Full time travel for one year


I think I love nothing more than being stuck on a long flight next to Derek. No phones or life. Just us side by side and I am sad to say that we only have a few months left of this. We have been traveling full time now for 52 weeks/1 year/365 days and we seriously considered going for another year. After assessing every member of our family we felt it best if we went back to owning a home and traveling once a month during the school year and planning a big adventure for the summer. We have been to 37 countries in this time period, I think total we have been to 55+ countries. I am assessing what my world view is as we hit our year mark last week. To keep it simple here are my top truths that I have discovered personally.


1. I now see this world as place where I am learning to become someone, instead of a pass – fail mentality.

2. I don’t need to feel like I have to find common ground. We can present our different truths to each other and then choose how to relate to it.

3. There are A LOT of different ways to live a happy life in this world.

4. Being public on Social Media for this adventure shows me that people’s gut instinct to anything that’s foreign or different from what they KNOW or DO means it is wrong.  We received messages on various pictures, Instagram stories, Vlogs etc, about how this is wrong or that is inappropiate. I know they have never visited these places and that they mean well. They know how they view the world and therefor message us from THEIR point of view. They have no idea what life is like where we are; the government, the availability of items, what is considered the norm, the religion, or how the locals work and view the world. Let’s remember that not all countries are in the same place economically, educationally, or socially. The story behind any culture is so crucial to creating a world that is sensitive, understanding, and patient.

5. To do ALL the things you want you have to sacrifice… To travel the world for a year there is  A  LOT  of sacrifice. Comfort, food, and cleanliness are just the tip of the iceberg. Simple tasks at home can take hours in another country; like finding diapers in China, fruit that isn’t a banana in Japan, or a public restroom in Jerusalem. We sacrificed our whole lifestyle to be able to travel and I can honestly say we all had days where we hit a wall and just wanted life to be easy. What we gained is worth so much more than our hardest days. So remember the big dreams, the things you really really want in life requires some sort of sacrifice on your part in order to get it.


Today we met a man who asked us, “Out of all the places you’ve been how does Armenia rank on the scale?” Armenia is pretty good right!”  I realize everyone is proud of their country and where they are from. We all are grateful to be born where we are and I think there is a reason for that. I have a different perspective of the world after zooming through parts of it in a year. I have many more take aways but in order to not drag on I will limit it to these 5 for now.

Five Take Flight Faves

  • Susan K. Verwys
    Posted at 02:43h, 07 June Reply

    I am so sorry you received criticism while you shared your family and your adventures with us! I thank you for all you shared! I think we learned a lot from you!

  • Emily Duckworth
    Posted at 03:29h, 07 June Reply

    I can’t believe that it has already been a year! It definitely doesn’t seem like that long already!

  • Ana Iveth
    Posted at 03:31h, 07 June Reply

    You are inspiration for so many people. What’s next?

  • Kim Heart
    Posted at 03:32h, 07 June Reply

    I have really enjoyed following your family through this amazing and memorable journey, a journey your children will hopefully remember for life. You are wonderful parents for allowing this once in a lifetime opportunity to become a reality for you all. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. ❤️. Best of luck with whatever the future holds for you guys.

  • Berlinda Martinez
    Posted at 03:36h, 07 June Reply

    Now what do your lives hold for the future. After this amazing adventure, it seem like living ever day as we here know, it will be so boring. Thank you for share your journey with me. with us as that we could only dream, some wouldn’t ever dare to take, but you dreamed and lived it not only for yourself like some do but with your family. I hope you don’t lose touch with us your viewers. God bless you.

  • Christine Whitlock
    Posted at 03:37h, 07 June Reply

    I traveled full time for more than a year right after 9/11 and your last comment resonates strongly for me. This was before Facebook, Vlogging (although blogging was starting to become popular). But in the end I realized with all our differences we could learn to learn about each other and everyone was extremely proud of where they were from. In general, we found people want a better life for their kids, they love to laugh, they are as curious about you as you were about them and they knew where the best place to eat was!

  • Kelly Cox
    Posted at 03:39h, 07 June Reply

    Inspiring for sure! I hope we can pull something like that off one of these days!! We talk about it all the time!! Thanks for sharing! 🌎✈️🏕🏝

  • lindsay brown
    Posted at 03:44h, 07 June Reply

    So eloquently written! #Inspiration #PositiveViews #LifeLessons #PositiveVibes #ChallengesAreRelativeButSoReal #ThankYouForSharing

  • munira adnan
    Posted at 03:47h, 07 June Reply

    O my god…really its been a year..!!!… time flies hun..thanks for taking us along with u ..u guys have done superb.. hands down..may Allah bless u guys..ur kids and ur sweet travel Nanny

    Love frm Pakistan..❤️❤️

  • Christi zed
    Posted at 03:50h, 07 June Reply

    I think people who have never travelled, especially to 3rd world, former communist countries, etc have no appreciation for differences in cultures, language, foods, economies, the list goes on. Sorry that you were receiving comments from people ignorant to the wonderful differences you have discovered this last year. 🇨🇦

  • Samantha V
    Posted at 15:43h, 08 June Reply

    These are such great points! Thank you for sharing. It’s funny you mention the pride thing, a lot of people think Americans are very prideful based on our display of our flag everywhere! I am sorry that there’s a negative side to social media. What ever happened to if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything? Especially to strangers on the internet, right?

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • Gina Quigley
    Posted at 15:13h, 12 June Reply

    Love everything about you and your family! Huge inspiration to me and I know many others! Thanks for sharing your journey❤️

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