The great affair is to move
I have been dreaming about this blog for well over a year now, so it’s hard to believe it’s finally live, ready and waiting for our family’s stories. Because for us, it’s almost impossible to sever a life of simplicity from a life of exploration, of our eagerness to learn about the Great Big World and our small part within it. We’ve long needed a place to park our thoughts.
(And hey, it’s pretty great to launch this thing with a view of Tuscany, Italy out the window.)
Welcome, welcome to this extension of The Art of Simple. As our family of five revs up to explore and travel as a daily part of our modus operandi, we craved a space to share with you our love of travel. To encourage you to get out “there,” even if it’s a block away. To bravely think outside the box. To take risks together as a family, and to wield your privilege and responsibility wisely. To not be scared to immerse in the different.
Here at The Art of Simple Travel, you’ll find our stories from abroad, tips for traveling with kids, and inspiration to pack up your bag and just go. Because here’s the thing: travel matters.
It matters because the world is infinitely bigger than our local neighborhoods, both in size and perspective. Never before in history have we been so connected, and never before have we been able to explore the world so efficiently, easily, and quickly.
Because of this, the world inescapably infiltrates our daily lives. Our neighbors are immigrants, our favorite foods and TV shows were birthed across the pond, our news and politics bleeds across borders. And this is a very, very good thing.
It’s only moving faster and farther in this direction of integration and international community, so we’re tethering our hearts if we choose to squint our eyes and stay near-sighted. To choose only what we know is to miss out on how the world is moving, like it or not. And we’d be missing out on some dang good food.
Here’s where all this gets really juicy: we’ve got to introduce this changing world to our kids, too. Whitney was right—they are our future, and the earlier they integrate, enjoy, and immerse themselves in the world’s variety, the better equipped they are to lead, serve, and communicate effectively when it’s their time to hold the baton.
Hear me out—I’m not saying I think you’re wrong if you don’t take your kids on a round-the-world trip. Not at all. Because the world has come to each of us, in so many ways, it’s easy to learn about peoples, places, and cultures without a passport. (This blog can serve as a major tool for this experience, if you like.)
But I will boldly say that I think you should leave your home country as a family at least once in your life, and to do what you can to make it happen. Are you a bad parent if you don’t? Of course not. Will life go on if you never get on that plane? Totally. I never left the States with my parents and brother when I was growing up, and I live an incredibly fulfilling life.
But you’re missing out if you don’t. Believe me. There’s something about traveling to a different culture with your kids that changes you, bonds you, and shapes your family culture like nothing else. It’s worth every penny and potential headache, and you’ll never know what it’s like unless you go.
I’m not talking about a massive trip that requires an entire lifestyle shift. I’m talking about a week or two across the border, away from your normal, saved up for pennies at a time. Even if it’s just once, before your kids leave home.
We hope this blog encourages you to strap on that backpack and take those first steps out the door. It only gets easier after that, and you’ll be so glad you did.
How this blog works
Yes, I’ll still be spearheading and writing at The Art of Simple—I love that place, and have no plans of ever leaving it. That’s where I’ll share my passion for living simply, and share that same passion from our writers. It’s not going anywhere.
AoST is our home for sharing our passion for travel, the flip side to our family’s simple living coin—the two go hand-in-hand for us. Kyle will occasionally write here as well, and Tate, our oldest kiddo, will also write about traveling from a kid’s perspective. Stay tuned.
We’ll post here both as we travel and as we gear up to travel, both locally and abroad. We hope to share tips, stories, and inspiration, along with photos, resources, and eventually, videos and a podcast.
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We’d love to hear from you: what’s your experience with traveling as a family? Where do you most want to go? And if you’d like to stick around as a reader, what sorts of things would you most like to hear from us? And also, please just say hello! We’d love that.
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