We met this great family of travelers purely by chance. They had met up with Taking the Big Break, another traveling family in Malaysia and we started following them online. A couple weeks later while checking Facebook we noticed that the picture they posted of their boys doing schoolwork was taken on the rooftop lounge of the hotel we were staying at in Georgetown Malaysia! The next morning we ran into them at breakfast! We chatted and got to know them and then ended up meeting up with them again a month later in Siem Reap, Cambodia and a couple weeks after that in Southern Cambodia. They are a great group and we had tons of fun hanging out with them! We are excited to meet up with them again at some point. Find out more about them in this interview and hop over to there blog to find out more at Four Over the Edge.
Inspiring Travelers: Four Over the Edge
Tell us a bit about yourselves:
We are from Fort Worth, Texas where my husband and I are both attorneys. I was a prosecutor for 17 years and my husband was in oil and gas. We have two boys, ages 8 and 10.
What made you decide to go on a RTW trip?
My husband and I have always wanted to take a trip like this and we realized that you can’t always assume you will be able to travel after retirement both physically or financially. We both had decided that we were in a place in our careers to be able to travel for a year. The kids’ ages also played a big role in our timing. They are old enough to understand what we are seeing and doing (and to carry their own backpacks) but still young enough that I can homeschool them and they still want to be around us. Most of the time, anyway.
What has been your favorite place so far?
There are four of us traveling and we would all probably answer this question differently. My favorite country has been Turkey. It’s beautiful and diverse, the people are wonderful, and the food is amazing.
Where are you most looking forward to going?
That’s a hard question. So far on the trip, I have found that I am most looking forward to the next place we are going. It may be because our trip is only loosely planned so I don’t know as much about what to expect until I have researched it right before we get there. Of the places I know we are going, I am very excited to go to Peru.
Tell us about your favorite food or meal you have had on your trip.
My husband loved the food in Asia and found that the spicier it was, the better. We are currently in Greece after spending a month in Turkey and I love the food here. I think I may live on The Mediterranean Diet when we get home.
What has been your best splurge?
We bought a beautiful Persian rug in Cappadocia, Turkey. It will (hopefully) make it home before we do.
What do you find hardest about long-term travel?
I am tired of living out of backpacks. A lot of places we have stayed do not have space to unpack or bags or we are only staying there for a few days and it’s not worth the trouble. We are moving to an apartment on Paros, Greece tomorrow and staying for 3 weeks. We need to catch up on schoolwork, blogging, and trip planning but I am most excited about being able to unpack–and cook!
Other than family and friends, what do you miss most about home?
I miss things being simple. Traveling is amazing but a lot of times it’s hard. Not having your own car and being able to go where and when you want is an adjustment. Sometimes even ordering dinner or getting laundry done is hard.
Any tips or words of advice for those dreaming about traveling?
You can and should do it. It doesn’t cost as much as you think it would. You only have one chance at life. If you are waiting for the “perfect time” to go, it will never come. There will be sacrifices in order to make it work but it’s worth it. You can’t live like there’s no tomorrow but you can’t always assume there will be.