And they seemed like such normal children . . .
After 25 years of marriage we sold our house, ditched most of our possessions and took off to travel around the word for a year. It’s a trip we wish we had taken when we were younger but somehow life always got in the way. We didn’t think we would be going at this point in our lives but family circumstances did not work out the way we had hoped.
We started the journey in August, 2011 from our hometown of Philadelphia. After visiting six continents we returned to the U. S. in October, 2012. Since we had no home to return to, we decided to keep the adventure going and are now true nomads with no fixed address as we explore North America.
We’re writing about our continuing journey on this travel blog. “Changes In Longitude” reflects the changes that have occurred in our own lives as we crossed each line of longitude in our global odyssey. We’ve adapted to a simpler lifestyle (living out of a 22″ suitcase for two years will do that to you) and when we returned to the U.S. got rid of the few things we had kept in storage. We are also writing a book about our adventure and welcome any interest from agents or publishers.
We took a piece of home with us, a statue of legendary Philadelphia native and movie icon boxer Rocky Balboa, and are taking pictures of him along the way at various sites and with people we meet. You can see Little Rocky’s photos from six continents here: Rocky statue travels around the world.
We hope you’ll follow us on our journey and get tips for YOUR great adventure. It’s never too early to start planning.
Larissa and Michael
PS Okay that’s the short version, for more about our inspiration for this trip please visit our post about the Rocky Steps.
We’d also like to thank The Philadelphia Inquirer for running a nice story about our trip: Couple sells belongings and sets off for a year around the world.
Visiting Petra, April, 2012
We returned to Philadelphia for a triumphant run up the Rocky steps. Okay, it was more like a slow jog.
Send us any questions about how to plan YOUR grand adventure!