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There are a lot of travel bloggers out there, many of whom share similar travel values and tactics as we do.  We love being inspired by other travel and lifestyle bloggers and sometimes they just seem to say the things I’ve been thinking but haven’t been able to put into words.  For that reason, I’m going to share a few links with you that have really hit home recently and maybe you can find some more blogs to follow!

1. The Big Money Question: How can we afford this trip?  at The Art of Simple Travel

We get asked this question a lot and have explained it a little here, but the above article is another take on it.  We do a lot of the same things as this family of 5 in keeping our expenses while traveling relatively the same as, or lower than, our expenses would be back home.  Traveling doesn’t have to be that expensive!

2. The Kids are Alright at The Day Book

I love how at the end of describing her life right now with kids she says, “And I still feel like me even under all of everything BABY.”  I can totally relate to this!  Even though Carter is the bulk of my life right now I very much am still me.  I don’t feel like I’ve lost my identity because I brought someone else into this world, but instead I’m learning even more about myself and what I am capable of.

3. I’m Done Traveling at So Many Places

I have felt this way on several occasions while we’ve been traveling, but it was always the worst when I knew my family was together.  Her phrase, “Even birds have nests,” is a perfect little quote for me to reflect on.  I’m always going back and forth between wanting to go home (or to have a home) and wanting to continue to travel, not really sure I can stay true to both.  Scott and I want to build a tiny home within the year and I think that will be a perfect way to help us maintain our traveling lifestyle, but also have a home so we can be with family and friends. (I do apologize, there is some language in the original post!)

4. I Made Eleanor Cry at Love Taza

This is an old post, but it made me cry as I read it and it’s stuck with me since.  It is so sweet to see the effects that positive affirmations and compliments can have, even on such little children.  Reading this also helped me to feel less crazy for laying down with Carter to help him sleep.  It seems like most books out there tell you that you need to teach your child to sleep on their own at an early age, but I prefer cuddling as opposed to screaming.

5. He’s the Idea Guy at The Big Blue Bus Tour

This is also an old post, but I’ve been reading and re-reading this blog recently and this post really resonated with me.  “I want EPIC!” seems to be flowing through my thoughts and what comes out of my mouth these days.  Scott says he’s ready to settle down and I tell him he doesn’t even know what that means.  There are times when I want a home and a schedule that lasts longer than a few weeks before it changes, but honestly the idea scares me.  I don’t want to settle down because with it comes so many expenses that we haven’t had this past year.  I don’t want to settle down because I feel like no matter how hard we try we could easily get caught up in the rat race back home.  I want something EPIC so we have to stay on our toes and we’ll always be able to travel whenever we want.  I want something EPIC and we might have been thinking about renovating a bus into an RV recently… just maybe.