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Tentative Travel Plans

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Tentative Travel Plans

Admittedly, this is an odd piece to post, but I’ve been a member of this site for the past several years and I have yet to find another group of people as intelligent and helpful, so it seems natural to raise this issue here. Over the past year and a half, we sold our house, liquidated my private surgical practice, greatly (although not completely) eliminated much of our waste, and are considering a dramatic change; a year or two of travel with our three sons.

I don’t wish this to be perceived as a purely hedonistic adventure, as we do have concrete goals we wish to accomplish, but I must admit that part of the attraction is to merely opt-out of the status quo, at least for a while, and to seek life on our own terms. My wife and I have always been adventurous; she was a traveling nurse in Hawaii when I met her 18 years ago, married her less than six months later, and each of our three sons were born in different states (Georgia, Oklahoma and Indiana). We’ve been in Iowa for the past 7-1/2 years, and feel it is time for a change. Life is too short to not live it as each of us see fit.

We’re not wealthy enough to simply retire (I’m now 51, and our boys are 10, 12 and 14), so I’m looking at this as something of a sabbatical. As a surgeon, I also have some opportunity of working locum tenens (surgical temp work) en route, to bring in some extra income. That said, we are hoping to travel relatively cheaply. A number of families have done the same; I’ve visited a number of websites recording such adventures, and my wife gave me a book this Christmas about a family that traveled the world inexpensively. At some point, we’ll need to settle down again, with me resuming a surgical practice and/or my wife resuming a career in nursing; but for a while, we can coast, if the political and economic situation allows.

We home-schooled our oldest son last year and are home-schooling our youngest son this year, so we think we can handle “road-schooling” all three next year (and perhaps the next). I can handle all studies in science and most in math (I’d have to learn calculus better than I learned it in college, if it came to that, though). We have a number of good books lined up (all of us have Kindles, to limit weight), and keeping a journal would be a requirement (likely to include some weblog postings). Speaking of the boys, part of our reasoning as to “why now” has to do with their ages; they’re old enough to remember and learn from our travels, old enough to carry their own backpacks, but not so old that they don’t want to be with their parents!

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I don’t see TEOTWAWKI in the next year or two, but I recognize that remains a possibility. We have liquidated many of our possessions and will continue in that process; we have no debt; and we have made what I feel are prudent investment decisions with what remains. We will store those furnishings we would like to retain during our travels. If needed, our tentative bug-out plan is to relocate, even if only temporarily, to my in-laws farm in northern Iowa.

Our goals for travel, apart from the wish to simply “make a break” and “enjoy life”, include the following:

Raise our boys’ awareness about the richness of live, history and the importance of human interaction. Yes, I know this sounds cheesy, but it is what I believe. It is too easy to become inured to the realities of “normal” living, ignorant of the importance of being a sentient and intelligent being. I hope to break them from the mold of traditional “education” so that they can choose to live the life they truly desire. Explore other areas to which we might wish to ultimately relocate. This has been discussed in other threads, so we don’t need to rehash old topics. We might end up back in Iowa, but we are open to the idea of relocation. In our history of travels, we’ve never had trouble “fitting in”, so I’m not terribly concerned about that aspect. Meet others. Through this site, my time in the Army, my involvement in politics, and likeminded people I have met (or become reacquainted with) through Facebook, I know many people in the U.S. and around the globe with whom it would be wonderful to have a discussion over a cup of coffee or a round of beers. For me, this is broad expansion of the “grow your community” movement, which I think is going to be essential in the tumultuous times coming our way.

While I invite commentary on all the above, I would particularly appreciate discussion of the following questions:

In your opinion, is the above course of action completely foolish? Should we instead be “digging in” for TEOTWAWKI, instead? If our plans to travel are not unreasonable, how would you proceed, especially regarding means (mode of travel, living arrangements, etc.)? We are considering various options, to include renting an RV or purchasing a used RV (this can be a big hit concerning future oil prices hikes, I realize), towing a pop-up camper, etc. (No, Dogs, we will likely not be taking the ’68 VW on such an extended tour!) If we follow through on tentative plans to visit Europe, we’ll take advantage of the abundant public transportation (EuroRail, etc.). Particularly in the U.S. and Canada, we hope to spend much of our time in national or state parks, limiting our costs somewhat, and/or looking at long-term rentals. Are there areas you think we should considering visiting, if only for educational and/or entertainment value (ignoring Walt Disney, please)? Would you be interested in meeting? This should not be construed as an invitation to host us in any way, as we’re not looking for that! But, I have gotten to know a number of people on this site through PM’s, emails, phone calls, and Facebook; and I would enjoy meeting many of you in person. If you have such an interest, send me a PM, and we’ll do our best to work you into our itinerary (which is still very much a work in progress)!

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