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7 Days to Launch: Top 10 Questions

By on September 16, 2015

We are 1 week out from our RTW (Round the World) launch, and the word of the day is, “Yikes!”
It seems that everywhere we go, we run into well-intentioned friends and acquaintances, who enthusiastically say things like, “So, are you ready?” or “Wow, I’ll bet you’re excited!” or “Are you counting the days?!” This usually elicits a smile and a nervous response from Beverly, who quite honestly isn’t ready to think about the Big Adventure too much just yet. Not that we’re not both excited; and not that we don’t feel incredibly blessed to be able to take on the Big Adventure. But, for various reasons that will not be reported on social media, this arguably has been the hardest time of our married life together. Of course, a very happy time as well. As the cliché goes, it has been a time of extreme highs and lows.

To elaborate: Yes, we are happy, AND we have argued a lot (although less so as the date approaches). It should be the happiest time of our lives, right? We should be high-fiving each other every few minutes. Yet for some reason, we’ve never argued or walked off from each other more than we did this past Spring and Summer…and we don’t even like to fight. Generally speaking, we’ll both do just about anything to avoid fighting. Why are we sharing this with you?

Because here’s the deal. It is not easy (not even close to being easy) to embark upon what we are about to embark upon. And we haven’t even embarked yet. If you’ve done it, you know. What remains on our to-do list — after selling our house, our business, most of our possessions and winding things down for over a year — is quite honestly still a crazy amount of tasks to accomplish. The closer we get to departure, the longer our to-do list gets.  And the more excited we get. Throw in a road trip to Nevada for Burning Man during two out of our last four weeks in the US (more on that later), and such extremes create interesting and challenging dynamics in a marriage. We don’t say too much about this, partly because we both like to get our “stuff” done and move on, and partly because no one likes a whiner — especially when the whiner is whining about things within his or her control. Plus, have you heard…we like to have fun? Who wants to dwell on the negative?

Nonetheless, we are telling you this because, although it is our humble hope that someone — somewhere, perhaps — could possibly be inspired enough to do what we are about to do, it won’t be easy. We’re not even gone yet, and we will tell you: DO IT!!! It will be worth it! Still, it seems fitting to tell you that the prep isn’t easy, either. We’re going to get through it. We are in this together, and we both understand that the stress and bickering are because, well…get ready for another cliché…”great things in life don’t come easy.” You will be faced with challenges you don’t even know to be prepared for, just trying to get ready to leave the country. We also know and want you to know that, If you choose to follow our adventures through social media, this won’t be the last time you’ll hear about stress. It won’t be ALL fun and games. We invite you to enjoy the journey with us anyway. We think it will be worth your time.

So in the spirit of honest discourse…we’ve been asked a lot of questions, we’ve been told about questions that others are asking about us, and we’ve read your minds when you’ve thought a question that you have not asked. Here are the top 10 of these questions and our responses, along with some of our favorite quotes:

Top Ten RTW Questions for Dirk and Bev, and Our Sort-Of Answers

 

  1. How are you going to pay for it?

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor 

We are blessed but not rich. We know how to get by on very little, and we are really good at it. Also, although our wellness center was not the financial success that we wish it had been (because, among other reasons, it DID help people in ways the FDA won’t allow us to say here), many good things other than friends-for-life came out of it. For instance, the ongoing monthly income from businesses we ran out of our wellness center, and which we will continue to grow while traveling, will help keep us going and will go a long way in certain parts of the world. Also, we hosted an event a few years ago with Adventure Club SA called “How to Get Paid to Travel.” We’ve studied this quite a bit and will continue to do so, implementing what we’ve learned. We feel confident about the global possibilities. In addition, we are both working hard right now to continue to build the travel fund, and Dirk just sold his business. We will spend a lot of time in places where the cost of living is less than in the United States.

  1. What about your family?

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

We believe our family supports us overall. In return, we hope to inspire them, especially Gerard, Steven & Nicholas. We expect that they will join us abroad at every possible opportunity, including this holiday season in New Zealand. Gerard, Steven & Nicholas all have the wanderlust and plan to live and/or study abroad. Some of our family members don’t say anything which leads us to believe they think we’re crazy. That’s okay. See below.

  1. Are you concerned about your safety?

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”- Helen Keller

We’re going around the world, but not to every country. Our destinations won’t be places where it’s not generally safe to travel. We both have done extended travel in the past and are not unfamiliar with how to travel safely. For instance, being as inconspicuous as possible in certain places will be very important. Get ready for lots of pics of Plain Jane Bev and Average Joe Dirk, but with gorgeous scenery. Also, we have friends and connections in many places where we will be traveling, and the places we will be going to will not be any more dangerous than some areas in the US.

  1. Aren’t you being selfish?

“Selfishness is not living your life as you wish. It is asking others to live their lives as you wish.” – Oscar Wilde

Enough said.

  1. When are you coming back?

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

Here’s a broad answer for you: a year or two. One thing we love about our lives at the moment is that we have no solid plan beyond this trip. For Beverly, who’s always had a specific plan in her life, this is a first; so it’s pretty scary and exciting at the same time. We will always be in and out of Central and South Texas, though. Our family is here, and we are both very, very big on family. We love you, family!

  1. Why?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Because it’s in our blood, because we believe we’re still young enough, and because we can.

  1. How are you going to travel?

“A plan is the transport medium which conveys a person from the station of dreams to the destination of success. Goals are the transport fees.” ― Israelmore Ayivor

Air, boat, train, car, feet, whatever it takes. Our flights to Sydney are paid for, so at least we know we don’t have to swim there.

 

  1. What are you taking?

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de St. Exupery

As little as we can make ourselves go with. This is one of the toughest parts of planning. We want to take more than we know we will be able to. If it can’t fit into our backpacks, it can’t go. We also don’t want giant, super-heavy packs. In general, all of our gear is ultralight backpacking gear: a tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, small alcohol stove and mess kit that is made of titanium and is very basic. We are each taking a few sets of clothes, hiking boots, sport sandals, and swimwear. Stuff for cold or hot weather (but not too cold because we will be chasing summer as much as we can). We’re also taking a notebook computer, our iPhones, and an Iridium Go. We will be taking lots of pictures, writing about our adventures, and staying in touch with our loved ones as much as possible. (Rumor has it, Bev will even learn how to Skype.) Finally, we’ll be taking some very important miscellaneous items: a small first-aid kit, water purifier, Leatherman, solar charger, electrical adaptor, and essential oils.

  1. Where are you going to stay?

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux 

We will be couch surfing, camping, staying with friends, staying in age-appropriate hostels when we find the right ones, and occasionally hotels. Sometimes we will work for lodging, including helping to crew on yachts.

  1. Are you crazy? “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Yes. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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  1. Reply

    Clariece Wiles

    September 16, 2015

    wow, good luck, and what an adventure!

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Thank you, Clariece!

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    Nancy Key

    September 16, 2015

    Good luck to you two. Looking forward to read about your adventure. Prayers for your safe journey.

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      🙂 Thanks, Nancy!

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    Linda Todd

    September 16, 2015

    I think you are wonderful for doing this. My parents took us out of school, sold our home and contents, and we traveled for a year. CW and I sold our home and contents, went to CA, WY, and finally Dallas and there were some serious rough spots along the way. We are still struggling with a need for permanence. We enjoyed our adventures but found that we loved having a home base and some security. Still wouldn’t trade my lifetime of adventures for anything.
    I just bought something that might help you. It’s called a LifeStraw Personal water filter. I got them at Academy and they each filter up to 264 gallons of any kind of water and take out99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9%of protozoa. They come with or without the bottles. They cost $19.95 without bottle and $29.95 with. We got them for our bug out kits.
    Unfortunately, we will not be coming for your going away party due to CW having to work Friday. I hope we will see you when you return. We love you dearly.

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Y’all have definitely had some great adventures. Thanks for the LifeStraw tip! We will definitely see y’all when we return.

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    Jean Dukes

    September 16, 2015

    Godspeed to you both! So excited, and I must admit, a little envious. It takes great courage to do what you are going to do, but it will be SO worth it. I’m so glad I can follow your adventures on your blog. Glad you are taking oils! That will be one of your most valuable assets, I believe!

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Thanks, Jean. Our hardest decision so far is deciding which oils to take. We want to take them all!

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    Michelle Greer

    September 16, 2015

    I hope to follow the blog! Can’t read the ten questions right now, but will come back to it. Traveling is the reason I first wanted to be a missionary way back as a kid. I wanted to experience life.in other places. Phone is messing up my typing. The couples. on Amazing Race. the show don’t have it easy even for a comparatively short time. It was daunting moving to San Antonio by myself until I met the club. And I can’t believe I was brave enough to travel. to Germany by myself. But it was All so worth it!!! I know it will be for you. Prayers for you both!

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      We miss you, Michelle!

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    Susana Bosquez

    September 16, 2015

    I love this and love you guys… thank you for taking us along on your adventures. Thank you for helping me find my own adventurous side. Well wishes and safe travels.

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Thanks, Susana. And what an adventurous side you have!

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    Robert

    September 16, 2015

    Dirk and Bev,

    I’m celebrating with you guys and looking forward to your updates!

    Thanks for taking this on and sharing with the rest!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      You’re welcome. Thanks for reading it!

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    Brenda

    September 16, 2015

    We have taken similar steps in our lives although not so grand yet so grand. We wish you the very very best in your adventure. Yes it will be amazing and terrifying at the same time and not at the same time. You will never never regret it as we do not. You are greatly admired by many and quietly envied by many even if they don’t wish to reveal that to themselves or us….. ;-). We will love hearing about your experience along the way and pray angel wings of protection over you when you need and when you do not. Love you both!!!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Thank you, Brenda! We love you, too!

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    Michael Ahuero

    September 16, 2015

    Stay away from the “Three Hour Tours”! This will be as amazing as you guys are. Remember to look to the right instead of the left first when crossing the street in Europe! Be safe, have fun, and make lots of new friends.

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Y’all should meet us somewhere!

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    Monica Leal

    September 16, 2015

    Gosh, you really are psychic! Those are exactly the questions I was wondering too! =) Too bad you can’t take your Kangen machine! This sounds so exciting! I’m very happy for you and wish you safe travels, adventure and FUN!! WOW, very very cool!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      We are definitely going to miss our Kangen Water machine!

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    Daniel Fulbright

    September 17, 2015

    I have been all over the world, I am not wealthy, (father worked for airlines for 30 years) and left friends and family to fulfill my desire to see as much as I could. That is really is hard. It is only natural for you both to have the feelings that you are both having because you are both trusting each other within an entirely new level others rarely experience as you are really letting go – like Trusting Christ. My hope for you both is a new trust and love that can outshine what some may think is ideal yet only a social ideal. Hope you keep us posted, and most of all, remember to breathe. Again, remember to BREATHE!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      In, out, in, out, in, out. 🙂

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    Linda Meyer

    September 17, 2015

    Dirk and Bev so many emotions go over me and the years we’ve spent together flood through my mind. I am so excited for you and your new adventure and look forward to reading about each and every one. My love and prayers go with you but most of all my best wishes for a truly safe and wonderful journey. Much love, Linda

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      Thanks, Linda! What a ride it has been.

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    Bret Munk

    September 17, 2015

    Outstanding and inspirational. I predict that by 2017 you’ll be thrilled that you missed The Great American FEMA Camp Roundup. Hugs!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 17, 2015

      LMFAO!

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    Melissa Fohn

    September 18, 2015

    I’m so excited for you guys! I hope that Paul and I can meet up with you somewhere exciting along your journey! Praying for a safe and amazing adventure for you both!!

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 27, 2015

      Thanks, Melissa! Hope to see y’all before we get home. 🙂

  15. Reply

    Sherrie

    September 18, 2015

    Very cool start to the blog! I am “almost” inspired to start a blog about our adventure of moving to Belize … only I find it hard to find the time to do what needs to be done already! 😉 Safe travels … and if you find your way to Central America, we’ve got a guest house! Hugs!!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 27, 2015

      It will be awhile until we get to Central America but we’ll definitely take you up on that when we do!

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    Laurie

    September 18, 2015

    Thinking about y’all every day. Godspeed!

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 21, 2015

      Thank you, Laurie! Hope to see you when we return.

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    Patti Still Lozano

    September 21, 2015

    So awesome, can’t wait to hear about this ongoing adventure! Embrace the world and she will change you, good luck and good health.

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 27, 2015

      🙂

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    Carol

    September 22, 2015

    Which wp theme are you using on your website? Is it from these guys by any chance: http://www.nuttythemes.com

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 23, 2015

      It’s Journey by Indieground.

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    Swerve

    September 23, 2015

    I am proud of you, and wish you the best of times all of the time! You both have indominatable spirits, open hearts and a true love of adventure. That will carry you over oceans, across deserts, up mountains and down rivers. Barb and I will look forward to burning with you in new lands!

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      Dirk Davidek

      September 27, 2015

      We hope y’all will be able to meet us somewhere. That would be a blast!

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    Denise meier

    September 27, 2015

    Hey, glad to see your first postings!
    We’ve left for extended periods twice and as I remember the prep was the HARDEST part. So go easy on yourselves. Once you are on the road the wind will be at your back and you will
    have adventures galore. We look forward to hearing all about it! And to bring your Burn neighbors again sometime.

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 27, 2015

      We’ve only been gone a few days and it’s already gotten easier! See y’all on the Playa next time we’re there hopefully.

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    Sandino

    September 27, 2015

    I look forward to living vicariously through your adventures. If you need anything don’t be shy about asking. Carry the revolution to the foreign lands. Hasta la victoria siempre!

    • Reply

      Dirk Davidek

      September 27, 2015

      Thanks, Sandino! Revolution is actually the theme at Burning Seed that we are going to in a couple of days. You must be psychic! 🙂

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    Patrick Farrell

    September 29, 2015

    Very best of luck to the both of you! You have always inspired me to want more out of life. I know our goals and lifestyles are very different and I’m somewhat jealous of the path you’ve pursued but you’ll both always be in my heart. I miss you terribly and regret every opportunity to see you that I didn’t take. I can’t wait to follow you and hear the best stories in person! Please be safe and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything along the way. Now go enjoy!

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      Beverly & Dirk

      September 29, 2015

      Gracias, Bro! Miss you as well. Hope you are enjoying Chi-Town. We’ll come visit for sure when we return!

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    Jennifer Boecking

    October 10, 2015

    I applaud you both for your daring to do what all of us wish we had the guts to do, safe journey and looking forward to hearing about the good, the bad and the ugly. I really envy your courage to experience life to it’s fullest. You will grow old w/no regrets and lots of great stories.

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      Beverly & Dirk

      November 12, 2015

      Old? 🙂

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    August 1, 2016

    Keep on writing, great job!

    • Reply

      Beverly & Dirk

      August 1, 2016

      Thank you!

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