Hitting the Life Reset Button

Early 40s. Married 20 years. Mid-career. Traveled “Round the World” (RTW) as part of a "life reset". We shared the planning and experiences…every step of the way!

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A life reset? What is that? Click here.

We came up with the idea of a "life reset" in 2015. Both of us were working in stressful environments, we were in a house that was WAY bigger than two people would ever need, and we were trying to figure out what we wanted the next phase of our lives to look like.

Peter and Rachel in Alaska

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Quick Facts: We are both in our early 40's. We've been married since 1999. We do not have any kids; this was a choice we made many years ago. No pets, but we have previously. Both of us have successful careers that we put on pause for this life reset.

About Us & What is a Life Reset?

Life Reset Update

Here is our most recent “life reset” update. Click here for all of our previous life reset videos and related posts.

Recent Posts

  • What’s the post-RTW trip “life reset” plan?

    What’s the post-RTW trip “life reset” plan?

    What’s the post-RTW trip “life reset” plan? Once we figured out the timeframe for coming home, we needed to figure out what the plan was going to be once we were back. Remember, we sold Read more…>>>>
  • Top 10 Questions People Ask About Our RTW Trip

    Top 10 Questions People Ask About Our RTW Trip

    Top 10 Questions People Ask About Our RTW Trip We’ve been back for a few weeks now and we’ve had the chance to see and talk with many of our friends and family about our Read more…>>>>
  • Journey Home & Initial Observations

    Journey Home & Initial Observations

    Coming Home After 8 Months of RTW Travel After three wonderful weeks exploring Portugal, it was time to fly home. With a bit of anxiety about whether we were going to be able to maintain Read more…>>>>
  • How Much Did Our RTW Trip Cost?

    How Much Did Our RTW Trip Cost?

    How Much Did Our RTW Trip Cost? We departed the United States on July 5, 2018 and returned February 13, 2019. The expenses outlined below are for 2 people and are in United States dollars Read more…>>>>

Popular Posts

  • Fall Foliage in Japan

    Fall Foliage in Japan

    Japanese Red Maples Although unplanned, we ended up being in Japan during fall foliage season and had the opportunity to see the leaves change to beautiful hues of yellow, orange and red. Rather than bore Read more…>>>>
  • International Driving Permit

    International Driving Permit

    Thinking of renting a car and driving overseas? An International Driving Permit (sometimes incorrectly referred to as an International Driver’s License) allows people with a valid driver’s license to drive while traveling in a foreign country. Read more…>>>>
  • Learning Tai Chi in Thailand

    Learning Tai Chi in Thailand

    10 Days (50 Hours) of Tai Chi Instruction Meditation in Movement To continue our quest for mindful activities and exploration of all things intrinsic, we signed up for a 10 day Tai Chi Chuan (“Tai Read more…>>>>
  • 10 Tips before going to a Vipassana Meditation Retreat

    10 Tips before going to a Vipassana Meditation Retreat

    10 Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 10 Tips! During our time in Japan, we attended a 10 day silent meditation retreat to learn Vipassana meditation. Prior to attending the retreat, we intentionally did not do Read more…>>>>

RTW Trip Planning & Preparation

We gave ourselves one year to take all of the necessary steps to plan our RTW life reset – saving money, researching destinations, figuring out international banking, choosing gear, vaccinations, insurance considerations, etc. See “The 12 Month Plan” dropdown navigation button on the top of this page for category-specific articles on each of these topics.

The RTW Planning Timeline post below includes a complete month-by-month list of everything we did to prepare with links to our relevant blog posts, and the Minimalist Travel RTW Packing List outlines all of our gear in detail.

  • Minimalist Travel RTW Packing List

    Minimalist Travel RTW Packing List

    Long-term Travel: Packing Carry-on Only Everything we’re bringing on our around the world trip fits in two Osprey Porter 30L main backpacks and two Osprey Daylite 13L daypacks. We wanted gear that was lightweight, durable, Read more…>>>>
  • RTW Planning Timeline

    RTW Planning Timeline

    Round the World (RTW) Month-by-Month Planning Breakdown We gave ourselves approximately one year to take all of the necessary steps to plan our RTW life reset – saving money, researching destinations, figuring out international banking, Read more…>>>>
"The RTW planning process is intense, overwhelming and challenging, while also being exciting, invigorating and empowering. You learn a lot about your strengths, weaknesses and fears before your trip even begins."
Peter Alaska
Peter
RTW Life Resetter
"It constantly crosses my mind that if we hadn't done this I would have regretted it later in life. Anyone who has ever thought about a trip like this (or any other type of life reset) needs to go for it!"
Rachel Photo
Rachel
RTW Life Resetter

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