Shared Journeys – Our Pivot Point

When the world is an open book, how do you decide where to go?

We’ve been on the road for three years now and are at the midpoint of our planned stay in the Twin Cities. Work and other circumstances have driven our travels so far including resettling here but now we have no real constraints tying us to a particular spot.

Bucket lists are a very fleeting thing for us, a chance observation or mention in a conversation can be the muse. Joel saw a glimpse of the northern lights on a business flight from Fargo, North Dakota spurring memories of childhood visits to his grandparents’ farms. Shortly followed by a travel article about Iceland and it being a peak year for the lights and boom! we spent a week in Reykjavik over the New Year.

Iceland Church Tower

Hallgrímskirkja is the iconic church tower in Reykjavik

This time some research is required as we plan to depart Minneapolis in early November.

Diving the Great Barrier Reef is on the list along with cycling across Europe. Unfortunately, the weather won’t be cooperating for either of these ideas on our winter timelines so we are starting our pivot south.

Melbourne and Barcelona floated to the top of the list having better weather. Thank goodness for libraries! My thought was either passing the days exploring Melbourne’s parks and diving Phillip’s Bay or immersion into Spain with its cultural sites, easy access across the continent and language study for the winter.

Travel Books

Hurray for libraries!

But yesterday after reading an offhand comment on Nomadic Matt’s Melbourne City guide about the cool water temperature in St Kilda (a Melbourne beach town) we are pivoting again. If I can’t be in the water comfortably, why pay the premium of living in an Australian beach town for (our) winter. Melbourne out! We’ll make the journey down under when the diving is at its best and make a grand tour of the country along with Tasmania and New Zealand.

For the time being, Barcelona as a home base and trying some European winter sports are at the top of the list. The joy of sharing the journey is that we can find adventures wherever we go.


Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

We still have 3 months before departure so I expect that we’ll be pivoting again!


We can be easily swayed – Any ideas for us?