We are just a regular family who have decided to have a BIG Life Changing Year adventure!
We are Tracey, Gert, Brittney, Kate & Jono. (We also have a Matthew – he’s staying home!)
There’s nothing special about us. We are just a normal family who were plugging along doing what everyone else was doing. Working hard. Spending all our money on “stuff” and on our kids. Taking a yearly holiday (which had started to take on a life of it’s own – I guess it was a sign!). Then doing it all again the next year with all of us another year older!
We started to question why we were doing this.
Gert was working more and more and we were spending more and more. We had more stuff, more furniture, more expensive toys, more christmas presents for our kids…….we saw almost every single movie that came to the cinema…..more, more, more!
Then a chance book purchase in an airport by an extremely tired Tracey led to the crazy idea that we should take the kids out of school and travel the USA for a whole year. What a great idea we thought! No-one else has ever thought of such an amazing adventure – we will be such trendsetters.
Turns out there’s many a family living the travel lifestyle – and since starting this website we have had the amazing good fortune to meet many of them online – they are so great that once we are on the road we plan to meet as many of our new friends as possible!
But that’s a story for another day…..back to us….!
As we made our plans to travel the whole of the USA in 2012, we were quite comfortable that it could be easily achieved. We really only had to book our flights in and out and then choose a route. We planned to buy an RV, use it for the year and then sell it cheap when it was time to go home. Easy stuff, right?
Then we started to investigate the whole USA Visa process. To cut a long story short, we were not able to easily or cheaply get a 12 month visa for the States. It was a whole heap of hassle and a whole heap of money. Did we give up on our dream to escape the rat-race for a year? Absolutely not!!!
We came up with a new plan. We would travel to all different countries, with two separate trips to the USA to get around the Visa issues. The final plan became 3 months in South East Asia, including India, 3 months in the USA – covering 25 states, 3 months in Europe and then 3 months back to the USA – to cover the other 25 states!
This is the plan we have settled on. Unfortunately the planning for this amazing round the world adventure is huge! We became all tangled up in the zillions of options that were availabe to get from place to place. You can google all night and still not make a single decision on where to go and what to do!!
So we’ve thrown caution to the wind. We’re booking our flight in and out, making a loose list of what we want to see and do while we are there and going with the flow the rest of the time! This will hopefully let us relax a bit more in the planning stage and leave us open to adventures while we are on the ground in each country we visit. It may also set us up for more squat toilets than we had planned on but that’s the risk you take!!
So, who are we?
I’m Tracey. This website was my idea to share our adventures with our friends and family and it’s my newest baby. I’m a bit protective of it though I might let one of the family have a turn if they ask nicely! I’m leaving a job of 7 years with a global chemicals company and hoping to never return!
I long for an amazing adventure in 2012 – time spent with the kids just shooting the breeze. Getting to know them better before it’s too late and they all run off to do their own thing in life. I love a good story and am looking forward to some hilarious adventures to recount. I’ll tell you anything if it’s funny. Even when I should really keep some things to myself!!
I really, really want a family to adopt us for Christmas in 2012 so it’s extra special!!
My husband is Gert. He is originally from Denmark and has been a truck driver in Australia, doing 5000km each week driving the east coast of Australia. He averages 1-2 nights at home per week and is also looking forward to time spent with the family. He has loved the freedom of his job (and really he’s been on holiday for the last 10 years!!) so being in close quarters to us 24 hours a day for a year could be a challenge. I’m sure he’s up to it! Gert really likes everything clean and he hates double-dipping. He’s in big trouble when we hit Asia!! He will enjoy seeing his family in Denmark when we visit there late in 2012.
Our three children along for the ride are Brittney, Kate & Jono.
Brittney is 17 and just finished her final year of high school in 2011. She planned to have a gap year in 2012 and now Mum gets to pay for it!! She is selling her little car and saying goodbye to all her friends for 12 months. Britt has her own website www.girlinasuitcase.com for our trip and will be helping me when I’m at my most technilogically challenged!! Check out her site – she likes a good vlog!!
Kate. Where do we start with Kate? Kate is 14 and thought I was kidding when I said I was trying to take the family to the USA for a year. She was shocked to find out I was serious – maybe that’s because I announced it on facebook while she was at a sleepover!! After initially refusing to go she has come to terms with her travelling future! She was going to do distance education so she wouldn’t be behind all her friends when we returned but I discovered we could get an exemption from schooling for a year. Kate was a straight A student in 2011 so she should be fine to get back in to school when we return. I’ve promised her a maths tutor for Christmas next year. Lucky Girl!!
And that leaves 10 year old Jono. Jono is thrilled to be going away for the whole year. Every couple of days he tells me how excited he is! His only concern is that he’ll be taller than everyone else when he comes back to school and whether I would agree to store his Nerf guns instead of selling them!! Jono has plans for his own website as well so everyone can see how a kid copes with being dragged around the world!! His site will be www.followjono.com once it is up and running. This should be around the time we leave in January. A visit to Disneyland is high on his list of priorities and he would also like to see Legoland and Vegas! A boy after mum’s heart!!
So, that’s our story and where we are at!!
For the whole of 2012 we hope to be able to tell crazy stories, interview interesting people we come across on the road, cry over all our mishaps and regale you with stories of upset tummies and inadequate toilet facilities! Most of all we want to share our adventure with anyone who’d like to come along for the ride!