Before we were married, Kyle and I took a year off and traveled for most of that time. Once we were back in San Francisco, we always imagined we would do it again “soon”. Life had other plans for us, and one day I looked up and we had two wonderful kids, a mortgage, and a pretty good life in Seattle. Which doesn’t seem like a situation one would be itching to change, but it felt like a change was due. In 2016, after 10 years of living in Seattle, we jumped on a work opportunity, sold our home (and most of our belongings) and temporarily relocated to Paris. Upon our return to the U.S., we moved back to California and spent almost two years in San Carlos, where the proximity to family, good people, good schools, good politics, and perfect weather almost lulled us into staying forever. However, it’s been on our list to share the wider world with our kids as much as we can, and with Max creeping up on his teen years our time was getting short. Let the record show that the desire to upend a perfectly good situation in no way means we don’t appreciate what we’ve got – it’s just that sometimes shaking things up makes you appreciate life even more. So we started planning a one-year family sabbatical, which officially starts July 31st, when we fly to Lisbon, Portugal. The current, loose, itinerary is Western Europe until mid-October, then to Mozambique until November, when we’ll head to Southeast Asia (probably Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam) through March. At the end of March we’ll head back west and spend some time in Greece and Eastern Europe, and finally make our way to Brazil in June 2019 to spend time with my extended family. As anyone who has heard one of our many iterations of this “plan” can tell you, all of the above is subject — and likely! — to change. We’ll try to keep the posts semi-frequent, and not too long.