your 10 Questions answered

This week is our last week in our home! Our furniture is officially gone and we are now camping on a mattress on the floor. Good times! As I was boxing up I came across the book Shatter (I did a book review of it here) and I thought instead of boxing it up I will pass it on! So, if you want a good read, in the comments below answer me this- what is the best type of cheese? 😊 Now here are your questions you asked me last week!

1. What are you most excited about in the sense of having a nanny?

The nanny thing is new to me. I have had regular sitters that I use but I’ve never had an official nanny. We travel several times a year with our kids and I enjoy it, but it is work. I am excited for my work to feel like it is a little less. Like there is some flexibility for adventure. I want everyone to enjoy this year. I don’t want a few to suffer so that a few can enjoy. I have heard over and over again that when you have kids you just write the first 10 years off as you raise them…I’ve always wondered about that statement. Why can’t I continue living and enjoying? Why do I have to have wasted years? So I am going to be honest and selfish and say this year is more about me than my kids. It’s about me having help and it’s about me making a life long friend in her.

2. How did you decide about the destinations and places to go with the kids? Did you change the plans considering the kids?

We most definitely changed plans and destinations because of the kids. Our first thought for an adventure (well Derek’s idea) was to live on a sailboat for a year. I said heck-to-the-no with 3 small kids. That I’d rather be tortured…you get the drama display. That adventure can wait until they are older. So, we changed our plan before we even had an official plan-from water to land. Mainly I pick destinations based on the easiest and shortest flights. I am trying to do it in a way that avoids super long flights (longer than 8 hours). There are certain places we would love to see but won’t be able to this trip because Wren will be under 2 years old and can’t get certain vaccinations yet. Yes I am vaccinating my children for this trip around the world because yes there are diseases that will kill them.

3. Can I send Christian postcards from the  places we go?

We are going to be doing a new intro for the Vlog that involves postcards -that I was going to send to myself -so I don’t see why I can’t shoot one off to you too 😂

4. What’s gonna happen when you get back to the USA , do you want to settle down and live Again the “typical stereotyp” life?

Coming home I have a feeling that everything will feel the same and be the same and it will be me that has changed. I’ll have to figure out how this new me fits into where I left the old me. I know it will be harder coming home than it will be leaving. I do see us settling back down though. I think it is important for my kids to have roots. To develop a love of community. To have time to develop talents and skills. But if things go well this first year we may extend it one more year for fun.

5. Since a strict routine with your kids is probably not achievable this yr (& is it really ever?? ha), have you all considered a unique, consistent family activity that could be repeated weekly?For example: intentionally calling Thursday a family ice cream treat day.

I LOVE this idea and I think it will be a treat day! I’ve thought a lot about routine and making my kids feel stable. We will be homeschooling the boys so I feel like that will give them routine. We wake up every morning do breakfast then school. The rest of the day can be a jumble but I think the routine of school will be a big stabilizer.

6. Are you booking everything in advance or will some of it be on a whim?

We are doing a mix of both. We have things mapped out for a month in advance currently (until end of August) and we will start booking more once we are on the road. I imagine that we will continue to book around 3 weeks out. We are gauging our destinations by flights, whims of fancy, etc.. We use google flights -it’s a travel search engine that searches multiple airlines. We set up travel alerts for when the price of a destination is trending up or down. This way we always have our eye on certain places and when ticket prices seem best we buy.

7. Is there any country you are having trouble getting to visit because of visas or other paperwork that you were really hoping to experience?

For the first part of the trip we are in Europe and haven’t had any visa issues. We are just making sure our time in and out of the Schengen Zone is kosher.

For Asia there will be more work for visa’s, like Vietnam and China. We have found that a lot of countries let you get a visa upon arrival instead of having to mail in info in advance to get one. So far we haven’t had any trouble and fingers crossed it stays this way.

8. How will you work out? 

Every morning while the kids do school I am going to take that time to do my yoga and stream an online workout of some kind… I’m open to suggestions! If you have any 💙

9.  What are you doing with all your stuff?

I am selling, donating, and giving away a lot of it. I am not keeping most of my furniture-only a few select pieces. I feel like my style and tastes will change a lot over the next year so I don’t see the point in holding onto a lot of stuff. We do have a storage pod for our keepsakes and such though.

10. Are you really doing this?

Yes we are and now that we have thousand of eyeballs on us there’s no backing out now!

 

24 Comments
  • Samantha Lavin
    Posted at 14:38h, 21 May Reply

    All very exciting for you all. Hope all goes well. I will be keep an eyeball on you journey and will be in Europe myself this summer, so who know, we may bump into one another!
    Cheese – Stilton with ginger 😊

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 14:39h, 21 May Reply

      Would love to meet up if we are in the same area!

  • Brianna Howard
    Posted at 14:40h, 21 May Reply

    REAL cheese, from a cheese factory – freshly made. That’s the best cheese. Specifically, Havarti cheese👌🏼

  • Kari Moore
    Posted at 14:59h, 21 May Reply

    Be sure to install a VPN on your computers and phones before you go to China. We lived there a couple years and you won’t be able to access a lot online without it.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:16h, 21 May Reply

      Thank you for the tip! I had no idea!

  • Mia van der Merwe
    Posted at 15:04h, 21 May Reply

    Sounds like quite the job, but you seem to be well organized and ready for this.
    I’m sure a lot of people are negative about your trip and has a lot to say about schooling and traveling and do this and do that, but I think what you are doing is great ad you will have such an awesome time.
    You are really an inspiration, I mean traveling for a year with 3 kids under the age of 5 and a whole different world (literally) you sure have guts I admire you following your dreams and teaching your kids about all these new and great things while living them.
    I wish you all the best for your journey and believe the journey will be what you make of it. As I read your posts, I have no doubt that you will make the best of your journey and that you are ready to have fun with this.

    Come and say Hi in Cape Town, South Africa. I’d love to meet you/show you around.

    Enjoy your trip and the super exciting chapter with your Family

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:16h, 21 May Reply

      Thank you, we either have guts or no brains 😂 we will be in South Africa around March and would love to meet up!

  • Heather Graziano
    Posted at 17:17h, 21 May Reply

    You answered my question about booking ahead or travelling on a whim! Thanks!
    I’m still toying with the idea of doing an around the world trip so I’m really looking forward to following your adventure.
    And by the way…haloumi is the BEST cheese!! I think even the kids would like it:)

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 17:25h, 21 May Reply

      Thanks for your question and hopefully you can watch all our mistakes and make your trip around the world perfect! 😂

    • Kenzie tillotson
      Posted at 13:19h, 24 May Reply

      Heather you are the winner of the book shatter! We went on a cheese tasting binge this week and haloumi was delicious!
      Email me at fivetakeflight@gmail.com
      So I can send you a fun summer read!

  • Mandy Ray
    Posted at 17:48h, 21 May Reply

    This is going to be such a fantastic year for you all! If you’re looking for a fantastic and fun cardio/strength workout REFIT® is an excellent choice! They stream classes through refitrev.com and have a YouTube channel with Lots of playlists to work out with. And in your travels you could even find some local classes though their website.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 18:44h, 21 May Reply

      I’ve never heard of REFIT…I’ll try out one of their classes and see if I like it! Thanks!

  • Marilyn
    Posted at 17:54h, 21 May Reply

    Download Nike Training App! Lots of good workouts, it is free, and you can download the workouts when you are connected to wifi and do them later!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 18:44h, 21 May Reply

      oh really!? This sounds handy

  • Courtney Jenkins
    Posted at 07:59h, 22 May Reply

    String cheese all the way

  • Kimberly Sansing
    Posted at 02:24h, 23 May Reply

    Was pleased you posted my question 🙂
    So excited to read about your travels & hear about the different types of ice cream you encounter !

  • Sue Crawford
    Posted at 07:05h, 23 May Reply

    How exciting! Hope you’re coming to New Zealand! xx

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 23:04h, 23 May Reply

      We are! We will be in New Zealand in January

  • Sarah Rice
    Posted at 02:21h, 01 June Reply

    Swiss Cheese is simply the best! It’s just so good that it should never be questioned.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 00:53h, 03 June Reply

      quite possibly the best comment ever!

  • Barka
    Posted at 09:55h, 04 June Reply

    I love the concept: the idea of ​​discovering the world, but more precisely to explore it in order to discover other cultures. According to my opinion, the word travel is synonymous of education. For both, the child and the adult, this human experience has many advantages: to learn differences, to know (to be patient), to observe cultural codes and to try to integrate them.
    Beyond the journey, it’s an examination of oneself (being attentive, listening, going beyond our limits in our sedentary life). The word nomade is a word that makes sense in me because I have always lived, alternately, on two continents. My experience in teaching French to foreign students, my background in child welfare and in helping minor refugees is not an insignificant professional way. I can thus understand this feeling of uprooting, abandonment of goods or people (voluntary or not).

    N.S : about cheese, i looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove “TOMME de SAVOIE” and “GOUDA” #Yummy

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 12:53h, 05 June Reply

      I think you are right, it is about going beyond our limits. I think that that is a big part of this year of travel for me. I want to see how far I can take my limits. I hope I end of surprising myself.

  • rizwan rahim m
    Posted at 08:29h, 08 June Reply

    how can i apply for nanny post . am from india

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 02:56h, 09 June Reply

      Unfortunately we have already picked our nanny! I hope you will follow along on our journey through the blog though!

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