Our adventure has started. First stop is Lisbon, Portugal.
My husband talked about wanting a Sabbatical Year for a long time. I was skeptical at first. How can we do it? Leaving our home for a year with two young daughters in tow. Yes, we have travelled a lot, using any possible mode of transportation but 12 months — away from Verjus, our family and friends? How about my potager and my job ?
In the months that followed and the inevitable departure looming, my girls and I have started sorting their toys and clothes out. Packed, recycled or trashed. Sold small stuff as well thru Facebook and my favorite Bourse aux vêtements in Grand-Lancy. Visa and accomodations were readied. Visited doctors, consulted and had our vaccination.
One of the important questions was what to pack for our travel that would not exceed the alloted weight that each adult could carry. With my SIL’s help,we have managed to have 19 & 17 kgs each for adults using this and this and the girls’ luggage at 10kgs which they can pull/carry easily when using the public transport. Each one of us has a backpack not exceeding 7 kgs as a carry-on.
We are grateful to the others who have preceded us. Their blogs about family travel gave us useful insights and coupling it with our travel experiences made us believe that our family are equipped for this adventure. However, nearing our departure, our family has suffered the loss of Lola. We are so fortunate to travel with her for so many years.
As we begin this trip, we hope you can follow us. Please do not hesitate to share your insights and suggestions for this family of 4. We are learning and will continue learning in this great adventure.