4 months later, and the longest Instagram teaser imaginable, and I’m finally “ready” (aka…found the time to write this post) to share our very exciting travel news! Did my title give it away already?!
WE’RE MOVING TO EUROPE!!
Yes, you read that correctly. Me & my husband, with both kids in tow, will be taking a year long dream Europe trip, beginning in Madrid, Spain. Did I mention we leave in 2 days? (AHHHHHH!!!)
Let me break down the details, because I know you’re wondering how in the hell this madness all started…
*6 months ago, just barely home from the hospital from having Harper, my husband and I were joking about our dream Euro trip and basically asked each other “why aren’t we doing it yet?” After throwing around every reason why we COULDN’T go right now, we eventually came to the realization that there would never be a “good” time to go, and made the (insane) decision to do it despite every road block. For the next few weeks we let our decision soak in a bit. We worked out the logistics (work commitments, etc) and discussed timing for selling our house, cars, and much of our furniture.
*2 months ago we began selling – if it wasn’t a keepsake, irreplaceable, or just loved dearly, then it was being sold. We lived in a nearly 4000 sq. ft. home, and let’s be real, I didn’t need 90% of the “stuff” I owned. Everything we kept was boxed up and put into 4 “pods” to be stored while we’re away.
*1 month ago we listed our house for sale and within 3 hours of being on the MLS our house SOLD!! We actually signed all our closing documents yesterday and said our teary goodbyes.
This was the “get your ass in gear” moment when we realized we needed to do a LOT before we could leave the country. It’s been the busiest month of my life. We sold a lot (including both our cars), packed a lot, squeezed in all our doctor appointments (well checks, vaccines, etc), canceled subscriptions, forwarded mail, cancelled utilities, booked flights, researched Madrid, booked our AirBnB, mapped out transportation, researched travel cribs/strollers/luggage/etc., and so much more. Our life is being crammed into two small suitcases, 2 backpacks, a stroller, and a travel crib. That’s it. It’s a tight fit.
OK, so where are we going?
First up is Madrid, Seville, Ronda, and then we’ll travel along the coast and up into Barcelona, Spain. Around September we’ll head north into the San Sebastian area of Spain, and then continue into France. Outside of our locations in Spain, we’ve pre-booked our stay in Paris in December-January. The beauty of our trip is the flexibility we’re allowing ourselves; traveling with 2 kids is hard, and following a strict schedule is even harder, so we’re picking locations and making our way to them at whatever pace best works for us as a family at that time. We are only booking our AirBnB’s a few weeks in advance, with the exception of holidays (christmas, new years, my birthday in paris). Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Prague, Switzerland, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and the Greek Islands are all on our “must see” list. We will be utilizing Europe’s amazing public transportation on our trip and all of our travel will be by plane, train, bus, and walking. No taxis. We are not even packing carseats. Of course if we find ourselves in need of carseats, they can always be purchased!
I know this is just a quick peek into our big adventure plans, but I promise to continue breaking down the details (what we packed, posts on every location, tips for traveling with kids, travel gear must-haves, breaking down the budget, etc) and take you along on this exciting journey. In addition to this blog, my husband and I will be posting travel specific posts over on Traveling With Two! You can subscribe via e-mail to receive updates and post-notifications.
We are currently living out of the JW Marriott in downtown Austin and enjoying a few days of staycation before the 12+ hour flight with our kids on Friday. Oh, and today’s our 5 year anniversary! What a week, amiright?!
Happy Wednesday, friends!
XO – Samantha