And This Comes Next

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

A Window Seat

“Jared and I are talking about moving.”

That’s how it started.  A little over three years ago.  And then it was “Jared and I are thinking about moving to Orlando.”

Within weeks, days it seemed, we were selling and buying and packing and moving.

One day we were talking about it, the next day we were telling people we were talking about it, and the next we were kissing our loved ones goodbye.

It was the same with traveling.  And writing, and having another baby, and not having any more babies.

It was as if the next thing just woke up, stretched, and was suddenly in front of us saying, “OK, it’s time now.”  It sat up and was clearly recognizable from the what would you do if you won the lottery dreams and the we’ll retire on a beach somewhere talks.  One day it just goes from idle chit chat to this thing that we’re going to do.  This very practical, reasonable, easy to figure out next thing.

Jared and I are talking about taking a year off to travel.

I’m watching this next thing take shape in my head and I’m in awe.  I’m watching it sit up and yawn and stretch and look at us like, “well, you ready now?” It is unimpressed by itself, as if it’s just been waiting for its time, knowing it would come before we even knew what it was.

The pieces falling into place.

The questions that have obvious answers.

The means and the ways and the things that simply must be figured out, no big deal.

It seems, almost, like packing up your family of four and exploring the world for a year is just the most perfectly normal thing in the world.

I can feel how familiar the air is.  The winds are moving in the exact same way that they did three years ago.

They just… are.

It just… is.

Jared and I are talking about taking a year off to travel.

  1. Joy says:

    Congratulations. You will never regret creating this opportunity for you and your family. It is an awesome, exciting thing to do. :D

  2. Briar says:

    This is my biggest dream. I will be watching to see how the pieces fall into place and wishing you all the best.

  3. pgoodness says:

    I hope it works out so that you can – that would be amazing (and think of the blog posts it would inspire!!

  4. That sounds like a such a great idea. The kids are young and can easily be homeschooled, but old enough to remember what great experiences you would all have.You and Jared are young enough to have the energy to do it.
    You are a writer…get a gig that pays you to write about your travels. Write a book!

    Life is short. Grab all the opportunities that are in front of you!

  5. corrin says:

    That’s exactly how we were when we decided to move to Texas. Thought about it for a month, visited twice, and six weeks later we were gone.

    The practicalities of picking up and traveling for a year are absolutely mind-blowing to me, which makes me respect anyone who can get their shit together and do it that much more.

  6. Jina says:

    Oh.Please please do it. That will be so awesome.
    I used to read the blog of this NY couple who did that during recession (pity, I forgot the link.Grave grave sin) and was always in awe with them.

  7. Oh! I’m so excited for you. I’m sure you would like me to come with you? I’d be happy to be your resident photographer.

  8. Maria says:

    Please do so, so that I can read about it enviously. Also because if anyone can do it, you guys can.

  9. Amy says:

    I agree! DO IT! And get a book deal to write about it like Eat Pray Love! Your version would be vastly superior I am sure.

  10. muskrat says:

    Cool…have you read “the 4 hour work week”? Lots of good pointers in there. We’re talking about trying to go away for 1 month based on some of the suggestions in that book.

  11. Lisa says:

    Wow, that’s really exciting! I’m anxious to hear more about it! I would love to travel more, but it’s just not in the cards right now.

  12. Becca says:

    That’s great!! Are you going to write from the road??

  13. Tina says:

    Most awesome idea. That would be a dream come true for us. If you can make it happen…go for it!
    Best,
    Tina

  14. Hockeymandad says:

    Can I come too? I have a bag I can fit in comfortably. Just check it into the oversize baggage. I’ll wear a coat. ;)

  15. Angella says:

    Oh, wow. Awesome.

  16. Sunny says:

    OMG, that is beyond awesome. :D Please do it and take lots and lots of pictures for us that it’ll take a miracle to be in that position!

  17. Glynis says:

    Wow Wow Wow. Anyone who has the courage to pick and go has my support! I know a few people who have done it – yes, with kids – and none of them were sorry in the least. My DNA is not built that way, much as I wish it were, so if you can do, then really – just do it!

  18. Jennie says:

    Well, I’ll be returning for sure to see what happens when you do go. Inspiring, lady.

  19. Jill says:

    As someone who moves every 2-3 years for her husband’s job – with the last 7 years overseas, I say you go for it! My kids have lived in 3 different countries … with this the first time ever in the States. Your kids will get to experience things that others only read about in history books.

    Enjoy it – you’ll never regret it!

  20. Sheila says:

    I wish I had to guts and faith to just do “it”. What “it” is, depends on the day.

    You’re amazing.

  21. Gwen says:

    Ahhh. Now I understand. And now I will be offended if that year doesn’t include a stop in Switz.

    Also, I want to jump up and down like a sorority sister and squeal “ohmigah! ohmigah! ohmigah!” which is my natural reaction to traveling. But I won’t.

  22. Go for it!!! If you make it to South Africa, you can camp out in my living room. :)

  23. Avitable says:

    I know that people have done this in the past and that there are some people who are doing it as I type this, but I think that almost any person who tries to do this with their family will fail miserably. Except for someone like you. I can only imagine how much you’ll flourish in that type of dynamic, rich environment. I’m looking forward to reading and hearing about it when it happens.

  24. RW says:

    t’would be awesome. Takes a good hold of the finances but ultimately unforgettable is right around the corner!

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  26. Connie says:

    Congrats on making such a wonderful decision! You will not regret it for one minute! I left my job and home in New York City over 2 years ago and I haven’t regretted a single moment! Life is an adventure and you’ve got to hit the road! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

  27. Vicky says:

    That really sounds awesome! The kids would be exposed to so many different things. And if you blogged about it, OMG that would be great. The adventures you’d have to tell!

  28. Momo Fali says:

    If you pull this off, I will be entirely jealous. I hope to find myself green with envy.

  29. naomi says:

    YAY! It IS the most normal thing in the world … it’s just that too few people take advantage of it.

    We are the same in our family … once a dream becomes spoken word, it’s like it just HAPPENS.

    Sister girl, you’ve spoken the words! Don’t be surprised if you DO make it for Holi 2011 !!!!

  30. Finn says:

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeee! And take me with you!

  31. Selma says:

    Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away. It will be an adventure and a half. I really hope it comes to fruition for you!

  32. Raven says:

    How thrilling! We’ve been able to travel more in the past year since my husband began working for an airline but travel has always been hugely important to me. My son has had experiences in his life that other people might never have and I love that we have been able to give that to him.

  33. Joy says:

    I forgot to suggest a great book for traveling with children: Take Your Kids to Europe, by Cynthia W. Harriman. Grab a copy from the library, and give it a look. It has many, many fantastic suggestions and ideas. Assuming, of course, that you are including Europe in your itinerary. :)

  34. B.E. Earl says:

    Damn! I’d be happy with a month off for traveling. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do!

  35. Clair says:

    That is incredibly awesome. I can’t wait to learn how your plans unfold.

  36. Mommycosm says:

    Way cool! I love watching things just fall into place. It makes the decision so very easy…almost as if it is meant to be!
    Can’t wait to hear more about it :)

  37. Garima says:

    How cool… and I just saw the movie Eat Pray Love last night… Do it.. things have a way of figuring themselves out!

  38. Nancy says:

    I am excited and nervous and scared and happy for you all at the same time. I hope you can make it work out. You’ll never regret it.

    Just make sure you plan a stop in Vegas, m’kay?

  39. Poppy says:

    I can’t wait for you to do this. :)

    In my head it’s already a done deal for you, too. As soon as you mentioned the plan and explained how you were doing it and that you were already looking into the same questions I had for you then I knew: It’s going to happen.

  40. Mama Bub says:

    I think Avitable’s comment is spot on. So many people could not make this work. I don’t know you, but I know this: You? You can make this work.

  41. Faiqa says:

    Just when I think you couldn’t make me any prouder to be your friend, you go and plan something like this. I am so excited for you.

  42. Wow what an amazing thing to do. I can’t wait to read all about your travels.

  43. What a wonderful writer you are. I so appreciated your comment earlier today on my blog. And wow – a year off to travel – how amazing would that be! I guess that would turn your blog into a bit of a travelogue, wouldn’t it?

  44. Heather says:

    This sounds like a wonderful dream for me, but a definite reality for you– I am super excited for you Britt & I am crossing my fingers it works!

  45. Miss Britt says:

    My comment reply thingie is broken, so, um… thank you. And I’m reading and we don’t have definite plans yet and will probably be a year out because apparently roaming the world for a year takes even more planning than moving 1400 miles. :-)

  46. Em says:

    I love decisions like this! We decided to move to Orlando much the same way. We were up late, drinking wine and decided to move to either Phoenix or Orlando. I chose Orlando, so we could settle all the plans sooner. That was two years ago, and we’re still here and lovin’ it.

    So, I can’t wait to hear some of the plans you will make … locations to visit, etc. So very exciting, and you only live once!

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