Family on a Mission: How Embarking on a Quest Can Encourage You to Travel

Family on a Mission: How Embarking on a Quest Can Encourage You to Travel
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Barbara Danza

If extensive travel is a priority for your family, a fun and effective way to meet your goals is by embarking on a specific quest to do so. 

My family, for example, aims to visit all fifty U.S. states before my oldest goes to college. He is currently 10 and we have a ways to go, but this quest has already opened us up to countless travel destinations we might not have otherwise considered and has motivated us to travel like never before. We love checking off each new state and studying our maps to decide where to go next. It has been a joy.

I was inspired to establish this quest for my family after hearing Chris Guilliebeau's story. 

Author and blogger Chris Guillibeau completed his own quest to visit every country in the world, and subsequently penned "The Happiness of Pursuit"—a great exposition of how a quest can improve your life.

In an interview with financial guru Remit Sethi, Guillibeau defined a quest like this: 

"A quest is a journey with a clear goal or destination and a lot of milestones along the way. There's always an element of challenge—it shouldn't be too easy. Finally, there's also usually an element of change or transformation that occurs along the way."

A quest can take any shape. When taken on as a family, each step closer to the goal is a celebration and the momentum of success thrusts you forward to continue to take action toward your mission.

Perhaps you'd like to consider a quest for your family. The possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas to inspire your own.

Visit The Top 100 Best Ice Cream Parlors

Ride Every Rollercoaster in the United States

Send the Grandparents Postcards from 50 Cities

Eat at an Italian Restaurant in 30 Major Cities

Visit every European Capital

See Every Baseball Stadium in the United States

Travel Along Every Major River in the World

Collect Shells From 50 Beaches

Capture a Picture of 100 Different Birds, Statues, or Landmarks 

Visit the Settings of 50 Favorite Books

Celebrate Each Family Member's Birthday in a Different City

Visit All U.S. National Parks

Visit All 50 States

Visit Every Country in the World

This list could go on for miles. 

If you decide to take on a travel quest as a family, beware. Doors have a way of opening, possibilities have a way of showing up, education happens like magic, and the truly great fun therein may just take you by surprise. 

Happy Travels!

Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.