Archive for October, 2009


Does flipping through a travel magazine count as research? I’m going with “yes”! :)

The girls were in dance class, and I had 45 minutes available in my in my mobile office while I waited. Having picked up the mail on the way out of the house, I had a few magazines tempting me from the passenger seat. I opened up Coastal Living for inspiration, and here’s what I found:

* Stand-up paddle boarding. Sort of like surfing with a long paddle. They were talking about something called a YOLO board. Sounds awesome. Pull that information for future adventures.

* “The Bigness of the World” – A book of short stories by Lori Ostlund. I’ve requested it from the library. More on that after I’ve read it.

* An article about Zac Sunderland, the 17 year old boy who sailed solo around the world in 13 months. Inspiring? I want to say yes. I really do. But instead I found it a little alarming. Cool kid. But he obviously functions in spheres so far outside my own comfort zone that all I can do is look at his achievement and say “wow… but not for me”.

I need to start on the real research. How much will it cost to go? What do we need to do to prepare the home life while we’re away, etc. And I will…just as soon as I finish the newest “National Geographic Travel” that arrived in the mail.

… where to begin?

Time for a little honesty. We’ve been talking about the “BIG TRIP” for awhile now, but I haven’t put much thought into the actual plan. Oh, I’ve talked a good game and said things like “we definitely want to go to China”, and “I’ve heard about a family marine biology program in Fiji”, but I haven’t done the real work yet. All of a sudden, that faraway trip doesn’t seem so far away anymore. Where to begin?

One challenge is that we still don’t know if the trip will actually go through and when it will happen. Funny things like employment can get in the way, and that makes planning a little more nebulous. To commit to the idea of quitting your job (or taking a sabbatical) is not simple. I’ve decided to take a cue from King Julian of Madagascar fame. He always assumes things will work out, and they do. So, assuming the whole gainful employment/paying the bills thing works out, where do we begin?

I found a cool site called “Perpetual Travel” with a section specifically devoted to around the world trips. King Julian was right! Just what I need and there it is. Interestingly, they do not suggest you start with a destination, but with a goal or purpose. Ah ha! I like this. So, that is where we will begin. With a goal or purpose. I need to get me one of those. I’m off to hunt down a goal (or purpose!) ….

:) sian