A bit of backstory, for those who might wonder what in the world would prompt two seemingly sane and responsible adults to ditch it all and go globetrotting...
It's all Sonia's fault.
she sez: As some of you know, 2006 was a tough year no matter how you slice it. Even excluding the obvious bad patches, like my mom's death and my almost-breakup with Mark, it was a challenging year. The daily grind finally ground down to my last nerve, and I decided it was time for a change. As in, change everything! One thing we've both learned over the years is that if you want things to be different, you have to *do* something radically different. So, inspired by Rolf Potts's Vagabonding, I hatched a plan to fulfill my lifelong dream to sell the house, quit the job, purge the stuff, and get out there and see the world.
We put our house on the market, and we waited. And we started compiling a list of places we might want to visit. And we waited. And we got extra pages in our passports and became human pincushions from all the vaccinations and scoured the internet for information and inspiration. And we waited. Boy, the US housing market sucks!
And long about May of 2007, I realized it was time to stop waiting for something to happen, and time to make a bold move. I took a hard look at my finances, did a little checking around on Kayak.com, and on June 5, I quit my job and announced my intent to spend a few weeks in Central America. Mark would stay home to nurse his wounded knee and keep working on selling the house. And we'd continue on with the plans for a RTW together when I returned in September for my brother's wedding.
For another perspective, check out Sonia's guest post for Briefcase to Backpack, entitled "Letting Go: Making Other Plans."
Right, so none of that really explains the WHY behind this project. What about "The American Dream" of owning a home in the suburbs with 2.5 kids and a dog and a white picket fence? What about security? What about the real pursuit of happiness, which in this culture has little to do with happiness and lots to do with the acquisition of STUFF? I'm afraid that doesn't really resonate with me, or at least it's not where I'm at right now. Life is short, and there are adventures to be had! There's never really an ideal time to break out of the orbit you've been working your whole life to establish, but there's also no time like the present.