Comments on: One Year Later: The Time-Capsule Travel Letters and the ‘Eat Pray Love’ Backlash http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/ The Smith family of Piedmont, CA, goes round the world. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:52:51 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 By: Blogs by travelling families — Parents Online http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-862 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 05:18:01 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-862 […] This family had some interesting ideas about reflecting on their journey, http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/ […]

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By: Theresa http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-803 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:24:51 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-803 Thank you so much for this. We will be travelling for a year with our 2 sons in 2012 (they’ll be 14 and 10 at the time) and the idea of writing yourself letters is absolutely fabulous. We will certainly take it up. And it is good to hear about other families making the same choices and giving up the ‘stuff’ for something so much more important. As we take up our planning we are excited, scared, intimidated, thrilled, and blessed that we have the ability to give the gift of global understanding to our boys.

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By: Cheryl http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-754 Sun, 05 Sep 2010 14:58:53 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-754 Thank you for sharing your family letters. We did video recordings before leaving and watching them six months later reminds me how much each of us grew (our kids: 14, 11, 4). Everyday we remind ourselves to hold on to what we learned…it’s a battle against “back-to-school” culture that encourages us to buy, buy, buy. Instead, we’ll try to remember the lessons of travel. We didn’t go to escape our life in the US (which is lovely in fact), but to learn more about ourselves and our family. We feel blessed that our trip gave us those gifts.

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By: soultravelers3 http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-752 Sat, 04 Sep 2010 13:18:39 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-752 Oh, I love the idea of time capsule letter! Sweet! If we ever decide to go back to a “normal” non-worldtraveling lifestyle, I will have to try that. So good to have reminders of special times & rituals that keep it alive.

Keep doing the things that worked on the trip and it will always be the highlighted treasure of your family life.

Making time for family, real time like one gets on a long term world tour, is key I think & not falling into the trap of “busy” & “buying” which is so much a part of American life. It amazes me now to see what people think they “need” or even what I use to think I had to have. Less is more & long term travel teaches us that well.

I’ve found that we are closer when we are homeschooling too, than when she is in school in Spain. Perhaps it’s just more hours of the day together. I have mixed feelings about whether we should just homeschool in Asia to immerse in her Mandarin ( with a tutor) rather than use a school. We’ll see. Certainly, for the teen years we will homeschool exclusively as we travel I think as I find homeschool families tend to remain closer than schooled families.

It will be interesting to see how you incorporate what you have learned into your new life.

“Lucky and grateful” Yes, indeed! 😉

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By: Rachel http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-736 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 13:00:05 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-736 Hi Sarah,
Graet post :) Glad you guys are settling well. On Monday it will be two years since we returned and we are still closer than ever. We now share the childcare evenly, make time for family movie nights, evenings at the beach together, the girls help in our business and would much rather do that than be left at summer camp or similar – they don’t really understand the big deal about sleepovers either.

Oh and the ‘mid-life crisis’ tag would only be applied by someone who has never quit their jobs, sold/rented their house, packed/given away/shredded all their belongings and felt liberated that their only ties are to their fellow travellers! We who have done this know that it requires highly organised military style planning, to which the word ‘crisis’ bears no relevance!

Best wishes
The Four xxxx

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By: Bodes Well » One Year Later – Year One http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-730 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 20:53:35 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-730 […] like my friend and fellow traveler Sarah did here for her blog.  Sadly, I didn’t even realize Eat, Pray, Love was a movie (another benefit of […]

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By: David W. Lavender http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-729 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 03:34:43 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-729 Great post, Sarah. (Love the photo of you all at Four Corners…don’t think I’d seen that one before). Can’t believe how articulate each of you are in your letters–perhaps a consequence of the travel? Of course, the shot of Kyle in the front of the duckie brought things full circle. So sorry you can’t make it out here this week, but know that we’ll see you soon enough one way or another. In the meantime, thanks so much for keeping these posts coming. Along with all your other readers, I’m fascinated to track the ripples of this past year as they spread through the coming one!

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By: Jeffery http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-728 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:52:04 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-728 Thanks again for your insightful thoughts.

Perhaps we’re not seeking happiness, but sustenance.

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By: Bob Redpath http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-726 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 15:35:18 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-726 Yes, thank you for sharing the letters. Once again, it all resonates so much with us — It’s like therapy for me. I had/have the same battle with the “midlife crisis” term as Morgan, and Brenna and I have been talking about how fulfilling — even fun it is to live with less as we resettle.

Yesterday, while we were house and car shopping, we got a flat tire on our borrowed car. Normally I would have been rushed, and pissed off at the inconvenience. But this time when my daughter came over and started helping, instead of pushing her to the side and doing it myself, I let her do as much as she could. I took the moment to teach her how to change a tire — not a big deal, but NOT something I would have done a year ago. My wife noticed the difference. My daughter definitely noticed. So did I.

I started out our year feeling selfish at times for the luxury, the self indulgence, of what we were doing. Now on the other end of the journey, like you, I feel lucky and greatful for everything I discovered along the way.

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By: Sheri http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-725 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:03:24 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-725 I know what you mean about the Eat Pray Love backlash. The critics aren’t just commenting negatively toward the selfishness of traveling but they are also speaking from a very western view point toward spirituality and happiness. The movie hardly touches on Liz’s depression and how unhappy her life had really been before she broke away to find herself. It’s a shame that so many people are stuck in a box of thinking that they can’t see how to be happy. They just keep trying in that box and it never works but they keep faith and it still doesn’t work. They may try and convince themselves that it’s working to work and stay in the rat race and be (supposedly) selfless. The funny thing is that many westerners are known for being selfish, but not in the way that someone in the Eastern hemisphere would define it. I would love to travel. We hope to start by roadschooling someday and see how that goes. Our kids are young yet. I’m glad that you had a wonderful year traveling and are now home safe. Maybe that will happen to us one day. We are also a family of four.

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By: Crissy http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-724 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:01:36 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-724 A lovely piece. Sounds like you had a really meaningful experience and have figured out the things that make your family happy.

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By: Alisha http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-723 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 09:48:31 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-723 Sarah – lovely post. Thank you for sharing. :o)

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By: Ernesto http://away-together.com/2010/08/14/one-year-later/comment-page-1/#comment-720 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 03:22:36 +0000 http://away-together.com/?p=2795#comment-720 Thank you for sharing you lovely letter. I am sure it will be an unforgettable experience for all you nuclear family, but as I tell my younger and undecided son about what path to take between Eco-Geo, do not forget you have OPTIONS. Third World people do not have those options. He agrees with that statement,

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