Track Us Down! An Around-the-World Backpacking Expedition with Kids
Author D.B. Bailey disproves the common viewpoint that your extended-travel days are over once you are married, tied to a career, or have kids. Track Us Down! takes the reader along Bailey's one-year, around-the-world backpacking expedition with his wife and two young boys - the theory, the planning, and all the stops along the way - describing a trip of a lifetime, and how to do it yourself. More
Do you love to travel? While you may still "vacation," chances are you don't truly "travel" for an extended chunk of time like you used to when you were younger - experiencing the wonders and freedom of the world while backpacking across some far-off country. There is a difference between vacationing and traveling.
Regardless of your earlier travel experiences, you may now believe - as we are repeatedly told - that your extended-travel days are over once you are older, employed, perhaps married, or especially have kids of your own.
Author D.B. Bailey fit this mold, with one nagging exception: he refused to accept that his extended-travel days were over, forever tied down by the pressures and conformity that society puts on us. He wanted to experience and explore the world further, together with his family; he wanted a chance to see it all through his boys' young eyes, and give them the gift of travel at an early age. He believed this would inspire them, and perhaps help shape the men they would one day be.
Track Us Down! details the theory behind such a journey and the planning involved (it's not as difficult or as financially taxing as you may think), to what they experienced and saw during their year backpacking abroad. Bailey takes the reader along with his wife, Monique, and their two young boys - Dakota, aged 10, and Tristan, aged 7, for a truly inspiring - and global - family extended-travel experience. No cellphones, no music players, no GPS, no technology. Just backpacks and a map.
This is a must-read for anyone contemplating or dreaming of a family trip such as this, offering valuable "been-there" insights into the planning details involved, from Around-The-World air tickets, to motor home rental, visas, accommodations, schooling, security - the list goes on and on.
Just tagging along and reading about the Bailey's adventures is enough to motivate armchair travelers or make believers out of skeptics. With chapters on driving three months and 18000 km around Europe in a rented motor home, to exploring the ancient wonders of Egypt, or five weeks by train through the sights and smells of India, there is literally something for everyone as the young family takes in 29 countries around the world. What about schooling for your kids during a year on the road? Not a problem, and the reader will see how a year traveling beats any year in an elementary classroom, hands-down. Security? The author disputes the current media mentality and shows that the world is actually much safer than TV newsrooms would have us believe.
As a bonus, Bailey finishes off with a "Starter Guide" for those seeking even more guidance on how to plan for visas, food, accommodations, and many other necessities required for this type of extended-family travel.
Caution: reading this could lead to a trip of a lifetime...with your family!
** Stunning pictures from around the world at the end of most chapters **