It’s not every day that you are presented with the opportunity to do something special—something big. A task, activity, or trip that can forevermore change how you think. We can get comfortable in our everyday routines, and breaking that routine can be more petrifying than a black bear chasing us down after an afternoon picnic. At the same time, we all fantasize about what it would be like to do something so daring, so impractical, yet so simple as leaving everything behind to pursue a dream, a passion, or a curiosity.
Karianne and I got married in the summer of 2015. For the few years preceding our big day, we toyed with the idea of taking time away from work to travel while we were still ‘without child’. “Let’s do it while we are young,” we would say. “Once we have kids, this will never be possible.” Three months would be fine. We could stretch our legs, see some sights, and return to the work force as if nothing had happened. Then six months become more appealing. We could hop around a couple of continents, dabble in a few foreign languages. We need to take a leap of faith to take this once in a lifetime trip. Yes, six months—that’ll do.
So we started talking about it–creating rough sketches of routes, hypothesizing on the ease of transportation from X country to Y country, and reading on ways to travel the world on less than $100 a day. We understood that we had an opportunity to experience the world now more than ever. Yes, we were scared. No, we did not think we could do something like this. We just had to commit. And while Karianne may say I have commitment issues (although I will say that some homes take longer to build than I do to propose—big homes), we started to make it happen. But instead of six months, we committed to a year.
We booked our first leg of the trip just two months before our departure date—a date that coincidentally was our 6 month anniversary. And then we started telling people. First, our family. Then our best friends. Then the friends we see more often than others. Then friends of friends that we meet at Halloween parties while dressed as flying monkeys and witches. Before we knew it, the word was out. There was no turning back now.
The response and support has been invigorating. We cannot say how many times we have heard the following: “Now is the time”, “Can’t do this with kids”, “Man, I wish I would’ve done that”, “Will you take your cat with you?”. But more relevant to this environment, “Are you going to blog about it so we can follow you?”
And the answer is “Yes”. Both Karianne and I will be posting here at our leisure to inform, inspire, and occasionally mislead you and your friends on various topics. We will be detailing days, reviewing hostels, and guiding you on how to make a trip such as ours possible. Because we want you to do this, too.