Hi friends. Tori (my wife), Quincy (11 month old daughter) are headed out on our first international adventure as a family!
Before Quincy was born, Tori and I had travelled to 12 countries together. Early in our marriage, we made international travel a core value for our family.
We optimized our lifestyle (everything from our spending, to our schedule, to the jobs we chose and house we live in) to give us the freedom to travel to new places, experience amazing cultures, and make new friends.
We’ve have the privilege to vagabond about the world a bit and it’s been amazing.
Traveling has helped cultivate empathy, understanding, and curiosity within us that frankly wasn’t there before.
Since having Quincy, we’ve kept things low key on the travel front. Being new parents is tough work and expensive in time, money, and attention. And that’s okay. We’ve needed this rest.
We now feel like we’re in a place where we can invite Quincy into this special part of our lives. Instead of changing what we value, we want to invite Quincy to join us in the rich experience that travel affords.
Now that things in our life have normalized, and as we come up to Quincy’s one year birthday, we’ve decided to celebrate our first year together in true Di Bartolo style!
We’ll be traveling to the UK, France, and Italy from May 13th to June 9th. During that time, I’ll be working remotely for two weeks and then completely off the grid for two weeks.
I know it’s not doable for everyone, but I almost always try to pair remote work with vacation time. Much of my job involves writing and being on the internet, so I can stay connected and get things done anywhere.
To be entirely honest with you: we are terrified. We’ve never done an extended trip like this with a baby. We’ll need more gear than we’ve ever needed. We’ll need to do more planning and be more flexible.
Lots and lots of grace will be extended and received by all.
We’ll be slower than ever before. *shudder*
Whenever we take a big trip like this (we’ve previously spent extended time in Asia (Hong Kong and Laos) and Europe (UK, Italy) we get lots of questions from family and friends.
- How do you start planning for a trip like this?
- How do you afford this? It must cost a ton of money, right?
- How do you decide where to stay?
- What tools or services do you use?
Taking Quincy on this trip adds a whole new set of challenges, and so many unknowns. We’ll learn a ton and make some amazing memories.
I thought it would be fun to open the curtain a little bit as I plan the trip. I plan to write a more comprehensive post that describes my approach to planning this trip.
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