Utah couple quits their jobs to travel the world for a year

Orem-based couple Mark and Britnee Johnston are departing on May 26 for a trip of a lifetime, attempting to fit the equivalent of 26 years of vacation into a single year.

After a trip abroad in 2011, the Johnstons became unhappy knowing they would have to work an entire year before earning their allotted 10 days of vacation.

With so many destinations they wished to see, the couple decided that quitting their jobs and traveling for a year straight was the best plan. In doing so they would fit 26 years worth of two-week vacations into one year.

The Johnstons began plans for what would become a trip around the world shortly after they were married in 2012. Now, less than two weeks before departure, they have saved enough to fund their world trip for an entire year.

Flying first to Tokyo, Japan, they will then continue traveling west spending a month in China before catching the Trans-Mongolian Railway into Russia. After visiting extended family in Europe, the Johnstons will then turn back to Southeast Asia, the Pacific and South America.

"We've dreamed of seeing so many places around the world, but it seemed like an unattainable goal in our daily work lives," said Britnee. "With destinations on our itinerary including Tokyo, a panda reserve in China, the Lofoten Islands in Norway and mountain villages in the Himalayas, we hope this trip will help satisfy our travel desires before we settle down."

The Johnstons hope to inspire others interested in traveling or accomplishing other life goals. To do so they plan on sharing their journey, experiences and detailed plans online at http://www.oneworldoneyear.com.



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