Ultimate adventure

20 03 2009

It’s no secret that Mark and I love to travel. We have each visited more than 20 countries and together have been to every continent except Antartica. Our experiences living, working and traveling in other countries have shaped our politics, budget and faith.

One of our goals as parents is to pass on a love for travel and adventure to our children. So far, most of our travels as a family have been in books. I’ve made a point to read the boys children’s stories from all over the world. We study globes and maps. We listen to music in different languages. As a family, we enjoy eating foods from all over the world: curries from India and Thailand, sushi from Japan, tacos from Mexico. Last weekend, I was teaching Micah that animals like elephants, zebras and wallaroos don’t just live at the zoo: they are from Asia, Africa and Australia. Yesterday Asher was praying that Jesus would send him to Alaska and give him five huskies so he could be a sled dog racer.

On a deeper level, we value our international experiences because they have taught us much about God, creation and people. I sincerely want our boys to understand that as Americans who will grow up with access to food, water, warm beds, clothes, healthcare and education, they have been given much and much will be expected. We want the boys to use their gifts to love and serve others – and we hope that they will have a global perspective in doing this. 

For the last five or six years, Mark and I have been dreaming of taking a year with our children to travel around the world. With three boys each two years apart, we think the best year to do this would be when they are 10, 12 and 14. I’m realizing that this is only 10 years from now – and if we sincerely want to make this dream a reality, Mark and I are going to need to begin planning and saving money for this ultimate adventure.

Most Round The World Fare tickets allow for approximately 16 legs of the trip over 12 months. Itineraries must include only one transatlantic and one transpacific flight. The journey must start and end in the same city. This provides the basic structure for the trip. Beyond this, however, we would have thousands of options.

Maybe we would leave in September, flying first to Costa Rica or Guatemala. From there, we could travel to Ecuador or perhaps Chile. By November, we could fly from South America to Australia and New Zealand. In January we could fly to Indonesia and then on to Thailand or Malaysia. By March we could travel to Vietnam and Japan. In April we could go to India. By May, we could travel through Central Asia on to Israel. From there we could go through Turkey and Greece – or through Kenya to Northern Africa. We could spend the summer traveling through Europe…

We would take the kids out of school and technically would be homeschooling – but I doubt many formal lessons would be required. Can you imagine how much the kids would learn along the way?

We need to come up with a budget. I’ve read about families who have done this for approximately $200 a day – or about $75,000 for the year. Plane tickets add an additional $15,000, more or less. The details are totally overwhelming, but we do have 10 years to figure it out…




2 responses

21 03 2009

Sounds like a great experience. If you ever want to talk to someone who did the trip around the world in a year, Adam’s sis and brother-in-law did it (granted it was pre-kids) and might be able to pass along some wisdom…

21 03 2009

I’ll think we’ll be looking for as much wisdom as we can find if we go for it. Thanks for the tip.

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