet09 on

wow
Good luck Charlotte and Nikolas, i am sooo jealous. What an amazing education and what great reasons for doing it. Cant wait to follow the trip. wow. love Trish (ireland)

tarabauer
tarabauer on

Thrilled for you :)
Hi Charlotte,
Anna just forwarded me the link to 'follow you'! We will live vicariously through you and Nikolas for the next year! I think Anna and I should pack up the kids and come and meet you guys someplace along your journey! Stay safe and have fun :)
Tara

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Re: Thrilled for you :)
Thanks Tara. Please pack up the kids and Anna too and meet me somewhere. How about Fiji? Hugs Charlotte and Nikolas

oplbill
oplbill on

A Shout Out from the bleacher seats
Great Pictures Charlotte! Anyone can say they spent their birthday in the Bahamas, how many can say they spent it in Machu Picchu? LOVE the ticket office!

Vaio con Dios!

oplbill
oplbill on

Missing posts
Hello Charlotte,

Just a heads-up, all your posts since Sept 26'th are status 'Draft not ready for viewing'.... Time to get on your editorial staff!

Anand Wilson on

Awesome stuff !!! such an inspiration :) !

sashja farquharson on

hey lotta.... hugs and kisses...i know u are having a great time learning and experiencing new cultures...wish i was on this journey too. enjoy

Linda on

Hi Charlotte,
I really love your reasons for travelling! The last one really resonated with me. I have been away from my beautiful island home (ie. Australia) for 9 years. After living in exciting but cold and wet London for such a long time and seeing how the other half live on my travels through countries such as Bolivia and Peru, I can tell you, I now no longer take my homeland for granted whereas I once did. Anyway, I have started up a Facebook page called "When I went travelling to South America" where travellers share their experiences by completing the sentence and adding links to their travel blogs. It would be lovely if you would join our community and contribute. Happy travels!

maricka77
maricka77 on

Charlotte you're a star!!!
I would love too meet you to know every single minute of your exeperience! Congratulations!!
Maria

dianabharucha on

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collback
collback on

At times, I like randomly browsing on TravelPod. After reading that post, I already know I'm gonna enjoy reading the rest! I'm also on a big trip at the moment and can only agree with your arguments! Cheers! Stéphane

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Thanks for reading our blog. Still have one last entry to make, how we did it and how much it cost! We are itching to get back out there again! Where are you right now?

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Thanks Maria! Anytime you are heading to the Bahamas, let me know! Charlotte

collback
collback on

ho yeah it's actually very interesting to know how and how much!.. I'm in Mexico City, getting on well with the language and also travelling around the country.. the real adventure's gonna start early next year when i'm gonna head south!

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