Dare to Dream! From the Mouths of Babes

“Mommy, would you like to read my journal of dreams?”

My nine year old daughter loves to write. She seems to bring me a new story every day. I love getting lost in her fantastical tales of animals, children, and fairies. This day was different. She handed me a book that read “Dare to Dream” on the cover. Inside, she had filled the pages with her life dreams.

I was impressed by the goals she had for her future. She was so detailed, she had a real plan. I wondered if her life experiences of traveling had any influence on her her future goals. In her nine years, she has traveled to 8 countries and 35 states.

I was curious about other kids that travel. Certainly, their dreams have been influenced by their world experiences. World travel has a way of taking away limitations. Experiencing different cultures opens children up to limitless possibilities.

I reached out to some traveling families and asked the kids to tell me what their life dreams are.

This is what my daughter and several other world traveling kiddos had to say when asked if they Dare to Dream.


Dare to Dream- Sequoia

When I grow up, I would like to live on a farm and own an animal rescue center. My animal rescue center will take care of lost, sick, or injured animals. It will also take in any species; panda, koala, dog, cat, turtle, lizard, frog, pig, and any other animal. We can also breed endangered species to increase their population.

We will have an underwater section with dolphins, sea turtles, and more!

I don’t know if I will run it alone, or with a friend, but life can take you anywhere! I will give the animals a safe habitat and a great supply of food. I think that my animal rescue center will grow and grow. Soon enough there will be people from all over the world taking in injured, sick, or lost animals. Children will even have field trips there!

I will move to California and start my business when I am about 19 or 20. Wish me luck!

Follow Sequoia’s travels on: Capturing la Vita


Hannah- 17

Dare to dream- Hannah

I’m a seventeen year old girl with a serious case of wanderlust. Over the past few years I’ve traveled to over twenty-six countries, on five different continents, using bikes, buses, trains, planes, and of course, my own two feet as transportation. One of my dreams is to work with the indigenous Mayan children that live in the highlands of Guatemala. I’d like to see them with the ability to get great educations and help their families to rise out of poverty. I’ve also always wanted to buy a Volkswagen bus and drive from Alaska to Argentina, just for fun. The only inhabitable continent I haven’t been to yet is South America, and I look forward to exploring it someday!

Follow Hannah on her blog: Edventure Girl


Gabriel- 15

Dare to Dream- Gabriel

I have always been interested in sailing, and my long term dream is to sail the world. I’m working towards funding that and learning what needs to be learned to make it a reality. Well, at least since I was ten. My grandpa, who lives in Canada, has a sailing boat that our whole family goes on. We have many good memories.

Someone once asked me, and when I say someone I mean almost everyone, “What is different about traveling that really stands out?” Well, it opens your eyes to different possibilities. Lots of people think that they can only get jobs in their one spot in the world. This is not so. I have been shown many ways that I could live my life and many ways that I can work. I am only fifteen and while traveling I made three hundred dollars working for a guy in New Zealand who had hip problems and needed someone to clean his yard!

Jobs should not be looked at just for the amount of money you can get. You should look for jobs you want to do and that you love! Traveling helps with that because it shows you a lot of different things to do. 

My dad once told me, “Are you going to suffer a bit now, or are you going to suffer more later?”  That helps me quite a bit in getting me through things I don’t particularity like.

Gabriel’s family travel blog: Edventure Project

Gabriel and his brother’s blog: Have Brothers, Will Travel


Avalon- 12

Dare to Dream- Avalon

I love traveling all over the United States, and also to other countries, especially in Central America.  I want to travel at least once to every continent.  My dream is to continue exploring cultures and nature around the world, and to keep sharing my experiences with other people through writing, internet and television.  I will have a home base in the United States, probably in California, North Carolina or Florida.

Avalon’s conservation organization: Conserve it Foward


Anevay- 12

Dare to Dream- Anevay

To be honest, I don’t really have an idea of what I want to be when I’m a grown up. I do know that I DON’T want to work in a bank or do work I can’t stand behind. I hope to continue becoming a kind, thoughtful, awesome person, and I imagine I’ll want to keep traveling and playing music. Who knows, maybe I’ll keep growing the skincare company I started, Paloma & Co., and meet people around the world who are raising sustainably-grown plants I can use in my products. Someday, it would be cool to travel the world doing things I believe in. I can’t imagine wanting to be tied down someplace unless I had really strong reasons for wanting to be there. I guess I want what most people want, to travel, see the world and make the most out of my life!

Follow Anevay and her Mom’s adventures here: Break Out of Bushwick

Anevay’s blog: Brooklyn Girl on the Go

Anevay’s eco skincare products: Paloma and Co

Lillie- 11

Dare to Dream- Lillie

My life dreams include art and fashion design. I would love to study fashion design in Paris, New York, Milan, and Tokyo. I will travel around the world and see what fashion looks like in different places. I will design fashion that is global, taking fashion elements that I love from different places.

Lillie’s Family’s travel blog- Wandering Educators

Lars- 11

Dare to dream- Lars

My name is Lars Wagoner and I am 11 years old.  I am currently living in Spain with my parents and we travel around Europe during school breaks.  I would like to become a film editor or director.  I think I am creative and I like making my own things to share with others. I am practicing now with my own YouTube Channel – Lars from Mars. I would like to live in different parts of the world for each season and learn many languages.  I am already fluent in English and Spanish and would like to learn German, Mandarin. French, Italian and more.

You can follow Lars’ adventures on his family’s blog- Wagoners Abroad

Chase-2.5, Lincoln- 2.5, and Brody- 4.5

Dare to Dream- Boys

When Farrah asked her boys (4 and 2 yr old twins) their thoughts on the subject of life dreams, she wasn’t surprised when their responses were fixated on ocean life. They have visited aquariums in 5 countries so far! They are HOOKED!

We are located in the Netherlands as US expats.

Chase (age 2.5) Wants to be a scuba diver that helps fish. He wants to help the blue whale specifically. He would like to be based out of the United States.

And his twin…

Lincoln (age 2.5) Wants to be a scuba diver and see dolphins and whales and fish. He wants to help the animals and wants to be based by an aquarium. He wants to live in the Netherlands.

Brody (age 4.5) Wants to be a vet that focuses primarily on sea life- who scuba dives with the whales and saves them from fishing nets. He would like to do this near the Bondi Vet in Australia. He also feels that sharks are misunderstood and people need to learn more about them.

Follow the boy’s adventures here: The Three Under


Imagine what your children would dream up if they were given the gift of world travel!

Dare to Dream

Do you think these kid’s futures will be influenced by their world traveling experiences? Let’s talk about it.

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21 Responses to Dare to Dream! From the Mouths of Babes

  1. Heidi Wagoner August 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM #

    This is great Laurel. Thanks so much for including Lars. I love seeing how travel can influence children.

    • Laurel Perry Turner August 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM #

      Isn’t it beautiful? I loved what he had to say. Tell him thank you for me!

  2. Jennifer Miller August 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM #

    Hey!! This came out really great! So exciting to see so many young people with such big dreams! Great idea to put them all in one place!

  3. Amanda August 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM #

    Bowen says he wants to travel the world racing BMX and Hailey will be Sequoia’s trusted assistant. Thank you for the article.

  4. Teresa Vincent August 26, 2013 at 3:16 AM #

    I have to agree with you and say this is MY new favorite post too! I love kids and being inspired by them. The pictures of them are so crisp and clear, just like their dreams :-) THANK YOU again for sharing such wonderful work with us!

    • Laurel Perry Turner August 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

      Thank you so much, Teresa. Our children are such wonderful inspiration!

  5. Farrah August 26, 2013 at 5:57 AM #

    What a special post. Beautiful kids with beautiful dreams. Thanks for including us :)

    • Laurel Perry Turner August 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

      Thank YOU, Farrah! Love those sweet responses from your little ones :)

  6. Corinne August 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM #

    I LOVE this!

  7. Jenna August 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM #

    So sweet. It is so important for adults to encourage children to explore the possibilities they have for their future and to choose work they can feel good about.

    • Laurel Perry Turner August 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

      Indeed, Jenna. I think it’s so beautiful how we can inspire each other.

  8. gabi klaf August 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM #

    OMG i love it. see what i miss when i’m off healing my body and loving my family. gee whiz! what an amazing post highlighting such awesome kids. thank you laurel. super inspiring! gabi

    • Laurel Perry Turner September 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM #

      Thank you, Gabi. We are going to have to get your kiddos in on the next one!

  9. Amy August 31, 2013 at 3:51 AM #

    This is such a brilliant post Laurel; these kids have such unique and refreshing dreams and I’ve no doubt that’s partly because they’ve been exposed to so many different cultures and experiences through travel.

    • Laurel Perry Turner September 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

      Thank you, Amy. It really is so beautiful to look at the future through the eyes of our beautiful children.

  10. Alyson September 1, 2013 at 7:52 AM #

    I read this a few days ago and didn’t comment. I’m back for a second read! I wonder what my two travelling boys would have to say!


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