Around the World in 180 Days

Around the World in 180 Days

On September 15, 2019, we boarded a plane to Dublin, embarking on a (hopefully) round-the-world journey of unknown length and uncertain destinations. Six months, sixteen countries and twenty-six flights later, we arrived back to a cold and locked-down life in Connecticut. In between, the world was beautiful! We had been planning and praying for this trip for years, and it came at a perfect time: with our kids old enough to carry their own luggage, but young enough to get child discounts on tickets and accommodations; and with a world still open and unmasked.  Our intention was to world school, and we discovered much of our curriculum along the way. We explored medieval Irish castles and massive Vietnamese caves; we met old friends in new places and found new friends along the way; and we had the privilege to work alongside amazing people and organizations whose lives and missions are to lift and serve others. The images below represent just a few of the many many moments that we hold with wonder and gratitude. For our boys, we hope that these experiences leave imprints in their hearts that inform their future paths. And for us, we hope that, in sharing a bit of our story, you may see the light of the author of our lives.“For in His light, we see light.” Time marches on, life and landscapes change, memories fade, but by Gods grace and love, moments are not lost.

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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe


Southeast Asia





  • Martha Olson
    Posted at 15:31h, 22 January Reply

    Wow — BLOWN AWAY! I cannot stop watching and reveling in the experience your family had in those months leading up to the global lockdown. Ian, your photography and videography is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Keep up the great work.

    • carolyn
      Posted at 15:43h, 22 January Reply

      Thanks Martha!! Rich Mullins once sang, “there’s so much beauty around us for just two eyes to see.” We were indeed immersed in beauty during our adventure. Hope you and the family are well! And hopefully we can row together in person someday soon 🙂

  • Nigel Barnard
    Posted at 18:41h, 22 January Reply

    Amaze balls!

  • Claudia Christmann
    Posted at 23:27h, 22 January Reply

    I LOVE IT! Thanks so much for putting together an amazing travel story!

  • Craig Amaker
    Posted at 01:43h, 23 January Reply

    Absolutely and stunningly beautiful pictures!!! What an experience for your family!! The boys must’ve looooved it!! I know Ian caught every moment!! Welcome back 😊🙌🏾

    • Ian Christmann
      Posted at 03:23h, 23 January Reply

      Craaaaig! miss you my man! It was an amazing trip in part because of the loving send off we got from you.

  • Christi kambs
    Posted at 03:17h, 23 January Reply

    Amazing pictures! Such a bucket list, dream trip! So happy your family was able to take it!

    • Ian Christmann
      Posted at 03:29h, 23 January Reply

      Thanks Christi You have that desire to explore as well!

  • Ginger Etcheson
    Posted at 19:12h, 24 January Reply

    phenomenal shots captured!!!!! what an adventure of a lifetime! so happy for y’all!!!

  • Christa Bosse
    Posted at 01:05h, 25 January Reply

    This is absolutely brilliant. The wonder of the boys. Carolyn’s beauty. Ian’s talent, unmatched. I just smiled through every photo. THANK YOU for sharing your adventure. Happy to have you guys back, of course, but so happy you were able to do this. Too many favorites to share.

    • Ian Christmann
      Posted at 03:17h, 04 February Reply

      🙂 thanks so much Christa !

  • Lauren Larsen
    Posted at 20:06h, 08 February Reply

    Amazing!!! Gorgeous work and family.

  • Alex McKeever
    Posted at 13:01h, 09 February Reply

    Congratualations on pulling off this family adventure and life-long family memory and sharing it with us.. Thank you for being loving, Christian parents.

  • michael goldblum
    Posted at 22:40h, 06 July Reply

    absolutely magical. Thank you for sharing. And of course, beautiful, beautiful images.

  • Steve Chang
    Posted at 16:17h, 08 July Reply

    Wow, these are incredible!! Once in a lifetime definitely.

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