awe and planning for our sabbatical year

today during our date day, M and I managed to block out a revised outline of our traveling plans for our amazing semi-nomadic sabbatical year. 

(we start in late July/ August.)

we're doing our international traveling in the middle (AUS/ NZ in Dec/Jan) and at the end (the UK and Israel, if we can swing it, for R's bar mitzvah), instead of putting it first. which might mean scaling back on the international travel, if we fall too far behind budget. or getting to go even more places, if we stick to our budget.

this is the most practical way of doing this, because those travels aren't as necessary for M's sabbatical project. but they're places we want to go and explore and we want to make it happen, so I think we will. that's what we do. having those places as "stretch goals" will be very motivational.

it also worked out the best, in terms of "chasing good weather."

we talked more about the car. I think we'll go test drive a prius v. sometime this spring. I'm more into the idea than M is. buying a minivan seems like a pita now, because I wouldn't want to keep it when we got back. but a prius? I've always wanted a prius. 

(will I actually like driving it? that's a good question. I am super spoiled because driving our Minis is fun.)

in the end we may decide just to keep copper. 

(because never underestimate the fun factor of driving a car.)

so I've been thinking about ways to maximize packing space. we can do it.

one hang up I seem to be having is that I really think having our toaster oven - to minimize my cross contamination probabilities - would be good. but that would take up a lot of car space. do I really need it? no. I could use aluminum foil or silicone. it's just a question of figuring it out. and really, that's going to be one of those things we do in our last weeks here, as we decide what we absolutely need. if we at that point need a bigger car, even a minivan, then we'll make that call and go shopping. it's a possibility. 

it's really amazing to be planning this whole (academic) sabbatical year out. it's mind blowing that we finally get to do this, since we've been talking about it so long. it's mind blowing because it is a huge adventure - way larger in scope than anything we've done before, but at the same time, it's the perfect continuation. instead of planning one month (or almost three months like the big road trip R and I took two years ago), we're planning out ten months. 

ten months of travel. 


(we're leaving ourselves a couple of bumper months in the summer to travel or get resettled back here before school starts up fall 2019. it just depends on how things are going and what we need when we get there.)

this is gonna be amazing!

(this is already amazing!)