About us & Our Plan
Hi there, we are Julia and Toby and we are currently traveling around the world with our five months old twins.
But let’s start from the beginning. Why would we traveI the world with two babies? Well, initially we had a different plan. It was the plan to have a little cute baby and a relaxed parental leave time with our new family at home in Berlin. In Germany parents can split 14 months parental time between each other and the inofficial german standard for working daddy’s is to take two of them. I, Toby, wanted to take exactly that inofficial standard, one month at birth of the child and one month when the baby is eleven months. But then came the surprise – twins!
Justus and Juri arrived on the 7th of October 2014 and changed our life and plans very quickly. Within the first three weeks we realized that we can’t hold on to our plan. One parent at home with two babies and the other parent working full-time and late nights at an internet start-up is simply not what we imagined our new family life to be. We started thinking, if we both take some time off, Toby for Justus and Julia for Juri then we only have to return to our employers in a couple of months. We wouldn’t have any hard ties anymore and we thought babies can grow up anywhere. In Rio de Janeiro, in New York City or in Buenos Aires. So why stay in Berlin? Why not just go and cut off the bowlines and let our babies grow up everywhere and most of all with both of their parents. Explore. Dream. Discover 🙂
In the end the decision was easy. How often do you have twins in your lifetime? Never again. How often do you have the chance to spend every day with your baby until it is one year old? Never again. We were sold!
“Explore. Dream. Discover”
A journey of one thousand miles must begin with a single step, so I researched all of the locations that are suitable for babies. What we wanted was 1) access to the best healthcare, 2) a stable government and 3) no intense heat or cold. I came up with a lot of destinations and bought 25 Lonely Planets to get my hands dirty.
Starting our world travel in March, we decided that we would begin in Tenerife – the island of eternal spring. From there, our journey will take us to Gran Canaria, where we will board a cruise ship and make our way from Marokko, over Barcelona to Mallorca. After staying there for a couple of weeks, we will shortly arrive at the Baltic Sea for an annual friends reunion.
In June we will make our way to New York City and then, with a campervan, we will explore the Californian nature parks. In July it’ll be Sweden and Norway – time to enjoy nature and lakes. We still have heated debates about August – let us know you if you have an idea or a free accommodation on Airbnb. In September, our travels will take us to Italy’s northern lakes and Tuscany. In October, when our kids celebrate their first birthday, we will walk through Japan with them.
“Tenerife – The Island Of Eternal Spring”
I think that (actually, Steve Jobs thought about it first) remembering that you are going to die is the best way you know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart and the hearts of your families. If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right. For the past years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” If the answer was “no” for too many days in a row, I know I needed to change something! On the road, it will be interesting to see if and how our moods – and the babies’ moods – will change. One thing is for sure though, the babies will be the ones making the call if they like it and wheather or not we keep going.
“In Our Travel Journal, You Will Find All the Details”
In our travel journal, you will find all the details of our journey – where we will stay and what will happen on the go. I hope you enjoy reading our blog and we are looking forward to reading your comments. You can also contact us here.
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