Under the encouragement of our daughters, a trip that began as a month-long trip to Australia evolved into a year long adventure and family trip around the world. Departing in May of 2019, our goal was to visit all seven continents prior to returning home sometime in the spring of 2020.
Planning our expedition was quite the project. So many decisions to make, it’s similar to building a house. Where to go, how to get there, where to stay, how much to budget, what to bring/how to pack, schooling, travel insurance, how to stay connected & productive with our work, how best to share the story of our adventure, and how to take care of our Florida home.
The trip was an amazing family experience for all of us. While forced to end a few weeks earlier than we had originally planned, we are proud to report that we made it to every target country on our list. The few adventures we had to miss this time due to the pandemic will be rescheduled for a later date. We feel very fortunate to have accomplished all that we did.
and our initial thoughts about the trip…
Just so everyone knows, the trip was my idea! I’m most excited to explore the world. I’m a little sad to leave my teachers, friends, grandparents, dog & principal. The trip though, will definitely be worth it, and I’ll see them all when we return.
I’m looking forward to stopping at Flathead Lake Lodge when we return to the states next year. I’m most afraid to leave my dog Luna behind for a year.
I am most excited for the family memories during our year traveling together. As far as destinations, I am pumped to see Scotland, I am a Wallace…and specifically Gleneagles. I am also excited about our Big Five Tours custom experience of Colombia! What concerns me the most is how hard it will be to adjust back to our normal lives when we return home, or will we want to just keep traveling?
Of course above all, I’m excited that our family can share an amazing adventure together. I’m also looking forward to the feeling of the open road ahead once again. The stops I’m most excited for are Kenya for our custom Micato Safari and our visit to Antarctica. As we embark, the two things that concern me equally are how we will all reacclimate to normal life when we return and how many battles will we have over packing – we really don’t need that much…
Seven continents, Twelve Months, Twenty-One Countries and counting...
The highlights of our itinerary and touring as currently planned are below.
As we visit each destination, each of the photos below will link to our families’ posts so that we can share our travel experiences from each of our perspective with you.
We will begin our adventure visiting some old friends in their new paradise, Kauai, Hawaii
Southern World Vacations, our Premier Preferred Partner for Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, will also be helping us coordinate several tours in New Zealand
In 2018, Eric & Angela both had an opportunity to spend a week in Switzerland at different times. We both had such an amazing experience, we had to return for a longer stay, this time together with the whole family.
We enjoyed exploring the city of Venice as well as the Italian Dolomite’s on the way to Croatia.
Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, Ljubjana & Zagreb are all on the wishlist as we make our way through Croatia & Slovenia in September.
Looking forward to returning to Southern Spain and Andalucia as the fall sets in.
Our last European stop before we head down to Africa. In Portugal, we’ll visit Porto, the Douro River Valley, Sintra, and if all goes well a short visit to Lagos.
After a busy few weeks in Kenya, some time to relax in Uruguay was just what we needed.
Details coming soon…
In Columbia, we’ll have an opportunity to explore under the guidance of Big Five Tours & Expeditions
Uncruise Sailing through Panama Canal
We plan to continue exploring the West Coast of Costa Rica with Lindblad Expeditions on a 6 Night Cruise. We’ll then find a base for a week to catch up on our school work before joining a Tauck Bridges tour through Northern Costa Rica.
Upon returning home, we’ll visit family & friends out west as we make our way back to Florida. If all goes well, Em will get her wish and we’ll have a chance to stop and visit our Montana friends and Flathead Lake Lodge…