I’m making a wish for myself today. Why not? It is my birthday. I am turning 48 years young and I am celebrating with my husband, my son and my daughter. This is not just any family gathering. One that is thrown together at the last-minute. We are on the road together, travelling around the world. To say this is a dream come true is an understatement of epic proportions.

I had previously hoped that we could do a trip like this around my 50th birthday. Spending some time in Italy, maybe France, for a couple of weeks. The reasonable amount of time which we all could spend away from school and work. A conventional and very achievable trip.

In two years, it is also going to be our 25th wedding anniversary. So the timing was just perfect for a family trip to celebrate all the big milestones. Well, now we need to think of some other way to mark that occasion because we jumped the gun and went big instead. I am so glad we did.

The timing could not have been better. While the year has not been easy for my teens, in terms of school work and missing their very busy social lives, it was possible. My son will be in grade 12 next year and that is not a good time to be abroad. Then he will leave us for music school. My daughter could technically do another trip before her high school career is over, but she has discovered that she is not a very good digital nomad. At least not at this point in her life.

Before we left, I wished we could be closer as a family. Now, as a result of travel, we have no choice. But I think we all agree that the good times have outweighed the bad. We have had the opportunity to get to know each other in a way that is simply not possible in modern families anymore. We have to be nice to each other. We can’t let whatever frustrations or stress we are experiencing spill over. We have to deal with stuff. I suppose it is like living in a tiny house. There is no room for people to be angry.

It is with this fresh new perspective that I make my wish. From a place of kindness, towards myself and others, for there is no reason to be any other way. I have been lucky beyond belief, with this travel opportunity and in most other areas of my life. Seeing some of the world with my own 2 eyes has given me a life long lesson in gratitude. A reservoir that I can dip into again and again.

While I always knew there was a value to travel, I could have never appreciated it fully, until I experienced it for myself. As Mark Twain so aptly wrote – “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Those words have not lost their truth over time.

Did I say what my wish was? No, I did not. Was it purposeful? Yes. You can guess, or imagine what it might be from the words I have written. I think there is some kind superstition whereby if you speak your wish, it won’t come true? 

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Christine Westermark

I am a world traveller, lucky enough to have a loving family who support my dreams to learn, create and give back by designing creative content which enables a lifestyle we don't need a vacation from.

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10 thoughts on “What do I wish for myself?

  • May 23, 2018 at 11:59 am
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    What a wonderful experience for your family, to be able to travel around the world together. Even with the challenges it presents, you are making such memories together! The best birthday gift is to be with family.

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    • May 25, 2018 at 5:25 am
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      Candi – yes, it is an amazing way to spend a birthday. I think the act of learning about new places together is a special experience, which I would not have guessed, before we left.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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    How exciting for your family. This is a once in a lifetime adventure that you all can look back on.

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    • May 25, 2018 at 5:23 am
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      Victoria – thank-you. I might be pushing my luck, but my daughter and I are planning another trip…just the 2 of us, through latin America where we must learn Spanish before we leave…

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  • May 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    So tickled to have found your blog – very intriguing. When we lived in Ecuador for two years, we ran into a surprising number of digital nomad families. Loved it…some are still there, some moved back to the US, some to other countries. It’s a whole new world and traveling gives you a whole new perspective!

    #MLSTL visitor

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    • May 25, 2018 at 5:21 am
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      Donna – so true about perspective. Because I was fairly well travelled for business, I thought I knew it all. How wrong I was. I’ve learned as much as the kids.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    How lovely to be creating so many wondeful family memories. We never had the finances or the opportunity to travel with our kids – now they’re married and gone. I’m not sure if I regret not having the opportunity, but it certainly would be a bonding experience for everyone when you’re living so closely together with no escape clause!

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

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    • May 25, 2018 at 5:20 am
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      Leanne – thanks for the comment. Yes, finances are a concern for us, as well. I’ve managed to write an entire book about planning and executing long term travel with a family. Hopefully, (if I manage to get it published next year), others can learn how to do what we did. The changing workplace is making these trips easier today, than they would have been even a decade ago.

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