In the beginning…
It was just me (Ruby) & Kyle. We technically are high school sweethearts, but as with any relationship, the road certainly wasn’t paved for us. We have done our fair share of soul searching together and apart.
We were actually traveling across Australia in 2009 when we realized that we were going to have a child. At this point, I had been traveling abroad for well over a year. We hadn’t envisioned children in our future, and were at a bit of a loss. Our plans to tour across Asia when Kyle’s Australian visa expired were kiboshed.
We worked hard those next few months to buy plane tickets back to Canada and figure everything out. It was a bit of a stressful chaotic mess until the moment Gaia entered our lives. It was then that we realized that life often provides us with the best gifts right when you don’t think you are in need of them. I guess you can say the rest is history.
Where did Wide Open World come from?
The idea for this blog came to me several years ago while camping across Alaska & the Yukon with Gaia (who was then 2 years old). I booked time off work, packed our SUV full of gear, and off we went. Before leaving, I had my aprehensions because there was a lack of resources for family travel throughout the North. Once we began our journey, my aprehension was eased and I realized there was a serious demand for family travel journalism.