From the back cover of World Trek: A Family Odyssey...
Russell and Carla Fisher were intent on expanding the horizons of their daughters, 13-year-old Lesley and 12-year-old Andrea, and they came up with a plan that shocked everyone they knew. The Fishers would put their conventional, suburban Texas lives aside for a year and travel around the world! They could think of no greater gift to give their children. Using the guiding principles of self-reliance, compassion and persistence, Russell and Carla taught the girls more than they could ever have learned in a classroom.
In 376 days and across 50,000 miles, the Fisher Family explored Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Estonia, Russia, The Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, India, Thailand, China, Japan, Australia and Rarotonga. The entire family was involved in both the planning and budgeting of the trip, and they home schooled the entire time. Their accommodations were frequently economical hostels and flats, they prepared many of their own meals, laundered their own clothes, practiced speaking foreign languages and using foreign currencies, and they often walked, jogged or used local public transportation to explore both famous and out-of-the-way sites.
Back when yaHighway was little more than a twinkle in a moose's eye, I imagined getting in touch with Lesley and Andrea for an interview. At that oh-so-sensitive tween age, life is crazy enough...I had to hear first hand what it was like to trade school dances and pep rallies for cooking lessons in Thailand and cruising the Nile in Egypt! Lesley and Andrea agreed to let everyone at yaHighway in on their experience.
What was your favorite stop on the trip? (Feel free to list several, I know choosing is impossible!)
Andrea: Due to the friendly people and ease of getting around, Thailand would probably be my favorite stop along the way too. The opportunites to stay with hill tribe families and take scuba lessons definitely made a pretty good impression on the both of us too. India would probably be my runner up; after adjusting to the initial cultural shock, it was a really interesting place.
Where have you traveled since returning from that trip, and where do you plan on going in the future?
Lesley: Since coming back from out trip we've also taken shorter vacations to Mexico, Peru, and Scotland. We've also done a little traveling around United States.
Lesley: I had missed my freshman year of high school, so I never really bonded with the majority of my graduating class. I was involved in band, though, and another school program which made it easier to make new friends. Many of my old friends had moved on to new things and new friends though so it was a little hard to reconnect.
What are your current favorite books?