On August 9th, 2014, we are leaving on a trip around the world.
The entire trip will take about two years. We plan to spend the first 10 months in and near Europe, followed by a few weeks back in the USA, and then another year or so in South America, Asia and the South Pacific, and Africa.
Continue reading “Our Grand Adventure”
For most of my life, I would have declared proudly that I couldn’t give a damn about fashion.
And yet… I did care very deeply about the aesthetics of an outfit, and would sacrifice practicality for something I loved, such as dresses that required a particular slip, skirts that matched no shirts that I currently owned, or sandals that rubbed blisters onto the back of my feet. Once I owned these, even as I resented the impracticality, they latched onto me emotionally saying “love me, love me, KEEP ME,” and I did.
Continue reading “Clothing, Simplified”
Theo and I recently flew to Ohio to visit family. On our flight back, we had a four-hour layover, and I’d imagined grabbing dinner and letting Theo run around the airport before hopping onto a late evening flight where Theo would sleep. The flight to Ohio (my first time flying alone with Theo) had been intense, but manageable, so I was optimistic about this one as well.
(Please feel free to insert jokes about Greek gods and hubris here.)
Continue reading “Letting Go of My Expectations and Being in the Moment: Flying (and Waiting) with a Toddler”
As part of getting ready for the trip, we are donating or selling almost all of our possessions. We’ve left a few less replaceable items with relatives, but most of what we keep will be carried with us.
Continue reading “The Perfect Travel Gear”
Our plans for our trip so far are:
- Fly into Dublin, Ireland and spend two days teaching Theo about time changes.
- Settle in a cottage near Skibbereen, Ireland and take lots of walks with sheep.
- Take the ferry to France, and spend a week trotting around Paris.
- Settle into Lyon for a month, making frequent trips to Parc de la Tete d’Or.
- Possibly spend another month or so in rural France. We’d like to make the most of the perfect French skills we will have developed while staying in Paris and Lyon. (Hah.)
After that? Who knows. Our plan is make our decisions based on what we learn in the first few months.
Continue reading “Advice Please! Where Should We Go?”
We have two weeks left to reduce our physical belongings to what will fit into a suitcase and a backpack.Yikes.
Continue reading “Loss Aversion”
There have been several moments recently where, after a series of vague questions, I realize I’m being politely asked if we’ve received a large inheritance or some other financial windfall that is funding our trip around the world.
Continue reading “Priorities”
After a flurry of last minute packing and de-stuffing on Saturday, we started our trip!
Continue reading “Our Hop Across the Pond (and then some)”
We took the overnight ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Roscoff, France. Theo was talking about the boat trip for a couple of months before we left, but once we actually boarded the Oscar Wilde, it took about half the trip for him to be convinced that we were actually on a boat.
(In the photo above, Brian is trying to convince Theo that we are on a boat as we depart. Theo is not buying it.)
Continue reading “Our Voyage on the Oscar Wilde”