This very day, my bosses gave me the thumbs up to take an 8 month sabbatical from the end of December 2007 till the following August. This signals the putting into motion of a plan that has been gestating in my mind and that of my wife for a good few months now. To take a trip around the world, with our two daughters (presently aged 5 and 7). If we wait another few years, they will be in too important a stage of their education to uproot them. If we wait until their schooling is over, then I'm not sure what kind of world we're going to be living in then.
If our politicians get their act together in the face of climate change, or even if simple market forces are left to do their own thing, cheap air travel is unlikely to continue at current rates. Perhaps much of what we hope to visit will be different - unpleasantly so - in 12 years time.
So we're going now.
To call what we have planned a trip around the world is not really accurate - it's more a trip to the other side of the world: Oz and New Zealand. But we'll get to see some of China at the start and more of the South American continent on the return leg. So we will physically be looping he planet. This is about as adventurous as we can hope to get considering the age of the kids and the budget we have.
I will be using this blog to document the preparations and the experience itself (part of my preparations include selecting the right mobile device to allow me to blog from anywhere).