Family Gap Year Itinerary

Our family gap year itinerary

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” — Harriet Tubman

Truer words have never been spoken—and that’s exactly how we began, with some wanderlust, a big dream, and a commitment to make it a reality. These two idiots decided to set out to see the world on a family gap year, with a couple of suitcases, a detailed itinerary, and our toddler!

Our final eight-and-a-half-month itinerary comprised of 31 countries, 39 plane rides, 15 train trips, 3 cruises, and almost a 100 destinations. And this blog outlines it all for you! Explore our site and then go and explore the world! We hope we bump into to you and your family on the road on your own family gap year!


Here is the incredible journey we took across the world.

MonthCountries/places visited
July 2017US/Canada: Left Charlotte for Anchorage, Cruise from Alaska to Vancouver
August 2017US/Canada: Vancouver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco
Europe: Iceland, Barcelona
September 2017Europe: Barcelona, drive through Southern Spain (Tarragona, Cartagena, Malaga, Seville), Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona to Rome, Rome, Florence
October 2017Europe: Venice, Croatia, Budapest
Asia: Dubai, Beijing
November 2017Asia: Shanghai, Macau, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kyoto, Delhi, trip through Rajasthan, India
December 2017Asia: Spend time w/ family in India, trip through Southern India (Kerela)
Australia: Sydney
January 2018Australia: Great Barrier Reef (Cairns)
Asia: Singapore, Cruise through South East Asia, Bali, Dubai
Africa: Johannesburg
February 2018Africa: Botswana for a safari, Victoria Falls, Cape Town
South America: Buenos Aires, Patagonia (via El Calafate, Torres Del Paine), Iguazu Falls, Salta
March 2018South America: Mendoza Wine Region, Santiago, Lima, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Galapagos Islands, Panama City
April 2018US: Austin, back home to Charlotte!

Below is our journey visualized on Google Maps (best to view the map below on Desktop)!

To learn more about taking a family gap year see these articles below: