“What if we quit our jobs, eloped, and traveled around the world for a year?”
This question seemed like pure fantasy at first, a way of mentally putting off the inevitable return to work after an overdue and too short vacation. It was the week of Christmas 2002, and we were spending the holidays alone as a couple for the first time, breaking the tradition of visiting each others’ parents and instead escaping for a private, budget travel getaway in Vancouver, British Columbia. The idea of taking a year off started as a game, but the more we played it through, the more practical it became. Soon we were penciling out budgets on bar napkins, ducking into bookstores to study atlases and plotting itineraries in coffee shops. By vacation’s end we had a financial plan for the year ahead, a destination wish list, and a new spark in our relationship, ignited by our secret getaway plan.
From March 2004 to March 2005, we travelled for a full year, visiting twenty-seven countries across six continents in 365 days. It was the best decision we ever made.
Ten years later, we hit the road again, traveling across Mediterranean Europe and Morocco from March to July 2014.
In 2015 we’re bound for Southeast Asia and South America. Follow our journey at www.yearlonghoneymoon.com.
Chris & Alison Dennis