The Bossa Travelers – a family of 4 living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that hit the “pause” button in our everyday lives to travel around the world.
I had the idea of this trip when I traveled to Asia in 2008 for work and met a family from Seattle that was sailing around the world for 2 years. I thought it was amazing that they could do that and when I came back home, I shared the idea with Chris. The actual plan and itinerary has shifted a lot since then and back in 2012 we were ready to do it but ended up buying a house instead (!). Of course there was always something in the way of taking time off from work and school…We are glad the universe conspired to allow us to decide to execute our plan this year. When I am not daydreaming about the trip, I am in technology sales and business development. I have been in technology for many years but graduated in Hotel Management, which actually helped me with this travel bug that I have. I am looking forward to visiting New Zealand and Australia, which have been on my travel plans for a number of years. I know we will need a lot of discipline to keep the kids studies on track so that they don’t miss the school year. But I am mainly looking forward to having quality time with my family, way from the every day distractions that consume us, this is really the reason for this trip.
My world opened 30 years ago when I studied abroad, twice. Since then, I’ve enjoyed everything from weekend trips to backpacking journeys with friends and family. I’ve lived and worked overseas which is how I met my wife, Leticia, in Brazil. After 15 years of marriage, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than a family trip around the world! My professional life breaks down into two areas: the first half as a financial services professional and the second half (since 2010) as a teacher and coach for middle/high school students. While I won’t be in the classroom this year, I will homeschool our children and answer questions like: What does it feel like to bungee jump? Can I fake an Aussie accent? What creatures will I see scuba diving GBR and Indonesia? Are the temples of Cambodia and Myanmar surreal to visit? How spicy is Indian food? Will Laos be my favorite stop (friends say yes)? Do we get lost in Bangkok? And so many more of these unknowns to be experienced and shared! As the great Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa, once said, “I know not what tomorrow will bring.”
Hi! My name is Sebastian; I am 13 but will turn 14 some time while we are in Southeast Asia. I play lacrosse and soccer – both on defense. My hobbies include gaming and collecting sports cards. I am a diehard San Francisco 49er and Giants fan. Our trip around the world is EXTREMELY exciting for me because I think that it will make me a better person both mentally and physically. The one place that I am very enthusiastic to go to is the famous and amazing Great Barrier Reef. I will miss my friends, family, Tinka (my 14 year old Labrador), and my sports teams as well as my home (we call it the Monkey House).
I am Louisa and I am 11 years old (soon to be 12 when we are in Australia). I like to play volleyball and soccer for sports. I also enjoy braiding hair in different styles (I think I’m pretty good at it.) My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the zebra. I am really excited for the trip because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience and learn about different places and people. I’m most excited to visit Australia & Thailand. I just became certified to scuba dive and want to explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. But most of all, I’d like to ride an elephant in Thailand! I am really going to miss my house, friends, and family, but I know I’ll have a FANTASTIC time!