ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO MAKE FAMILY TRAVEL A REALITY?

Let me tell you the story of a reader (let’s call her Amelia) whose email made me cry.

 

Amelia had dreams to travel with her family, but she saw far too many road blocks to making it a reality: school, young kids, lack of money, remote location and work and annual leave limitations. She continued reading our blog and with each new post subtly began to change her thinking.

Then the opportunity came to travel, not too far from their home, for her child’s sporting event. Instead of writing it off as too difficult, her new perspective caused her to say, “Why can’t we?” The wheels started turning and a plan fell into place.

I loved how she said,

“It’s quite amazing how this simple shift in thinking has manifested in further opportunities for travel. Within the space of two months, I’ve gone from having no travel plans to this…”

She then went on to describe the seven holidays she now has planned for herself and her family until next year!!! I’ve got tears and goosebumps again as I write that sentence.

She sent me a picture with her beautiful children and the tears welled again because I knew the bond they were about to create because of travel. And I knew how much guts it took for her to stretch out to grab that dream.

I thought of the cruise getaway she planned with her husband and the bond that would deepen between them. And I thought of the self-love and care she was giving herself. Imagine the domino effect of that on her life from now on?

So if you struggle to believe you can make it work because of the obstacles like social obligations, work commitments, school appointments, mortgages and bills to pay, think of Amelia. Remember how she made the travel flow to her with a slight perspective adjustment. And believe if she can do it you can too.

Amelia simply changed her thinking from limitation to possibility. Instead of saying “I can’t because,” she said, “what if and why not?”

Why not just see? How can we possibly make this work?

These empowering questions open up a space for flow, for creative thinking, for solutions, and for miracles.

Let’s look at what Amelia did:

  • Used an opportunity to combine her child’s sporting events with a family travel experience. There’s a greater motivating desire here. Have a family holiday while allowing your child to pursue a sporting talent and passion.
  • Camped – she was able to jag a great deal at a campsite during school holidays. It’s not impossible (and National Parks are even cheaper or sometimes free.)
  • Asking the boss for some annual leave (Mental health is important for work productivity – use that angle with your boss!)
  • Volunteering as a chaperone for a school camp – genius! Might seem like work, but not if you’re going to the snow and have never seen it. ( I saw a lot of the tourist attractions in Dublin by taking my English language students there on excursions.)
  • Using a  career conference as an experience to also travel.
  • Look for deals and specials.
  • Travelled close by
  • Using special moments like anniversaries and birthdays to have travel experiences instead of presents and parties.

Once the first trip was organised and she could clearly see it was manageable, and how easy stars can align if you take the action toward the dream, she replicated the process.

 

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