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Edi­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Ni­col Reed

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“Don’t dream your life but live your dream,” said Mark Twain. Yes, I know, Mark. This is a lovely sen­ti­ment and un­ques­tion­ably wise. But how to start? Un­less you are un­fet­tered and to­tally foot­loose, it’s a freaky thing to just to leap out there. It’s a big risk, right? Not so, ac­cord­ing to the fam­i­lies in our cover story. The three fam­i­lies who put aside their lives, rou­tines and the ex­pec­ta­tions or judgments of oth­ers to travel the world with their kids, are pos­si­bly the richer for not just trav­el­ling and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing but tak­ing a risk in the first place. There’s noth­ing more life-af­firm­ing than step­ping into the un­known. Some­times in­er­tia poses the great­est risk. The fam­i­lies in this story worked with dif­fer­ent bud­gets, plans and re­sources. But the sin­gle thing they have in com­mon is they dis­carded the no­tion that there is one way — a nice, com­fort­able rou­tine — and they dis­rupted it, to be closer with one an­other and to share an ex­pe­ri­ence and hope­fully be wealth­ier in ways that can’t be mea­sured by econ­o­mists. And that cover photo of Lena —I’m in­spired by her alone.

Have a great week­end.

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