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Living The Dream: Can It Work For A Work-A-Holic?

Keryn is a the travelling mum from Walking On Travels. She travels often with her two boys while hubby is working. Having a home base and a working husband hasn’t stopped her from Living The Dream

Keryn

What was the first country you visited? Who with and why did you choose it?

The first country I ever visited was Mexico. My aunt and I went to visit missionary friends who ran a home for boys. Looking back my aunt still shakes her head that she brought her 16-year-old niece to a ranch filled with boys, including some very cute 16- year-old boys, but the trip changed my life. It showed me a different way of living in a different part of the world. It made me want more. 

 

When did you start a travel lifestyle? What inspired that change?

I guess you could say that my travel lifestyle has slowly evolved over the years. One trip would lead to another and it would never be enough. That trip to Mexico when I was 16 really set things in motion. Before that I had mainly traveled the east coast of the United States. My family didn't have much money, but my parents always got us outside exploring, climbing mountains and seeing things around our city. As opportunities arose I would jump at the chance to travel abroad. At 17 I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and then at 18 I went to Moldova with a government-sponsored exchange program. College slowed my travels down a bit, but I was able to go to France and Italy to study art for a few weeks. Once I got married we didn't travel too much because of financial reasons, and my husband and I were both building our careers. Once my job started sending me to Asia I caught the bug again and we have been traveling ever since, even after our boys were born. Actually we travel even more since our kids were born. 

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Do you have a base you travel from? Or is it continuous travel? And why do you choose that style?

We have a permanent base in Seattle. My husband loves his job, but we also love to travel. I wander off a lot with our two little boys when my husband's projects keep him very busy and in the office for long hours. He has a healthy amount of vacation time, so he is able to join us a few times a year on our adventures. We have the agreement that a few places are off limits when I travel solo with my kids though. For instance Japan is a big no because my husband loves it so much. I'm happy to wait for him. He speaks a lot more Japanese than I do!  

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How do you fund your travel lifestyle? Is it something you do when travelling or are you a saver?

I am a big time saver. I am also a freelance writer and my husband has a full time job. These three things allow me to book trips that we would like to do, but we have had to pass on a few trips that have come up. The biggest thing I have to remember is that the world isn't going anywhere in the next few years. There will be time to explore at our own pace. 

 

If you could tell yourself one tip before you started your travel lifestyle, what would it be?

Home isn't so bad. There are a lot of things to explore locally when you can't travel internationally. Also, no two travelers are the same. I find myself longing after other travel lifestyles, which in reality aren't what I want or what would work for our family right now. I need to be content and remember I am blessed to do the travels that we do, even when I can't see it all right now. 

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What does “Living The Dream” mean to you?

Living the Dream means so many things to me. Honestly, being able to be home with my kids when they are young, build the career I always wanted but never knew I could have, and having the flexibility to travel when I want is my dream. I have always been a workaholic, but I started "living the dream" when I put my family first and figured out how to do what I love and be a great mom at the same time. 

 

You can find Keryn here - 

Website: Walking On Travels

Twitter: @walkingontravel

Keep traveling, keep moving forward; take your kids walking on life’s path to adventure.     

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Posted by Irene on
Very inspiring interview and beautiful pictures!
Posted by Lance | Trips By Lance on
Great interview. I love following Keryn's adventures. She's a great example for working parents who still want to show their children the wonders of the world.
Posted by Anna Ng on
" The biggest thing I have to remember is that the world isn't going anywhere in the next few years. There will be time to explore at our own pace. "
Amazing how two sentences could inspire me so much! Thanks for this post!
Posted by Eve Tobin-Caron on
Hi! I was wondering if I could ask some travel advice from you? We are a family of 7 , my husband and I and our 5 kids ages 9,9,7,4 and an infant. We are planning on our first long trip with the kids next winter. The trip will be 2 months long over feb and mar. My husband will only be there part if the time so it will just be me and all my young kids a good chunk of it. I am having a hard time finding an affordable place to stay that I will feel safe. We were thinking of st.john but is very pricey. Do you have any suggestions for warm, safe, interesting places to stay safely with kids? I appreciate your time and advice and love seeing all you are up to! Thanks! Best, Eve
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