I'm not sure how the conversation started. I remember it was during a road trip and maybe it was at the end of a particularly long winter. Simon and I easy agreed that we needed to travel for a year and that it would have to be a year of summer. With that conversation started the planning for a self-funded leave that would take our family around the world.
The hardest part has been in deciding where to go. We opted for safe, inexpensive (we are planning to camp lots so needed countries that supported tenting!), and that were warm when Canada was cold. We also needed a good long stop in England to catch up with relatives. Our itinerary is as follows:
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
We've bought a bunch of new gear, new packs for the kids, and have survived four batches of needles. We've booked vacation rentals in most of the places we will land, but certainly haven't planned all the accommodation or the trips we will take in each country. We've rented our home and are already living out of a suitcase. Four weeks to go and we are getting excited!