Step 1 – Making the decision

David and I are travelers. We both went on overseas programs in college — David to Germany, Lori to Ireland — and got bitten by the bug. We went on a whirlwind trip through Europe for two months in 1991 and returned for a month-long honeymoon in Germany in 1992. In 1993, we quit our Southern California jobs and moved home to Oregon, but before getting on with our lives, we stored our worldly goods and spent a year in Europe. After returning home in 1994, we’ve only been back together once, for the summer of 1997, the year before Quinland was born.

From that last year-long trip, we have known that someday we would do it again.

We started to save up our money way back then. We’ve had periods of more and less cash on hand, but we always lived a frugal lifestyle and put every extra dollar away for the trip. Someday, someday, someday…

Someday is finally here.

So, why now? It’s a perfect storm of conditions. I have been diagnosed with MS and may have limited mobility in the future, so that is definitely a consideration. Quinland is at a perfect age to really experience and remember the trip, which is awesome. We may not have the resources right now to go for the entire year of our dreams, but by going for a shorter amount of time, David and I will both be able to make easier transitions back to work at the end of the trip.

We’ve been getting ready for the trip slowly but surely since we decided last year that we were really going to go. Now, however, those preparations have got to really ramp up. We leave a week from Monday!

2 thoughts on “Step 1 – Making the decision

  1. Lori I traveled way back in the day before my kids and the US dollar was strong all over the world. I know that is not still the case, so how are you faring moneywise? I’m not looking for a bank account amount (b/c my mama taught me manners!) 😉 I just mean, the overall climate out there – can you work for a year and then live off that during your travels anymore or is it more like work stateside for a year and then do odd jobs overseas to get to your next destination adventure? You know what I mean?

    My best, Lynn


    1. Lynn, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! My internet time on this trip is really erratic.

      Basically, we have been saving for this trip for about 15-20 years! We used airline miles for tickets, and have just been living off our savings (very frugally, since we have to pay bills at home, too). We lived like cheapskates for the entire time we were saving.

      The dollar is pretty weak, which is a bummer, and since we are traveling with our preteen, we are not staying in hostel dorms on this trip! It’s been pretty spendy, averaging 80 euros per night for lodging. (Friends have put us up for about 1/4 of the trip, bless them!) We haven’t worked this time, either, which we did in the past.

      Anyway – that’s probably more info than you wanted! Thanks for the question. 🙂
      xo – Lori


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