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Collect experiences.  Not things.

What you do is not as important as why you do it.  We’ve enjoyed traveling as a family, but when we saw this video from the Ruckuslist family, it connected to us in a lot of ways and made us think deeper as to “why” we traveled and sought these unique experiences as a family.  This allowed us to define more purpose.

It’s about how our traveling shapes us a people and who we are becoming

  • Quality time together.  It is the most quality time we share as a family.  We involve the kids in planning our trips.  They have a voice in what we do.  They hold the maps and learn about the area.  We’re in the car for hours together talking, singing, sleeping, etc.  We share experiences and make memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Value of experiences.  As a family we are learning to value experiences over things.  The kids understand we don’t buy toys at the store because we would rather save the money towards a traveling together.  We cut back on the material things we collect in order to have more experiences together.
  • See people / Experience culture.  We learn to appreciate different people and cultures and view the world with open minds.
  • God’s creations.  Our gratitude for God’s creation increases as we experience the beauty He created in the world around us
  • Living now.  We’re learning to appreciate life now and not postpone the things we really want to do on a bucket-list in the back of our minds.  None of us know how long we have on this Earth.  We are learning to live life to the fullest despite the challenges or circumstances we face.