Some 20+ years ago, I decided I needed to take swimming lessons, as I had just completed my second triathlon, and realized I needed to work on my swimming. It was in the pool that I met Susan Sullivan. It was Susan, who first introduced the idea of a “Big Trip” – she told me that she was packing up her family and planned to travel for a year and homeschool her kids. I immediately knew I had to do the same one day.As the years passed, we had not one, but three children. I had often mentioned my desire to travel the world with the family, but the reality of it seemed impossible, until November of this year. Here is how it happened:
- I was reconnected with Joe Belfiore, my old boss and close friend, who had recently done semester at sea with his family, and was transfixed listening to his adventures.
- Caitlyn had decided to take a break from softball.
- There was a Semesteratsea sailing leaving January 5th, 2018.
- There was still space on the boat, and time to get passports, visas, and immunizations.
I asked the girls if they wanted to go; the answer was a resounding YES!!! I assumed Cameron would not come, as his dedication to ballet and dance is of paramount importance to him. However, after many conversations with his educators, instructors and him, we all agreed that the experience would be worth the extra challenges it might present. Two weeks later, we were getting passport photos, immunizations, and submitting visa applications. Now, eight weeks later, we are packing and getting ready for our travels abroad.
We invite you to follow our journey with this blog as we grow and change, together at sea.