Since returning from our world bike tour, we’ve become relatively settled. Full-time jobs. An apartment. A routine. And yet, the same question keeps returning: “When’s the next big adventure? Isn’t it time for you to take off again?”
Today we can reveal what our next big adventure will be, and it might not be what you expect…
Yes, that’s right, we’re going to become parents. In early February, we’re expecting a little boy to arrive in our lives. TravellingTwo is about to become TravellingThree (and no, we’re not changing the website name).
The decision to settle down – at least for a while – and start a family wasn’t an easy one for us. It involved many months of debate. Can we? Should we? Will we be any good at this? Wouldn’t it just be more fun to cycle off into the sunset forever and become permanent nomads?
In the end, we decided to make the leap. We’ve been inspired by the experiences of people like Family On Bikes, Linda, Phil & Luca and PedalPoweredFamily (to name just a few families on bike tours) and we’re excited about the adventures ahead.
What does it mean for you, our readers? Well, we plan to keep expanding this bicycle site but please be patient if things slow down over the coming months. New articles may not be as frequent as in the past, and we hope you understand.
In the short term, we won’t be doing as much bike touring but we think we’ll still have plenty to share with you as we plot a return to our bicycles in 2012.
We’ll start with short trips in Europe sometime next summer (as soon as our baby is strong enough to spend a few hours on a bicycle) and, if all goes well, we’re planning a longer winter tour towards the end of 2012 – perhaps to Cuba or Southeast Asia.
If you have ideas for a good first destination for bike touring with a baby, please share! Links to blogs about bike touring with very young kids would also be greatly appreciated, or personal tips that you might like to share.
Of course, we’ll be blogging our experiences as we go. We know these new adventures by bicycle with a baby won’t always be easy. Diaper changes and night feeding sessions in the tent could be interesting, and we’ll definitely be going a bit slower than before, but we’re not about to give up our fun on two wheels just yet.
Stay tuned for the next chapter!