Progress Update – 781 days to go

Apparently I started this blog about 200 days ago. The time did fly by and hopefully I can make more progress in the next 780 days. The ambition had been to share the progress our family is making towar our long term goal of traveling around the world with our children. We had set a date of July 1, 2022 for our departure and we would spend the next 2+ years planning how to make this dream come to life.

One of the purposes of the blog was to strengthen our resolve to actually undertake such a trip. We find that telling people about our dreams is a good motivator to see them through. We felt a blog was a great way to hold ourselves accountable. In the end it is our version of the “if you build it, he will come” mantra from Field of Dreams.

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A rough sketch of our plans – 969 days to go

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

970 Days to Go

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