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.
Well we finally took the plunge. We started the journey in August, 2011 from our hometown of Philadelphia. After 400 days on the road visiting 32 countries on six continents, we returned to Philly in October, 2012. Since we had no home to return to we decided to keep the adventure going and are now exploring 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 a year will do that to you) and wonder why we kept the few possessions that we did. We are also writing a book about our adventure and welcome any interest from agents or publishers.
Some say it’s crazy for a married couple to spend so much time together and they are probably right, although it’s probably tougher for Larissa to be stuck with Michael for the whole year than the other way around.
We took a piece of home with us, a statue of legendary Philadelphia native and movie icon boxer Rocky Balboa, and took pictures of him along the way at various sites and with people we met.
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
Update– October, 2012: After 400 days on the road visiting 32 countries on six continents, we made it back to Philadelphia for a triumphant run up the Rocky steps.
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