DID WE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION TO TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH OUR 3 KIDS?

DID WE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION TO TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH OUR 3 KIDS?

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Our Story
Life is crazy! The tide smashes even the best-laid plans to sand… and so it goes!
This is a story about two people, who met by chance, were bound by fate and who continue to let the quirky side of life guide their paths! How else could a young man from a tiny town in Albania and a farm girl from the mountains of Montana meet in the middle, with a life guided by adventure?
We met in Rome. Engjell was a waiter in a little Roman restaurant down by Trevi Fountain and I was a student abroad, spending a year in the Eternal City. There are some pretty cheesy movies about the giggly American girl meeting the handsome foreigner abroad, who then spend all their time bombing around ancient ruins on a shiny moped, hair blowing in the wind and smiles from ear to ear. And yet… serendipity delivers! We did fall in love and he did have a moped…
In 2006, we moved back to the United States. We returned as a family of three, as little Fiona had been born in Rome at FateBeneFratelli, the hospital on an island… where all the Roman babies have been born for centuries! We moved often, looking for the perfect place. In 2010, we found an opportunity to open our own restaurant in Bigfork, Montana. We spent seven years and thousands of hours bringing the flavors of Italy to rural Montana. We were doing well! We were successful and busy and had finally bought our own home… we had a mortgage and car payments and a full-time, ultra-demanding job! We opened a second restaurant! We even added two more family members with the addition of Hugo and Remy!
We were living the dream! Or were we? On the outside, it looked like we had it all… that success had reached out its hand and we had graciously accepted. But in reality, we were working 80-100 hours each per week, we rarely saw our three beautiful kids who knew the nanny better than they did us, and we were burned out… from too much work, from too little time spent together as a family, from life! We had bought into the well-oiled idea of success and were realizing quickly the fatal flaws in our plan.
So we decided, together, to give it all up! We took the giant, terrifying, leap and sold it all to travel on a shoestring budget and let life teach us again, teach us anew, of what it looks like to be a successful human being! We are just beginning on this wonderful adventure! We have been traveling the U.S. for a year as a family in a motorhome. We are every day astounded by the diversity and creativity of both humans and Mother Nature. In July, we will set off for a one year trip around the world!
This time, too, food and wine lead our adventure. We hope to dig deep into every culture as we go, unearthing culinary tradition everywhere we go! We plan to travel to places where we can stage and work in restaurants and vineyards to learn more and to ultimately be able to take what we have learned and start fresh…inspired, changed… wherever we end up.
This trip is about re-defining success! It is about food and wine…about a plate of pasta or a shared bottle of wine, about experiences! It is about family and figuring out how we all fit together and what life’s REAL plan for us is! We invite you to join us in this crazy adventure as we travel the world!
Engjell, Kaleigh, Fiona, Hugo and Remy

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When In Rome Travels says:

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ae4xo says:

Heck yeah its the right decision. Only and the family can decide. You need to travel. You wont regret it in 5 years when Fiona gets old and doesn't want to be around you any more

pilotdiana says:

OMG I am so jealous. The Netherlands is so cool I have been there a few times. So glad you are having fun even though Hugo's back was killing him and Fiona bloodied her knee. Yes there food is awesome.

Billy Badbutt says:

Great music between scenes. Need more, plus not loud enough.

Magnolia Moon says:

Would be interested to know how you decided what to pack, how are you handling money, cell phones, internet, etc. ? Thanks, love watching you guys and stay safe!

Harry Ames says:

No, it would not be a good idea to travel the world with your kids at this point in time. The world is a very dangerous place now. Mexico and south is dangerous. Actions of North Korea are causing trouble. Russians are getting testy. Any where in the middle east is dangerous. Africa has many rogue states causing grief. Your own native country is under threat as it has been for centuries. Kidnappings of international travelers is at and all time high. Children are targets for international predators and human traffickers. I'm not paranoid, but if I had children the age of yours, I'd stay local, and do more USA including Alaska and Canada. So much to see and so little that you've seen. You have the motor home past it's major troubles, use it and have fun with the gang without the constant worry of Islamic terrorism in Spain, England, etc. The news is the news and it isn't good for international travel. I have a son who has done a lot of international travel recently and has had many close calls with gangs, terrorists etc. Yes, there are dangers here in the U.S. but we have a reliable and strong effort here to keep our citizens safe. Would I go to Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand? You bet. Otherwise, no international travel for kids that young. Good luck in any case. I don't know what your entire itinerary is, but if you keep track of travel warnings and stay away from the hundreds of criminal and political hot spots, you will be fine.

Tommy Kelly says:

If you rent a Citroen please tell us your thoughts…I had one in the Air Force in 1968…thanks

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