I’m big into goals. I’m big into reflection. And I’ve always been the type of person to look forward instead of backwards. So even though the current economy will most likely keep our family travel plans closer to home this year, I’m already thinking into the future. With my son turning 8 years old this month, and my daughter celebrating her 11th birthday in spring, I realize that we only have about seven more years (if we’re lucky) that they’ll want to go on travel adventures with us. To some that may seem like a long time, but in reality I know six years will go by fast. So we’ve started a travel wish list for our family. Some of the trips are already in the planning stages. For instance, we have set Spring 2011 for a trip to Italy with their grandfather to visit relatives on my husband’s side of the family.  My daughter is already excitedly talking about Italian lessons.  There is also the return trip to Lithuania to revisit relatives on my side who I got to know during my travels there last year. My son wants to visit Mount Rushmore. I’ve always envisioned a cross country trek through the U.S. and Canada. Hawaii is high on the list. So is Alaska. Washington, D.C….a week on a Caribbean island. Australia is a must. Oh, and a visit to a dude ranch. And backpacking… I have been so fortunate to see so much of the world and excited that my children share that enthusiasm. But I also know that without writing things down and figuring out how to get to where we want to go, these destinations will remain dreams. Even if you travel frequently with your family, make sure you write down those special trips you’ve always dreamed of taking with them – whether they’re close to home or to exotic places. Putting it on paper takes you to a next level of commitment. Remember, your children are only young for so long.