22 May

The Trip of a Lifetime

I’m writing this from 24,000 feet as we slowly climb on the flight from Boise to Chicago, with London as the final destination. This flight kicks off our tour of Europe. For the past few years we tried to do a small trip (Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, etc) and a large trip (France, South Africa) each year. Unfortunately last year we were unable to do a large trip since Hilary was pregnant with Oliver.

Now that Oliver is 8 months old we are making up for lost time with an extended 5 week trip that takes us through the UK, Italy, and Switzerland. Since Legend, my software design company, provides my full income I don’t have to fill out time off requests or ask permission to take time away from work.

It started as a 2.5 week trip to Italy with family, but then I thought Hilary, Oliver, and I would add a couple days to get over jet lag before everyone else arrived. We planned a brief stop in the UK, before I realized that the tickets got cheaper each day I moved back the departure date. Soon the UK stop was a two and a half weeks long, saving $800 on the combined tickets. I could have kept pushing the dates back, but that seemed like long enough.

Here is our rough itinerary:

  • London
  • Oxford
  • Swansea
  • Edinburgh
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Venice
  • Interlaken
  • Gimmelwald
  • Zurich

Looking up the weather before hand it looks great until Gimmelwald, a remote village in the Alps. The highs for this week were in the low 30s and snow is forecast for most days this week. I guess it’s good we won’t arrive there for another month.

I am incredibly blessed to be able to live and travel like this. While many would consider this a once in a lifetime trip, I plan for it to be one of many extended holidays.

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