No turning back

Sounds dramatic, I know.

As I sit here writing this I have the image of Michael Crawford in a cloak and a funny mask singing “Past the point of no return…”. Probably not a target reference, but it does quite nicely tie in with the Paris and Opera theme don’t you think (for those of you who are a little confused, you need to read the About Us part).

The drama is because we finally exchanged contracts on the house today. Its been a clichéd roller coaster of a journey fraught with surveyors reports, damp proofing gravy trains (don’t get me started)  and almost lapsed mortgage offers, but finally, the deed is done. Now its even more real than a real thing that’s really real. OK probably not as good as a Blackadder quote but you get the drift.

So Tania and I popped open the champagne and toasted the beginning of the realisation of our dream to travel afar. There is no turning back. The house is sold. Farewell this sceptred isle, adieu les amis, school’s out forever. Time to finally book the tickets, time to acknowledge its finally a reality, time to allow ourselves to let out that screech of excitement, that its now, it happening, the end is in sight.

I’m getting carried away with the waxing of the lyrical, I know. I’m experiencing two strong emotions at the moment. One of unmitigated excitement at the prospect of embarking on this epic journey. At the things that we’ll see and do, the amazing sights and sounds, the highs and inevitably the lows (but lets not dwell too much on them for they are only a moment to experience and to learn from). And the other is panic. OH MY GOD!!! WHAT ARE WE DOING?? WILL WE EVER BE READY???

I am sure that I am not alone. There are, surprisingly, a fair few like-minded parents out there who have journeyed, who are journeying or who are planning to journey afar with their family. And thank you, one and all, for it gives us amazing courage to read of your adventures and a fantastic source of inspiration and information.

The gravity, no that’s not the right word, its too grounding, too oppressive. Maybe its an indication of my state of mind, I feel a little like I am at base camp on Everest with a bit of  hill to climb. Whatever the challenges, ever the optimist, I know that although we still have a lot to do, we can achieve our dream.

Having been in limbo for the last few weeks, we can finally put our plans into action.


  1. #1 by Karina Baigrie on June 29, 2011 - 6:12 am

    The hardest part is the massive to-do-list to leave the country. The journey planning is easier and the most fun! You will get everything done even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time and there are always unexpected things that crop up so start the easy stuff early, like packing boxes. Good luck!

  2. #2 by Tracy Burns on July 1, 2011 - 12:21 am

    Congratulations! Ditto to Karina – getting prepared to go is a lot more work than actually being on the road. But you’ve already ticked off that two biggest ones – making the decision to go and then actually starting to process the ‘oh $@#$ we are actually doing this’. I’m glad it was a celebration moment for you both!

    If you do find yourself needing reassurance that your not alone, check out – there’s a list of other travelling families on the site and quite a few are still in the planning stages of their trip. If you are on facebook, theres also a group ‘Families on the Move’.

    I hope the next few months of planning go well and look forward to meeting you guys in Asia.

  3. #3 by stuart taylor on July 21, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Sorry….this is the only point of contact after the end of term.. Oskar kindly did a voice-over for an animated film I made but I forgot to show it to him… and I know you are off soon. The film has been shortlisted so his voice obviously helped. If you could send me an email I will try to post it to Oskar but I realise you may be rushing round too much to respond. Have a great time. Stuart Taylor

    • #4 by 5onajourney on July 21, 2011 - 2:02 pm

      No worries Stuart for contacting us through the blog. You can send the animation to Oskar’s email address , I am looking forward to hear it.

      Have a great long holiday

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