When Sparks Fly

Three generations on the road together
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Embracing Slow Travel, family style

For our first “big trip” Jennifer and Witt travelled overland from London to Capetown by Land Rover. In 2013, four years after our son Quinn was born, we embarked on our next trip along the Pan-American Highway to South America. Now we’ve added Witt’s mom Kathy to the mix as we head to Europe. Join the four of us on our latest multi-generational adventure!

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The Land of Fire and Ice

The Land of Fire and Ice

With a couple of days left in England, we continued east toward Dover. Quinn found that the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway was on our route, so we planned a stop. The RH&DR is a one-third-scale railway. Not full-sized, but not a toy either, it features rail...

Southern Ireland, Wales, and Devonshire

Southern Ireland, Wales, and Devonshire

With our return date fast approaching, it's time to head back across the Irish Sea to the UK (and then onward to take the ferry to France). It's hard to believe that we've lived in this van for nearly five months! We spent a couple of days driving around the Ring of...

The Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle

From Edinburgh, we drove to the town of Cairnryan where we had a ferry booked to Larne, Ireland (just north of Belfast). We were due on the ferry at 8:30 am, long before Quinn awakes. So we camped in the ferry terminal parking lot the night before and let Quinn sleep...

What is Slow Travel?

This trip is not a vacation in the traditional sense. We are taking our employment with us and working as we travel. Because we have to work, we travel more slowly, spending longer in each place we visit. This makes things like lodging less expensive. We’ve also rented out our house, so we’re not paying for our mortgate and utilities.

Read more about turning your love for travel into a sustainable lifestyle in Jen’s book.

Slow Travel: Escape the Grind and Explore the World

Slow Travel Book

Get Going! 5 Steps to go from Dream to Reality

The moment has finally come. You step out your door for the last time. The planning is done.  The preparation is as complete as you can make it. You’re free. The adventure has begun!

Getting to that point can seem impossible at times. The dream seems distant and tenuous. How do we handle the job, the mortgage, the kids’ school, the responsibilities?