June 8th
written by Alonna

Ben and I have some exciting news to share with you.  This summer, we will leave our jobs to travel the world for one year!

Lately we’ve realized that now is a great time to pursue some of the things we want to do in our lives.  We both enjoy exploring new places and seeing different parts of the world, and I’ve always dreamed of traveling for an extended period of time.  Working as engineers for the past several years, we’ve been able to save up enough money to make this happen.  Ben will be leaving his job at HP at the end of June, and I will be taking a one-year unpaid Leave of Absence from HP starting in July.

Some of the places we’d like to go include: Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Asia and Africa.  So far we have the following plans for July through December 2009:

  • July: Road Trip to Canada (1-2 weeks)
  • Aug-Nov: Backpacking in Europe (3 months)
  • Nov-Dec: Home and Family time in the US (1.5 months)

Over the next couple of months we’ll share more of our thoughts and travel plans on this site.  And while we’re traveling we plan to post photos and stories along the way.  We hope that you’ll enjoy sharing this adventure with us!


  1. Mom Albertus

    Sounds like fun!! Since I may join you at the beginning of your trip, I wonder where you will be next summer? Maybe I’ll meet up with you again….Just kidding.

  2. Max Peek

    This is a wonderful idea! Alonna, I saw the website on our 10yr reunion evite and figured I’d check in. I have a city to suggest for the trip: Toulouse France is a beautiful city that’s got a really cool vibe without Parisian attitude. Instead of flying from Paris to France, you should look into the TGV high speed train and could stop in Toulouse for a day or two. Then it’s a cheap, short train to Barcelona.
    Best of luck and enjoy your adventure…