>> We have since returned from our round the world trip. It was an incredible experience, but one that I am just beginning to unpack now. To say it was intense is an understatement. To us, it was more than just travel, it was an attempt to find ourselves. Over the next several weeks, I will be posting my journal, diving deeper into my personal battle with anxiety and my search for happiness. XO <<
When we set our sights on Europe last summer I don’t think we realized just how much our initial plan would change.
Originally we thought we would take the summer off and visit Europe for a few months with our 3 kids, but the plan kept evolving. Doors kept opening and we willingly walked through them. Soon, our nice little 4 month plan evolved into 9 months of world travel.
When we planned the trip, it wasn’t to check off bucket list locations. We were feeling so overwhelmed with life here at home, work, and we wanted to dive deep into our relationship as a couple, and as a family.
Everywhere I looked, I felt as though I was failing. I barely knew my kids, Bryan and myself. This life I had created for myself was swallowing me whole and something had to give. I needed to find a way to master my anxiety.
I suppose looking back now, if I am being 100% honest, I was seeking happiness. What a loaded word. What is happiness anyway? But everywhere I looked, it appeared that everyone had it – everyone except for me. I needed a drastic change, and when the road opened up for us, I grabbed my family and hopped on.
Spoiler alert; NO, travel will not save your life, and NO it will not give you happiness. Comparing your life to those on social media will only throw you down the rabbit hole even deeper.
BUT!! I did learn some really amazing valuable lessons. I can’t give it all away, but this trip changed me in ways I never knew possible. Better ways.
I’ll be posting quick videos and photos on my social accounts, but here on this blog will be my personal journey.
So what are the logistics?
If you are here to see how we managed to travel the world for $20k, don’t worry, I will still post ALL of that. Afterall, we never would have been able to go on this life changing adventure if we wernt able to keep it to a budget right?!
8 months, 20 countries, 5 people, and only $20,000.
Don’t get me wrong, this is A LOT of money. We let our houseswaps determine our itinerary, so for the most part we are staying in some pretty expensive places (which isnt helping the budget!). I am sure if you stayed in cheaper places, you could have stretched your dollar waaaaay more, but we went where the homes were free, so we just had to roll with it.
We will be seeing; Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Brussels, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, England, Singapore, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii before making our way back home.
So here goes!
Lots of Love, Bethany