Indefinite family travel – Why Not? Interview with Justin Mussler!

If anyone has been keeping up with our facebook page, you will know that we’ve been wiped out the last few days with some kind of poisoning!

Needless to say, when you can’t get out of bed, you can’t blog!

To make up for the drought, I have an awesome interview today from my friend Justin Mussler.

Justin, his wife Heidi and their two small children plan to set off late in 2012 on an indefinite travel adventure!!  They are one of many families getting ready to escape the rat-race.  If you’ve ever had a glimmer of a yearning to travel long term (or you think we are mad for setting off for a year) maybe you can get a look into the reasons travelling with your family could be the best thing you’ll ever do!

You can check out the The Great Family Escape at www.greatfamilyescape.com.

There are piles of tips on how to save for travel, how to get organised, why you should,  etc. and Justin even wrote an article questioning whether people really need to travel with all the technology that they cart along!  And I’m still talking to him!!  That’s the kind of great guy he is!!

So let’s see what their family plans are………….

1. Why have you decided on indefinite travel instead of just a one or two year career break?

Why not?

Right now, I don’t like the idea of settling back into a routine where  we ship the kids off to school and head off to the office.  We’ll come back when we are ready or Continue reading

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99 Days Until Our Adventure Begins!!

Yes folks.  Only 99 days until we leave Australia!!  I’ve been counting down the days and was excited to see that a two digit number was soon to be here!!

Now that we’ve arrived at this momentous event several things have happened.

  1. It all seems so much more real.  We’ve purchased our backpacks, started selling our crap, made arrangements for our “homeless” period etc.  The drop into two digits has really made it seem so much closer!  Kate has stepped up her lobbying to be left with friends for the first 6 months – for some reason she has decided that she should do school for 6 months then join us at her leisure to finish out the year with no distance ed.  I basically told her to kiss my ass, the family won’t be getting split up!!  She’s less than impressed.
  2. Time has sped up!!  Getting to this point seems to have taken a really long time but somewhere along the way time has sped up and now the weeks are flying by!  Each time I blink another week has been lost – I have to admit the panic is not far off.  I’m trying hard to keep Continue reading
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Travel for a year – 7 things I will not miss!

 

Travel for a year – a dream of long term family travel for a lot of people is soon to become our reality on our life changing year!

As I was cleaning the bathroom this afternoon I got to wondering how many more times I have to do it.  It was probably the bleach killing my brain cells that got me doing a loose tally in my head: once a week, 17 more weeks Continue reading

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Life Changing Year – eBook release imminent!

 

eBook release imminent

Life changing year preparations are continuing even though I have just enjoyed a scrapbooking weekend away!

One of the items on my to do list was to finish my Vegas photo album and it is now 95% complete.  Another half an hour or so spent journalling should see it all finished!!  I will be so happy to have one out of the way.  That will leave 2010 to complete and the Ayers Rock photos to finish off as well.  Should be easy to have it all done by Christmas (famous last words!).

I carted an enormous box of newspaper clippings, report cards and general kid memorabilia with me on the weekend as well.  This has now been sorted into a nice compact folder with sections for each child.  I will happily store this folder as opposed to the giant box with half eaten papers in it.  And now as I sort more years of paper out I can easily store them in the correct sections.  An awesome step forward and possibly a life changing clean up in itself!  I’ve had that box for about 15 years now!

The other item to receive my attention on the weekend was the writing of my eBook.  Anytime I mention our trip to a friend or a stranger who hasn’t heard that we are going (and honestly there are fewer and fewer who don’t know), the first thing people usually say is ‘how does one afford that’?  Our son even asked us if we had won lotto when I told him!!

This got me to thinking that lots of people may be interested to see how we are financing our life changing year and that maybe I should put together a list of the ways I have managed to save money to use overseas.  I thought maybe these ideas could be used for other people’s travel plans or even adjusted slightly to help others find cash for their own dream.

So I spent part of the weekend writing my eBook and it is now 99% complete.  I will put the finishing touches on it during the week and it should be available on this site by Tuesday 30th August.

When you come to the site after that date you will see a subscription section in the top right corner of the home page and be able to pop your name and email address in so you can download a copy of the book.  The book will be free for all subscribers and once we leave on our life changing travels the subscription will help you to stay in touch with what we are doing and where.  How good is that?

I know.  I’m a genius.

You can thank me by letting me know what you think of the book and whether it was useful to you  – either to understand how we will manage this or to assist you to find hidden cash in your life to put toward your own life changing year!

 

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