The Questions – Ben

Where are we going?

We are going to Japan. Overland.  [yadda yadda yadda list of countries]

Why are we doing this?

Lots of reasons. It’s an adventure and it could be fantastic.  We’re doing it for the children to give them a window onto the big wide world. And for ourselves for the same sort of reason.  There’s an element of educational FOMO in terms of the wider world experience and wanting to improve on what they might be missing out on.

What are you most looking forward to?

In terms of places: the ‘Stans and China. But in terms of feeling I think the headspace. The press the pause button on the daily race of work and taxi driving and the house and the grind.

And least?

I expect having to readjust when I get home.  The post holiday feeling will be quite extreme after six months.

What will you miss about home.

My bed.  Privacy.  We’re going to be very much on top of each other.

Are you worried about anything?

Yes. I’m worried about catastophes: illness, security, the car breaking down (or an accident).  I’m worried about things back home requiring our attention or intervention.  Some of those things could be really horrible.  I’m worried about losing children and I’m worried we could potentially fall out and alienate somebody in the family.

How do you think you will change?

I would like to come back healthier in body and mind.  With a plan for what I’m going to do next.

Who do you think is going to be best at eating new things?


What skill do you have that will be most useful on our trip

An ability to think on my feet in challenging situations.

What will you struggle with?

Arguments, whinging, I think there are places where the language barrier will be difficult.  And how much freedom to give the children.  Budgeting.  I don’t want to be responsible every hour for everybody’s entertainment.

And how are going to try and get over that?

Trying to anticipate and plan for as many situations as possible

What do your friends think about it ?

Mostly they think it’s an amazing idea.

Are you glad we’re going?


As dictated to Harriet

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