From the chapter: The 21-Month Plan
My husband and I are not trust-fund babies or self-made millionaires, but like many people, we dreamed of living abroad. In August 2001, after much discussion, research, and planning (which included John’s ceiling to baseboard flowchart of To-Dos), we boarded a plane departing from Houston, Texas, en route to Rome, Italy. Checking only the allowable two bags each — one of which contained a bicycle — we began what we referred to as the “21-Month Plan.”
This unconventional adventure was not funded by a corporate overseas assignment, an inheritance or winning lottery ticket, but in lots of little money-saving ways, such as brown-bagged lunches and bypassed caffé mochas.