About the Trip

By all accounts, we are incredibly lucky people. We both have wonderful, fulfilling jobs where we spend our days fighting to protect and restore the incredible beauty and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. We both come home everyday to a loving and supportive partner. We own a house, live in an amazing city (hey, Portland!), and have good physical health.

Yet, when Erin turned 40 in 2013, she had what you might call a mid-life crisis. Ten years into her career as an environmental attorney, she felt burned out, exhausted and a bit depressed. Something was missing but she wasn’t sure what, but she definitely knew she needed a break…a break from running her own business, a break from responsibility, a break from the daily grind. She took to the internet, wondering what others in her current state of “crisis” were doing to resolve it. And she found a blog that set this whole thing in motion, a blog by someone who also lived in Portland (or did before starting her own adventure) who sold everything to travel the world with her husband. And then she found more blogs, dozens of them, describing people who felt just like her and took a career break to travel.

She’ll never forget that evening when Alex walked through the door after work and she sprung an idea on him to take a year off to travel the world. And she’ll never forget how quickly Alex said yes, “I think that’s exactly what we need to do.” And so it began, nearly two years of plotting, planning, researching, saving, budgeting, and downsizing in preparation for what feels like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something amazing while we are still (relatively) young and physically fit.

Our friend Amy coined the title of this blog and we borrowed it because it perfectly represents what we hope to accomplish this year, remove the pressure to do it “right” and just have fun.

Check out Kim Dinan’s awesome blog that got the ball rolling for us: http://www.so-many-places.com

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6 thoughts on “About the Trip

  1. This makes me so happy to read. I am so excited for you two. I’ve never regretted a day of travel, even the “bad” ones. Bon voyage! Keep writing/posting pics!

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  2. Auntie S and Unca Clint

    Alex’s sweet post about time with his Dad is the first I’ve received since signing on to share in your upcoming excellent adventure and traveling vicariously through your blog has worn me out. Is there anywhere else in the world that y’all haven’t been? Love the blog though your energy makes me feel like a slug. That’s okay, I’ve always got Colorado!! šŸ™‚ Take care, have fun and always carpe diem. Love you guys.

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    • The world is vast Aunt Sherrie and there are many places we have yet to explore. We will only be able to scratch the surface this year, but we hope to provide lots of fodder for your vicarious travel.

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  3. John springer

    So happy for you two. I look forward to following your journey. I know it won’t be boring.

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  4. Keith de Wit

    Looking forward to some great posts! Enjoy!

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