“The object of pilgrimage is NOT rest and recreation — to get away from it all. To set out on a pilgrimage is to throw down a challenge to every day life.” from the forward by Huston Smith in the book The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau
For those of you who have been following our wonky journey — the one in which we sold everything, moved onto a sailboat, wrestled with the marine life, and then subsequently sold said sailboat — we now have clarity as to what’s next in our nomadic lives. Short version: we’re moving forward with an extended time of travel. For the long version, read on…
Now that we’ve put a bit of time and space between ourselves and the boat, we’re able to see with greater understanding that the live-aboard, cruising lifestyle simply wasn’t a match to our family dynamic. Eager to see and experience a multitude of cultures in a relatively short amount of time, we became quickly and painfully aware that sailing was an unreasonably slow mode of transportation for our family goals.
That said, we’re dropping the boat and hopping onto a plane. Several planes, actually. And trains. And an automobile or two.
In early September, with an allotted one backpack each (because ain’t nobody got time to check a bag!), we’re heading to Japan.
And after that, to Taiwan.
And then Hong Kong and Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore.
We’ll celebrate our anniversary and two birthdays in Fiji; Christmas in New Zealand; and the new year in Australia.
From there, we’ll head to Greece where we’ll explore Athens and several of the Greek islands (??) before heading on to Italy.
And then…? Who knows?
Travel on through Europe and beyond? Seek traditional employment and settle down in one place again? Buy a tiny house in a remote corner of the world? Become character actors at a Disney property? Write another book? Maybe none of the above??
This travel plan will take us through mid-February, and after that, we honestly don’t know what’s next. And we’re okay with that. But mind you, it took us a good bit of time to get to this place of leaning into the unknown. It’s one of the (gazillion) lessons impressed upon us, actually, and so we’re rolling with it as we become more and more comfortable replying, “I don’t know,” to the many thoughtful questions from friends and family.
For now, we’ll continue to “throw down a challenge to everyday life” as we move forward on this traveling pilgrimage, opening ourselves to all God wishes to teach us, and trying with all our might to NOT let our inner control-freak get in His way.
We hope you’ll continue following along on our journey as we will still do a little writing here on this blog, a whole lot of vlogging (see our YouTube channel), and some general sharing of all the things (on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).