Holiday Wishes From A Full Time Traveling Family

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It’s Christmas Eve! As I type this, our full time traveling family is busily preparing for Santa’s visit tonight. We’re baking cookies, wrapping presents, and filling up our Christmas pinata. Although we’re far from home, we are still full of holiday wishes for our family and friends around the world.

Hanging out in San Miguel de Allende (November 2018)

Celebrating Christmas as a full time traveling family

Being a full time traveling family has been such an incredible experience so far. Since leaving Seattle six months ago, we’ve traveled through the United States and Mexico. We’ve visited national parks, toured historical cities, and seen some fantastic shows. 

In the past, we’ve celebrated the holiday season with family. But since we’re far from our family this year, we’re making do by celebrating Christmas on our own. Here in Mexico, the Christmas spirit is alive and well. The central market of the town of Guanajuato is decked out in holiday lights. And in front of one of the cathedrals is a giant lighted nativity scene. Even though we’re traveling, we’re glad that we’re not missing out on Christmas.

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A nativity scene in Guanajuato (December 2018)

Sending holiday wishes from Mexico

As we celebrate Christmas on the road this year, we wanted to take some time to send holiday wishes to all of you, where ever you may be. What we’ve learned from our travels is that the spirit of the holidays isn’t dependent on location. It’s all about what’s inside our hearts. 

 So to all our family and friends in the United States and around the world, here are our five holiday wishes we’re sending out to you!

The Christmas tree at the market in Guanajuato (December 2018)

May you never lose that sense of wonder for the world

Our travels this year have shown us that the world is a pretty awesome place. Seeing the Grand Canyon, visiting Yellowstone National Park, and even seeing the monarch butterfly migration in Mexico have shown us how amazing nature can be. And visiting cities like New York City and Mexico City have shown us all the things that humans are able to create too.

For this coming year, one of our holiday wishes for you is that you experience the world with awe. The routine of life can get pretty dull and mundane at times. But if we approach the world with a sense of wonder, even in the little things, it will make life much more exciting.

Looking out in the Grand Canyon (October 2018)

May you always experience the kindness of strangers

As we travel, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the kindness we’ve experienced from the people we meet. Here in Guanajuato, our Airbnb hosts took the time to invite us over to dinner and also gave us a tour of the city! Our travels have shown that people are inherently kind and friendly, no matter where they are in the world. 

For 2019, we hope that you have the opportunity to experience the kindness of strangers. And as part of our holiday wishes, we hope that you also pass that kindness on to others.

The kids playing in Guanajuato (December 2018)

May our door always be open to friends and family, old and new

Throughout our travels, we’ve been grateful for the family and friends who have opened their doors to us. We’ve loved reconnecting with all of you, and are so thankful for your generosity and hospitality! And in the six months that we’ve been traveling in the United States and Mexico, we’ve been lucky to meet some incredible people who we now call our friends.

No matter where we are in the world, we hope that all our family and friends know that our door is always open. We will always welcome you in to our home, and we’d love to share our moments with you!

Our family photo, taken by our friend, Jesse (October 2018)

May you find success in all your endeavors

At the beginning of 2018, we had no idea what the year would look like. But we did know that we would be somewhere out in the world. Throughout the year, we’ve been working tirelessly to make life as a full time traveling family work. This means earning income to support our travels, arranging the logistics of travel, educating our kids on the road, and making sure our mental well-being is taken care of.

No matter what your endeavors are for the coming year, we hope that you find success, in whatever form that may be. From our experience, success isn’t just about making money. It’s about creating a life that feels meaningful and worthwhile. 

Driving through the Southwest United States (October 2018)

May the universe bring you all that you may need

In the end, it’s all about taking a chance in life. And it’s also about having faith that the universe will provide you with all that you need. To us, faith doesn’t have to be associated with any particular religion. It’s more of a belief that some entity exists to help guide our lives.

And having faith also doesn’t absolve you of the responsibilities for taking action in your life. The universe will provide, but you need to make the effort in making things happen. Whatever your station in life, we hope that the universe will provide you with the things you really need.

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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