In June of 1999, I was informed that I was going to be laid off, along with hundreds of other Cable & Wireless employees in Sacramento. My fellow Internet Technician Tara convinced me to take the plunge & buy a ticket to Europe. We set about planning our trip while we were waiting for the axe to fall. Eric saw us planning (at work) and was welcomed on board.
It was the first trip abroad for each of us.

We each had some money coming in for severence pay, but it wasn't really enough for a luxurious trip. We backpacked across Europe.