Around the world in just over 80 days
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    Before we go... let's get up to speed.

    July 1, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    With planning well underway and the calendar days quickly counting down, this travel journal will be our attempt at taking you along for the ride. Although many of you have asked, this is the closest we will get to packing you in our suitcase.
    So, how did this all come to be… well it started with our work sabbatical program. In March 2016 we signed paperwork to begin the process of taking a leave from work. Beginning in July of 2016 we would defer a portion of our earnings for 2 years to ‘save’ for our time off. This put us on track for a 6-month leave from July to December 2018!

    Time away from work?… Not be a slave to the alarm clock?… Share some dedicated time with the kids?… Continue to get paid?… we were in!

    Ok, the process was started, six months off work, so now what?

    What do we want to do, where do we want to go, how are we going to do it all?
    Well, you don’t often get an opportunity like this, so let’s make it something to remember.

    During previous adventures, both together and apart, we have had the opportunity to meet friends from all around the world. Over the years we have been lucky enough to have kept in touch, and even see, some of them, but not all. So now is the time… the path of our adventure takes us to a whole bunch of international locations, many of which are home to these friends. Everyone has been given a ‘heads up’ and fair warning about our plan to visit and no one seems to be going into hiding.
    As excited as we are to see numerous new places and sights, the building blocks of this trip are reunions, reconnecting and remembering. Whether it has only been 2 years or as long as 25 years, 2018 is a new chapter. We are eager to introduce Isaac and Oliver to our friends and their children. Their opportunity to reunite and ignite friendships while seeing some of this big world.
    So, “Please leave a message after the tone, we’re not here cause we are gone.
    Round the World is where we will be, but we’ll post our stories for y’all to see.”

    During the summer of 2017 we practiced our family vacation skills while visiting Canada’s east coast. Although still a year away, the ideas for our 2018 Around the World trip were bouncing around our heads.
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    The beginning of 2018

    January 1, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ -23 °C

    This is the birthplace of the idea, the planning, the organizing, the emails, the notes, the maps and eventually the packing... as things are falling into place, we toast the beginning of 2018. The new year and the countdown to our adventure departure.Read more

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    The flights!

    January 26, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    After months of talking and weeks of planning, lots of research and back and forth, comparing schedules and reviewing options, this is the day we actually booked our Around the World flights. Thanks to the patience and perseverance of our travel guru Brittany we now know where we are going and when we will be there… so next, what to do while we are there.Read more

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    Some other stuff...

    February 1, 2018 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    We needed a few places to stay, some rental vehicles to get around, some tickets to some attractions and a few different location transfers… so the planning continues. By air, by sea, by car and by foot we are going to make it from here to there (with a few stops along the way) and then back again. Schedules, itineraries, flight times, stopovers and travel times, all parts of the grand equation that would equal an amazing adventure.Read more

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    Getting checked out

    April 2, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Nothing can ruin a great adventure more than illness. So, considering all the different stops and stays we have ahead of us we decided to visit the Travel Medical Clinic. They offered some suggestions and recommendations, precautions and considerations…. we each got some meds and 74 pages of information that should help keep us safe and comfortable while traveling the world.Read more

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    Pieces falling into place...

    May 27, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    As we flip a few more calendars, cross off a bunch more days and keep counting down, more and more pieces are coming together. Following our last posts, Isaac took some time to review our story so far to make sure we were sticking to the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. As we check things off the list, we answer the question of shoes or sandals with a family set of ‘shandals’… ready for water, ready for hiking, ready for kicking ass all around the world. Leaving footprints, making marks. Over a few beers we called on the recent experiences of some friends (thanks Ogdens) to get the insight on the sights in and around Bora Bora. After a few pictures, some stories, maps and suggestions we had lots to add to the ‘to-do’, ‘must-see’ and ‘don’t-miss’ lists. Another burning question has been how are we going to pack for this adventure. With so many places, 4 people and 82 days of travel, how much is too much and how little is not enough. Jen and I tried laying out our travel wardrobe to see just what it might look like. And finally the suitcases have surfaced. They have begun their journey by traveling from the closet in the basement to the floor upstairs (don’t worry, they are not getting a blog of their own!). With a few items in and around the packing area, we are hoping to add, subtract, consider and reconsider, pick and leave, organize and optimize what we need, what we want, what we are actually taking and ultimately determine how all the pieces fall into place.Read more

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    And a few more things...

    June 27, 2018 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    As the month of June is coming to an end, departure day is just around the corner. But before we load the car there are a few more things to check off the list. We started the month by sharing a toast to healthy travels with our first dose of Dukoral. A few days later a package arrived in the mail. Just a little something to share with old friends and new as we travel the world. Then, once again we raise our glasses, Dukoral down the hatch part 2… should be good to go now!

    And we entered the last week of the month with a stuffed mailbox. Tickets, vouchers, itineraries, luggage tags, puzzle books and even some gum. Thank you again Brittany at Flight Centre. Even though you are not actually with us, you will be with us!

    Now, to just get our papers in order...
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    It’s about time

    June 28, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    A well deserved toast two years in the making. As of today we are both off work for the next 6 months. Still a little hard to believe our adventure around the world is about to begin. Cheers to this opportunity to explore, connect, share and experience (and many more toasts)!Read more

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    A few hours to go

    June 29, 2018 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Time to get some rest before we kick into high-gear. Another family photo before the boys are tucked in and we enjoy one final cheers with a local craft beer, Wonder Star from Flying Monkeys in Barrie. Next stop, Departure Day!Read more