Going on a trip with children: best decision ever made

I am not a sailor. I get seasick when there is swell. Yet accepting my Sweetheart’s crazy bet to leave everything behind for almost a year is, all in all, the best decision I have ever made.

I am not a sailor. I get seasick when there is swell.

Oh! It didn’t happen easily. The Cartesian in me had, from the initial proposal, found ALL the possible reasons for not leaving: first, a year without salary, how are we going to pay for the house? Second, what will be the impact on our careers? And the boat, a Beneteau Oceanis 31, is certainly too small for the five of us…

Space

The first of these objections was quickly erased by our three daughters: “Daddy, the boat is big enough! Look: everyone has their own bed! It would be really great to leave for a year!” OK: if the girls are ready to cram themselves up in Caboteur, we’ve just solved a problem. We also fitted the vessel with a full enclosure around the cockpit. But there are certainly still many other problems!

School

How do we make sure that children do not have to redo their school year? On this, the schools did not help much, my oldest having been told by a pedagogical adviser that there was a good chance that she would have to repeat her grade 10 after the trip (this one really go to me…).

As he was about to enter grade 10, the Duvernay-Tardif family decided to go on a sailboat trip for a year. Twelve years later, he is a medical doctor and SuperBowl champion.

The answer to all of this came to me when following the Kansas City Chiefs and their most famous lineman, Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: as he was about to enter grade 10, the Duvernay-Tardif family decided to go on a sailboat trip for a year. Twelve years later, he is a medical doctor and SuperBowl champion. So there are definitely more advantages than disadvantages from an academic point of view to this kind of trip. For the school, we have also prepared academic plans for the three girls that meet the Education Ministry’s requirements.

Work

As far as I am concerned, the greatest sacrifice to be made for this trip concern work. By taking a long leave without pay, I renounce certain professional challenges; promotions will likely have to wait. Some projects will take dust and others will be abandoned altogether. I relativized, weighed many pros and cons, and in the end, the idea of travel took over. Still, there is a little sacrifice to be made, but I’ll do it in a nice weather, feet in the blue sea while drinking rum and eating lobster tails!

Adventure

In the end, this trip will allow Sylvie to realize a dream, and the girls to live an extraordinary experience. For my part, I intend to develop my traveler’s fiber, so this adventure doesn’t end up being just an interlude but rather the first volume of a great epic.

Nicolas – EXO

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