Mike and Lucy are traveling through at least 5 countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos) for at least 8 months (August 2013 to March 2014). They were hesitant about being unemployed for a year and taking the time to travel, but in the end, they decided to throw in and do it. One reasoning is that Mike’s not getting any younger. Another reasoning is that Lucy may get pregnant any day now, and they should travel before they have children.
Although both are somewhat freaking out about their job security and finances, others seem to admire their initiative. Nevertheless, they still feel the need to explain that they will be taking online classes, visiting schools, and attending at least one job fair in hopes that future employers will still find them responsible and employable.
The main reason we are taking a year off to travel is that Mike doesn’t really like traveling. He likes living in places: taking the time to relax and soak up the culture, including contemporary culture (I.e. people watching). Lucy likes to visit places more than once, since you can’t see it all the first time. They are both walkers and want to spend their travels enjoying the scenery instead of jetting from one place to another.
This page was written by Lucy, so she’s going to tell you that her favorite quote about traveling is:
The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.
This appeals to her because in addition to traveling, she plans to read a lot of books. Also, explore the Internet and figure out the answer to questions such as, “How do QR codes work?” and “How do you make a WordPress blog anyway?” and “What’s the point of Tumblr?” Because, like traveling, you learn best by doing, and you shouldn’t knock something before you’ve tried it.
In other words, this is meant to be the oxymoronic “working vacation.”