Northern Alberta family sells home, belongings to ‘give’r’ on year-long globetrotting getaway

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For some dad and mom, having kids means settling down and placing some gadgets on their bucket lists on maintain for a couple of years.

However for the Turnquist household, from the small northern Alberta city of Falher, the children are coming alongside for the journey of a lifetime and their dad and mom are pulling out all of the stops to make it occur.

Geoff and Patty Turnquist, each of their early forties, are leaving their jobs for now and have offered their dwelling in Alberta’s Peace Nation area — together with a lot of their possessions — to embark on a virtually year-long trek across the globe.

“It’s a short while that we’re right here on the Earth, so give’r,” says Geoff, who first developed a style for journey at a younger age when he was a bullrider. “It’s been at the back of our minds for the previous 5 to 10 years most likely and it simply appeared like the precise time.

“We’ve at all times had the journey bug,” he says. “Once you determine to journey, you simply need to go.”

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Turnquist has resigned from his put up on the Falher city council and plans to discover a strategy to proceed his work within the insurance coverage sector whereas he and his household embark on a journey to find all that the planet has to supply.

Patty is taking a go away of absence from her place at ATB Monetary to make the journey occur. She says a current journey made her and her husband notice their kids have been prepared for an expertise just like the inter-continental odyssey they’re planning.

“A few 12 months and a half in the past, we went to Sweden and Norway with the children and simply did a backpacking journey there — staying in inns, nonetheless being frugal however simply having carry-on baggage to make it simpler to journey,” she says. “The youngsters have been youthful then they usually really did very well.”

A photograph of the Turnquists on the unique homestead of Geoff’s household in Sweden.

Provided by the Turnquist household

The Turnquists’ son Reid is 9 years outdated and their daughter Lela is seven.

“For essentially the most half, they (the children) are excited,” Patty says. “They’re slightly bit apprehensive… However… we’ve watched a whole lot of YouTube movies, we’ve been researching completely different international locations, we’ve talked about the entire completely different actions and adventures we’ll be having and it does excite them.

“They’re excited for essentially the most half, they’re simply form of not sure how that is all going to work out.”

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The Turnquists go away Alberta within the first week of November. Their first cease will likely be China, however the subsequent few months will see them go to dozens of different international locations in Asia, Europe and North Africa.

Geoff says everybody within the household has locations they’re significantly excited to go to however there’s a constant theme when it comes to what appeals to his kids: “something to do with water or seashore they’re all in.”

A photo of Reid and Lela Turnquist in Mexico where the family swam in a cenote.

A photograph of Reid and Lela Turnquist in Mexico the place the household swam in a cenote.

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The household has travelled a good bit earlier than however not like this.

“Every thing got here collectively, the celebrities aligned and it was the precise time for the kids,” Geoff says. “They’re on the age the place they’ll respect it and we will educate them on the highway and it’s the precise time for us.”

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The household plans to return to Canada in time for his or her kids to be again in class for the 2019-20 college 12 months, however simply because they’ll be moonlighting as world travellers doesn’t imply Reid and Lela received’t need to sustain with their research.

The Turnquists, who say their kids are excellent college students, are going over curriculum necessities to ensure their children don’t fall behind. Each kids may even replace their very own blogs to assist them sustain their writing expertise. Geoff says the entire thought of the journey is largely to learn his kids and to provide them a broader world view.

“We’re doing this to raised our household, to raised our youngsters, to raised ourselves [and] to hopefully encourage others,” he says. “We’re excited to indicate them… what the world has to supply aside from what they simply see in entrance of their face right here in Canada.

“There’s a lot extra that’s on the market and they should know.”

Regardless of leaving dwelling for nearly a 12 months, the Turnquists plan on packing flippantly, not even permitting themselves to deliver any checked baggage to allow them to be nimble on their voyage.

“We’re making an attempt to maintain it very minimal,” Patty says. “Gadgets we will’t dwell with out… [are] iPads, telephones and the MacBook Air in order that we will communicate and edit movies.”

The Turnquists have folks they’ll join with in lots of the international locations they’re going to.

Whereas they could often sleep at a buddy or member of the family’s dwelling, for essentially the most half they are going to discover their very own lodging. Geoff and Patty say they plan to undertake the “flashpacker” method, a method of travelling that they’ve examine on-line.

“[Flashpackers are] backpackers which can be simply upscaling slightly bit — so discovering slightly bit nicer inns, you may take the airplane as an alternative of a 10-hour bus trip,” Patty explains. “Nonetheless slightly bit frugal however having the ability to journey slightly bit extra in model.”

Geoff says they’ve provide you with their very own method to flashpacking, with the emphasis being on travelling “sensible, not onerous” and retaining “the humanitarian objective to travelling” prime of thoughts.

You may sustain with the Turnquists on their travels by way of their web site, their Instagram account and their Fb web page.

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