Would you leave everything to see the whole world?

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Traveling is inspiring on so many levels, and you know you have a traveler soul when in your heart you feel that you could just keep traveling. Forever. When you miss home, but you don’t really look forward to going back, not even after two months. When you like your routine, but can easily throw it out the window in the name of adventure. 

Alex and I had a crazy thought a few weeks ago: why couldn’t we just travel? Why couldn’t we try for a couple of years what people call nomadic life? What would really keep us from selling everything we own, put the rest in a couple of big luggages, and just travel from one place to the other? What would we lose or miss? And what would we gain? 

Since we talked about it, this idea of a nomadic lifestyle keeps going through my head and the only way I know to deal with it is to write it down. So here it goes, pros and cons, wishes and concerns, in the most simplistic form I can express them. Because you, my readers, are always a source of inspiration and advice, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.  

PROS

  1. I always say that traveling is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer. Imagine how much traveling we could do if we didn’t have (m)any fixed expenses—rent, car, school, nursery—but traveling. 
  2. I hate the thought of dying eventually—always have—and if I had to think about one thing that would really make my life worth living, I’d think about traveling. There is so much world to see and so limited time to see it. A nomadic lifestyle would allow us to see the whole world, and as I’m writing this a rush of adrenaline runs through my veins and I get tears in my eyes.
  3. Alex and I can travel anywhere in the world: we’re in such a privileged position that we would be completely insane not to take advantage of it. 
  4. We could live the minimalistic lifestyle we’ve always wanted. The idea of selling everything we own, and leave with only a couple of luggages is so appealing to me.
  5. Oliver and Emily would get to live the world, to know so many cultures, to experience so much life. It would give them a different mindset for the rest of their life. 
  6. A two-month travel like the one we did in Canada is expensive—no matter how frugal you are. And back at home there’s always a rent to pay, too, which makes the holiday even more expensive. That expense wouldn’t exist if we didn’t have a place to go back to.

CONS

  1. We wouldn’t have a place to call “home” anymore, which I always liked. Home to me is not where my house is, it’s where my people are. I’d miss my people so so much, I’d miss seeing my friends’ kids grow up, I’d miss my dance shows with the people I consider family. 
  2. I like my stuff. It might sound silly, but I like my good frying pan, my HomePod, my projector. I like Oliver and Emily’s toys and books. I like that Alex has his own bike, because it’s his only hobby. I like making all our long-term apartments gorgeous to my own standards: I’d miss that when traveling around the world constantly. 
  3. I can’t help thinking, are we being selfish? Would this be right for the kids? Kids love routine, and they have their people, too. Oliver doesn’t talk much about his friends, but I know he misses them, and he misses friends in general: the other day he was playing with some new friends at the playground, and as I was watching him play with other kids, I realized that it was the first time in over a week. When you travel constantly, it’s hard(er) to make friends.
  4. Last but not least. In September I’ll be regaining some of my blogging time when Emily starts nursery. Traveling and not having a routine most likely means I’ll have to give my “me time” up again—or at least part of it. 

Truth is, he idea of actually starting a nomadic life makes me bite my nails (which is what I do when I feel stressed or nervous). But I also know that when I can find pros to my cons, and talk myself into doing something I feel nervous about, it means that I really want it. 

PROS TO MY CONS

As I was writing down my cons, the little voice inside me was saying: 

  1. True, but it wouldn’t be much different from the way I’ve lived with my extended family for the past 10+ years. It’s a choice, and I could make it work like I did with my family. And just imagine how many new friends we would make, we’d have a friend in every part of the world. 
  2. A month into our Canadian adventure, I haven’t missed a single thing that I left behind. I’ flexible, I adapt easily, and lately I’ve actually learnt to be even more conscious when buying. Having a place to put stuff triggers the need/want to buy more of it.
  3. We might be selfish. It might not be 100% what the kids need. But a) If we don’t do it now that the kids are not in school yet, then when?; b) They might not go to nursery all year round, but isn’t the real world the best school ever anyway? And c) We could stay in each place for a bit longer, or even go where we find Montessori nurseries. There are so many possibilities if we only wanted to explore them.
  4. True, but then imagine just how much more material I’ll have to write about. Nomadic life with toddlers… it sounds to me like an infinite source of amazing posts for my blog! And also… Nothing is irreversible, we can stop and settle again any time.

This is what’s going on in my mind, intermittently. 

But mostly there’s this mind-blowing thought: at the end of this adventure, we’ll have spent two months in east Canada. What if we could just move on to West Canada? And then down to the States. Or to Latin America. And then all the way around the globe to Australia. And then to Asia. And then to the North Pole… How amazing would that be? 

So I’m asking you. Would you do it, if you could?


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  1. Si. Ho viaggiato tanto e mi sento sempre meglio quando sono in partenza. E so bene che non mi fermerò fino a che non avrò finito il mio personalissimo giro del mondo.
    Si. Lo farei. Perché ora o mai più. Quando i figli crescono diventano un freno, non appena avranno le loro abitudini e i loro amici consolidati, diventerà più difficile portarli via e partire…
    Si. Si può essere nomadi er qualche anno, magari fino a che i bimbi non dovranno frequentare delle scuole dell’obbligo (e so di genitori che hanno preparato i loro figli per molti anni, affinché sostenessero via via gli esami delle scuole elementari e medie in maniera privata). E se vi manca una casa dove tornare ci sarà sempre la mia (e ne sono certa, anche quella di papà e Mariò)!
    Si. La famiglia si incontra anche in giro per il mondo ed io sarei la prima a raggiungervi. Ed è una promessa. Perché come i viaggi, anche voi, e i vostri piccoli, siete il miele della mia vita. Mamma

    • Mami, mi era sfuggito il tuo commento! Lo so che sarai la prima a raggiungerci ❤️

  2. I really like the idea of nomadic lifestyle. My life as a performer is already base on being out of the conventional path and I really enjoy it.
    I really liketo read the pros and cons… but the best are in the pros. And the first one, it is so powerful: ”traveling is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer”.
    I think that facing our fears or things that make us nervous in our life is the most growing thing to do! It it not the easiest path but the best way to grow and become a stronger, better human being… I think 😉

    Thanks for this great blog!!!

    • Chantal, you’re the real deal when it comes to nomadic life, and we were so inspired by you! ❤️ Thank you for your comment, and please say hi again in the comments once in a while! I hope you’re all good!

  3. Quello che hai scritto è molto bello, ma io non lascerei mai la mia casa per viaggiare il mondo. A parte il periodo delle ferie, io la sera devo tornare tra le mie mura, tra le mie sicurezze, i miei affetti.

    • Ciao Rosa, ti capisco, ti capisco, ti capisco! Ma alla fine hai visto che abbiamo fatto la pazzia e deciso di partire? 😜

  4. Sto sognando ad occhi aperti al posto tuo… avere la fortuna di lavorare ovunque! Partirei domani! Magari un giorno vi rifermerete nel posto che vi spinge a restare. I bambini saranno felici se saranno circondati di serenità…

    • Ciao Enrica, grazie per il tuo commento! Hai visto che alla fine abbiamo deciso di farlo? 🙊

  5. In a heartbeat ❤️ I believe there are 2 people, those that yearn to discover the world (for extended periods of time) & those happy to have a short holiday but return to what they know. Life flies by & if you don’t do what you want you’ll miss out on incredible opportunities. Maybe living abroad at 18 influenced me or maybe some people are just born to see other cultures & experience things outside their societies norm. I’ve travelled for a year mostly by myself with just a backpack. I learnt so much & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others that feel they need more. In the last year I have two friends who have packed up their families belongings & are now travelling. I say grab this opportunity with two hands. You won’t regret it xx

    • Anna, you’ve been a huge inspiration to me! I totally agree with you, I think I might be a mix of both those people, but I guess I can’t really know if I don’t actually do it! Fingers crossed!

  6. Partirei anch’io volentieri, non nego che ogni tanto cerco qua e là i migliori posti dove vivere con bambini: Canada, Australia, USA, Nord Europa! Ma mi considero tra quelle famiglie italiane mediocri ( economicamente poco stabili, non parliamo altre lingue, e non in carriera)! Come si inizia se si parte già così svantaggiati?!?
    Desidero per mio figlio un futuro migliore e magari non in Italia!

    • Cara, Anna, credo che il cambiamento possiamo solo farlo avverare noi stessi. Non saprei dirti dove partirei se fossi in te, ma posso dirti senza esitazione alcuna che se fossi in te inizierei a pensarci sul serio (magari capire in che altre parti del mondo si parla italiano, dove ci sono comunità di italiani, cosa potreste fare là…). In qualsiasi grande città dell’America del Nord, per esempio, c’è un Little Italy… Il mio consiglio è uno solo: se davvero hai questo desiderio di uscire dall’Italia, ora è il momento di pensarci e poco a poco provarci, non domani, non tra un mese. Inizia ora! In bocca al lupo!

  7. Se già non li conosci, prova a cercare su FB Happy Family BIOcycling.
    Loro lo hanno fatto con addirittura due bambine in età scolare. Un pò estremo, forse, ma perchè no… 😉

    • Lo farò, grazie per il tuo commento Clara! Mi interessa moltissimo capire come fare in età scolare, ci stiamo già pensando ovviamente e tutte le possibilità sono aperte! Grazie!

  8. Sono appena tornata da un viaggio di 10 mesi col mio piccolo Leon di 2 anni e 9 mesi( quando siamo partiti aveva meno di due anni), in America centrale, Colombia per poi tornare in Italia, Portogallo. Ed è stata in esperienza straordinaria per tutti, ma soprattutto per lui… ormai sembrava capire anche lo spagnolo e il portoghese( lui è già bilingue). L’ ho visto crescere attraverso il viaggio, i paesaggi,la gente, il cibo sono stati il suo nutrimento. Potrei scrivere tantissimo su questo… ma la cosa che mi preme dirti è che il Viaggio è il regalo più prezioso che possiamo fare ai nostri figli, ed è questa la vera scuola per la vita!
    Per tornare c è sempre tempo…
    Ma per loro questo tempo non ritorna!

    • Ketty, grazie per il tuo commento che arriva proprio nel momento perfetto! Dai un’occhiata al pos che pubblicherò questa settimana e capirai perché 😉 Un abbraccio 🌸

  9. María Ángeles - December 7, 2018

    Hola Carlotta, te veo tan valiente! Es una experiencia única y si podéis trabajar en cualquier parte del mundo eso es más que una ventaja. Los niños se adaptan a todo y os tiene a vosotros que sois sus referencias, así que… por que no? Si pudiera lo haría, claro que si.

    Mucha suerte en vuestra nueva experiencia y seguiremos tus andadas!


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