Let’s not call it a gap year. That sounds like you fell in a crevasse for a year. Let’s call it The Ferris Bueller Year. Kid 3 will get some fresh air and sunshine, see the sights, and gear up for high school.
When we hatched our big plan a few years ago (traveling around the world for a year and then moving to Paris, all in one fell swoop) we knew we would have to downsize. Now, it’s time for the rubber to meet the road.
For my next giveaway, I’m letting go of something really special to our family: our Harry Potter books on CD. This set got us through many long, boring car rides up and down California. It amused the kids, but frankly, Sam and I are the biggest HP nerds in the family and listening to this helped us avert many testy feelings on the monotonous I-5. Now that we’re going to leave the country, we won’t make so many long car trips. Besides, we also have the movies, the soundtracks, the physical books, and the Kindle books.
My generation was blessed to have baby boomer parents who gave us good schooling, piano lessons, and opportunities their parents had never dreamed of. They also somehow gave us the idea that collecting stuff equals security and success. Millennials, however, value experiences over possessions, and I’m going with them. Traveling is easiest if you’re ready for it all the time. Here’s what worked for me.