What I've learned (so far) from traveling the world

We sold everything, packed our carry ons and registered our kids as homeschoolers in preparation to travel the world. I have to admit, there was a lot of fear mounting the days before our first flight. But here we are, on the other side of the world and totally fine. Here are some bits of what I have learned, so far, from traveling the world:

  • Control is an illusion. Fear, if you let it, can be a catalyst for courage. Courage opens wonders and moments that are life changing.
  • Stuff is just stuff. People and human connection are everything.
  • We are all more alike than we think.
  • There are more good people on this earth than there are bad. Most everyone will choose to do the right thing when given the opportunity.
  • Poverty is layered and complex.
  • We are all just trying to figure it out; every country, every culture, every person.
  • What I want out of an education for my kids is not merely found in school.
  • Failure and unexpected disappointments are a part of life, especially when taking big risks – so embrace them as teachers.
  • I am more resilient and capable than I thought.
  • Traveling the world, like life, is unpredictable. You make your plans but learn to hold them loosely, be flexible, set a new course, adjust your sails and in the midst of it all, have joy for the adventure.
  • Travel keeps you from being stagnant and opens your world view to help you focus on what’s most important.
  • To travel is to discover the world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.
  • Life is a gift and it should be lived with curiosity, wonder and joy.