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Some news to share

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For the past few months, despite lots of big changes and careful planning, I’ve kept uncharacteristically quiet about some things. When we sold our house back in February, I managed to skirt all the why and where questions, and to be honest, it’s been a bit of an uncomfortable secret to keep (it turns out I’m not very good at keeping my own secrets. haha!). But… I knew that we first had to tell some important people (family, jobs, schools, etc.) and get everything lined up first before I could spill the beans.

And now finally, I get to share!

Michael and I have decided to make a really big dream a reality. We’ve decided to push pause on our busy lives here in London and take a year out to spend time with our children. We’ve managed to sell our house and lots of our belongings, we’ve dropped lots of stuff at charity shops and have pawned off our beloved house plants and treasures to friends. We’ll be storing some of the remaining stuff in a storage unit, and in two weeks we’ll be heading off on a big adventure around the world.

We’ll be spending the summer with friends and family in the US, and then come September we’ll head down to South America to explore countries like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru. Our journey will then take us to Australia, New Zealand and a couple countries in Asia before returning to explore more of Europe next summer. A family trip around the world: a dream I’ve had since I was a young child.

We look forward to immersing ourselves in the culture and language of each place we visit. We hope to experience how the locals live, what they eat, how they cook it, how they work, how they learn, how they play, and how they love as families. I want to discover and teach our children the history, theology, and geography of each place, but more than that, I want to discover a deeper part of myself and gain an understanding of the values that matter most to us. For as much as we want to experience the amazing things this world has to offer, we are more interested in slowing down our days, enjoying time as a family, being more present, listening, really listening, to each other, and emerging with a happiness and fulfillment that will hopefully influence the rest of our lives. Because life is so short, and our kids grow up too quickly. Because Easton is ten years old, and it won’t be long before he won’t be excited about an adventure like this. Because now is the time.

I’ve written about our upcoming trip and the reasons behind our decision in a piece for The Telegraph which has gone online today and which will come out in the Telegraph’s weekend supplement this Saturday (my first ever published piece in a national newspaper! eeek!). Please pop over and have a read, or pick up the paper this weekend.

Thank you for all of your support (and patience) with me.

Courtney x

p.s. I will, of course, still be blogging here over the coming year.

The photo above was taken by Andrew Crowley for The Telegraph. You can see more of his photos in the article here


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Comments (113)

July 2, 2015

Goosebumps! Enjoy!…that Sounds like the best thing to do EVER!


July 2, 2015

Wow. So inspiring! Have an amazing trip! I’m looking forward to reading about it already 🙂


July 2, 2015

Oh, amazing! I hope you somehow keep us in the loop on all your experiences….not just pictures, but the real feelings and depth that come with a life experience like this.


Estera
July 2, 2015

That’s just awesome! Oh how I envy your kids! It will sure be an amazing year for all of you. 🙂


July 2, 2015

What an amazing and wonderful decision. I am very aware of how short life can be and admire you so much. This will be an experience like no other for both you and your children. I look forward to reading about your adverntures. And if you’re in Europe and want to stop over to the lovely island on Malta in the Mediterranean, give me a shout! 🙂


July 2, 2015

Wow absolutely incredible. I’ve done a fair amount of travelling (pre children) and as my son is about to start school next year have recently started to have a total panic that for the next 13 years we would never be able to go away for longer than a few weeks in the school holidays. This has proved me wrong and calmed me down – thank god! How did it work with the schools? It’s an amazing thing for children to experience – they will learn so much and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. Good for you on taking a big leap & follow your dreams.
Have an amazing trip – I look forward to updates

Hayley @ The Little Ark Boutique


Sophie
July 3, 2015

If you read the Telegraph article, then you will understand what the schools attitude was.


SHOW ALL COMMENTS
July 2, 2015

I have been a long time reader and fan of the blog, and have always admired you and your family so, Courtney. You hold so much inspiration and I’ve continuously loved how you have been raising your children and the values and morals that you’re instilling in them. This gap year is an absolutely incredible idea in that continuation and in setting time to watch your family grow together. You and your husband know that your family needs attention and you’re putting that into focus by giving the most important and precious thing that you can: time. I look forward to watching you and your family travel in the coming year through your photos and blog posts, and wish you all the best. Kudos to you and thank you for always inspiring with such honest love. <3


Gina
July 2, 2015

This is amazing!! Honestly I was really curious to know the reason you sold your beautiful home and was wondering why you don’t show a lot of your new home. I’m excited for you! It will be an amazing year for the six of you. Your children are so lucky! My best wishes to you.


Mallika
July 2, 2015

This is amazing news for a family. It’s also my dream for when I have a family of my own. Currently I work and in my free time backpack around my country India. I do hope India is on your owner. And would love if you wanted to contact me or view my Instagram for traveling tips and places to see in my country. You can’t skip India of you are doing Asia. It is a huge chunk of cultural diversity so different from anything you and the kids will ever experienced. Lots of love to your family and looking forward to following your travel.


July 2, 2015

What an amazing adventure! Enjoy every single day of it, the memories will last a lifetime! Your kids are very lucky 🙂 If you need any help next year in Paris I will gladly help 🙂 xxx


Constance
July 2, 2015

Hello Courtney, what an amazing decisión. I am from Buenos Aires Argentina and I’ve been following you on instagram forbsome time now. I had lived in England for five years, three in Plymouth and then two more in Leeds.
Just to let you know that you can contact me when you come to visit our country. I can tell you what places to visit, where you can go, where not to, and you can even can come and have an asado with us.
I have three girls Emma (7), Olivia (5) and Mora (2).
Would love to here from you!
Have a nice trip! Good luck!
Constance


nikki
July 2, 2015

How inspiring! I have always dreamed of travelling with my kids when they have left sch age. Makes me realise sch cant dictate. I take it you are home educating. How was your news received with the sch. Or is it different approach in private education. It feels in public education we are dictated to. Hit with fines taking our children out for 1 week of the sch yr. Well done to you and your husband making such an excellent decision. Life is for living. Have a brilliant time. Making priceless memories.


Carmen
July 2, 2015

I have myself undergone a life-changing challenge in the past months and I am sort of raving with (good) envy now. My eldest is 12 and he is, like in the song, slipping through our fingers down the slide to being a teenager. I understand your sense that it is now or never, that despite you may have chances in the future, the moment in your childrens’ lives will not be the same. So GO FOR IT! and, of course, keep us posted!

Hope to see you around in Spain this time next year!

Carmen


July 2, 2015

What an amazing experience, Courtney! I was lucky enough to both live abroad and travel extensively as a child, and it has undoubtedly shaped who I am today. I’m sure most of your South America plans are already finalized, but if you’ve got time, you should try to visit Praia da Pipa in Brazil. It’s a charming little beach town with a bay where dolphins swim very close to the shore. Your children would love it. Have a fantastic year!


July 2, 2015

This is brilliant! Cannot wait to read more. Also interested to know if you will homeschool during the break. Good luck with your adventure!

Rachie xo


Sophie
July 3, 2015

If you bothered to read the Telegrapg article, you will what they are doing with regard to schooling.


Rebecca
July 2, 2015

WHAOU! It’s so WONDERFUL!!! I know I don’t know you personally but I’m just so happy for you! I love your mindset and goals for this trip around the world! You are such an inspiration! I hope you and your beautiful family have an amazing time and make lots of memories! Thank you for sharing this with us, I can’t wait to follow you on this adventure! Much love from France !


July 2, 2015

Dear Courtney,
just: Congratulations!!! That sounds amazing and makes me wanna jump into our next adventure straight away.
How will you handle the “school situation” with the kids? (just curious how we could do it… (Just in case… 😉 )
All the best! xxx


July 2, 2015

Sorry, Just read your “telegraph” -article. Which explains all the schooling stuff – GREAT!!! xxx
🙂


July 2, 2015

As parents, we tell our children to reach for the stars. And yet many of us struggle to set a tangible example of what that really means. So it excites me to no end that you’ve found a way to show your kids what chasing a dream actually looks like. So proud of you Courtney! The metamorphosis of your family over the next year will be exquisite. xoxo


Rachel
July 2, 2015

What an amazing adventure your kids will remember for the rest of their lives! It will no doubt shape who they are and how they will choose to live their own lives in big and little ways. Well done for having the courage to go for it! On a practical note, my two boys (8 & 10 years) live in Chrustchurch, New Zealand & have a holiday house in the high country (you’ll figure out where that is when you come here!). Any advice you’d like about our little part of the world, please do ask 🙂 I do hope you’ll keep blogging whilst travelling, even just for your photos, love your posts. All the best for your last couple weeks & all the stress that brings!


Lisa
July 2, 2015

WOW!!!!!!

Amazing!!!!!!!!! Am so impressed and happy for you all! Can’t wait to hear all your adventures!!!! Xo


Olivia
July 2, 2015

How amazing and inspiring! You and you’re family are very lucky. It’s brilliant making big dreams a reality. I hope that you all enjoy every second of it. Good luck and best wishes to you and your family and most importantly… Have fun!

x x x x


Gem
July 2, 2015

Wow, what a truly inspiring, brave and exciting decision – I am very envious!! How wonderful for your children to experience a dream that for so many will never be a reality. Bravo to you both as parents for taking the step towards your dream, wishing you a safe, amazing and utterly fun adventure 🙂


Adriana
July 2, 2015

Come to Colombia! Its a great country to start your south american adventure! You can contact me for info if you decide to come. There are so many places you all would love.

Your family will never forget this amazing year!


Christy
July 2, 2015

Sounds like a great adventure! Best of luck to your family….I hope it is everything you hope it will be. Am looking forward to following along on the blog. Out of curiosity, how are you handling the school year?


July 2, 2015

What a wonderful adventure for your family! I look forward to following along. We took our 2 children on an 8 month journey to Australia, France and England a few years ago and it is still the best thing we’ve done as a family. The bonding the children have with each other and all of you as a family is incredible to watch. We hope to do it again at least once before they hit the teenage years! Enjoy!!


Kendel
July 2, 2015

That is ace


Leah Prins
July 2, 2015

What fantastic news! It’s great to understand why you sold your beautiful home; it all makes sense now! I admire you for fulfilling your dreams & leaving material things behind. Thanks for being such a great example…I can’t wait to follow this chapter of your family life. Safe travels x


July 2, 2015

Super inspiring! There’s no time like the present and I wish you and your sweet family only the best of adventures, those that bring wisdom, pure joy, and appreciation. I am curious as to how long you have planned for a trip like that, both educationally and financially, and I look forward to hearing more about your journey along the way. Safe travels!

Kensley at Hot Mess Mamas


July 2, 2015

Just like another reader, just read your article that explained (rather beautifully) how you planned for it. What a bold, memorable step! Gives me the chills thinking it could maybe even work for us too one day…


kristina
July 2, 2015

Wonderful and exciting news! Incredible idea, you will get so much from such an experience. Best of luck and enjoy enjoy enjoy every minute of it!


Lenka
July 2, 2015

great news! enjoy every day of the adventure ahead.


July 2, 2015

Congratulations! I am quite envious and yet also inspired. Homeschooling on the road will be a wonderful experience for the whole family. I was educated at home for 12 years, and it afforded the family numerous opportunities for road trips, field trips, and educational outings that my public and private school counterparts were unable to do. I’m looking forward to reading your on-the-road updates both in terms of the travel-aspect and the schooling-aspect! Best of luck and happy travels!


Leah
July 2, 2015

Good for you Adamo family! Your lovely children will learn so many important life skills and respect for culture as a result of this incredible opportunity.

My husband and I are doing the same. We are taking 4 months off from London life and headed home (for me) to Australia and New Zealand and maybe other places so we can slow down and spend some time with our 3 year old and family members who we don’t get to see every year.

Might see you out there! Happy and safe travels to you all!


July 2, 2015

I’m so excited for you 6 and am as excited to hear about your own personal growth as I am about the beautiful adventures you will experience. Much love to you dear friend. See you stateside. x


July 2, 2015

Hooray–the secret is out! I am so excited for you and your family! xx


Anna
July 2, 2015

I haven’t read all of the comments but totally just read the article with tears in my eyes! Really moved me. That is so brave and inspirational. You are so right, the time is now! The world is your oyster. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! X


July 2, 2015

I have taking a gap year with my kids on my agenda too – you only live once and it’s enriching! I cannot wait to do it one day. Your article in The Telegraph is fantastic. Good luck with selling the last bits and have the most incredible time! I will be oh-so slightly jealous, but I know I will do the same one day with my brood! Wishing you all the best xxx


Anna
July 2, 2015

p.s. I really thought you were going to say you were pregnant! 😉


Leanne from Sydney
July 2, 2015

Amazing! Explore , enjoy and be inspired.
Leanne x


Leah
July 2, 2015

Woohoo! You’re so right ‘life is too short and you only live once’. Follow your dreams and live with no regrets. Enjoy your travels, explorations and adventures. What a wonderful idea to get your children to write journals, draw pictures and keep memories of their travels. Something to cherish for years to come. I only wish that I had the opportunity or be brave enough to do this with my family. I look forward to reading all about it. X


Antonia
July 2, 2015

How wonderful! Your children will have such a glorious time, not only exploring new places but spending so much time with their siblings and both of you. We try to take interesting trips with our children but they’re only a couple of weeks at a time. We’re going to California and doing the PCH trip at the beginning of August and I can’t wait to spend time all together amongst the glorious scenery. I will follow your travels with interest! Have fun! Xx


Angela
July 2, 2015

So inspiring!


July 2, 2015

it’s a wonderful present you are offering you family. Time spent together all around the world, it will be a gift that will last forever.
If you way is passing by Bretagne in France, I’ll be happy to make a tour for you.
We are planing something like this for 2018 with my husband and our 3 children but in your nirth country : USA so i’m really happy to follow your aventure. Thank you for sharing.


Leanne
July 2, 2015

Amazing! Truly amazing!


gilly porter
July 2, 2015

Brilliant. I had my son out of school for this last year. Ken Robinson’s famous Ted talk was my inspiration too (funny because my son’s name is Ted!), But you’re right – friends attitudes were the hardest thing to deal with. It was a fantastic year. He had been really struggling at school and during the homeschool year he finally grasped the basics – reading and times tables. Also, we had time to work really hard at the bits he loves and has a talent for – he is still 9 but is now grade 4 trumpet, grade 2 piano and dances at a boys ballet class in London. We just couldn’t do all of this on top of school hours. He has just started at a very flexible and creative primary school for the end of year 5. Core hours there are 8 – 1.30 so we still have afternoon time. But I still feel we have an adventure in us and like you, have dreamed of a gap year. But am yet to persuade my husband!!! I’ll keep trying though! Good luck to you all Courtney. Your children will do nothing but benefit and they are truly the luckiest kids to have such great parents. Gilly x


Mel
July 2, 2015

Well good for you. I’m impressed that you and especially your husband (after reading of his apprehension) were able to jump off the treadmill of work and just go for what you really want. School, work and London will be exactly the same in a year, but you’ll be different… In a good way. Happy travels.

PS (I hope we don’t see too many posts from you, here or on Instagram, be truly present for your family and yourself and enjoy it, a year goes faster than you think – meant in the nicest possible way).xxx


Kate
July 2, 2015

Hi Courtney — I have so many questions about this amazing news and I hope you don’t mind me asking. I understand the schooling part, but am more curious about the financial/job/home part of this. When you return from your year abroad, will you have money to buy a new home? I know that is probably a deeply personal question, I just am genuinely interested because as I think of my own life, I don’t know how we’d swing something like this! But, maybe it’s more possible than I’m thinking it is. Also, would your husband’s job be waiting for him when he returns? If I told my job I was taking a year off I’m pretty sure they’d say ‘bye bye’ 😉 so I imagine the right circumstances need to exist. Or would your husband just start fresh after the year? Again I really hope you don’t mind me asking such personal questions…I’m really interested in how a family would do this! I understand if you don’t feel comfortable answering some of these, but I figured I’d ask since you’re being so open in sharing this news! Thanks for letting us in on the journey.


Federica
July 3, 2015

I’d like make the same questions. Maybe I’m too practical to think about it…I saved money for many years to buy my house and it’s difficult to think that I have to starting over to buy a new one!
Maybe I think it because it’s not my dream to leave everything having a gap year. I’m happy with the life I have. But I hope you all the best wish for your dream!!!


Sophie
July 3, 2015

I think Michael Adamo has his own company, Field Trip. To ask someone to tell you their financial details is just weird.


Caroline D
July 2, 2015

What a nice project! So coooool! There isn’t an other best way to learn than travelling and discovering by yourself! So excited for you and your family!!!ENJOY!!!
Greetings from Paris


Joana
July 2, 2015

Hurray for family time!!!
The best of luck in this adventure that will be amazing, I’m sure!
I can’t wait to hear and see all about it, and be day dreaming about doing the exact same thing.
For now I’m enjoying 2 weeks vacations with my boys at the beach, that’s my family time right now, but who knows what the future holds…

Happy happy times for the Adamo Family!


Catherine
July 2, 2015

Courtney that is amazing! You must visit Queenstown and Glenorchy when you’re in New Zealand xx


July 3, 2015

Brave decision…I am a teacher and we always tell parents “life experience is the best form of education”…might see you in Australia!!!


Beatriz
July 3, 2015

Wow, such an amazing plan! I´m so jealous. I would also love to do this one day with my husband and three kids, but I have to admit that the sole idea of getting rid of so many things (car, house, stuff) and make important decisions (school, careers etc) scares me…(you are a brave mama!!). I know that changes are scary, but you are so right when you say that life is too short and you only live once!. If I may ask you something (I am really curious, since it is the first thing I think about every time that I move to a new country with my family), what are your plans regarding the health insurance? Have you found some that would cover your family in all the countries you are planning to visit? (I know from experience that from country to country/continent, health systems/insurances change so much!). I wish you and your family the best, and if you need anything in New York, Germany or Spain, just let us know!
P.S: I also thought like Anna that you were going to announce that you were pregnant 🙂


Claire
July 3, 2015

This is so exciting for you all. My parents did a very similar thing when I was young and it truly has been of huge benefit to me. I know you will have things to talk about for many years to come.


Paulina vargas
July 3, 2015

Come to chile! Its a wonderful country


Kirsten
July 3, 2015

Wonderful! Your children will have so many memories from your year! Learning about the world is so much more effective when you are IN the world! Will you have a separate blog for your travels? I hope so!


Natalie
July 3, 2015

How exciting for you all! I have always hoped to do this with my daughter (and any other children) when she is a bit older. I look forward to following along on instagram and dreaming how I’d plan my own journey. I’m interested to read the questions you’ve received about education; I personally believe that your children will learn so much more in that year than they could ever learn from a year in school (no matter how good the school. I’m sure they will come back so enriched and I imagine that you’ll be even closer as a family as you encounter some of the challenges that are part in parcel with big travels. I also have this hope we run into you all on some beach in Auckland, New Zealand – you’re welcome to come for a bbq at house anytime! (I’m sure you’ll get countless offers but it is genuine.) Happy travels!


Diana
July 3, 2015

Dear Courtney,
now this are big news! Exciting!
I totally envy your kids and admire your adventural spirit!
After reading your piece for the Telegraph I must say, you Sound pretty tempting… Though I probably wouldn’t have the guts to do it. Therefore I’m really looking foreward to your posts and pics, taking me with you in a way…

Go, have the time of your life ( and I’m sure you will)!
Good luck,
Diana


Estelle
July 3, 2015

What fabulous news! I wish you all an amazing time on your travels and very much look forward to reading all about your adventures.


Sarah
July 3, 2015

Congratulations! What a great choice! When we left London in 2013, this is exactly what I was feeling – searching for maybe just a little more than a great coffee at Ginger & White (albeit pretty good!). Good luck on your great adventure!


Meredith
July 3, 2015

WOW! This sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to follow along on all your travels.


Tina
July 3, 2015

What an amazing adventure that will be! look forward to reading your posts as you go. 🙂 Good luck and enjoy!!!


Pam
July 3, 2015

How wonderful,Courtney! As I’ve been reading your blog since my eldest was born (now 7!) I feel we’ve been on our parenting adventure with all of you at Babyccino. I am so looking forward to continuing to follow your journey around the globe. Best wishes to you and yours. Safe travels Adamo family


Mel
July 3, 2015

I know you aren’t a TV person, but you should watch Escape to the Wild with Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs fame on channel 4. 3 awe inspiring families who have left Britain to live (full time) in extreme places and with kids, building their own homes etc… Worth catching on catchup TV, I was totally amazed and inspired.


Claire
July 3, 2015

Our planet needs more makers – genuine people who will do good for the benefit of nature, animals and the humanity in general. The takers who have loads of money and do nothing but enjoying while others have to produce food, clothes and everything for them. Let your trips Courtney be great experience and awakening to you from your rich la-la-la world bubble when you meet poor people all over the world and see how majority have to suffer for the luxury of the minority. You do not inspire me and people like you will never will. There are genuine people that deserve much more attention and credit but they are modest and invisible. My grandmother said once: “the one with full stomach never believes the one with empty one.” The problem with our world is that people are too much busy with your shoes and family photo trips than our planet pollution, animal sufferings, misery that happens to others in the world. We should help and share with those in needs. The world is not about ME. It is about all of us. I am sorry about daring to contact you and will be probably called “rude, jealous, mean, embittered” by your blinded fans (but I take the risk..) I hope one day, the world will become much better place where people will be more spiritual and less material and where true God’s people will shine. Have a good and safe trip….end enjoy. I have to plant some trees for the benefit of your kids future. BYE.


Lisa
July 4, 2015

Oh. My. God.

What a total weirdo comment. She is a mother who is bringing up four kids in a safe and loving home and has in the meantime founded her own business. I’m inspired by many different people and I’m so inspired by this brave decision to do something unusual. I was sickened by your mean comment. Did you not read the post before about the charity they teamed up with? So uncalled for and weird. Go and plant some trees for my kids too while you’re at it.


Sophie
July 4, 2015

Must say that a lot of thought provoking points are made here. Having four children and living in a very expensive part of North London is living in a bubble. Teaming up with one African charity doesn’t make you a saint. Promoting very expensive children’s items on a blog is shallow to me. As Michael Adamo is a film maker I would expect some sort of documentary to be made about this trip.


molly
July 4, 2015

should everyone just work and donate all their money to help others and never buy anything they want – and those women that started businesses making clothing should just pack it in and start volunteering in syria, right? because god forbid anyone work, be a success and enjoy their life and money? they must be awful people, right? shallow and stupid? everyone should move from highgate to the slums of cape town and start doing something real with their life…. right???!!??? hmmm.


July 5, 2015

Wow Sophie!!!! You’ve taken a lot of time to answer a few comments here. I struggle to believe you’d speak to Courtney or anyone commenting in the same tone as your comments. It doesn’t take much time or trouble to be polite. You can still express your opinion without being rude which frankly your comments come across as, I’m not sure if you are aware of this or care?

Courtney all the best for this adventure with your family. The time together as much as the travel is priceless. I have family in S America and Australia and have travelled through both pretty extensively. Amazing countries/continents. It will be wonderful to watch your journey and I really hope there will be a best-selling book translated into 50 languages about your travels!

There is a little more I’d like to add that touches on the comment above, the poverty/crime aspect, specifically in S America. But I certainly don’t mean this as a deterrent or to cast any judgement on your decision! I think it is worth thinking about some of these issues, how to travel with kids meaningfully and positively. There may be many sad things they see or experience (from homeless street kids in Brazil, people picking through trash) that result from countries in such difficult socio-economic times. There are problems everywhere of course but S America is very different to Australia and there are some real extremes. How to protect your kids and help them engage positively. Or travelling mindfully, as you’ve already expressed yourself. I’ll come back and comment again when/if I can formulate my thoughts on this.


July 3, 2015

Amazing news!
Can’t wait to follow you on this journey. If you happen to pass by Greece i would be happy to treat you with some greek coffee and the children with a good portion of greek yumminess 🙂


July 3, 2015

Hi Courtney!
Fabulous news!
I am now living here in London (in Highgate!) for a couple of months, but I am from Brazil. So I can help you planning your trip there if you want!
xx


July 3, 2015

How inspiring! We plan to do the same when our son is old enough 🙂

Why not make a stop in South Africa? There is really nothing like going on a proper African safari!


July 3, 2015

How brave! What adventures you will have! Enjoy every moment, I am sure you will! x


Clara
July 3, 2015

Wow! So looking forward to reading all about your adventures! And thank you for giving us all some inspiration…


July 3, 2015

I read this last night and it was the first thing I thought about this morning…. I can’t wait to follow along although and see what you all get up to. How I wish I could sit down with you and ask a million questions. I too have dreamed of doing something like this one day – but I think I’d just be too scared to actually make it happen, it seems like such a massive undertaking, but maybe I could do it!? Oh – and I’ve been meaning to tell you that I took my little girl Coco to see Peter Pan after you said you thought it would be ok for a seven year old… we had the most magical evening and we all loved it – I was welling up within the first 2 minutes though! Enjoy your last couple of weeks in London. Alexis x


July 3, 2015

Looking forward to follow your journey! xxx


July 3, 2015

Wow, that is amazing. So happy for you and your family. I think this is a great decision. We always dream about doing things and never do it or wait till it´s too late. So I think it is great that you do it NOW. I am sure both you and your kids will get so much out of this.
Can´t wait to follow you guys on your adventure. Will you have an additional blog to write about your travels? I would love to follow you and your beautiful family on your adventure 🙂
All the best of luck to you


Karen
July 3, 2015

So exciting! I’ll admit that my first reaction when reading this post was that it was a bit crazy. But then reading your article in the Telegraph (congrats!) really helped me to understand your reasoning. (Not that you are in any way required to justify your decision.) And I think it’s incredible … your family will get to experience the world and cultures and places that they might not otherwise get a chance to see. It will forever change them and you for the better. And you will teach them that life is about living and not about stuff. My husband and I are constantly trying to teach our children this lesson, but now that they are older (9 and almost 12), it’s getting harder, especially where we live in the U.S.

I can’t wait to hear about your adventures over the next year. Best wishes and safe travels!!


Nienke
July 3, 2015

Oh, that sounds wonderfull! Have a great journey, looking forward to read about your adventures on the blog!


Karen
July 3, 2015

We’ve just done something similar by packing everything up and leaving London. No job, no home, sitting on the beach with our kids in Thailand right now teaching our four year old about Buddha, Elephants, Sharks etc etc…. We will then head to Australia to try and start up a new much slower paced life. Good luck to you and your lovely family, we’ve only been gone three days and already our focus has changed from phone and schedules to truly listening to our children. I’ll warn you though it’s so hard to say goodbye!


Courtney in London
July 4, 2015

Thanks for your encouraging note! How exciting that you’re doing something similar. So wonderful!
I agree — saying goodbye to London (and all of our friends) is extremely difficult. I can’t even bare the thought of the kids’ last day of school! 🙁
But… trying to focus on all that lies ahead for us.
Anyway, enjoy your travels! x


July 3, 2015

Wow! That sounds incredible! I cant wait to hear about your adventures!!
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iris
July 3, 2015

Amazing and brave !!
Please consider visiting Israel:)
And don’t miss India…


Launa
July 3, 2015

How wonderful! I could only dream…looking forward to reading all about your great adventures!!


Victoria
July 4, 2015

Woweeee!!! I cannot wait to see where your travels take you Adamo Family. Happy adventuring…. x


Camille
July 4, 2015

What a wonderful news ! Reading your family project makes me so envious. So my husband and I just decide to take 4 weeks off next summer and to go living in a different place with our little girl who will turn two next June. Thank you so much ! Without you, we won’t have this project which is so enthusiastic !


Karen
July 4, 2015

Sounds lovely and I’m sure you will all have such fun. I hope you don’t get too many “Are we there yet ?” Questions :).

Can I ask why you are not travelling to Africa ? I’m sure you have valid reasons or maybe just aren’t inspired to which is fair enough but as a once in a lifetime world trip, it seems to be a glaring omission. Countries such as Egypt, Morocco, safaris in Kenya or South Africa or even countries such a Namibia with its fantastic desert and Ethiopia and many, many more so steeped in history and ancient culture seem such a shame to miss. Anyway, it would be nice to hear why but safe travels and have fun. Xxx


Courtney in London
July 4, 2015

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your comment/question.
We’ve decided to skip Africa this time and hopefully visit in a few years when the kids are all a bit older.
The point of our trip is not to try to see/do/go everywhere in the world, but more to slow down and just spend time with the kids. We didn’t want it to feel too rushed or have too much pressure to go everywhere.
Hopefully some day we’ll take the kids to Africa and discover all of the wonderful places you’ve listed. x


Rachel
July 5, 2015

We went on a similar adventure last year with our two preschool kids. My husband had a 6 month sabbatical so we brought round-the-world tickets (they are great for flexibility). We stayed in apartments using Airbnb and Sabbatical Homes, and rented from other familes so we would have lots of toys & books for the kids. We loved doing all the normal days things we did at home (supermarkets, parks etc) but in another culture. My husband worked during the day and the kids and I visited playgrounds, community playgroups and libraries where we could meet up with other families. (Several were using the internet to homeschool their kids and it worked really for them). Evenings were spent exploring our neighourhoods – so many great memories of walking around temples & Buddhist grave yards in Japan, playing on the beaches in Vancouver, swimming in lakes in Chile, ice cream in Buenos Aires etc. Weekends we did sightseeing and trips further afield, hiking up volcanoes, mountains etc. Travelling kids made us take life slowly and that was just fine with us. It was a wonderful time that we will always cherish. You will love it! I can’t wait for our next sabbatical 🙂


Charlotte
July 5, 2015

Hi Courtney! Such wonderfull news!! How you must feel right now. The excitement. The unknown. I’m looking really forward to read about your adventures! Looks to me you’re going the minimalist route. I’m curious what you will bring along with you! Just backpacks? Having four kids means loads of stuff. I have three and every time we go on a trip i end up taking more than i wanted! I can only imagine when leaving for a year! Please do share!!


Adrienne
July 5, 2015

I live near San Francisco, am a primary teacher with a funny 6 year old and musician and would love to host your family for dinner or at one of our house parties. I travel immensely with my daughter and have done so since she was born. Your article resonates with me as a teacher, a mother, and someone with wanderlust. I hope you have the adventure of a lifetime!


July 6, 2015

Wow, what a fantastic announcement! It will be such an exciting time for you and your family, and you will have such fbrilliant memories and atories to share when you return. Good luck, all of you!

Lauren
émoi émoi


Zima
July 6, 2015

Wonderful! Good luck!


Kate
July 6, 2015

Amazing!!! That is my ultimate dream one day.
Can’t wait to hear all about it – and if you need some tips for Aus, let me know! xx


Vero
July 7, 2015

Courtney I love the way you and your family enjoy life. !
South América its a beautiful place , I Am from Paraguay , next to argentina, bolivia and Brasil, i’ve travel a lot around Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil so let me know uf you need advice or a place to stay if you come to Paraguay.

Have a great year!!!


July 7, 2015

Congrats for making your dream comes true!
il will be an amazing experience for your family!And it will be great to read and follow your trip!
When you come back to Europe if you want to know Belgium and Nederland It would be great I connect you with the founder of Bellerose! He´ll be delight to meet you and he can give you great tips for those countries!
Of course if you come to Spain, you have to come and say Hi in Barcelona! We have a sailing boat and you can stay on it (we are a family of 5 and we love spending time with our kids there)
We’ll keep in touch! All the best for you all!
kindly,
Lili


Raquel
July 7, 2015

when coming to Brazil if you need any help, tips or company, thats my email: raquelstamm@hotmail.com
Ir will Be a pleasure To hear from you!!
Xoxo


Hayley Williams
July 8, 2015

Hi Courtney!
How exciting! Just FYI – I nannied the Cooper-Friedlos kids who are at KAS for 2.5 years (Bogues and Alexia share classes with two of yours), and I’m in Auckland New Zealand! Just letting you know in case you need a contact while you’re all here!
Cheers, all the best for your travels!!


Ale
July 8, 2015

Wow nice! In South America, the most safe country for your family is Chile!!!


Melanie
July 8, 2015

Hi Courtney, I stumbled across your name several times in the german blog littleyears. I find your decision very brave and inspiring. After living the last years in Mexico, Spain and the UK we are back in Mexico again. That travelling and moving around earned me some criticism from my friends, especially as our kids are only 5 and 3, and I am always happy to see other parents doing the same. If you are deciding to come to Mexico I am happy to help out with some tips.
Cheers


Maria
July 9, 2015

Hi Courtney!! I find this so inspiring. I have been in fact following you on instagram for a while now, and reading the blog occasionally, and i am sure nothing but happiness, joy, and learning will come from this experience. I live in Uruguay by the way! So feel free to contact me, I would love to help you out or even meet all of you! I wish you the best, xx


Maria
July 9, 2015

Oh and I attented a British School in Uruguay (The British Schools of Montevideo) so me and my whole family speak english! (Or try though 🙂 )


Emma Balkin
July 9, 2015

I have always had the same dream, and funnily enough, just lately it has been really popping up in my thoughts a lot. I have used your article to try and convince my husband who sounds a lot like yours!! Watch this space…!
Wishing you a wonderful trip – look forward to reading about it. \Emma in Sydney (let me know if you need any recommendations for Sydney!)


July 9, 2015

Just so excited for you, and totally jealous. Am looking forward to your posts from your travels x


Polly
July 11, 2015

Just a quick question if you happen to see this. I saw the article you wrote in the Telegraph. I looked it up again on the website but the bit I’m looking for isn’t there. You mentioned some travel journals you were going to have the children write in every day. I really liked the look of them and want one for my child, but I can’t find a mention of them anywhere now. I’ve thrown the paper out. Can you help? Thank you! And good luck!


Catherine
July 11, 2015

I am so inspired by you and your family! I am also very impressed that you are actually following through with such a wonderful dream.. I am not married, I do not have kids but I hope that one day, when I do, I can do the same with my family. I am about to move to San Francisco for the year and, although not NEARLY as exciting as your trip around the world, I’m feeling my excitement for change build and I am reassured that my love of travel and spontaneity will (hopefully) bring me a life of adventure as yours has brought to you. Congratulations and have the most wonderful time!! (I cannot wait to follow along!)


July 11, 2015

Hi Courtney! I am really happy because I AM URUGUAYAN! I keep up with your instagram photos cause I love them. I am a young emerging photographer here in Uruguay, and have lived in London for 6 months in 2011. I would really love to show you and your family where I live (Montevideo), I am very enthusiastic! Just let me know if you are up to it. I would try to communicate more directly cause maybe you don’t even see this. But again, I really love your family and would love to meet you here. Hope you receive this, xx Romina


Rosalind
July 16, 2015

You will LOVE Australia! Make sure you visit Canberra, it is the ever-evolving Capital and has lots of free things on offer; Museums, galleries, a fabulous interactive science centre called Questacon, Canberra Arboretum is a must – the kids will love the Acorn park and there is lots to explore with fabulous views, cafe etc. Braddon is a cool little part of town, not forgetting the Nishi prescint. You can cycle round the lovely Lake Burley Griffin, hire pedal boats, visit the tulip festival in Spring called Floriade. Canberra gets overlooked between Syd and Melb but is really worth while. Shop Handmade is filled with lovely handmade only items. I could go on and on… 🙂 Enjoy! We’ve left Canberra for a 3 year adventure in London – 10 months in we’re loving it.


July 21, 2015

Hi! This is amazing! I wish you all a great adventure!
I am Brazilian and I live in south of Brazil. If you need any kind of tips ou help here, I will be very happy to help.


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