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Question: What is the Hardest Thing You've Had to Give Up to Undertake Your Life of Travel?

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Traveling as a family is an incredible adventure. We explore culture, learn languages, try new and exotic foods, sunbathe on beaches.

But what about the stuff we had to give up? What's the hardest thing we had to sacrifice?

It may come as a surprise to you, but... (watch the video to find out)

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  1. Loya

    I personally don’t feel I would have a hard time time giving up my material things. Seeings how I have done it more than once in the past. For me Biggest thing I will have to give up, going on adventures or when we do move out of the U.S., will be seeing my extended family. The ones I love be with physically, play games with, share stores, enjoy good food and laugh a lot! I would miss seeing my parents and siblings.

    Thanks for sharing your excitement and passion! Help remind us what we are working towards.

    • Rachel

      Yes, that is definitely one of the harder things. My family is already spread out, so it’s already an issue, no matter where we live 🙂

  2. Carol

    Mr. Atlas, you have grown so much!! What a darling boy you are! Great to “see” you buddy!! Miss you and all your family! XOXOXOOXX

  3. Julia

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  4. Holly

    We have gone years without weddings in my family and all the sudden there are going to be 2 in the next year (so far). This will be the hardest thing for me is missing out on the big events. My family doesn’t all get together very often because of distance but when they do I love to be there. I’m already trying to figure out if I can sneak into our budget for travel plane tickets back to two different weddings in two different states a week apart. Material things have been easier to get rid of because of perspective of what the “real” value of material things are. Its been harder watching some of my kids have to realize that because of space they don’t get to take some of the things they think are important.

    • Rachel

      When we were asked this question, we were thinking of the ‘material’ sacrifices. Our families are already spread out, so we already miss them, no matter where we are. But that is very hard – we’ve missed weddings and funerals and babies, but I don’t think that is only due to travel – it’s just the nature of our family’s lives.

  5. Andy

    The first thing that came to mind was family and friends, but since you were thinking of material things… Perhaps access to state-of-the-art medical care if needed? I might be totally wrong, but that is something I worry about. If you haven’t written a post on medical care already, that would be a great topic.

    • Rachel

      That may have been what the person who asked the question had in mind too… but as our family is already often distant from us, it wasn’t the first thing we thought of. And we actually have more, closer friends while traveling than we ever did at ‘home’.

      I have had a post on health care on the back burner for awhile. I guess it’s time to bring it to a boil 😉

  6. Martin Pietrzak

    I belive people back at home have a belief that happiness comes from owning things. As you said most of our friends’ dreams are defined by number of cars, homes they own and to ensure their kids go to a good school. They fail to see the sacrifice however that they must invest to obtain those things. We have learned from our trip that it is the experiences that matter not the things we own. We have ‘lost’ our house but we have gained a new life. I hope our friends realize that we have gained much more than we have lost…And yes, when we get back, we will not just get back to our ‘old’ life and back to ‘reality’ but rather with a new horizon on life…Regardless, all the best on the road. Enjoy Guatemala.

    • Rachel

      I think you are right there… And you discover that you haven’t lost anything, you’ve only gained. It’s awesome.


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