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How I Pack My Family with Me

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How I Pack My Family with Me

When I began traveling the world almost 3 decades ago, none of my family or friends understood why I chose this vagabond lifestyle. Other than my father, who wished he could have gone with me, most everyone else wanted a stay-in-one-place manner of living that focused on barbeques, Super Bowl parties, pets and gardens.

I, on the other hand, wanted to visit exotic cultures, dream down dusty trails, and witness firsthand the wild variety that is humanity around the world.

Initially on my journeys, especially since we began them long before internet, Skype, or online travel forums, there was this seeming disconnect. I was “long distance” and everyone else was together “back home.”

Our trusty packs were a Christmas present

Real time communication

These days, things are different.

Billy and I normally travel a year between our visits to the States to see our loved ones. That’s a long time and lots of celebrations between seeing our family and friends face-to-face. To bridge that distance in time, I call their homes several times a month using Skype and video. In this way, no one forgets what I look like, including my grandniece and nephew. I watch as the decorations in their homes change, their gardens grow and I’m there singing Happy Birthday or shouting Merry Christmas or Happy Anniversary as the pages on my calendar turn over.

Digital diary

When I visited the States a few years ago, I realized that no one there could relate to the perspective I had been nurturing for decades in my world travels. The U.S. is a developed nation so there were no donkeys in the streets. And there were no indigenous walking the neighborhoods with baskets of wood or hand woven textiles on their heads. There were no food carts where I could purchase fresh fruit or grilled shrimp on a whim, either.

So, I gathered about 300 photos of my wanderings, put them on a chip and purchased digital photo frames to display them in continuous rotation. My family was amazed – or maybe speechless is a better word.

Not everyone writes

Not everyone enjoys writing letters, emails or sending postcards. However, every person I know likes to receive them.

Since I am a writer – and always have been since I was a grade school child wishing I could find a pen pal – I have taken this responsibility on. And, it is one of the ways I keep in touch. Any chance I get, I write an email and tell a story about my life, and of course, I ask about theirs. Or I send a post card made from one of our photos giving a full-and-in-color snapshot of where I have been.

Gifts

This shawl is a favored gift

Since I carry everything with me when I travel, in the old days, my family was initially stumped as to what to give me for gifts. It was an uncomfortable kink in the transition from an old pattern to my new one.

You see, before I carry anything around the world with me I must consider it in terms of value – versus its weight and the room it takes. Today, digital downloads for music or reading material delight me because I can carry it online instead of packing the heavy book or CD plus-case-in my rucksack. Technology has made this area of our lives much easier. And of course, my family has adjusted to my world wanderings.

I have also been gifted great walking shoes, washable and lightweight clothing, scarves, beach wraps, earrings, socks and even nail polish. When I dress myself in the mornings I have all these reminders of the love we share and I take them with me into my lifestyle of skipping from one country to the next.

While nothing replaces being there in person for each occasion, I am psychologically built to enjoy my life of movement. My friends and family are constructed for a lifestyle that I would find constricting. So, by wearing and using these gifts, I am able to carry my loved ones with me everywhere.

After all, there is no distance in the heart.

About the Authors

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. In 1991, at the age of 38, they challenged the belief systems of everyone they knew and left the conventional working world to travel the globe. Facing unique challenges and living well on less money, Billy and Akaisha have been helping people achieve their own dreams of financial independence by sharing the wealth of information they have collected over the years on their website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com.

Their approach to financial freedom is that if they can do it, you can too! They believe that becoming financially self-sustaining is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the world. In this way you are free to utilize your talents for the benefit of those around you. Their goal is to assist anyone who has the drive to become financially independent. You can write to them directly with your questions and comments at TheGuide@RetireEarlyLifestyle.com. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible, available on their website or on Amazon.com.

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