So once we decided that we were going to ‘go for it’, we were faced with the task of informing our families. Now, I have been going on and on and on about an RTW for the past 3 years.
They have all smiled and joined in the conversation over the years- ‘oh, that would be so cool!’, ‘oh, I would totally meet you here/there!’ Then at the end of each conversation, it would never be brought up again.
You start to feel like everyone supports you but deep down they just think it’s a phase and you are just dreaming big ‘today’.
WELL! When the decision was finally made I had no doubt in my mind that they might find us obnoxious and my husband was ready for quite the backlash. So we sat down together and composed the following letter…
What The Letter Said
Hey everyone, Round the World Trip (RTW).
So all of you have heard us talking about it and we feel it is time to share some of the details with you. We have decided to make this dream a reality. We understand that we both have good jobs and that the consensus is that we are crazy for what we are doing! We don’t care!
Life is too short and we refuse to live our lives with regret of what we could have done. Everyone I have talked to about traveling around the world can testament to not regretting it. Compared to the number of people they have met that regret NOT doing it.
The biggest emotion by others, after the dream is realized, is envy. We are tired of envying others and are ready to make our own way.Our plan involves a 12-18 month self tour around the World. Focusing mainly on Australia, Asia, Africa and South America.
With some smaller stops along the way, possibly. Depending on how that all goes, some time will also be spent in Central America and Mexico. We plan to do South America, Central America and Mexico last, so that when we decide we don’t want to come home, we can buy that B&B in Mexico and stay! LOL (Barb & Dave, we weren’t joking last night!!!)
We are in the process of getting the house appraised and listed. If we are able to find a suitable renter before it sells, we may consider keeping it, but we are also thinking we may not want to be tied into returning in a specific amount of time.
It’s a great big World and who knows what we will find along the way. So for now, we are heading down the sales route. Erich/Amanda/Kady… this is your chance to buy our place!! HA!We are a bit undecided about when we will *actually* leave, BUT we have an idea. Since Erich and Alicia are getting married in September, it will not be before October.
It will likely be between October and January. Of course dependant on the house. We have already started to and will be using the coming months to consolidate and liquidate a lot of our possessions and pad our bank accounts.
Don’t worry, we have a well thought out plan, accompanied by many crunched excel spreadsheets.We know it is a lot to take in and you likely think we are nuts but we got this. We have never been more sure about anything in our lives.
Some things will be tough, but we are willing to make those sacrifices for the large return of experiencing the World together. We do ask that you keep these details to yourselves. We have not began the process of telling friends, etc and want to do that on our own accord.
We do not want some people/jobs finding out through word of mouth but when we are ready to tell them, we will. Also, if possible, please avoid emailing us at our work emails regarding this topic only….. you can email us at this email!
Stay tuned!Lina & Dave
Our families weren’t the least bit surprised that they were receiving that letter. They were, however, surprised that we were ACTUALLY going to do it!
After 3 years of across the table conversations and crazy ideas… we were finally doing it. We have been very lucky to have a supportive family and friends!
For those of you that are still in that phase of deciding whether to go or have already made the decision to go but don’t know how to tell your family and friends- my biggest piece of advice is to just be honest and level with them.
You can’t expect everyone to agree with you, but you CAN share your dreams and goals and hopefully, in return, you will be met by support from those you care about.
Note to readers: We departed on our around the world (RTW) trip on February 21, 2014. We traveled full-time, backpacking across 6 continents for the next 2 years. Since 2016, we travel 7-10 months out of every year creating content and telling stories for this website. It’s been a wild ride!
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