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Posted on Mar 31, 2013

A New Life On The Road Insanity Plan- One Year Adventure Through Europe

A New Life On The Road Insanity Plan- One Year Adventure Through Europe

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Ok, Kobi and I are insane, and I love it! I adore him and that we play this teenage spin the bottle game in which I say some crazy idea and he makes it happen. That’s how we moved to Israel for seven and a half years and how we’re now in year three of life on the road at “The Nomadic Family.” We’re still pre-planning stages but post-freaking out stages of the “Oh My God It Would Be So Cool To Work On A Cruise Ship!” We know we want to do that, and relatively soon.

And now, there’s this other idea that’s been dancing around in my mind for a while. Just like I do not believe it is legal to say “I traveled the world” and not get to China, I do not believe we can be rtw adventures without stepping into Europe. And so, the next great, crazy plan is slowly unfolding itself before our eyes.

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The Good Life

We are totally drinking up the higher class perks of Country Number 11. We felt spoiled to death living in really nice living arrangements like June’s Apartments and Back Home Hostel in Malaysia, and The Led Zephyr in Cambodia.   We have recently reconnected to our ‘humanism’ consumerist side by living in nice places with toilet seats and padding flooring and other perks like that.

But, the real us, the life on the road style that has enabled us to stretch our money this far is B.U.D.G.E.T. and it will most likely be creative budget travels that will continue to support our rtw lifestyle.

And so….

The Next Crazy Nomadic Family Life On The Road Travel Plan

Ready? Ready? Ready?

We want to ride bikes across Europe! Yup! I know! It’s that crazy and that amazing!

We want to wait a bit until the kids grow up a tad more. We think that in order to pursue something that will require on-going effort and persistence, our lives will be easier if we waited a bit.

We have role models like Jennifer Miller at Edventure Project and Nancy Sathre-Vogel at Family On Bikes who have done journeys of this sort. So, we should read all that they’ve written, but knowing us, we’ll stubbornly want to make it out own way, discover our own path.

What We Do Know

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  • We know we want to keep bonding with the locals and backpackers we meet in Europe, like we have all over the world .
  • We do know we’ll spend the winter in Spain and other warmer countries.
  • We’ll hope to get some cool freebies along the way but will camp most of the way.
  • We know we’ll travel to Europe  the cheapest way we can find.
  • We know at least Solai will be on tandem with me, and Kobi will most likely take the gear on a trailer.
  • We know we’re dying to share with our kids the rich cultures, languages, foods, and arts of Europe!!!
  • We know we’ll figure out a cheap enough way to make Europe a viable option for us.
  • We know Kobi and I will soon sit down and sketch on the back of some receipt the potential dates of the rest of Asia, The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, many months in India for deep meditation and more teaching spirituality classes, 3 months on a rtw cruise ship, and now a year biking through Europe.

God, I Love Freedom!

So, tell me does this make you want to be free? Seriously, don’t you want to just say, “I feel like doing this bad-ass crazy things so let’s get on it,” and why shouldn’t you? Have you biked through Europe? Are we still going to die how expensive it is? We wanted to do Eastern Europe too. Can we do it all slowly enough to get to know people and experience each place in a year? Talk to me, say ‘ah,’ just say something cuz Kobi and I are buzzing all over the place.

Mwah,

Gabi

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I love you…… mwah! Gabi

 

24 Comments

  1. No I haven’t, but you read my mind, we were going to throw some bike adventures into the mix somewhere too. I biked across Cuba once, pre kids, and I took my bike to France a few times and cruised around Brittany, it was fun. So what will the kids do on a cruise ship? Will they take a family? The chef could be very well suited to that indeed!

    • so, we’ll see. the adventure continues right? i think we’ll kill each other on a bike trip but think of my thighs. think of the muscle tone. screw family happiness- the thighs! cruise ship, as far as i know so far, only work for the entertainment staff but a chef may be awesome too. they pay a ridiculous amount of money, room and board for family is covered, and you work very little hours. we’ll see. i need to present what i do really well and see if i can get a 3 month contract on a rtw line. and if we love it, great. if we hate it, tons of great blogging there. oh, write me one paragraph raving about all of your stats and readers. we still have work to do love.

  2. I love the idea, come to europe! the winter can be tricky though (and this year is the longest i can remember). if you avoid the big capitals, the northern countries and switzerland i’m sure you can manage with your budget. the east is definetely cheaper and as amazing. consider the balkans aswell! bosnia, serbia, montenegro, croatia, etc. and of course don’t forget to hop by the far west, you’ll love portugal!

    • wow. ok, so much to take in. i think it will be such an amazing adventure for us. so much to learn, so much to see, and i hear there is this site called warmshowers or something like that just for bikers. you register and people all over the world invite you and your family to come in for a hot shower so that you can feel like a clean human even if you live in a tent for months at a time. wow. i read your list and think we’ll need two years to do europe properly. oh god, kobi is totally going to kill me. the more i dream, the longer i extend our never-ending journey. will the kids hate me one day? how did you find us dear margarida and where are you in the world. maybe we can come see you sometime!

    • duh! why else would we be doing this? it’s a secret plan to come see you. shhhhhh. i need to see those hair wisps myself. today, i thought about my favorite scene in the little mermaid where ariel is singing on that rock and her hair is going crazy beautiful and i thought of your pic and i have a great gabiklaf.com post marinating in my mind. i need a song that refers to hair wisps or makes you feel like they are there… any thoughts? forever young- alphaville?

        • i can’t think of one but there really must be. you my brown eyed girl, do you remember when we used to sing…. surely, she had wisps. she had to of had.

  3. Freebie in sunny Sunderland-that’s if we’re still here! ;) Make sure you get a good quality tandem-I should know, I’m a huge fan of Nancy

    • oh, we can’t wait melanie! where is sunderland my dear? excuse my ignorance. good quality tandem. i usually go for cheapest. ok, i’ll note that. oh and nancy, i’ll be cursing her every pedal swing of the way. surely she put this crazy idea into my head. anything goes wrong, i’m totally pointing all fingers at her. and wait, you’re taking my poor abused son who is pushed too hard to learn right? that will already make our journey easier, just four kids. thanks love. we appreciate that kind of support. gabi

      • Northeast England not far from Newcastle and Durham-bloody freezing cold at the minute!

        • oh and it’s soo nice here in the AC in singapore love. ok, so we’ll come in the warmer months…. when it that if ever?

  4. This is so exciting!! I’ve only had a taste of Europe myself, and I want more. I would have a hard time on a Cruise ship. I have a huge fear of being boxed in. Just the two hour ferries from here to there across Asia make me want to DIE!

  5. Amazing plan! I have a renewed sense of love for my bike since I use it as my primary mode of transportation in Spain. Excited to hear more!

    • cat. i have to overcome my bike phobia now. since my accident with solai http://thenomadicfamily.com/2012/06/terrifying-motorcycle-accident-that-time-we-flew-through-the-air/i'm a bit shaken around any kind of traffic or intersections. even on a motorbike, other people on the road make me nervous. i’ll get over it. how long were you in spain for? oh god, just writing to you about it, makes me excited. spain!!!! oh! there will be tons more to tell. let’s see how long it takes us to whip this one out…. we’ve got more asia, the two month nepal hike, india and some cruise ships first…. or so i think.. thank you for taking the time to write dear cat. gabi

  6. Sounds like it’ll be an incredible trip and I’m sure you’ll have lots of amazing stories to tell. Good luck!

    • reena. you are too awesome for words dear. thank you. we’re scared , no excited, as we understand the meaning of this dream- a physical commitment on our part to work for our own transportation, to be out with the elements again, to see europe i bet in the coolest way possible. very excited and overwhelmed. have you been to europe?

  7. Oh, I think you’d have a blast in Europe, Gabi! We just did a driving trip through Spain and Portugal (my kiddos are 7 and 4, and a bike’s just not going to work for us). We had a blast, though!

    • i think we’ll postpone until our kids are a bit older too. that way, hopefully, we’ll have more fun riding and the face the challenging parts with a lot less whining, or maybe i’m just being blindly optimistic here. i’m 38 1/2 and i still whine. so….. we can’t wait. how long were you in spain and portugal. wow. we can’t wait! is it super expensive?

  8. Go for it, Gabi! You will have sooo much fun. If you love travelling as much as you do as a family, you will love, love Europe… bike or not :)

    • freaking out but loving the idea with every comment and thought and image of europe that pops into my mind. biking does scare me. maybe bar rafaeli will hear of my dream and she’ll give us the 50k for the rv…. we’ll see. thank you for taking the time to write linda.

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