That’s the reaction I get from most people when I tell them that Mahmood & I are quitting our jobs to travel around the country in an RV for an indefinite amount of time.

There are lots of reasons why we want to do this trip, but the most important reason is that I simply cannot imagine NOT going. Yes, this will interrupt our careers, and who knows what the job market will be like when we return. Yes, the kids are so young (4 & 5), there’s a good chance they won’t even remember this trip. Yes, we are going to deplete our savings in order to do this, and yes, that’s scary. And yet, all that said, I feel so fortunate to be in a position to even consider taking a trip like this, that I think we’d be crazy not to do it.

4 years ago, we took a 6-week trip across the country and I met a woman while doing laundry at a campsite in Golden, CO. As we chatted, I learned that she and her husband (and their 4 young children) had been on the road for 6 months, and were planning on staying out for at least a year. When I asked her what had inspired the trip, she told me that 6 months ago, her husband had received a terminal diagnosis, and was given a year to live. The day they received the diagnosis, they agreed to drop everything and spend their remaining time together on a trip that they always thought they would take once they retired.

Life is short, and everything can change in an instant. I don’t want to wait until something catastrophic happens, or until one of us gets sick – I don’t need a reminder that this time is precious. I don’t want to spend the next 20 years hoping that someday we’ll have enough money, time, and drive to do a trip like this.

So we’re doing it now.