The response to our year long adventure travel trip to Europe has been overwhelming! Our families are excited for us, our friends say they want to be us and most everything has fallen into place.
Just like most travelers, I know the silent whispers that hide behind the encouragement. Questions of how we can be gone a year without an income? Or that it may seem irresponsible to leave established careers to follow the unknown. To be 30 years old and not have a retirement plan or an established 5-year plan. To be honest, it worries me too. I am not ignorant of these concerns or worries. I understand that the way I have gone about life has been radical and very different from many.
How can you be gone for a year with no income?
5 or even 10 years from now, I don’t know how I am going to feel about these decisions I make now. I am doing my best to trust in both my faith and my love for my husband. I’ll do my best to love people around me in whatever country I may find myself in. I can’t predict what is better for my future, saving for retirement and a home or traveling out of two bags with my husband for a year in Europe. But I’m willing to take the chance that the life experience I’ll gain will be worth the risk.
I want to come out of this time closer both to God and to my husband. I want to travel extensively while living out a healthy relationship that will reflect love, joy, and faith. I know that we will grow in our marriage, relationships, and experiences together. We will learn how we can better encourage, affirm, and love each other while being taken out of our comforts and know that we have each other as the one true constant in daily life. Through our marriage, I want others to have a refreshed, honest, and exciting view of what a healthy marriage can be both to our readers and those we meet along the way.
I feel like this time of adventure travel will be a detox from the last couple of years where I have struggled with depression, frustration, and being exposed to far more than I had the 20 something years prior. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not running away from these things. Overcoming this depression and frustration has brought us to the place where we are able to serve lovingly while traveling for a year.
I know there are many questions. More than I have addressed here but I hope I’ve shared enough that you know I’m an open book. My heart and future are on the line. I will be real through our travels. The good the bad the ugly.
We’ve made our minds up. Our home is empty our cars are being sold and our bags will be packed. We will leave for Washington in two weeks and our journey will begin. No turning back now.
What questions do you have for me about our upcoming year-long trip around Europe?
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