and John Bagan '92
Profile: John Bagan '92
sabbatical an education for John Bagan '92 and family
the Bagan family, a dream became reality when they embarked
upon a 313-day family sabbatical.
and John Bagan '92 spent part of 2006 and 2007 on a
global tour with their daughters, Colette (7) and Julia (10).
As with a professional sabbatical, the Bagans set out to accomplish
a goal, one that embraced experiences rather than possessions.
main objective was to spend time together. "We thought
that this experience would allow us stronger family relationships,"
John says. "We also wanted to see different parts of
the world and give the kids an early education."
years ago by stories of families who took a similar trip,
the idea stuck with John and Sandy and they planned their
own. Last summer when Albertson's, the company where John
was employed, was bought, it created the opportunity they
needed. Says John: "We asked ourselves, 'When we're 80,
would we regret not taking the trip, or not going right into
the next job?'"
answer was clear.
together the trip was a journey in itself, with Sandy spending
more than 40 hours on the phone arranging flight itineraries
in addition to gathering materials for a home-school curriculum
for their girls. The Bagans chose a ticket that allowed them
to travel 34,000 miles with 15 stops that began in French
Polynesia, took them throughout Asia and Europe, then to New
York and Chicago before ending back in Boise this August.
Sandy also used her background as a sales representative and
approached Eagle Creek Luggage and Columbia Sportswear for
sponsorships. "I contacted the vice president of marketing
and explained what we were doing, and I asked if they'd sponsor
us. They sent us $2,500 worth of clothing, coats and shoes,"
goal that they achieved was "doing it all safe, healthy,
on time and in budget," John says. "We spent about
two-thirds of our budget, and we were really able to economize
on the variable expenses." Also along the way, the Bagans
connected with several Class of 1992 alumni, including Ken
Graves in Japan, Steve Werber in New York, and Mark Cozzi,
Elaine Leung and Yuko Sugiyama in Chicago.
global odyssey enabled each family member to gain insight
about the world, themselves and each other. Julia and Colette
were especially enriched by the sights, sounds and smells
of new cultures, including their languages. "The world
seems a lot bigger than I thought it was," Julia says.
Colette saw that she could communicate without talking, by
using gestures, toys and sharing emotions, all of which allowed
her to connect with others throughout the trip.
in Boise life is returning to normal. The girls are in school,
and John and Sandy are exploring their next career move. "We're
going to try something entrepreneurial," John says, "and
we collected ideas as we went around the world."
the trip is over, the Bagans will have the memories they kept
in their journals and on the Web site forever. They are now
using that content to write a book about their journey, which
will be part travel narrative, part "how-to." "We
had the kids draw pictures as we were traveling, so a children's
book is another idea we have," Sandy says.
would be great to inspire other families," Sandy says.
"We learned we could do it, and it was unbelievable."
more photos and stories from the Bagans' trip, visit http://web.mac.com/baganworldtour