How this family of 9 can afford to travel the world year round.
The Denning family has visited 39 countries in the last 10 years and don’t plan to stop.
[ARTICLE] It’s less expensive for this family of 9 to travel year-round than stay home—here’s how.
The Dennings are leading the life of their dreams, one that at first they worried was out of reach.
“It’s never crowded on the extra mile.” You and your family should be climbing the higher road to success and happiness. Join me on the life long quest for greatness!
Take Your Life to the Next Level
Too many of us go through life with our heads down or we just allow life to happen. Furthermore, we never make a conscious effort to take everything to another level.
We always have a choice! We can choose the lower road or we can choose the higher one. Like the bible said you can choose the broad way or you can choose the narrow way. And in our lives, we want to have an extra mile family where we are doing higher things and better things where we are consciously, intentionally, and deliberately trying to be better to reach upward and elevate every aspect of our lives.
Too often we are letting the culture of the world be our own culture but this is not what we want. We want to be different and establish a fantastic family culture.
I want you to take a good look at each area of your life and say:
- How can we reach upward
- How can we have better health -as a family-?
- How can we eat better?
- How can we exercise better?
- How can we learn better?
- How can we improve ourselves?
- How can we improve our relationships?
- How can we even improve our conversations?
Somebody once said:
“Small minds talk about people, mediocre minds talk about events and great minds discuss ideas”
Thus, elevate your conversation, talk about good things and never allow poor conversations in your home and culture.
George Washington said:
“The foolish habits of cursing and swearing is a vice, so mean and so low as to be despised by every person of sense and character.”
Input Determines Output
These little things make a big difference. Thus, if something is not edifying, if it is not inspiring and if it doesn’t lift you then don’t allow it in your family culture because it will have an effect. Believe it or not, some of these things are like poison, they come and start slowly poising your family, therefore, filter everything.
Take your family culture to the highest level where you can really have a tremendous influence on others.
Get on the Quest of Excellence
Make sure to be your best all the time. Make sure, as a family, that everything you do; you do it well -of course, things that matter most- Because there are a lot of people who are trying to do things well that are better if not being done at all. So focus on the things that really matter most and do them in an excellent way and I promise that you will see a tremendous effect on your family.
Reach Upward in Every Area of Your Life
- Reach upward physically
- Reach upward mentally
- Reach upward emotionally
- Reach upward spiritually
- Reach upward socially
And just take everything in your family culture and move it up to the next level.
Are you REALLY living as a family or just merely existing? Are you creating fantastic memories together?
Are you creating fantastic memories together?
Are you learning great books together as a family?
Are you creating fantastic experiences together?
Are You Living Your Life to the Fullest?
Too many families live this perennial groundhog day! They just do the same thing over and over, they have the same experience year after and so instead of getting years of experiences, they are stuck with the same ones year after year. Hence, for many of them; they fall into this -humdrum- existence and they don’t really live their full lives.
Therefore, take a minute to ask yourself: Am I really living? Is my family really alive?
Too many people go through life just with few great experiences and few great memories that they just begin to think -well, that’s the way life is!- And I am sorry but I don’t believe that!
You know my story. I grew up in a broken home, I was out on my own in an early age, I have been in the streets for a long time, but eventually everything has changed and I am currently traveling the world with my family! I know life can be incredibly difficult and hard, and yet I do not for a second believe that life has to be continually hard. Life can be fantastic though but we have to be intentional about making it fantastic. We have to get out and create great experiences.
Learn and Serve Together as a Family
Thus, here is my challenge for you. Deliberately create great memories. I want you to serve together as a family and look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. But be careful, I am not saying that this should be somehow like a checklist nor something you try to draw attention to your family with. But what I am pointing to is that this needs to be part of your family culture, it needs to be part of who you are and what you do as a family.
Learn together! One of the most beneficial things is learning together. Therefore, make sure you are having great learning experiences together. –Hey! Man take your family and fo anywhere in the world and learn–
What comes after learning? ==> Traveling!
We travel tons and we never say that our lifestyle is for everybody. It’s not. But we definitely think that travel ought to be a part of every family. Because you simply learn so much. So try to take your family and travel together.
Read Great Books Together
What’s even greater than the above? ==> Reading great books.
We as a family love to read great books. I am constantly reading to my children every day. And so we have this bounds and books memories. Because we share the same feelings and principals that a book teaches us. And this became a part of who we are.
Remember, each experience, each book and each struggle is part of the recipe of who we are becoming. So do all these things together and it will make the biggest difference in your life.
To Wrap Up…
To wrap up, sit down with your family and write out a list. Just get it in on paper.
==> Get on paper all the experiences you want to have as a family.
==> Get on paper what great books you want to read as a family.
==> Get on paper what languages you want to learn as a family.
==> Get on paper where you want to travel with your family.
==> Get on paper how you want to serve others as a family.
==> Get on paper what you can do together consistently as a family.
Learn together, travel together, experience together, read great books together and have a fantastic family culture.
Do you ever feel like you just don’t have enough time, energy, resources, etc to adequately fortify your family? You’re not alone!
One the best things you can do to strengthen you family is to REDUCE!
In this video, I discuss the benefits of and the effective ways to reduce all the excess in your life–from clutter to commitments; from devices to people, to schedules, and more.
Unburdening your family from unnecessary distractions will bring a power and a peace and a freedom that will do wonders for your relationships!
Prioritizing Is the Righ Way
Too many of us are just pulled in so many directions therefore, we feel we don’t have enough energy, time and don’t have the resources to do what we want to do. But the truth is, you can do anything you want but you can’t do everything you want to do. You have to prioritize and choose.
Too many of us get going with stuff and things and forgetting that everything we have takes up time, energy, effort and attention. Thus, I invite you to look at all your stuff and all your consistent habits and then prioritize them. Set up rules and boundaries about how much each family member is going to use a specific habit -or stuff- and then keep it at a minimum. Actually, some of the things may even have to go and your TV may be one of those things.
My invitation is to list out all the things you have that are consistently taking attention and time and say which ones can be reduced and which ones can be eliminated.
Family Is What Matters Most
Another thing that’s plugging people is expenses or bills. About this a great book called “Lifeonaire” by Shaun McCloskey and Steve Cook which I highly recommend. The principle of the book is to reduce your bills and reduce this idea of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and having more and more stuff. The book says as you reduce your stuff and your expenses, it lowers stress and frees up time to live more intentionally and more purposefully.
Family is what matters most! Too often we think that this is for our family and so we acquire all these things and we work all the time but really what the family needs most is you. They need you to be present, they need you to be giving your very best to them and not just your very best to work.
Therefore, simplify your schedules, reduce all the things and the distractions and get that down to a comfortable minimum. Again, all these things can be very good but they have got to be prioritized and scheduled with boundaries and limitations so that they are adding real value to your life and not taking you away from what you really want most.
Last but not least, you need to eliminate all the negativity from your life. Any input that doesn’t fit with your highest family values needs to be eliminated.
Again my challenge is to do something today. Identify clearly what are the limitations and the boundaries, reduce, get rid of what needs to, and make sure that everything in your life is there because you wanted it there and because it brings real value to your life.
Your children grow and change so fast. Before you know it, they’ll have children. It’s so important to help your children learn and understand while they are still young.
Please don’t wait to create great experiences for your family. The sooner you do it, the better the results. It works like the law of compound interest.
One of the best practices of positive parenting is to get your children out into the world to have new, exciting, challenging, educational experiences.
Traveling The World Will Bring Amazing Experiences
This morning I was out with my wife and our six children. We went surfing; body-boarding; skim boarding and just playing on the beach having great time together. Right now we are living now in Costa Rica, we have been here for a while. We actually traveled from Alaska through Yukon; Canada; the United States; Mexico; Belize; Guatemala; Nicaragua; Honduras; El Salvador and now we are in Costa Rica. We won’t stop here but we are going to keep traveling and have incredible experiences together as a family!
Great Experiences Develop Who You Are
We have been traveling for a lot of years with our kids since they were really little – some of them are still little- But there are amazing things that happens with little children. They can pick stuff up just so fast and adapt so well. People ask us from time to time if our kids are really getting something out or are they really going to remember those experiences. Well, the little ones won’t! But actually I am pretty surprised how much they do remember. But what is more important is that those experiences develop WHO THEY ARE! They are also picking up skills; abilities and lenses through which they see the world; they are learning new languages; environments; foods and cultures. All these neural connections that happen are so incredible during the stage of development. Because the more we do while they are young, the better.
I am trying to learn how to surf with my kids. And I was helping them this morning catch some waves and they were so good at that! It is just so much easier when they are younger.
Make Sure You Have Incredible Experiences
So make sure you get out and have those incredible experiences with your children while they are young! Do not push them too hard because they are still young and let them play and have a great life. But get out and have great experiences with them.
Whatever you do, just don’t stay in your little corner of the world or in your house all the time. Instead, get out and have experiences! Let them learn those things that are so much easier to learn when they are young.
Set up your life in a way that you are training your children to be excellent leaders. To be well-read; well-developed; to be comfortable with young and old; rich and poor; black and white and everything in between where they can be comfortable; competent and very experienced.
“No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
I grew up in a broken home; no fun. I am making sure my children grow up in a loving and strong family. What legacy will you live and leave?
What Are You Going to Leave?
In church today, I met a really nice old man and we had a great conversation together. And it got me thinking about what I’m going to be like when I am older.
That really got me into this mindset of:
- What am I going to leave?
- What am I going to give?
- What is my legacy?
- How am I making a contribution?
- What am I doing that is meaningful and matters?
- How am I delivering the goods for my children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors and for the whole world?
I hope that you think about this all the time. Who do you want to become and what do you want to leave.I think a lot of people go through life and don’t even think about it. So I invite you to give it some thought. Who do you want to become? And what legacy do you want to leave?
When you get older, do you want to be surrounded by your children, grandchildren, friends and family? Or, like some people I know that are lonely and my heart literally aches for them. They become bitter and cranky and as the get old, they get old alone. But it’s not enough because you are awesome and you can do more, give more and be more. So go out and make it happen.
Here’s a Hard Lesson For You. Make Sure to Not Do This
I grew up in a broken home, and my father took off when I was born and I have no relationship with him. And I think about him sometimes; he is all alone and didn’t leave that great legacy and he is just off by himself. And in total sincerity, my heart aches for him! He doesn’t have what I want and so I am putting my focus on building the family, the culture, and legacy that I want to have in my life. Because for me, that is the most important thing in life!
So make sure that you are on the right path, and if you are not on it, make sure you get on it!
You are AWESOME! You can do more, you can be more and you can build more! So go out and make it happen and do things that really make a difference.
Families are falling apart. You don’t want that to happen to yours. There are things you can do to keep your family close together. One sure-fire way to keep your family at its best is to create a phenomenal family culture. Start building this powerful tool into your daily family life today!
Your Family Is Falling Apart! Do Something
Everyday, it seems that my concern for families is growing! Families are falling apart, marriages are hurting, kids are getting lost in the world, and the potential; the happiness and all the goodness in the family is getting lost in so many places! BUT it doesn’t have to be like that! FAMILY LIFE IS THE BEST LIFE! And the greatest HAPPINESS will come within the walls of our own HOMES.
And yet, how often is it that most of the contention, the hurt, frustration, and misery is taking place within the walls of our homes?I want to share with you just one simple idea that helps us keep our families together. To keep them strong and happy for your whole life and hopefully for generations. That idea is creating a family culture.
CULTURE is who we are. It is even more than what we do. It is who we are right now that determines our success as a family.
- What is your family?
- Who are you individually?
- Who are you together?
- What is your culture?
Although our families need both substance and structure, it is essential that we give principle preeminence over procedure. What that means is that we have created this culture and sense of always being busy, but busy doesn’t always mean successful, effective or productive. And it is not always the best thing.
How To Create a Culture of Love
As I have traveled the world, I have had the privilege of working with, experiencing and observing families around the world. And I have seen in other cultures that they have a much stronger FAMILY CULTURE. Even in their overall culture, they value family time more. It’s been a wonderful thing to observe that and there have been so many lessons that I have been able to pick up from that.
So I want to share this idea of creating that culture of who you are and who you want to become. So that every member of your family is eating, drinking, sleeping, living and breathing the highest values that you want for your family. That permeates your home, your thoughts, your ideas and your behaviors. Who you are becoming is all based on that idea of the FAMILY CULTURE you want.
So how do you do that? It’s the things you say, do and think as well as your attitude. All of that fits together in one big whole that is your family culture.
The best thing you can do for your family is to become your very best self! And nothing will get better in your family or in your life until you do! You have to lead out and set that example, and do it every day. It’s something that gets into our hearts and our minds, so that when your children are not in your view, they still make the right decisions.
You don’t have to go home and let out all your worst behavior on the ones you love the most. You should actually value that the most and protect it. You have to leave all the other stuff outside and don’t bring in the culture of the world. Don’t allow the negative cultures in your family, but protect your family from them. We have to become defenders, protectors, and promoters of enlightened and strong families.
Be Brave and Take This Challenge
Here’s my challenge today. Sit down with your family and write a FAMILY CULTURE PLAN. Write down:
- Who you want to become
- What kind of attitude you want to have
- What kind of thought habits you want to have
- What kind of emotional mystery you want to have
- Who you are going to be as a family
So try to get on paper as much as you can and try to include some power words in there. For instance: education, love, charity, active…
Develop your FAMILY CULTURE as who you are.
If you want a strong family that stays together and prevent your family from falling apart, then CREATE A FAMILY CULTURE. Do it today, and it will bless the rest of your life!