Sam and I love to travel. We’ll share a suitcase, grab our passports and go anywhere. We love to see new things, experience new things and spend time with people in any culture and language. There is also nothing quite like coming home at the very end of a trip. For years now I’ve wanted some sort of map that I could record our travels on. However, when our family jumped from 2 to 5 kids I wondered how in the world we would ever be able to go anywhere with 5 kids.
But venture out we did.
Our first “adventure” was to Michigan (Note: we don’t call them “vacations” in our house…vacations are when just mommy & daddy go away.) 😉 I can still remember it like it was yesterday.
They were so little. We were trying to figure everything out. We had no clue what we were doing. Thankfully, we survived.
We became a little bit braver the next time and traveled out east for a family wedding.
Then we traveled out east a few more times.
Last summer we took an epic road trip to Mexico and this summer we headed west to South Dakota & Wyoming.
While we were gone we rented out our house on Airbnb to other families taking adventures and we actually had our very first experience staying as guests in another Airbnb home while we were in South Dakota. It was great! (I wrote an e-book this past Spring with all of the details on how to host and set up your home for Airbnb, here.)
Six summers together (and finally a suitcase for each of the kids) and suddenly we went from this…
It is amazing what happens over time. We realized right away how special these times away were to learn, discover, explore, and create family memories together. If we were scratching off all of the states that Sam and I have traveled to there would be more. But this map is a special place to record the places that our family has been.
Six summers have past & six summer remain until our oldest goes off to college.
I’m not sure where our next summer will take us but we are all excited to add a little bit more color to our map when the time comes!
I found this treasure on Etsy at Kristen Douglas Art.
The print size is 12×18.
I found an 11×17 frame (custom frames cost much more) in a Hobby Lobby store and trimmed a half inch of white space off of each end.
Where will your next family adventure take YOU?!