Our Next Big ThingPosted on Nov 14, 2012 | 4 comments
Recently, the Dennings of Discover. Share. Inspire. let us in on one of their big, upcoming projects. It's a full-on course designed to educate people on how they can start funding the lifestyle of their dreams.
As Rachel Denning puts it,
"We’re bringing you the people who have and are funding their dream lifestyles, so you can get the answers you need to find the funding for YOUR dream."
Considering how often we hear of people's concerns about money and sustaining the travel life, this course seems like it will be perfect for a lot of us.
The Dennings were gracious enough to reach out and ask us what our next big thing was going to be. What did we have planned? What projects? Well, after much deliberation and planning, I've decided to put together a couple of guides for all of you who are considering making a great escape. I hope they'll be out within the next few months, and I'm eager to see your thoughts and reactions.
What are your guides about?
Well, traveling long-term as a family isn't something you just wake up and do. It takes time, clarity, work, focus, and planning. It isn't always easy, but what I hope to do is make the process of hitting the road a whole lot easier for people.
The first book will be for those who are just discovering the possibility of changing everything around you, packing up the family, and taking on the world. It will be an active, 30-day guide for those of you who are just starting to imagine waking up each day and exploring the world with your family, but aren't really sure how to make it happen. By the time you're done with this book, you'll be on the right path.
The second book is also a 30-day guide, but it's focused more on the logistics of the last 30 days before you pack up and hit the road. We get so many questions about insurance, luggage, technology, homeschooling, vaccinations, and last-minute issues, that we thought it made sense to put together a 30-day guide that would help people get ready and make sure they didn't forget their passports. Follow the guide and you'll be all set.
Where did the idea come from for the guides?
Emails, messages, phone calls, interactions on the street, family concerns - you name it. We are not all as different as we think. It doesn't matter where people are from or what their situation is, pretty much everybody asks the same questions. Both of these guides will have real answers to these questions.
Who or What inspired you to write these guides?
This is what we do. For 3 years now my wife and I have been surrounding ourselves with the concepts and realities of preparing to travel as a family. We have learned a lot about something few people know and we want to share.
I've grown to believe that travel fits everyone on some level. Travel is, at its best, a purely good thing; it's something we were all meant to do. And while I won't say that everyone should pack up and move to Bolivia, it sure can't hurt people to question their priorities and consider their options. In order to know what you really want, you first have to ask.
I'm inspired by knowing that people aren't afraid to ask questions and that they're willing to consider doing something big and bold with their lives. If I can give them some information that might get them moving in the right direction, well that sounds good to me.
This whole traveling forever thing is a process. Below I've tagged 3 families that are interested in traveling forever, but find themselves at different stages of the journey. I'm curious to see what they will throw down as their NEXT BIG THING, and who they will tag next!
- Clark and Monica Vandeventer blog over at Family Trek and are currently in Central America. They are constantly figuring out ways to travel more and balance family life. Check out this interview they did about funding their travel lifestyle.
- Tracey and Gert Pederson visited us on their Life Changing Year and are wrapping up their journey now before they head back to Australia. I know they have more travel in them, but I want to see what ideas they have to make it sustainable.
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