What if we sold everything and traveled around the world? Why not?
Here Is Our Story
There are moments in your life when something shifts and you know you will never be the same. There are other times when a seed is planted and years later it grows into something that changes your life. This is what happened to us.
A Conversation on a Plane.
Over fifteen years ago, heading east at 20,000 feet in the air, a seed was planted in our imagination during a conversation with Karen, a colleague. The idea seemed both outrageous and incredibly appealing.
She told her story from years ago when their family decided to sell everything and spend a year traveling around the world. She told story after story of their experiences. The seed was planted, our family was destined to do the same, but with our own twists. Over the years, our family would talk about a world trip over dinner or while driving. What if? How? When? Where?
Fast Forward to 2012.
Life had become pretty typical around our house. Good, but predictable. We needed something different. How about a trip around the world?! We were all in (it took a little coaxing with our teenager).
Our plan was in place for an uncharted, low-budget, high adventure backpacking trip. Our friends thought we were crazy, but we didn’t let that stop us.
Over nine months, our family set foot on six continents. We met incredible, brave, and brilliant people all around the world. We learned about magic and miracles, gratitude and unconditional love, and how to connect with people without having a common language. We learned to say YES more often and came home tighter than when we left, in spite of (or because of) sharing 10 x 10 rooms for most of the trip.
Our dream to travel around the world as a family seemed way out of reach. We took our leap and the results have been absolutely astounding.
The Epic Adventure
Explore Our Route with Google Maps
Experience Our Adventure By Video
Our what if turned into why not and led us around the world.
Where will you let your what if lead you? #whatifwhynot
Meet Our Family
I’m 15 and spent most of my eleventh year backpacking around the world with my parents and brother. What I can’t help but do is love people. It’s just in me. So meeting all kinds of people on our trip was the best part for me.
It was very cool to find ways to communicate with them when we didn’t speak the same language, which is something I’m used to anyway because I have a speech challenge that can make it hard for people to understand me.
I’m crazy about having fun and not afraid to put myself out there in funny ways that make people laugh and feel okay about doing it, too. I’m a communicator who doesn’t let my speech issues stop me from getting my point across or expressing what’s in my heart.
I live by my motto “Live brave and face your fears.” It can be scary, but it is worth it. Oh and I am already 6′ tall, so don’t let that surprise you when we meet.
Click here to listen to listen to a recent podcast I did with Riley about the trip.
I’m 20 and it took me awhile to agree to leave my friends for my junior year of high school to go on this wild adventure. I’m glad I trusted my heart and went for it.
Our trip turned up the heat on my love of travel and curiosity about culture and religions, and gave me a chance to do 27 back flips down the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert!
On this trip I met up with people and ideas that expanded my view of myself and the world, including the writings of Kerouak and Watts, which grabbed me and won’t let me go.
My guitar and my family were my constant travel partners, as good as it gets. I am an experiential learner and I love connecting with people all over the world.
If our paths ever cross, please make sure to say hi.
I recently launched my book, “Get Going” along with my business, The Going Goods where I am curating goods that get you going. I am hitting the road to share the message to schools across the country. If you want me to speak to your school or group, contact me here.
I have also been a guest on some podcasts recently, check them out here.
Jody Temple White
I planted the dream for our family’s trip around the world and once we decided to go for it, I happily coordinated our effort to get rid of our stuff, rent our house, fill four backpacks, and be out of the country for nine months.
I have a long history of leaping into uncharted territory. Not that I am an adrenaline junkie, I just like a good adventure.
I am a strategist at heart and love to figure out the most efficient way to get from point A to point B.
I have learned that all my leaps have brought me to where I am today and I love meeting other leapers and hearing their incredible stories so when we meet, please share.
My family calls me “the concierge.” It fits. I love making life easier for everyone around me. From sharing a funny story or telling a clean joke, it makes my day to see them smile. BTW, I have never met a stranger.
I earned what I consider my personal gold medal by building the cash flow engine that took our family around the world on less money than it takes to live at home in the States.
Yes, backpacks and hostels were involved, but that made the trip way more fun.
I look forward to meeting you and when we do make sure to ask me about the joke I told around the world.
Click here to listen to a podcast where I was a guest and got the opportunity to share of few of my stories.
Our definition of FAMILY is a loving, supportive circle of people - born, blended, and/or chosen.
While only four of us actually went on the trip, our actual family is much larger.
When we got married, we blended a family which started with two adults and four kids (or bonus kids as we call them).
Allison joined us a few years later through adoption after we traveled to Russia twice to meet her.
Then two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.
Here is a recent picture which also includes the great grandparents.
Our family is a perfect example of born, blended, and chosen.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. The Courage Vibe makes living brave, giving big, and having fun possible for today’s families.
The what if questions didn’t stop when we came home; quite the opposite, they only ratcheted up.
Here are a few things that we are each working on now. Not so long ago these were all just What Ifs…?