On the first weekend in June, at a place that is important and sentimental to our love story, Charlie and I will commit our lives to each other in front of our family and friends. This is the beginning of a new chapter in our love story, and we can’t wait!
As you may know, we are not just joining ourselves together but joining together as a family unit, with Emily’s two sons, Josiah and Ethan. After a week of peace and calm in the mountains of Tennessee with just the two of us, we will be meeting up with the boys to take what I like to call our “family-moon” (I fully recognize how corny this is). This was a trip we were talking about doing before we got engaged but there is something especially sweet to taking this trip right after getting married.
When we first presented the idea of taking a trip like this to the kids, we gave them two options. Option #1, we could spend two weeks traveling in Central America. That would allow us time to spend a whole month working on our new house upon our return. Option #2, we could travel for 7 weeks in Europe and Asia. This option would give us a lot more freedom in planning. If you check out our budget, you can see that staying overseas longer actually makes more budget sense, as the most expensive part of any trip is getting there. Both boys initially said that Option #1 sounded much better. We (Emily and the boys) haven’t done any traveling outside North America so it probably seemed the safest. The next morning both boys came to me separately and said they changed their minds and wanted to go for the bigger adventure. This was a huge thing, because it means that we aren’t forcing the boys to step out of the comfort of their lives for most of the summer. Instead, they are choosing to. This will hopefully mean they feel more pride in the accomplishment and they get to be a big part of planning this great adventure.
Part of our incentive for them, was allowing both boys to pick any location in the world that they wanted to visit. So we are starting our trip in Paris (for Josiah) and two weeks later we will be in Dubai (Ethan). Some of our stops are related to pragmatic planning (Poland is a cheap stop between France and UAE, Taiwan had the cheapest flights home). Other stops are places Charlie traveled in his own trip to SE Asia And some places we hope to stop are places none of us have ever been and sound amazing to us.
Charlie has worked tirelessly with our budget and creative planning to make it possible for us to travel the world for 7 weeks. Part of this creative planning involved having our wedding in early June and then essentially being homeless for the months of June and July to save on our housing costs. Also, we are not traveling to luxury resorts but staying in budget hotels and hostels, and experiencing the local cuisine, rather than eating at high end restaurants.
We can’t wait to share our adventures with you. Here is the plan for right now. Some of this plan may be updated while we are traveling. We will leave from Boston with the boys and fly to Paris, via Iceland. (Someday I would love to go back to Iceland for more than a flight layover) We will spend a few days in Paris, and then hop on a plane to Prague, in the Czech Republic. After a few days in Prague, we board a bus to Poland. Hopefully we are in Poland long enough to visit a few places and eat some yummy Polish food. The Poland and Prague stops are actually us stalling for time, so we don’t end up in Dubai during Ramadan. From Poland we fly to Dubai. We will be spending three nights in Dubai, with views of the tallest building in the world from our Airbnb. From Dubai we will fly to Bangkok and here is where things slow down AND get a lot cheaper. We have a month in SE Asia. We know for sure we will be in Thailand and that we fly home from Taiwan. After doing some research, it looks like both places are amazing enough that we might just want to do those two countries for a month. But we have left our schedule open enough to hit one more country in between. Some ideas are Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. This is the part of the trip where we have a list of things we want to do, but nothing booked so that we can be open to new adventures.
We are hoping to use this blog to keep our friends and family and anyone else interested, updated on our adventures. Some posts may be when we return and have time to process back in the States. Who knows, we might like this blogging thing so much that we keep it up on our future adventures!