I'll let you in on a grand dream that Tim and I have.
Someday, when our kids are a little older, we'd like to travel 'round the world with them. To South Africa and Sweden, Mozambique and Madagascar, England and India, Russia and Romania, Greenland and New Guinea.
We'll take a year, plan an itinerary, pack our backpacks, and just go. It might be scary. It might be crazy. But I think that Tim and I are exactly the right kind of crazy to be able to pull it off. And can you imagine how eyeopening and educational and exciting it would be for our kids...and for us?
To help us plan our journey, the National Geographic Store sent us a 38-1/2" x 26-1/2" "My World" Personalized Map ($155).
Mounted in an elegant dark wood frame, this earth-toned map is the perfect decor accessory for any family's living room, office, or playroom.
The map includes five different colors of map pins (20 each):
There is also a square in the bottom center of the frame where you can include a personalized message, up to 70 characters. Many people choose to put "The Smith's Travels" or something like that. We opted to put our family mission instead, "Love God. Love Others. Change The World."
The map now hangs in our great room, an excellent reminder of how we ought to live and what we want to accomplish. Our 3-year-old loves putting pins up - a red one in London (because we'd love to visit there), a black one in Ireland (because my husband's great grandpa lived there), a green pin on Pakistan (because mommy's been there), etc.
Tim and I like having that visual "cue" to keep us centered on what matters most.
The truth is any family would likely love to hang this beautiful, interactive piece of art in their home.
I give this a hearty five stars as a gift idea for globe-trotting, big-dreaming, geography-loving, or homeschooling families. I also think it would be a super fun gift for a child or teen.
I'll conclude this post by leaving you with a few of my favorite travel quotes:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” - Mark Twain
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine
“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” - Mohammed
YOUR TURN: Name one of your "dream destinations" - a place that you have always wanted to visit.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a "My World" Personalized Map ($155) from the National Geographic Store. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, December 8th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about my Christmas Gift Guide (or about this giveaway)…and leave a second comment telling me that you did.
*UPDATE* The winner is #79 Erica. Congratulations!