We reconnected with friends and family. The kids re-enrolled in school. Finding work took longer than I anticipated – 100 days to be exact. Seeing my savings account dwindle day after day with nothing coming in was tough, but things eventually took a turn in the right direction.
My wife started her business as a personal trainer. I found work as a marketing copywriter in technology. We kept traveling with the kids to new countries, including Brazil and Portugal.
This is our life one year after a gap year of travel. We’re back in the groove of our lives. We’re exercising, doing the work we like to do, spending time with family and friends, and the kids are enjoying being back in school.
We’re back to our normal lives, but everything’s changed. We’re richer for our experiences together as a family, tougher for overcoming all the adversities we’ve faced along the way, and wiser for everything we’ve been through and everywhere we’ve been. We’ve crossed a lot of things off our bucket lists, but somehow this list keeps growing as we create more memories. We want more of the joy we’ve experienced with our family travels, but we’re also happy where we are, right now.
We’re living in the moment, enjoying everything about our lives, and also figuring out ways to give back. We’ve been so fortunate to have all the experiences and the comforts in our lives, and we want to share that with others, whether it’s through our stories, time, energy, resources, or money.
Most importantly, we’ve found a balance and a nice rhythm to our lifestyle. We’ve pursued a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility, and for the most part, we’ve been able to have that. We exercise regularly, we eat dinner together, and we spend weekends together.
We’ll always look back fondly on our travel memories and are grateful for all of it – the good and the bad. Family travel has made us who we are as a family. And we’ll continue to pursue those travel memories and growth for as long as we can.
What a difference a year makes.