FAQ 3 – Do We Know What We’re Doing?
I’d say this is the third most popular question that comes up in conversations about our upcoming travels. Not sure if people can sense that we have no idea what we’re doing and are concerned or if they’re asking because they hold out hope we’ll figure it out from experience. Either way, I can confidently say that we spend most of our free time sneaking in any opportunity to read, research, and read some more about how to conquer this trip.
Q. What is your travel history/experience? Are you guys proficient in this type of thing?
A. Ha! Is anyone proficient in world travel with 2 kids under age 9? If so, hook me up with my new best friends and give me a brain and patience transplant stat. Here’s the quick and dirty on our travel background.
Tim is definitely more well traveled than I am. He briefly lived in Singapore when he was 7, he spent 6 weeks in Siberia during high school (Zdravstvuyte!), then after college he travelled Europe for 5 months (Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Croatia, Switzerland, you get the picture), after that he worked in India for 6 months through AISEC.
Before I met Tim I had travelled to Canada. You get the picture.
Shortly after meeting Tim, I left for my first real “foreign” trip to meet my younger brother who was studying abroad in Spain (we also hit up France and Italy). As soon as I got off my first international flight I proceeded to barf and make my brother carry both of our huge ass backpacks through the Barcelona train station. I owe you Uncle Bud.
Before kids, Tim and I took week long trips to Costa Rica and Belize and we honeymooned in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina for 4 weeks. After kids, my parents watched Paige when she was 19 months old so that we could visit our favorite Germans, Frank and Maike, for their wedding in Dusseldorf. Side note: They had fireworks at their wedding at midnight and around 1am the second round of late night snacks came out to keep the party going. Germans do weddings right. Tim was powered by currywurst that night. More important side note: Frank and Maike named their first daughter’s middle name after me. Huh? Details, schmetails. The takeaway is that I’m basically famous or something like that.
With kids, we’ve ventured up to Canada a few times but that doesn’t really count. And just this past October we took the kiddos to Cancun and they loooooooved it. It was hands down one of our best family vacations so far. To be honest, I think that trip subconsciously re-planted our travel abroad seed which had long grown dormant.
Stay tuned for the next RAQ installment: Do I think we’ll come home before 6 months? Just kidding sort of. Not really. Maybe.
Here’s some of our favorite adventure pics over the years: