Home Sweet Home!
Trip Start Jun 25, 2008
77Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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For the past year or so we'ved batted around the idea of doing a homexchange, and then we saw the movie, "The Holiday". It stars Jack Black and Cameron Diaz and tells the love story of two lonely individuals who do a home swap and find true love waiting for them. Great little chick flick. After we saw it, we were sold on the idea and said, "Some day ... some day..." And now, the day has come!
4th qrtr 2007, I was looking for some inspiration to grow my business to the 'next level' and one day in late December (shortly after my 30th bday) it dawned on me that instead of focusing on GROWING the business that I have built, we should take a moment to enjoy it and the flexibility that the industry offers. 90% of my business is done via phone, internet, and email ... and with a solid staff staying local and taking care of loyal clients, I believe I can be physically gone from the office for a good 1/2 year and still provide my clients with great service and grow the business by working from a remote location. I'm working on converting my office to a fully internet based paperless client management system, so by the time the trip comes around, I'll be able to see every bill, policy, and correspondence we have with my clients. And I found SKYPE, which allows me international calling for less than 2 cents per minute!
I ran the idea by Janice, the kids, and the staff ... and everybody was for it. So... off we go!
Our original goal was to spend two full months in Spain and then return home, but we found it was tough to find somebody else that wanted to exchange for that long. So, we settled on 3 weeks of an exchange in Spain, and 3 weeks in France. Then, we tacked on a couple days on the front end of the trip in Ireland (since flights were cheapest there), a week in Barcelona (to experience the more common Spain experience), and a week in Paris (can't skip Paris when in France, right?).
We are super excited about the whole trip and I hope to do at least a weekly blog, possibly more depending on ... well, depending on whatever the heck I feel like doing at the time. : )
Traveling overseas with our 5yr old and 3yr old will be ... a challenge, I'm sure.
Feel free to check back here for updates as we travel, and if you'd like to chat while we are on the road, go to www.skype.com and install the free program. Its a lot of fun, and absolutely FREE to use. You can do video chat and everything for zilch.
Talk to you soon!