Long Term Travel With Kids: Step One

I love to travel.  So does Hubby.  He actually has the quote “Not all who wander are lost” tattooed onto his arm.  He and I met in Edinburgh, Scotland.  We were both living and working there on temporary visas while taking breaks (after saving enough money) to travel the UK, Ireland and Europe.  He lived there a lot longer than I did as Australians can work/live in the UK for two years!  (Lucky ducks!)  After leaving the UK, he stopped in to see me in the U.S. on his way back to Australia.  I later finagled an Australian work visa and packed my bags.  Following a month in New Zealand, I landed Down Under.  We were married in Australia and lived there for nearly 3 years before we headed back to the U.S.  after Hubby won the Green Card Lottery.  (Yes, there actually is such a thing!)

Now, I’m the only one in the family who isn’t a dual U.S.-Australian citizen.

Big news for us!  A decision has been made! 

This is a big step for us!  The big Step One of deciding on an actual deadline/date.  Setting a goal this far ahead in the future is not something I have done for a long time.  My Mom passed away nearly 2 years ago and was ill for several years prior.  I became very used to living in the moment (and had to retrain myself to do this!) as I tried hard to soak up every moment and conversation and hug.  It’s now quite difficult for me to plan very far ahead.  Her illness hit us all out of left field and I’m now always a bit afraid of what might be down the pike.

But, I know that you cannot live your life this way.  There has to be some middle ground.  Some living in the moment is a wonderful thing (and important!), but so is setting some goals for your dreams.

Achieving big goals and dreams doesn’t happen overnight, no matter how the shows on television might make it look.

Our timeline for departure is a little over 2 years (when Little C is in 5th grade and Big D is in 8th).  Sometime during that year, preferably when it’s warmer, we are going to take some time away to travel.  That is a perfect time for us because Little C’s elementary school only goes through 4th grade, so would have to transition to a different school in 5th.  Great timing to hit the road and homeschool.  I currently homeschool Big D and 8th grade might be my last year for that before enrolling him in public high school.  So, that year is essentially our last chance, unless we homeschool through high school, but that and planning for travel is simply too much to think about right now!

The logistics have not yet been sorted.  We haven’t decided for how long or even to where (though it will likely be the UK and Europe with New Zealand thrown in on a trip to Australia) we will go.  We know that Hubby can take a maximum of 6 months off of work (even though they still won’t totally guarantee he will have a job to return to even after approving the time off).  So, the question will be if we limit ourselves to six months, go longer, or go for less time?).

Time and money will tell.

The fact remains that we have to save save save (and did I mention, save?) over the next two years in order to make this happen.

We already have some saved, which I will go into on a different post, but just wanted to put it out there that I will be writing about this journey, how we are planning, and referencing helpful travel blogs that I am using to figure it all out.

I don’t think that world travel has to be limited to the wealthy.  Like most endeavors, if it’s something you really want, you can find a way to make it happen.

Once I outline what we will need to save for (as there are so many other things to consider than just the cost of travel itself), I will write about it here.  As much as a reference for myself, as for assistance to anyone else who might be interested in doing something similar.

I’m hoping some other family travelers find my blog and chime in as I’ll take all the advice I can get!  Thanks for reading!

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