We’ve now gone public with the trip. I’ve been interested by how many people have commented on how brave we are. At first I thought it was the bravery of taking a career risk – taking leave without pay without a definite job to come back to. But a few people have commented that they think we’re brave to do it with the children. We’re certainly planning about ten times as much as we would have if we were doing this as a couple.

But the bravery comments are counterbalanced nicely for me by all the people who have commented on how much the boys will treasure the experience, and how much they will learn from it, including a surprising number of people who have stories of friends or friends of friends who have done the same thing either as children or as parents.