It’s not that I always wanted to travel, it’s just that I always felt restless, wanting to be anywhere other than where I was. And it’s not because I was miserable. I just knew that there were other places that were more exciting, and I wanted to see them.
So, after being a teacher and a school administrator, I quit my job to be a flight attendant. I was in heaven! The first two years I couldn’t believe that I was getting paid to see the world!
And when I met my husband, he liked to travel, too. Every time we had a couple of days off, we went somewhere different. We’d figure out where we wanted to go and travel there on the spur-of-the-moment. But when we had kids, I figured the traveling would slow down. Was I wrong!
When our son was born, my husband, affectionately known as Mr. Wanderlust, decided that he wanted to see every country in the world. I couldn’t believe it. Was he serious? We had just had a child. I wasn’t so sure about this. As a matter of fact, I almost broke out in hives every time we went on a trip that first year. But then, I really started getting into it.
Now, we have two children, The Little Guy, our four-year old who seems like an old man in a little body and our daughter, two-year old, Feisty Spice, who keeps us on our toes. For anyone who has traveled with a toddler, you know what I mean when I say it’s an adventure of a totally different nature!
So, after working as a flight attendant for 13 years, I quit my job to stay home (and travel) with my husband and two children.
We want to see the world. I’m talking every single country in the world. Every. Single. One. That’s the goal. And the challenge. Can we really do this? Sometimes I feel like I’m in my own version of Amazing Race, and in a way, I guess I am. It’s a race to see the world.
Okay, so realistically, we know we may not be able to visit countries going through political unrest or those downright hostile toward Americans such as Somalia, Syria, or Iran, to name a few. But, we’re going to try to see the rest. And, if we wait long enough, we may eventually make it to those countries, as well. We aren’t ruling them out completely, and if we get a chance to visit them safely, we will.
So, this is a blog about our around-the-world challenge. In it, I’ll share our travel mishaps, parenting stories, and even some travel tips that I’ve learned the hard way. There are places where I wanted to stay longer, and there are places I never want to see again. I’ll highlight the places I want to revisit in posts that I call My Backwards Bucket List.
According to the World Atlas, there are approximately 193 countries in the world. I hope you’ll follow along so that we can see them together.