Of all the people we know in real life, there are no families contemplating pulling up roots and taking a sabbatical. Even of the single people we know with possibly fewer attachments, I could count on one hand the number who are contemplating similar adventures (nursing overseas, mission work, teaching English, etc.). We know quite a few expats but that seems very different philosophically than what we are planning.
In contrast, the wondrous expanse of the internet offers tons of examples of people who have taken great adventures and are willingly sharing their tales. Reading these other blogs gives us inspiration, advice and ideas while we are planning. It also helps us to feel less like we are totally insane.
Here are a few of the places online that we have been reading lately: