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We’re Going Around the World. Literally.
Posted By Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home On January 19, 2013 @ 3:00 am In Around the World Trip,Blogging,Our family | Comments Disabled
Written by Stephanie Langford, Creator of Keeper of the Home
I've been thinking about writing this post for so long, and yet now that I'm writing it, it feels surreal and I don't even know what to say.
For the last several weeks, I've been hinting that our family is packing up and that an announcement is coming, so here it is:
This Tuesday morning, our family is getting on an airplane and starting the trip of a lifetime. We'll be traveling around the world. For one year. With four young children.
One of my favorite parts of preparing for this trip has been the reactions. People either think we're absolutely insane and could never imagine doing what we're about to do, or they get a wistful look on their face and say how much they would love to do what our family is doing.
I know your minds must already be buzzing with a million questions, so let me attempt to answer some of them.
The itinerary still changes from week to week, but here's the basic schedule at the moment:
From that point, it becomes more unsure because we haven't bought the rest of our plane tickets yet. Most likely it will look something like:
This Google map shows the places that we anticipate we will visit during our trip (if you can't see all the pinpoints, use the zoom out button to see more of the map at once).
View The Langford Family Round the World Trip  in a larger map
Absolutely. Keeper of the Home will continue on as usual, with all our regular writers , the phenomenal team  that helps me to run the site, and I will still share weekend links and write posts as often as I can.
I will share about our trip somewhat in the posts that I write, although I"ll still focus more on the types of healthy living and homemaking topics that you're used to reading here.
I will, however, be blogging about our trip elsewhere. We've launched a new blog (literally, just launched this week) called EntreFamily Travels , where both my husband and I will write.
We'll be documenting our trip, sharing photos and videos, keeping friends and family up-to-date, as well as sharing our experiences and thoughts on this journey, as well as explain the logistics of how we're making this trip work with two businesses and four young children.
Nope, and we haven't received an inheritance or some financial windfall, either. The main reasons that we can travel for a year is that we are completely debt-free , we are giving up all of our expenses in Canada (selling our vehicle, giving up our rental house, etc.), plus we will continue working and running our businesses while we travel.
We won't be traveling in the typical tourist sense, because we want to go a little slower, keep working and homeschooling, stop and rent apartments for weeks and months at a time, cook most of our own food, use public transportation, and live like locals as much as we can. That alone will keep our costs much lower than a regular vacation.
Essentially, our earnings from the work we do while traveling and the fact that we're keeping our expenses low allows us to live on what we earn. We're also trying to avoid particularly expensive places to live, we won't be renting a car very often, and we certainly won't be out sightseeing every day.
We have had to work very hard over the past couple of years to save up money for upfront costs, like our plane tickets, trip gear and that sort of thing. We've also gotten creative and found ways to earn extra money to boost our savings for a few things we really want to do (like 8 weeks traveling around Europe by train, and my husband taking an adventure tour to Antarctica).
I won't lie and say that I think it will be easy. There have been so many considerations to make for the fact that a) we're traveling as a fairly large family with 6 people, at least large compared to the average family size in many of the places that we will be visiting, and b) our children range in age from 11 months old up to 8 years old.
In other words, we still live in the land of babies that require semi-regular naps, toddler tantrums, developing taste buds, and childish squabbles.
(and on the flip side, we get to delight in perpetual knock-knock jokes for airplane entertainment, uncontrollable giggles, being our kid's favorite playmates, and wide-eyed childish wonder)
Bringing small children also means that we have less manpower when it comes to carrying baggage (and we're backpacking, so that's a big deal), we've had to plan our homeschooling to be entirely digital (due to lack of space for packing books), we have to consider sleeping arrangements and accommodations costs much more carefully than most budget travelers, and a myriad of other things, like how exactly do you diaper as you circle the globe?
There are so many reasons for this trip, I decided to write a post on our new blog with 25 reasons why we're taking our children around the world .
There are multiple reasons but among them I would say:
You can find our new family blog here .
Our first flight leaves this Tuesday, January 22nd. We'll fly first to Miami, FL for a brief layover where we'll visit with family that live nearby, and then on Wednesday morning we'll catch our first international flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At this point, we have an apartment booked in Buenos Aires for one week, and then? We're just going to see what we think once we're there, and make a decision about where we'd like to spend our first 6-week stint, settle down in a small city or town, start working on our Spanish, and get a feel for Argentine daily life.
Beyond that, well, you'll just have to come and read the blog. :)
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