Hello everyone and thank you for your curiosity in our upcoming journey of quitting our jobs, selling our possessions and traveling the world with our three-year-old daughter, Sofia! We will get into the reasons bel0w, but the purpose of this post to to give you a quick overview of who we are, what we are about to do, when we are doing it, the reasons why we are selling everything to travel the world and, most importantly, how you and your family will learn the ins and outs (and of course the ups and downs) of family travel from following us along our journey!
Who We Are - The Post Family
About Our Family
Our family consists of Chris, Alina and little Sofia Post. We LOVE to travel and before Sofia was born, Chris and Alina travelled to twelve countries together as a couple. Since Sofia was born in March 2015, we have travelled to four more, proving our family and friends wrong that it is not crazy, or even that difficult, to travel with a baby or toddler. In fact, it is one of the most rewarding experiences parents can give their child, but more on that in later posts.
Too many people put off travel and living their lives when they have children. We are here to show you that is not only the wrong way to look at things, but that by not traveling now when you are young, healthy and full of wanderlust, you are cheating yourself and your family.
When it's our time to leave this life and we are on our deathbeds surrounded by family, we want to be saying a lot more “remember whens” than “I wish we would haves.” Unfortunately, as you will soon learn, we have had some close friends and family members whose lives have been cut short and health has declined, only reaffirming our commitment to live each day we have to the fullest!
Let’s learn a little more about the characters in our story:
Hailing from the capital of California (Sacramento), Chris has lead a rather interesting life. After attaining a degree in Marketing from CSU, Chico in 2003, Chris dove into commercial real estate until the big market crash in 2009. Meanwhile, he met the love of his life, Alina, and married her in 2007. Knowing he had a family to take care of, Chris took his employment into his own hands and started Post Modern Marketing which quickly rose to one of the top marketing agencies in the Sacramento region. After selling the company in November 2017, Chris has now dedicated his life to pursing what he loves most: traveling with his family and sharing his adventures with anyone who will listen.
Originally from Kazakhstan (yes, you read that correctly and no, she doesn’t know Borat), Alina came to the US in high school through a foreign exchange student program. She quickly excelled in her studies and, a few years later, earned a MBA from Central Michigan University.
Having family in the Bay Area brought her out to Sacramento and through the wonders of the internet (or more specifically Match.com) she met Chris in Sacramento and, long story short, they married in 2007 in Sacramento. Not long after, Alina became an American citizen and was an Oracle/Peoplesoft Programmer for CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the world
Sofia was born in spring 2015 destined to be a traveler like her two favorite people in the world: mommy and daddy 🙂 At three years old, Sofia has already been to four countries (Mexico, Jamaica, Chile & Argentina) and speaks both English and Russian (and some secret language she shares with her stuffed animals that we don’t understand).
What We Are Doing
Simply put, we are selling everything and traveling the world. So many people have said to us that they wish they could do something like this but NEVER could do it themselves. We say that’s bullshit and that everyone can do this, and if they learn a few tips and tricks that we will be sharing, they can do it very cheaply and have the time of their lives.
To the haters who say traveling with a baby or toddler is either not possible or highly discouraging, we say you are wrong and we will prove it to you. And after proving how easy and affordable it is, we are going to show you how you can do it too!
In fact, we even wrote an open letter putting all family travel excuse makers on notice. The time to travel is now!
Where Are We Headed?
Here is the rough plan we have sketched out for the rest of 2018 and early 2019:
- May & June: Island Hopping the Caribbean (Cayman Islands, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and Bahamas)
- July: Back Back to Cali Cali
- Late July/Early August: Pacific Northwest Trip (Oregon Coast, Olympic National Park, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler)
- August: Circling Lake Michigan
- Last week of August: Lake Tahoe Time
- September: French Polynesia & the South Pacific
- October - November: Southeast Asia (Thailand, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore)
- December - Early Jan 2019 - Australia for New Years
- Jan 2019 - Exploring New Zealand
- That gets us through Jan 2019 - we will update as more plans get confirmed.
Why We Are Doing This
I’m tearing up as I write this post. There are many reasons why we want to embark on this journey; just like you, we had a lot of dominios stacked up and stressing us out. We were fed up with work and basically turning into our own version of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.
Of course, like you, we also dreamed of traveling the world carefree, debt free and sharing with our daughter all the amazing ways that travel enriches life and the soul. And, like you, we barely did anything about it until one really sad day in September 2017.
The Final Straw
On Labor Day weekend we (finally) made it out to Denver to visit some good friends of ours who had been asking us to visit ever since they moved out there five years ago. That Labor Day Monday I was taking in the view of the Rockies while watching our kids play together when I received a text from a high school friend who, although we are cool, I don’t touch base with often unless we randomly run into each other (Sacramento is still a small town).
I had to read the message a few times to confirm what the message was inferring. The message from my friend Matt said:
“Hey Chris, I heard something happened to John, not 100% sure what, but you might want to check into it.”
He was referring to one of my best friends since I was six years old, John. One of the best guys I have had the privilege of calling a friend.
My heart instantly sank and my body felt heavy. I knew just by the way it was phrased and the randomness of the text that John was no longer with us. A quick text to a mutual friend confirmed the truth I already knew, and the tears started streaming from my eyes.
John was thirty-seven. This couldn’t be happening. Not John. I mean, John? No way. I could literally text him right now with some inside joke and he’d get right back to me with a LOL and another joke. Right back to me, right? It couldn’t be real.
But unfortunately it was real. Very real, and I was heartbroken.
It was a miserable journey back to Sacramento. Thankfully my wife Alina was right by my side and our daughter Sofia cooperated on the flight home. The whole time I kept thinking about John and all the things we talked about since we were literally playing t-ball with each other.
One thing John and I both had in common was our love of travel, especially visiting Argentina. Although we never travelled there together, we always said that we would take our families to Buenos Aires one day and eat lots of steak and drink tons of malbec. That memory brought a smile to my face, but then I had the very sad realization that that trip together would never happen now and that made me breakdown in tears on the airplane.
When we got back home I talked with Alina about my feelings and about how sad I was that John would never get to see all the places he wanted to see. Alina, who recently had a close relative battle an aggressive cancer, was also pondering some of life’s bigger questions. In that conversation, the seed was planted for the journey on which we are about to embark.
RIP John Silva - please read the Sacramento Bee article on John and what an amazing person he was.
Selling the Company
John’s passing and subsequent funeral service kept me melancholy for weeks and it was directly affecting my performance at work. I was “working” from home half the week and when I was in, I was half-assing it at best - just really in a funk. That might be all well and dandy if you are entry level employee at a company, but I was the CEO!
Consequently, the two months after John passed we had our first two losses in the entire history of the company. The losses were not huge, but there was no denying that there were two months of negative numbers in red starting at me on our profit and loss report.
On a conference call with our financial advisor, my business partner, Josh, brought up the poor performance in both the last two months’ reports, as well as my continuing poor performance and, basically, mopey depression. He suggested that if I wasn’t into it then we should switch equity positions and let him run the business while I focus solely on business development or whatever I wanted to do (or not do).
It was tough to hear, but if I was in his shoes, I would feel the same way. Seeing this perspective combined with how sad and burnt out I was, I responded, “Well maybe we should flip positions and I would be open to it.” This shocked the hell out of our advisor who reached out to me privately after the call to check and see if my head was on straight.
Going home and talking to my wife about it that evening, we just decided that it made a lot more sense to sell our entire 70% equity position and both quit our jobs to go cross off all those places on our bucket list with little Sofia right by our side.
After deciding that together, we never looked back. It took about six weeks of negotiations to hammer out all the terms and conditions, but in the end I feel we both got what we wanted, even if we both had to give a little.
So, now the business is sold, we are unemployed, soon to be homeless and without a car - and we’ve never been happier in our lives! We’ve told so many people about our plans and the common response is, “Wow, I wish I could do that,” to which we say, “Of course you can!”
We built the Why Not Let’s Go website to share our family’s adventures and to show other families that even if you can’t “sell it all,” you can still travel as a family cheaply and carefreely and we will show you how.
Why Not Let's Go
After spending hundreds of hours of flying and traveling internationally, reading blog posts, books, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos until our eyes bled, we are confident in calling ourselves Family Travel Experts!
With all the time, stress and money we have saved from what we’ve learned, we want to share this valuable information to inspire and help more families--like yours--travel and see the world comfortably and affordably.
We plan to publish 2 - 3 articles per week with topics ranging from our stories from the road and the valuable lessons we learn about family travel to reviews on the latest gear and gadgets and travel point/miles opportunities that can score you free or cheap travel.
By joining us on this journey, you too will learn how to make each one of your dollars get you more than the average Joe and prove that you and your family can do what we are about to do too!