Guiding Elements for our Travels


“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” – Dr. Suess

Traveling is not always fun.
In fact it is sometimes downright miserable.
As adults we know and accept this yet we
cannot expect young children to embrace
the growth that comes with challenges and adversity.
Therefore, we commit to be intentional with our planning yet
serendipitously spontaneous so as to minimize the discomforts
and maximize the fun factor thoughout our journeys.

Physical Challenge

“What a disgrace it is for us to grow old without ever seeing
the beauty and strength of which our body is capable.” – Socrates

Our travels will include elements of physical challenge that
are matched to the age and abilities of our children.

Language Immersion

“Through learning language, we learn about culture.
Through learning about culture, we learn respect for others.
Through learning respect for others, we can hope for peace.” – Unknown

“Una mente que se estira por una nueva experiencia nunca volverá
a sus dimensiones previas.”

(A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never
go back to its old dimensions.”)

– Oliver Wendall Holmes
– translated by Tia Kelly

Wherever our travels take us, we will attempt to learn some of the
local language.


“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates

“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves” – Euripides

In our travels and at home we hope to inspire an “insatiable curiosity” in our children
We will study language, culture, local flora and fauna and more while focusing on “teachable
moments” and experiential learning opportunities.

Sustainable Travel

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned
to you by your children.” – Kenyan Proverb

“When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

We know travel can be hard on the planet and
on the people whose homes we visit. In our travels
we seek to minimize our negative impact.  We will travel with an awareness
of issues of cultural sensitivity.


“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has!” – Margaret Mead

In our travels we will seek service opportunities. We will
look for ways to engage in meaninful work in local communities.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along,
listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

Teal colored ocean waters.
A pail and a shovel.
A tropical drink and a good book.
A quiet walk through the woods.

Travel is about unplugging, slowing down and returning to the center of the things that really matter.



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