We are an American family of four looking for adventure. Perhaps three years ago now, we conceived the idea of taking a year off from our ordinary lives to travel with our children before they get busy preparing to apply to college and build lives of their own.

At first, the idea seemed like a pipe dream, but over time, it seemed more and more do-able, and we began telling people about it, partially just to force ourselves to turn pipe dream into reality (shame is a powerful thing).

We plan to leave on our adventure on July 1, 2017, but as preparations are kicking into high gear, we will begin by recording the work that is going into making our plans reality.

Our tentative itinerary is to travel the U.S. and Canada via RV from July 1, 2017 until November 2017, essentially making a big loop from our home state of New Jersey, up through New England to the Maritimes, back over to Vermont, and from there out to Chicago, then up through the major northern National Parks and across to the Pacific Northwest.  From there, we plan to head south through California, and then across the south to New Orleans and eventually to Florida, as we have solemnly promised our youngest a trip to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. From there we will head back to New Jersey for our oldest’s Bat Mitzvah and Thanksgiving with family before setting out for the international portion of our journey (following a short stop in Hawaii).

Internationally, our tentative plan is to travel to Australia and New Zealand, then to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, then to India, then to Israel, and then to Europe.

I’m Sarah. Mike and I have been married for 13 years. We have two daughters. Elizabeth will turn 13 during our trip, and Julianna will turn 9 during our trip. They’re currently in 6th and 2nd grades, so we will be “World Schooling” them for their 7th and 3rd grade years.  All four of us plan to contribute to this blog recording our adventures.