My wife and I have spent countless hours dreaming about our trip. So far the topic we’ve spent the most part talking about is the route we plan on taking. I wanted to go ahead and share what we hope to do in our first 3 months of the trip. I expect much to change over the next 900+ days but this is the current view we are working with.
We would begin our trip just after Canada Day 2022 (which is July 1st for everyone outside of Canada) and would spend the next 3 months driving across Canada and potentially the United States. We live in Toronto and would take a route along the north shore of the great lakes. From there we would cross the Canadian Prairies and then the Rocky Mountains. Paige’s childhood cottage was on the gulf islands in the Pacific off the coast of Vancouver so we would spend some time there. After reaching the Canadian west, we would then drive back but have not made a decision on the route.
Just wanted to share a couple more tips that we incorporate into our family travels.
Sleeping on the floor is a possibility
Sometimes you just miscalculate and think you have enough room for the family. We have found ourselves in this situation when camping and instead of everyone having an uncomfortable sleep on a twin air mattress, I have just slept on the floor. Same thing in a couple european hotels. To give everyone (myself included) a better sleep, just throw a blanket down and sleep on the floor.
Return from your trip a day early
We used to maximize every day of our vacation. We would come back late Sunday night and be at work first thing Monday morning. Now we always give ourselves a day at home before we begin our normal lives. It gets the kids settled into things and ensures you won’t spend an entire week playing catch up with laundry, school work or adult work
We wanted to go ahead and share some travel learnings we have acquired the last couple years with our kids. We had scribbled these as reminders to ourselves for future travels. We still have some more to pull together but this is a good starting point.
Last minute can be done but your margin of error is smaller. Planning does make it go smoother .
Schedule a bathroom visit before boarding the plane
It can be a long time from the boarding queue to when the pilot turns off the seat belt sign.
Keep an extra pair of clothes close by for EVERYONE who is traveling
Whether it be a plane, bus or ferry, children can get sick or have accidents. In such tight confines your clothes are bound to get something on them.
A major driving force behind this blog is that it will help us keep track of just all the things we are going to have to do. I imagine we will uncover more things as we get closer to the date. For now we thought it would be fun to document what we think we are getting into. Later on we can laugh about how naive we were. We hope to tackle these elements in future blogs in detail as we work to knock them off our list
- Decide the route
- Establish a budget
- Determine transportation
- Align on accommodation & travel style
- Figure out home schooling
- Save the necessary money
- Manage our transition out of the workforce
- Assemble the gear
- Piece together the required documentation – passports, visas, driver licenses
- Ensure the medical necessities are covered – from insurance to vaccinations
- Figure out how to put current life “on hold”
- Try not to obsess over what we’ll do when we come back
- Identify ways to cut costs for the trip
Think of the below as things that are not critical to the trip but are things we are going to plan to pursue. Tackling them should make things more enjoyable.
- Get in better physical shape
- Learn how to blog
- Better understand photography and videography
- Improve language skills
- Expand our network of friends
Ciao for now
Mike and Paige
I am still trying to get my head around how all these interfaces work so bear with me in the short term.
Today I wanted to go ahead and share a rough sketch of our ambition. My wife and I have been thinking about this for the last few years and it will be interesting to see how things will change over time.
In the summer of 2022 we plan to put our careers on hold and take our children on a year long trip around the world. Isabella and Julie will be pulled out of school and we will have to figure out how to school them on the road.
We aim to have 4 major components of our trip that will sort of correspond to the seasons. The first would be a 3 month road trip across Canada. We would follow that with 3 months in Europe along the Mediterranean. We would start 2023 in southeast asia and end the trip with the some islands in the pacific.
We have agreed on one additional caveat. Each member of the family is allowed to pick one destination that we have to see regardless of its impact on the overall trip. So if Paige really wants to see the world cup in Qatar, then we will have to make it work.
Ciao for now
Mike and Paige
I always wanted to start a blog so I am going to learn as I go. First I wanted to come clean and say this was supposed to launch with a nice round countdown (1000 days to go would have been a better initial post). Things do not always go according to plan and the delay happened. In the end if I get 97% of the way there, I will definitely view it as a success.
Over the next 900+ days I hope to share with you our family’s learnings as we plan for a round the world trip in 2022. Yes it is far off in the distance but it has been our dream since our eldest daughter was born. We always get excited when we share this dream with our friends. We hope that by blogging about our preparations it will help make the dream a reality.
We want to encourage others to plan big. We hope to show that traveling with children in the middle of your respective careers is doable. We also want to get feedback and advice that will make our upcoming “sabbatical” memorable for ourselves and our children.
Thanks for helping move this along.
Mike & Paige