Paying It Forward

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There is nothing new under the sun.

Initially, our grand plan to circumnavigate the globe sounded like a pretty novel concept. But it didn’t take long for us to realize that we were far from the first to follow this path, however unconventional it might have seemed.

Online we found a vast community of fellow travelers, from twenty-something backpackers to parents with children in tow, offering a wide range of perspectives on a strikingly similar pursuit.

For 18 months, as we worked our way towards the trip of a lifetime, they served as our trusted guides, providing both practical advice and personal inspiration. We devoured their tales and studied their tips, and we gazed at their pictures and imagined all of the places that we, too, would one day go.

To those who came before us, we say thank you. Thank you for giving us a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road, so that we might learn from your experience. Thank you for revealing your hopes and your dreams and your fears, so we would know we weren’t alone. Thank you for being a constant reminder of our goals, when our departure felt so far away. And thank you for allowing us to walk by your side throughout your voyage, making it easier to chart our own.

We hope to return that favor, in some small measure, by sharing our story here at Continental Divides.

From the people we’ve met and the places we’ve been, to the planning and preparation behind our adventures, we’ll chronicle the highs, the lows and the everyday realities of one ordinary couple on an extraordinary journey.

Does the world really need another travel blog? Probably not.

But we’d like to think that someone, somewhere, might see a reflection of themselves in us… the way we did when we were welcomed into the lives of Dalene and Pete, and Stephenie and Tony, and Adam and Hannah, and Kim and Brian, and Christine and Drew, and Liz and Shannon and Kate.

And maybe they’ll be inspired to turn their own world upside down, leaving everything behind for a chance to follow their passion and venture to far and distant lands.

Or maybe the only people who will ever read this will be our parents (Hi Dad!) and a few former coworkers trying to kill time during a boring workday. That’s cool, too.

If nothing else, this website will be our tangible reminder of what can happen when you dare to pursue your biggest dreams.

So whether you’re traveling for a week or a year or a lifetime, or just enjoying a vicarious digital escape, you’re personally invited to climb on board and come along.

This is going to be one wild and crazy ride.




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  1. Kim

    What an honor to have helped keep you motivated and inspired along your path!! There are blogs that do that for me as well, and I have no doubt that yours will do the same for someone who stumbles upon it in the future. It’s one of the best things about having a blog and sharing your story on the Internet!

    • Jennifer Mikosky

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment, Kim. And congratulations on all of your recent exciting news!

  2. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    One of the most rewarding things about our big trip was starting up our site, so I’m so stoked to hear that it served as a motivation and source of inspiration for you guys in planning your own journey. It can be SO SCARY to stop of the beaten path and pursue a seemingly crazy dream and it was no small source of comfort in planning our trip and throughout our travels to find ourselves ensconced in such a vibrant and supportive online community. The only thing better is getting to meet some of our favorite bloggers in real life! 😀 Congrats on your not insubstantial accomplishment and thanks so much for the shout out.

    • Jennifer Mikosky

      Thanks, Steph! Agreed… and we would love the opportunity to meet up with you and Tony along the way, too. Best of luck in getting that epic road trip started soon!

  3. Jessica @finelinetravels

    This is such a great post! All of the blogs you’ve mentioned in the post were also a huge inspiration for us as we planned our rtw journey. Just discovered your blog and am looking forward to following along. Ours is just coming to a close next month, so I’ll be living vicariously through you! Happy Travels!


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