What's the biggest challenge in planning your trip so far?

Day 1 - Who have you told? How did you break the news? What was the reaction?

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      • Team TaylorTeam Taylor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've only just decided in the past 2 weeks after meeting other RTW families staying in our BnB and following the adventures of another New Zealand family on their blog. I've been homeschooling my 3 children (aged 7, 9 and 11) for almost a year now and my husband's job is due to end in July. So there will never be a better time than this. We've told most of our friends and family and have only encountered positive comments. The kids are all super excited, but I haven't slept much because my mind is racing with a million ideas and questions. Can't wait!

      • Pedro DuartePedro Duarte commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For now we told to some friends from Coach Surfing.... of course take in account that they are people used to travel all are very supportive.
        To talk about that with more people we need to have a more complete plan to put the doubts way :)

      • PaigePaige commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've shared my travel plans with my mother for several years now and of course my son. And friends. Everyone seems surprised except for my mother who seems worried about me taking her grandson far away. lol. I wanted to have my son out traveling at 8 but he already 10. So I need some motivation to get over my fears and just do it! I was a big traveler before I had him, but now I am nervous about all the logistics of travelling with kids, i.e schooling, etc.

      • SandraSandra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've shared our plans to travel with family and friends. I often add that anyone is welcome to join us along the way if it calls to them. I've not had any resistance or negative reactions from anyone so far. Our goal is to be on our flights by November 1, 2017 so I have 10 months of preparation ahead of me. As the reality of the trip becomes concrete, I'm guessing I'll see reactions of concern, fear, excitement, encouragement and some envy as well! All the same emotions I am feeling about planning long term travel with my two children! Glad for this forum!

      • SusanSusan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've told family and friends, but not work. Very supportive, even (or especially!) our girls' teachers, who love the idea. We're thinking of doing it in 18 months, the 18-19 school year, when our girls would be in 7th and 4th grade. Next people we'll reach out to are people who may have connections for us.

      • cassie carrollcassie carroll commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have told friends that we are "thinking" about traveling around the world. Most people's first reaction is "You're taking the girls out for a whole year?" How will you educate them? Aren't you worried about them being academically and social behind?" I do feel nervous about these things but also confident we'll figure it out. We are planning on leaving in June 2018 returning August 2019. Our daughters will be going into 10th and 8th grades. Haven't told my mom yet, afraid of her reaction....

      • Jess - Kaliam.luJess - Kaliam.lu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi we told our parents first, the reaction was great from my mothers-in-law, she said that was a great idea, my mother was quit the opposite, she told me i was crazy and how could i do this to my kids (8 years and 2 years), but the idea has grown, seeing that we didn't change our mind since november... now she asks more practical questions lol... the trip starts in 13 month...
        we told close friends, they are very excited for us... i'm beginning to tell my clients...

      • ForsseForsse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just told my sister who is currently enjoying her RTW trip! After my career is established and income is steady, I'm traveling the world with my now 3&1/2 year old son.

      • AshleyAshley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We've only just started thinking about this as a possibility. I did tell a mom-friend recently and after telling her I said, "I don't know...maybe it won't happen." Her response was great -- she said, "don't say that! You can make it happen!"

        That was just the kind of response I needed.

      • ScottScott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pretty much everyone at work we've had the plan for a couple of years. We had to resign back in December and with no new job being sought, it seemed a no brainer to tell everyone what we were planning. Booked our fist outbound air ticket to Montreal yesterday.

      • Melanie DaileyMelanie Dailey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Like many others, I have told family and friends but I don't think anyone is actually taking me seriously! It is a big bold idea. We are planning a trip with our two boys, 12 and 9 years old. Timing is up in the air, but hoping to leave in about 9 months.

      • JamieJamie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have told a lot of people, but I'm not sure any of them believe it will really happen! I had the idea to take a one year RTW trip with our two kids when they are ages 9 & 11 about 18 months ago, and we are still 6-1/2 years away from the trip!! It's a big idea we are planning and saving for.

      • LouiseLouise commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Have told close friends and family..they are all very pleased for us. My only worries are work schools etc. Can't wait to get planning.

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