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How long are we going for?

Posted by daveb on June 20th, 2007

Short answer: Two years.

Longer answer: We’re really not sure about this just yet. We’re viewing this as more of a life-change than a time-limited holiday; rather we’ll travel a bit, work a bit, travel a bit, work a bit and so forth. We say two years to people who push for a more specific answer as it helps them (us?) to cope with the unknown; it certainly creates a different reaction than saying “one year”, which conjures-up images of returning to the same job/locale/life as before.

Truth is, we’re not sure how long it will take. When Martian & I toured the US a few years ago in Edna, we only had a ninety-day visa waiver and this was not long enough. We didn’t stop anywhere longer than three nights. We spent just four hours at the Grand Canyon. We had a wail-of-a-time on tour and it really opened my eyes to places that I’d like to go back to stay for a while. This time around, armed with this learning, we hope to take our time to move deliberately through the world and really get under the skin of some of our locations.

“If there’s one key concept to remember amid the excitement of your first few days on the road, it’s this: Slow down.
Just to underscore the importance of this concept, I’ll state it again:
SLOW … DOWN.”

Rolf Potts, Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, Villard Books.

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