The Telle family has decided to take on a major endeavor, a journey filled with excitement, fear, and the unknown. Aaron and I (Laura) have decided to take many travel adventures over the next 12 months with our young boys Austin (5) and Samuel (3).
The idea came about in random discussion at a dinner party and we were immediately intrigued. We love to travel and would like to expose our children to as many cultures and experiences as possible as we are creating their life foundation.
So what did we do?! We sold our house, held an estate sale and moved in with my parents!
When you tell people that you are voluntarily selling your home to travel with your spouse and two kids, you get back a variety of reactions: confusion, excitement, envy, doubt, curiosity and encouragement. We have seen a broad spectrum of responses play across different faces over the last few months since we began telling people that we were planning to remove ourselves from our busy/hectic lifestyles and slow down to create an unforgettable experience.
It’s been interesting – and often surprising – to see which emotions come from which faces. We have found support in the most unlikely places and “concern” where we least expected it. But mostly what we have run into are questions.
Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who? Dad (Aaron) a small business owner and entrepreneur will juggle business activities with family traveling plans. Mom (Laura) temporarily switching from corporate business world to be a homeschool teacher on the move. Austin (5) who loves adventure and spending time with his parents. Samuel (3) who is inquisitive and loves exploring.
What? Our goal is to travel off and on for the next year. We plan to be on the road 75% of the time traveling the United States and some international locations. We will be packing up our SUV and predominantly using VRBO.com for housing.
When? First trip to Ireland in May, then back to St. Louis before flying out to Colorado and Utah. We will then travel home for a few weeks and start our voyage on the road.
Where? We know we can’t see all of America in one year, but we’re going to do our best to cover many of the parts we haven’t seen yet. We will be spending a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest, National Parks that include Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon, Badlands, Arches, Zion, Yosemite, and many more. Overseas travel to include Ireland and hopefully New Zealand. We’ve put together a map of our routes and travel goals, but we’re also being purposefully flexible with our planning. We understand there are no guarantees for a trip like this and we may find it difficult to be gone for an extended period of time so we need to allow room for quick changes and decisions when making travel arrangements.
Why in the world did we decide to do this?
We have been asked this question so many times….lots of reasons:
- Have worked extremely hard for the last 10+ years and want to slow down and spend time with our kids and create unforgettable memories
- To broaden horizons and ensure continuous learning & growth
- The idea that we’re only allowed to work, go to school, or spend time with friends and family on certain days and at specific times limits possibilities
- Provide kids opportunity to explore the country and learn many great life lessons early in life
- Passion for travel
- Realize we are very blessed and look forward to identifying charities along our journey to support young kids in need
- Voyage will undoubtedly shape values, perspective and increase diversity awareness
- This is not a vacation but an adventure to experience life to the fullest
- Time in this world is unknown…life is a gift and there is no telling what the future holds and there are no guarantees. We are healthy and fortunate enough to have this opportunity now so why not go for it!
We know this adventure will undoubtedly be filled with fun, tears, fear, laughter and the unknown. Whether this trip lasts 3 months or one year it will be well worth the journey.
Please feel free to follow our voyage and share your thoughts, comments and recommendations along the way!
Aaron, Laura, Austin, and Samuel Telle