Well, the adventure begins … a literal trip around the world.
I’m not talking about a 2-3 week vacation. The family and I will be gone for at least the next six months, maybe a year.
We’ll spend this fall in France, then a short visit to Japan before spending the winter (their summer) in Australia. We’ll hit New Zealand as well, with the current consensus being that we’ll hop around the South Pacific before heading home.
Literally all the way around the world. It would seem overwhelming if you didn’t do it just like everything else — one step at a time.
The trip is happening now thanks to the ages of my kids. It’s before my daughter hits the end of her high school years, and just before my son begins his. The fashionable term for what we’re doing is “world schooling,” which basically means online classes on the road. I think the education they’ll receive is invaluable.
As for me, I’ll still be working much as I always do — from wherever I happen to be. My guess is that there will be more time reserved for exploring our various locations with the family. I can’t complain one bit.
So for now, I need to let you go so we can catch this flight to Paris. I’ll be back here next week, and if you want to see a visual documentation of the journey, you can follow along on Instagram.
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