30 countries, 12 months, 6 boots, 3 hearts, 1 shared dream, countless memories. Meet Austin, Shalena and Mark. One small family changing their perspective, one global encounter at a time. Journey with us as we learn to slow down and appreciate the great wide world, and the unique people who call it home.

Meet the family

A Family Style Middle Aged Gap Year

We've decided to put our careers on pause, to “alternatively educate” our son, and to untether ourselves from the city. We are taking a year to travel the world on the journey of a lifetime. Hopefully for our son it will be but one of many. This is our middle aged, family style gap year.

The people we meet, the places we go, and the things we do will have an impact. Above all, we hope to come out of this knowing ourselves a bit better. What happens after that? Who knows? We’ll go back to our city, our jobs, school and life. And hopefully our experience will make those things that much richer. Or it won’t. But we’ll never know if we don’t try.

This is the story of how we got here - from inception right through to when we re-enter society on the other side. Here you’ll find our lessons learned and our adventures, which may be useful for your own travel plans or maybe even a little entertainment.


All photos presented here are taken by one of us (Austin included) and are subject to copyright.

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