Time till departure: 3 months
We are a family of 4 living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada about to embark on a big trip. The kids are Kiyoshi (2 years) and Taro (4 years). I am a Nutritionist and my husband Dave is an Engineering Instructor. We have been planning to take a year off for the past five years.
Our plans have evolved considerably over the past few months. We were initially thinking of literally traveling around the world. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this wasn't a realistic plan for us. First off, I don't think we could afford it and it might be a little too much to do with 2 small children.
We had several criteria for our trip. The order of priority is different depending on who you ask if you know what I mean...
[*]good health care
[*]hot (but not too hot)
So our plan at this stage is to fly from Edmonton to Bali September 5th where my mom will join us for 3 weeks. Then from Bali to Thailand October 19th. We will head back to Edmonton on December 16th for Christmas. We'll be at home for Christmas and then thinking of going to Costa Rica for the winter. That is the plan at this point but I reserve the right to change at any point.
We have been very busy getting our house in order before we go. The house and garage are both rented for the entire trip which we are very relieved about. Now we just have to get to work and fix it up before we leave!