The Making of a Worldwide Weber

//The Making of a Worldwide Weber

The Making of a Worldwide Weber

I’m basically every Jewish mother’s worst nightmare. I love to travel to the farthest corners of the earth, do things like bungee off an African bridge or skydive after a night out in Vegas, continue to move as far away from home as physically possible, and, as icing on the cake, married a guy who’s first name starts with “Christ”.

While others watch my adventures with wonder and awe, my father is still suspicious that I’ve either committed a crime and am a full time fugitive or have been enlisted in the Witness Protection Program, but just never got my Facebook access taken away.

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area surrounded by a very large and loud family (picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding and you’ll be getting close to the right image… “You don’t eat no meat?! Ok, I make you LAMB”). After high school I took a leap of faith and backpacked, rock climbed, kayaked, and horse packed for 3 straight months on a NOLS Semester in the Rockies, having never camped a day in my life prior. This is when I realized that living outside my comfort zone was way more fun, but that I also required manicure/pedicures in any zone I would choose moving forward.

The making of a worldwide weber family pic

Fast forward a few years at Syracuse University where I shed my hippie vibe for one of a Euro traveler/city chick studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. On a positive note, Madrid’s intoxicating energy made me certain for my need to live in NYC. On a negative note, while I believed I was fluent in Spanish after just 1 cerveza, my Spanish teacher disagreed, and I had to explain to my father how I managed to fail a Pass/Fail Spanish 101 course LIVING IN SPAIN.

After graduation I found a job as a Project Coordinator at an energetic and young global translations company in New York City and started to work hard/play hard making a name for myself professionally and living it up in NYC. Given my history of language inability, the choice of industry was entertaining to say the least.

Just a couple of years later, what started as a normal football Sunday turned into the infamous Sunday Funday where I met my now husband, who I still refer to as “Sunday Funday”. A mere four months after meeting, my company offered me the opportunity to manage a team in London for a year, which I jumped at, and Sunday and I welcomed a new member to the relationship…travel.

Enter the 7 year itch, the feeling that many New Yorkers will understand, the moment you realize you’re ready to leave your NYC phase behind for greener pastures (literally). Sunday and I both working for global industries made this itch scratchable, and within a few months we had both gotten opportunities to live and work in Singapore. So, we packed up our pup Bama and headed for Asia.

travel in thailand

We spent nearly every weekend traveling to a new place in Southeast Asia, seeing as much as we could between Friday and Sunday night. Thank goodness we had such an extreme pace, because in less than a year we were on the move again due to work opportunities, but this time to Johannesburg, South Africa.

I’ll never forget telling my parents about this move. Sunday opened up with “We’re moving to AFRICA!” to which my mom replied, “Like SOUTH SUDAN?!” and then immediately burst into tears before we could blurt out “SOUTH AFRICA” in an attempt to remedy the news. This also marked the last time Sunday was ever allowed to give news to my parents.

baby travel Dubai UAE botanic gardens

Now married and with an additional pup named Scooter, we lived and worked in Johannesburg for a couple of years and safaried our little assess off. After frolicking in enough malaria zones, we embarked on a completely new adventure with the welcoming of our baby girl, Nala Rae. I thought my travel and jet lag know how would have prepared me for handling a child…NOPE…jet lag is like kitten kisses in comparison to the sleep deprivation of newborns!

Realizing Nala wasn’t exactly safari ready (but wouldn’t her gear look adorable if she was?!), we decided to pack up the pups and the babe and head for a more baby travel friendly continent, landing us in Geneva, Switzerland. We then spent nearly every weekend traveling and challenging ourselves to show Nala the world before she could even control her bowels.

the worldwide webers baby travel

As if moving 4 continents in 4 years and traveling to 38 countries before our baby could even walk wasn’t enough, we decided we had one more move left in us, which brings us to present day and our new home of London, UK. We traded Ricola for Wellies and continue to travel the world with our now very opinionated toddler in tow.

So, that in a nutshell is how we became The Worldwide Webers. Looking back it sounds so planned out and logical, whereas the reality is more along the lines of a traveling circus :).

Why not?!

By | 2017-02-07T12:24:18+00:00 March 18th, 2016|The WWWs|

13 Comments

  1. Aunt Marci March 19, 2016 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    Sounds like our girl!!
    As an aunt, I don’t have to feel the terror her mother, my sister, does!

    • The Worldwide Webers March 20, 2016 at 7:52 AM - Reply

      No travel nightmares for you, just calls from me asking “So…how does one get pregnant?” To which you responded to me, “geez, I didn’t realize we had to start there?!”

  2. John Zussman March 20, 2016 at 12:49 AM - Reply

    I love that you’re doing this. Adventures are somehow not complete until you share them with others. Patti and I are part of a new venture whose mission is to help baby boomers tell and pass on their stories. I’m really glad you’re starting when you’re young, and I look forward to reading more.

    • The Worldwide Webers March 20, 2016 at 7:46 AM - Reply

      Thanks John! Means a lot coming from a true writer in the family 🙂

  3. Joan Sussman March 20, 2016 at 3:28 AM - Reply

    Love your blog … Thanks for finally writing it all down. Learned something new today; You call your daughter Rae!

    Looking forward to your future travels and tribulations. Happy trails to you! ✈️⛴??.

    • The Worldwide Webers March 20, 2016 at 7:44 AM - Reply

      We call her lots of names, but I call her Rae in the blog so she can still be president one day under her real name if she chooses 🙂

      • Joan Sussman March 23, 2016 at 3:50 AM - Reply

        ?
        oh no! Another candidate that will need to prove she’s a US citizen. Born in Africa no less!!

  4. Cara Brit Chick January 16, 2017 at 1:59 PM - Reply

    Hi, I follow your Instagram stories which put a smile on my face and inspire me to travel during my maternity leave (if we’re blessed enough to have kids). I was just wondering how you finance all your travels- are you still working as it looks like one big holiday?! Or have you saved for years to enable you to travel so much. I’d love to get any tips on financing travelling so much as it seem like the one big blocker for us. Thanks so much

    • erica January 16, 2017 at 8:05 PM - Reply

      Hi! Thanks so much for following us! I was working B.C. (Before Child) but am now a full time mom and blogger, and my husband works a normal full time job. We choose to live abroad in various locations which get us closer to the destinations we want to visit. It’s a lot cheaper to visit Cape Town, South Africa when you’re living in Johannesburg! Same goes for visiting Morocco, Italy, or any other European destination we’ve gotten to see while living in Switzerland. Beyond our geographic location, we basically spend all our money on travel and choose to live cheaper while at home. I wish I had a magical formula for you but I would say those two things are what make our lifestyle possible. Cheap flights from close locations and eating at home in between. Stay tuned for what 2017 brings!

  5. Zulema May 20, 2017 at 7:05 AM - Reply

    Ok spend my saturday morning in bed really checking out all you pictures on insta from the begining in 2014 till now. Because I almost only watch your insta stories. And never read a blog post. But even those are fun to read. I missed you when you where in Amsterdam but hope to meet you one day somewhere in the world.

    • erica June 1, 2017 at 10:29 AM - Reply

      Thank you so much for following our daily traveling circus!! Glad we can entertain you on your Saturday morning 🙂

  6. Joyce @travelingwithjoycita June 25, 2017 at 3:50 PM - Reply

    Hi!! The blog is great I love the way you write and happy to read your adventures, I want to do the same since I’m planning to have our first baby and travel the world. I see you have a schnauzer as I do too! But that’s my worry how would I travel with our schnauzer, did you guys traveled with him and the baby??? ☺☺

    • erica June 26, 2017 at 11:46 AM - Reply

      Thanks so much for following our adventures, and so exciting that you’ll be setting out on your own soon. Schnauzer love is strong worldwide I see 🙂 We don’t travel with our schnauzers for short trips but we do take them when we move from one country to another to places we will be living. For short trips our dogs stay with dog sitters that we find through reputable places. And for actual relocation we use http://www.petrelocation.com and have been very happy with them in all our moves.

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