In July 2014, my wife, April, and I began our gap year. Gap years are traditionally taken by incoming college students in the UK and Europe during the year before they start college. I’m a bit older at nearly 40 so we’ve gotten many perplexed and concerned looks when we told people what we were doing.
I’ve always been fascinated by travel and the world in general. Growing up, I had maps on my wall and a globe in my bedroom. Each new issue of National Geographic magazine meant at least a few hours of peace for my parents and siblings. I even made a list of places I wanted to go and things I wanted to experience while I was in high school.
The world continues to fascinate me. I still have a map on the wall in one room of our house. Fortunately, my wife and I have been able to see many places that I had previously only read about in National Geographic. Interestingly, I have found that places often seem different than the written descriptions but no less amazing.
I started this website late in our gap year after reviewing my overflowing notebooks where I collected all sorts of thoughts, advice, and guidance about extended travel. Some of my notes are helpful for travel-only, while other ideas can be applied no matter where you are.