CAPE CHARLES, Va. (WAVY) – All of the clothes and supplies that Peter and Rachel Sengenberger will use over the next year while traveling around the world fit into four bags.
The couple packed methodically for their “round-the-world reset” trip that will take them more than a dozen countries, including Vietnam, Thailand, Finland, Italy, Peru and Chile.
At 41 years old, the two will leave Washington, D.C. for California on Thursday before flying to their first international stop in Australia.
“We kind of had this money we saved up that would have been the equivalent of a down payment on a house,” said Peter.
“Both of us are more experience people,” said Rachel. “We get a lot more out of that than stuff.”
The idea for the trip happened after a medical scare in 2016, when Peter lost vision in part of his right eye.
“After a whole lot of testing, they determined it was nothing serious but it was likely stress related,” he said.
That’s when the couple started thinking about their lives – how they wanted to spent their time and futures together. Last August, they committed to researching and planning the trip.
“We literally had a conversation and said if we are going to do this there’s no backing out,” Peter said.
They quit their jobs and sold their cars, boat and other belongings before emptying their 700 square-foot apartment.
The trip is expected to cost about $40,000 with a daily budget of $100 to $135.
“I think it’s very hard to reflect on your career and your life and what you are doing when you are in the middle of it,” Peter said.
“My fear, I guess, is that we are going to do this and feel exactly the same,” said Rachel. “I want to feel different after this.”
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