Two Years – 104 Weeks – 730 Days
730 seems like such a big number yet when we started the countdown for our round the world trip, 1085 was the number.
The idea of taking a year off to travel was born after returning from a three-week trip to Europe. The seed was planted and we wanted to see so much more.
With two daughters still in University leaving for a year didn’t seem reasonable (we like to think we are responsible parents), but after the youngest graduates in April 2016 it would be perfect timing right? Well, we thought so!
And so we began taking baby steps towards our Round The World dream.
Shortly after deciding to pursue this dream, Ginette asked and was approved for a one-year leave from work. Her employment allows her to take a ‘self-funded leave’ also referred to as a sabbatical. With regular contributions, her pay for three years will be distributed over four years – the year of travel. Gordon has the luxury of being his own boss – he’s approved his leave.
So what have we done to prepare this past year? At this point, not much, sure the countdown counter is clicking towards our goal, yet the reality of a year away is far too distant for any concrete plans.
Things we are working on:
- Learning to Blog – Ginette wanted a place to showcase Gordon’s photography and Blogging was the natural choice. Learning the basic ins and out was painless following The Daily Post; Blogging 101 posts. As an added bonus, in the process we’ve discovered many other bloggers who have the same dream and communities of like-minded individuals who are crazy and some crazier (we mean that in an admiring way) having quit their employment to travel full-time.
- Ginette is brushing up on her geography – Her favorite on-line tool is Sporcle geography quizzes. “Geography wasn’t this fun in high school”. Gordon mocks her “Ulaanbaatar is the capital of what country?” argh, he actually knows the answer.
- Gordon is working on the big picture; the budget, route planning and travelling logistics. With more questions than answers at this time, tweaking the big picture will come later.
- Self-studying Spanish – South America is on our radar and a basic knowledge of Spanish, if not fluency by then should come in handy. BBC Languages and Duolingo are two favourite on-line resources we are currently using which meet our introductory needs.
- Lists – Ginette has a gazillion list in progress for everything from; What to pack, What we need to get rid off, Meds needed, Best beaches, Must-see before you die, World UNESCO sites…you get the idea.
Aside from that, many hours are spent discussing the who, what, when, where and how is this going to come together. We are never short of topics as we spend endless hours hiking the Adirondack High Peaks.
Happy planning! – Ginette and Gord