Hello and welcome to The Compass Is Calling, a family travel blog with budget ideas, destination guides, travel hacks, and more! We created this community in order to help families learn how to travel more on any budget. Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, and we believe that travel is imperative to gain broader knowledge of the world we live in, as well as develop tolerance and understanding. However, travel doesn’t have to mean taking your family around the world, it could be as close as your neighborhood park. However and wherever you like to travel, The Compass Is Calling can help you do it more often, on less.
My name is Cat Holladay and I am the author of this family travel blog. Our family recently moved back to the US from Finland – you can read some cool things about Finnish life here and here. And also here.
We have always had plans to travel wide and often, but life simply gets in the way sometimes. We make compromises, we put things off until next year, and we push our travel goals further down the line in exchange for things we deem valuable or important at the time (often monetary).
What my family and I have come to realize over time is that nothing is more important or valuable than the memories we make together. In the last year and a half, we have made some big changes – including selling nearly everything we own – in order to live with more freedom to do the things we want, when we want. In fact, we are in the very early phases of our families next big adventure which we can’t wait to share with everyone soon!
Travel has always been our big passion and we’ve taken some amazing trips.
We’ve done them all by following simple steps that you can follow too!
We have made some mistakes which hindered our lifelong goals but you don’t have to make the same ones!
We can teach you how to approach the challenges BEFORE they become issues.
We really enjoy reading budget, travel, and life articles/blogs and have several inspirational families we look up to. For a quick guide to our main travel-related resources, visit our Resources page.
We also have a personal blog aimed at keeping our friends and family updated on the day to day comings and goings of our life which you can visit here: www.HotAshesForTrees.com.
We hope you will enjoy following along, learning with us, and providing feedback to us! We look forward to hearing your stories and how we can help each other!
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If you’d like to get to know me a little better, watch this video – 13 Things About Cat Holladay. I look forward to connecting with you and your family soon!