We have a big announcement for you all: we’re hitting the road! After months and months of preparation, we will soon be heading out on our big around the world adventure, spending the next three years traveling long term as a family.
This has been a long time coming. When I was a student in college, a friend of mine gave me the book, World Stompers by Brad Olsen (which is still surprisingly available on Amazon), and the idea of traveling around the world full time was planted into my head. I immediately began drawing up schemes of how I would backpack around the world, crashing at hostels and living off of street food.
But life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan. I graduated college, I went into the Peace Corps, I returned to the US, and eventually met the love of my life. Since getting married, we have had two beautiful children together, raised a handsome grown-up son, launched our careers, lived on both coasts of the United States, traveled around three continents, and bought a house together. As the years passed, I had resigned to think that the dream of traveling around the world would remain just a dream.
And then something serendipitous happened. We found ourselves at the Family Adventure Summit in Penticton, BC, surrounded by families who were as passionate about travel as we were. And some of them were even traveling full-time! These families were working remotely and world schooling their kids, as they traveled from place to place, country to country. After several conversations with other families at the conference, my husband and I had an epiphany. Our dream of traveling full-time was actually possible!
When we returned to Seattle, we immediately put a plan into action, with a launch date of the end of June or July 2018. Being the project management-minded folks that we are, we used a combination of Google Sheets and online project management applications to organize all the tasks that we needed to complete to get ourselves ready for what our family calls, “The Big Trip.”
The tasks are many. Besides the usual tasks of planning for the actual trip – researching destinations, finding plane tickets, researching visa requirements, deciding what to take with us, and purchasing travel insurance – there are also tasks associated with moving a family. We need to think about what we’ll do with our house, where we will store our things, how we will educate the kids, how we’ll finalize our will, and what we’re going to do with our car.
On top of all of that, my husband and I will be quitting our full-time jobs and jumping full on into scaling up our businesses. I have several ideas percolating for The Wandering Daughter, including publishing an eBook, writing a travel memoir, and engaging in more freelance writing. I can’t wait to start sharing our stories from the road! Additionally, I will be launching a consulting business for my international development work, which will also be exciting and new for me.
A lot has happened in the last eight months, and a lot still needs to happen before we officially leave Seattle at the end of July. But the biggest thing is that we are realizing that an around the world trip is indeed possible! You don’t need to be independently wealthy, and you don’t need to have amassed a huge amount of savings to do it, you just need to be open-minded about how you can earn money while you’re on the road.
If you’re interested in following along on our around the world adventure, I plan to periodically post travel stories from the road, along with my usual family travel content. In addition, my bi-monthly newsletter will also have updates of our travels, so be sure to sign up!
For our Seattle (and our US) friends and family, we will miss you dearly. This city has been our home for the last seven years, and has enriched our lives in so many ways. This is not a permanent good-bye. We will always come back to you! And to the friends that we will meet as we make our way around the world, get ready, because we’re so excited to get to know you!
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