backpacking with hunter


Hunter worked all last summer and lived with in what I have been informed is a shockingly inadequate allowance all year in order to save enough money to backpack around Europe this summer. He and three friends had the whole thing planned. They would go lots of places and see lots of football. France is hosting the Eurocup. Seems that’s as specific as 20 year old boys get.
old town tallinnGuess it’s a good thing they didn’t put more effort into it as one by one all his buddies dropped out. Being a good ish mother and travel junkie, I agreed to go with him for the first 3 weeks. But only under my conditions. We would travel on his budget (or as close as I could stomach) and we had to have a purpose. It could be anything… A visit to the largest church in each town, a beer in the oldest bar or finding a souvenir fridge magnet in a tat shop. His choice.
Hunter decided to try and qualify for the traveler’s century club. Started in 1954, this club is open to anyone who has visited 100 countries and some specific territories . Hunter already had a pretty good start. It seemed like a worthy goal.
Well, shoot me. I have traditionally been a slow traveler…. Stay a few days, get to know a neighbourhood. And I have always splurged as much as I could possibly justify.
As I write this I am halfway through a 5 hour bus trip going from Riga to Vilnius. We’ve been on the road for 8 days ; Lithuania will be our 6th country. More on these places we’ve visited in future blog posts. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far:

  • Budget travel takes way more research
  • No one cares about dollars, the Euro is king
  • Hunter looks at his phone more than out the window
  • Airbnb’s are amazing but don’t have blow dryers.
  • I can survive everyday being a bad hair day
  • Microsoft thinks my email is being hacked in each new place and freezes my accounts
  • Unfreezing Microsoft is a nightmare
  • Bags get exponentially heavier the longer you carry them. (Thank you Hunter for all your help)
  • I can travel even lighter
  • Adventure is always worth it, and
  • Traveling with your child, no matter how crazy you may make each other, is the greatest luxury life gives you.

23 thoughts on “backpacking with hunter

  1. I love this posting! Sounds like a fantastic adventure! I look forward to the upcoming posts reflecting conquered cities! xoxo

  2. WOW– I love the two of you taking this trip. Those are life lessons you are learning–especially the last one. Soldier on and keep writing. Love hearing about your adventures. Lucky you and lucky Hunter! See you for Jack’s graduation? XO Phyllis

  3. Well done you!!!!!!

    From: julie a broad <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: julie a broad <comment+rhfaq385s9pp1utyzpn7f_p@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:29 AM To: Sabine Wood <sabine.wood@wood.com> Subject: [New post] backpacking with hunter

    julieannavogel posted: ” Hunter worked all last summer and lived with in what I have been informed is a shockingly inadequate allowance all year in order to save enough money to backpack around Europe this summer. He and three friends had the whole thing planned. They would go”

  4. Good luck on your trip. Very nice tribute to travelling with your children – you are smart to grab every chance you can get. Xo Marianne

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  5. Awesome account if the trip, hilarious too … I can only imagine the huge ‘ups’ and some major adjustments as you attempt to dial things ‘down’.) Henry is home from uni, chaos but loving it (sort of) and we hope to see you both and hear more LIVE & IN PERSON on home turf!!! XX Alex

  6. An incredibly funny post…I literally “LOL” Have a great time and let me know when you’re back. Coming out west this summer? Maybe a weekend in Kelowna? Direct flights daily from Toronto 😉

    Andrea Thomas Hill 6042204090

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