It all started with The Map.
We ordered a giant map. The kind you stick pins in. We hung it in our dining room. My husband and I had made the decision in our minds that we could do it. The questions that still lingered were plenty. Where? When? Would our 10-year-old and 14-year-old even agree? So we decided to buy the map. We took down a painting and replaced it with a large world map. It took up the whole wall. We passed it every day, several times a day.
The Rules: Anyone in the family could put a pin on the map but you have to put something in a folder (or on pinterest or in Dropbox) about the place you wanted to go. Everyone had their own color. Guests came with suggestions and added to it.
The folders grew. The pins were added. Slowly the map started to fill up and we could begin to see the trip in our minds. The kids started to grow excited.
We put a shelf below the map with travel books like 1000 Places To See Before You Die and The Kids’ Travel Book to inspire us. There were no wrong pins and no limits, at first. The goal was to engage. To inspire. To motivate. The map worked its magic.
*Details on the specifics, the itinerary, the packing lists, the planes, trains, and elephants , and how we got our teenager to agree to leave her friends for year are follow-up posts. Follow us and I’ll give updates on what we did and how others are doing it.
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