Why World Travel on All Seven Continents is On Our Family’s Travel Bucket List

April 24, 2018

Our family has five travel goals. This post is part of a five-part series of posts that explain more about why our family selected each of our travel bucket list goals. In this post you’ll read more about why we chose to make world travel a family travel goal.

To see our progress on our travel goals and read about many of our travel destinations, you can look here. To get more bucket list ideas for your family, you can read our list of family travel bucket list ideas.

Links to the rest of this series can be found below:

Visit All 50 States

Explore More of Our Own “Backyard”

Experience As Many Sweeping Vistas, Mountains and National Parks as Possible Along the Way 

Experience As Many Zip Lines as Possible Along the Way

If you want to learn more about how your family can create and reach their travel goals, you can subscribe here for my free e-book, Creating and Achieving Your Family’s Travel Bucket List:

 

Sheep traffic jam in New Zealand

Why did we select this bucket list goal?

There are many reasons why our family has a goal of visiting all seven continents.

  • We love to travel: Travel is something we talk about all the time. It’s what we do. 🙂
  • We have a decent start: The kids have been to two continents, and my husband and I have each been to four. Getting to the rest of the continents should be achievable.
  • To expand our horizons: We want our kids to see the world beyond their own fairly sheltered suburban American one.
  • To grow a sense of bravery and adventure: My first trip to another continent (and the first time I flew!) was as a 20-year-old visiting Tokyo and Hong Kong with my college roommate. I flew back home by myself. I distinctly remember the feeling of accomplishment I had getting myself through Tokyo Narita airport by myself. I want my kids to get that feeling as well.
  • To appreciate our home: It seems weird, but everywhere in the world that I have traveled —  even the places that are amazingly beautiful and have better worker vacation policies than the US — make me appreciate something about home.

 

French Riviera, Antibes, France

What we love about this bucket list goal?

There’s a lot to love about exploring abroad.

  • New scenery: We love exploring scenic vistas, mountains, and coasts. There is a lot of this kind of scenery to see in the US, but we want to see the geographic wonders beyond our country’s boundaries. Seeing new cities is also fun.
  • New cultures: Immersing ourselves in new cultures can be overwhelming, but it teaches you so much about how other people around the world live.
  • We love a challenge: We get energized by the idea of seeing places that not every other suburban American family has gone.

 

Bellagio, Italy

What is challenging about this bucket list goal?

There are actually several challenges we have come across when working toward this travel goal.

  • Language challenges: Most of the places we will be going do not speak our native English as a first language (or maybe at all). Communicating in very basic words and phrases of another language, paired with pointing and miming, can be exhausting and frustrating at times.
  • Culinary challenges: Not to name names, but we have some very picky eaters (plural) in our household. Finding food they are willing to try could be a major source of stress.
  • Financial challenges: Travel costs for non-domestic trips can be expensive. We will need to continue to be vigilant with our family finances in order to continue to make international travel a priority.
  • Logistical challenges: International travel comes with the need for a passport (which we currently have), visas, possible vaccination requirements, etc.

 

What is our status on reaching our goal?

My husband made a handy world map to illustrate who in our family has been where. Gotta love a handy husband! We have been to the following continents and countries so far:

Mom (Me):

  • North America (US, Canada, Mexico)
  • Asia (Hong Kong, Japan)
  • Europe (England, France, Monaco, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Australia (and New Zealand)

Dad:

  • North America (US, Canada)
  • Asia (China)
  • Europe (France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Australia (and New Zealand)

Kids:

  • North America (US, Canada)
  • Europe (Italy, France, Switzerland)

Termite mound, Queensland, Australia

Where do we want to go next for this goal?

Good question. We are trying to map out potential trips in the next few years. Here are the trips we’ve talked most about:

South America: Our son is very interested in us taking a vacation somewhere warm that has beaches, mountains, and historical exploration opportunities. We are currently scouting out Peru, but may try to add some additional countries as well.

Antarctica: Many excursions to Antarctica depart from South America. I don’t think we’ll be able to work Antarctica into our South American trip if we go to the places discussed above, but we are certainly considering whether it would be possible to combine the two continents into one trip either sooner or later.

Africa: This is the continent we have done the least research and planning about. I have seen so many intriguing ideas for South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, and others, but we are not ready to put this one on our short-term plan just yet.

 

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Followingtherivera
    April 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    This is really great for your family, and it’ll be wonderful to experience many things together. Many Americans I know tend to travel within the US, so it’ll be good to follow your adventures around the world.

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      Kristie
      April 25, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it will be an adventure, for sure. Looking forward to expanding our horizons!

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    Angela
    April 26, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Sounds awesome! There are so many places I’d like to explore, but lately we’ve been focusing on our backyard. It is incredible how much time we’ve spent traveling elsewhere and never realized the amazing stuff right here!

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Backyard is also a focus of ours, not just our country (the US), but our state (Minnesota). So much to see and do!

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    Jamie Harper
    April 26, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Africa would be difficult and scary for us because it is so unknown! Good luck on the goals, I think you inspired me to make our own family travel bucketlist goals! We’ve never really written them down!

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Glad to hear you’re inspired to make goals. That’s my blog’s whole goal! 🙂 Yes, we haven’t thought too hard about Africa, but I have a feeling we might seek out more professional help (tour guides, etc.) on that one.

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    Katie Graves
    April 26, 2018 at 9:52 am

    This is such a great idea! It’ll really expand your children’s horizons and views on other cultures which I think is always super important. One thing that I firmly believe is that you learn more outside of the classroom than inside – good luck completing this goal!

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks! I think it’ll be good for us adults, too. 🙂

  • Reply
    crystal statskey
    April 26, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Great bucket list! I would love to travel all seven continents. Currently on our bucket list is to travel to all 50 states!

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    Jocelyn
    April 26, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Wonderful goals! Great post, and I love how you broke it down. Good luck on your journey, and I can’t wait to see/hear about it!

    • Reply
      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks!

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    Maggie | TotallyTeenTravel.com
    April 26, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for you and your family! I’m pretty confident you’ll hit your goal sooner rather than later!

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks! It’ll be fun. 🙂

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    Katie
    April 26, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    As a very sheltered person who to this day has never seen an ocean, I want so much more for my kids! We also have a bucket list and I hope someday soon to start crossing items off.

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Good for you! Neither of my parents had ever traveled as kids, but they just figured it out, and I’m so, so grateful.

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    Candi Randolph
    April 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I’m not a traveler but love to read about other’s adventures, so I will be sure to keep tabs on yours. I love that your family is all in this together!

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks! It’ll be an adventure, and it won’t happen overnight, but we really want to make it happen!

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    Verla
    April 26, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    You are right, you are giving your kids the gift of a wide world perspective. There is really no other way to get this. It is fun to follow your thinking and planning process.

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks for the reassurance. 🙂

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    tif
    April 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    This is a huge bucket list goal for my husband and me as well!!! Go to PERU! It is amazing and like your son wants, there is beaches, mountains and SO Much history!!! I would love to do Antartica as well- so many people thing I am crazy for saying that but, it looks LOVELY!!! Love this goal idea!

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      Kristie
      April 26, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks for the endorsement of Peru! It looks just amazing. I hope you’re able to get to Antarctica, too. I agree…it looks beautiful and fascinating!

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    Kristi Ann
    April 27, 2018 at 6:56 am

    This is a great bucket list to have. Our family bucket list is very similar!

    • Reply
      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Thanks! All the best to you on achieving your family’s travel bucket list! 🙂

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    Karen
    April 27, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I would love to travel more and experience more of the world. I just hate flying!

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

      You can still have travel goals for places that aren’t as far away. I even wrote a post about it. (http://www.worldiswide.com/family-travel-bucket-list-ideas/)

      Yeah, unfortunately flying is required for a lot of faraway places. I don’t have any advice on how to get past that, unfortunately. I don’t love the experience of flying either, but I don’t get anxious about it (except on small planes…not a fan of small planes).

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    Heidi
    April 27, 2018 at 8:48 am

    It’s so amazing that you are taking your kids to all these countries. They will forever cherish the memories and experiences.
    I am planning to go to Uganda, Africa in the next year on a short-term mission. I hope it works out!

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Good for you! Mission work and volunteerism sound like really worthy travel opportunites. Safe travels!

  • Reply
    Laura
    April 27, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Love your travel goals! Your kids are lucky to have parents that foster curiosity, adventure, culture. Best of luck in checking off every item on your list!

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks! I will also acknowledge that we are privileged enough to have jobs and support to make trips like this happen. I think families can have adventures without leaving their state as well.

  • Reply
    Vicki Belanger
    April 27, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    How lucky your kids to have a life filled with such adventure – can’t wait to read more!

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you! We aren’t able to live on the road or anything, but we try to make the best of the time we have.

  • Reply
    gail
    April 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Love the ziplining goal!! I think mine would be paddle boarding!

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Ooooh, paddle boarding would be a blast, too! Gotta love adventure. 🙂

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    Alexis
    April 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I think the languages would be the hardest for me. I’d need a guide to help translate for me. But I’d love the traveling part!

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      The language barriers are really exhausting and frustrating sometimes, I agree.

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    Dee
    April 27, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    This is awesome! We have similar goals and have traveled quite a bit so far since I worked abroad for a few years. We even had our daughter while living abroad. I haven’t been ziplining yet though but I really want to.

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      Kristie
      April 27, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks! That’s great that you have had opportunities to travel. You’ll have to try zip lining sometime. 🙂

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    shanna
    April 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    What a great goal! And what a great way to motivate yourself to reach it, writing about it~

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      Kristie
      April 28, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Yes, it does keep us motivated! 🙂

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    Melina
    April 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Love that a goal is to go on as many zip lines as you can!

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      Kristie
      April 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks! Zip lines have kind of become our thing. They’re fun!

  • Reply
    Terri
    April 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    That’s a great family bucket list! Your photos are beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing more!

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      Kristie
      April 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks! We’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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    Mrs. SBF
    May 3, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Nice bucket list! Our children are grown and doing their own traveling now so Mr. SBF and I just kind of wing it now on our trips!

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      Kristie
      May 3, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      I have a friend who has a “trips with their kids” bucket list and a “trips we’ll do when we’re empty nesters” bucket list. 🙂

  • Reply
    umiko
    May 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I hope you will reach your goal and making memories with the kiddos wherever you go. Do you go when school is off or you homeschool the children?

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      Kristie
      May 5, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      We go when school is off. We are sadly not full-time travelers. Someday that would be awesome, but we do what we can until then.

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    Susan
    May 24, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Great list! I agree that exposing your children to world is so important. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

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      Kristie
      May 25, 2018 at 6:49 am

      Thanks Susan!

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