I’ve been distracted with planning our big adventure. In 2011, the family Penguin will be embarking on a round the world trip. I’m taking leave from my work, we’re taking the boys out of school, and we’re going to travel around the world. We’re having a brief stop in Asia, spending the best part of six to eight months in Europe (and Africa and the middle east) before going across the Atlantic to the US, Canada, and possibly a bit of South America.
Although I’ve been totally public with this news for over a week now, I’ve hesitated before blogging it, as I know we are extraordinarily lucky to be able to afford to do this. Being in Australia, to start with, has insulated us from the global recession hitting the rest of the world. And as a well paid professional, it is much easier for us to be able to save up enough to do it than your average family.
A few people have commented on how expensive this all is. And it isn’t cheap. But I’ve read a few round the world travelling family blogs now, and by far the biggest expense is the foregone income. We’ll be spending more in the year away than we would at home, but not that much more. By travelling for a year, we’ll be able to do it slowly enough that we can catch public transport, instead of taxis… stay in places for a week or more that wouldn’t be available by the night etc. But not having income for a year… that’s something to save up for!
Now that we’re public with all of this, I’m hoping to resume blogging, both on our new travel blog, Around the world, and here with my usual random topics, although the blogosphere has become such a different place, that rejoining it may well be like starting blogging all over again.