Almost 4 months after we had “the talk” about abandoning the “American Dream” (or Canadian dream since we are north of the 49th parallel), we are still in the same place. Ready to jump but too afraid to actually step off the cliff. The cliff seems to get taller and taller every time we talk about it! There seems to be more and more fears the more research we do!
Well why am I writing a travel blog and especially this piece if we are not actually traveling? Will anyone ever be interested in reading what I have to say about the places we have visited or the places we plan to visit? Will my efforts to piece together a journey of discovery for our family, as we travel the world (if we travel the world) get any interest like the way I read other blogs and aspire to be those families?
There is so many doubts in my head, but because I feel this way I KNOW there must be others who feel the same way! Others who read and search and desperately desire to jump off that cliff but find so many hands pulling them back and very few, or maybe even only one hand holding steadfast to yours as you lean forward.
A few things we do know and agree on as a family:
We want to travel!
We want to see the world!
We are tired of the rat-race life and living to work everyday! It should be the opposite!
BUT ”¦ We are too afraid to leave what is “safe”!
We have a mortgage, jobs, and pensions to worry about!
Is it safe?
What do we do when we come back?
How do we make money abroad?
How do we rebuild if we give up this life we have built for ourselves?
What will all of our friends and family think?
How do other people actually take the plunge and do it?
How do you resume normal life once you are done travelling?
Well I am going to say I don”™t have the answers to all of these questions. I don”™t think many people do! But I know there are MANY people just like my family who actually ARE travelling and living their dream! I read their blogs every day!
But then why am I afraid to take that leap, when I am inspired by so many others who have already done it?
The doubts in my head keep telling my I”™m crazy. I have a good life; I have a life that most envy. We are not rich, but we get by, barely. If we can hold out for one more year our oldest will be in public school. Then three more years and both kids will be in school. We make decent money. We would have a lot more money without a $2000+ daycare bill every month!
We could take family vacations with the extra money!
We could finally get ahead then and buy the house and property of our dreams!
I know I”™m not the only person who is constantly conflicted with these thoughts! And believe me, I am NOT a worrier. I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of person. If I want it, I find out how to get it! I have the phrase “alis volat propriis” tattooed on my forearm. It means “she flies with her own wings.”
But just because she flies, doesn”™t mean she is terrified of making the “wrong” choice!
What scares you about the travel lifestyle? If you are already travelling, how did you have the courage to go over the cliff?
We all need a bit of a push, or maybe just a hand to hold! I would love it if you would follow my family as we find hands to hold on to, and one day, take that jump into the blue water below, to a life of travel and dreams and togetherness. To Carpe Diem OUR Way!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.