0 votes2 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 28 - Staying Safe and Healthy · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
I shared all my tips in the article, but I'm really interested in hearing from others: what are your best health and safety tips?
0 votes4 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 25 - Accommodation Options · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
We are just discovering house sitting and are loving it!! Between that and fully furnished rentals, the majority of our travel accommodation is "home style." When we're on the move fast, we prefer hostels and small local hotels.
Kellie... I think that sounds very reasonable for a family of four! I would suggest taking the best camera that you can manage, the photos are the memories that you'll have forever!!
Because we work and school as we go, over the long haul, we have:
Dad: 2 laptops (one client specific, one that is our own) & iPad
Mom: laptop & iPad
Kids: 3 laptops & 1 iPad & 4 iPods
Cannon "good" camera
2 waterproof point and shoots (teenagers)
2 crap phones picked up in SEA
3 big external hard drives
I'm probably forgetting stuff
It is important to note that there is a big difference between a trip you're taking as a gap year when you're not planning to work/school officially... and making the switch to "life" on the road... when we're traveling for "vacation" we take almost nothing, tech wise... but with six people, two careers and four kids schooling and working online too... hehe. It gets ugly!
0 votes7 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 20 - What To Do With Your Stuff · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
We got rid of most of our stuff... but there are always things you want to keep, photo albums, wedding gifts that are precious, stuff the kids just can't bear to part with. We have an 8x20 ft storage unit in NH that we rent by the year. It was a better option for us than storing our stuff with family. It doesn't impose on any one and it will all be right there when we get back!
0 votes5 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 19 - Breaking the News · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
We found that breaking the news sooner rather than later gave family (especially non-traveling grandparents) the time to warm to the idea. We had very few true nay-sayers in our friends and family set (at least to our faces!) but there were loads of questions, mostly centering around how well we'd thought this through, the health and safety of the children, their educations and our financial position. I think it's really important to be open to the questions, and even the criticism, and remain willing to dialogue with the people who matter in your life. Their concerns are almost always grounded in love!
0 votes4 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 16- Visas for Your RTW Trip · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
We have done some of each... planned and arranged ahead of time, and some sorted out on the fly. Our biggest visa FAIL was not realizing that we needed to pre-pay for our Australian visas (easily done online) before we flew... we nearly missed our flight out of Denpasar in the confusion. What I learned from that: Make no assumptions!! I assumed that Australia would (naturally!) have a reciprocal VOA agreement with the USA... yeah, not so much. Do your homework!! :)
0 votes4 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 14 - Working on the Road · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
Yep. We work as we go. The balance is hard to find, sometimes, and it's a continual work in progress. I'll be interested to hear what others are doing/plan to do, as we're always working to streamline our process and balance the journey with the funding!
0 votes6 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 12 - Overland Travel · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
We love traveling overland! Some of the best friendships and experiences (and nightmare travel stories) come from overland trips. My big tip: Don't be afraid!! Just dive in and go!! Pack your sense of adventure and your kids will have a blast!!
Overland trips everyone should make once:
A chicken bus in Guatemala
The night bus between Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam
The local bus between Pakse and points south in Laos
A boat trip on the Mekong (not the tourist boat, people!)
The train trip between Bangkok and points north or south
A self drive into the center of Sulawesi (not for the faint of heart!)
Tip to tip of Borneo along the northern side: challenge: how many different modes of transport can you use?
All over New Zealand in a camper van
ooooh... this is making me want to travel more!!! :)
0 votes3 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 11 - Slowing Down · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
We're slowing down right now, with a house sit in New Zealand! We'll be in Australia for three months next, two of those will be spent at a house sit on the beach near Melbourne. For us, that's the perfect balance between forward motion, free exploration and a "settled" feeling that lets us really relax and enjoy a place... what about you?
Can I just say... I hate budgets and planning the money part. HATE IT. But... it's a necessary evil. I am getting better at it, the longer we travel. The things that I tend to leave out of the planning are things like airport fees and visa costs. Those always slap me in the face in the moment... like... WAIT???!!! You're charging me to LEAVE the country?? How can that be?!!
We are a "busy as we go" family... mostly because our plans are so open ended and it's morphed far beyond a gap year. The last time I bought a return ticket was for a quick trip home for a wedding... otherwise we just buy the tickets one at a time, move forward by air and then by land for several months, then watch the ticket discounters like hawks for weeks until we find the next cheap flight. One thing we've learned is that each continent has it's own set of competing discount airlines, and once you're there and know what to look for, cheap flights are often easy to come by, especially if you can be flexible!
1 vote17 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 6 - How's It Going? · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
wow! I can't believe we are through the first week already!! Tell me where you're stuck and what I can do to help you forward!
We sold our house. Part of the money went into our trip fund, so the headache of a remodel in previous years actually supported our dream long term! We are finding it much easier to maintain long term travel not having to worry about a house "at home" or keeping it rented/cared for, etc.
Paige, I love that... all of it. It is important to seize the day and make it happen while we can. Kids grow up so fast!! We're not guaranteed tomorrow... so thankful that we took the plunge when we did. For us, our Why is centered around our relationships with our children, making memories and deepening their educations!
1 vote25 comments · Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 2 - Expectations · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →
My kids are currently 10, 12, 15 & 16. We've found adjusting expectations to be an ongoing process. Just when we think we've "got it" with our kids (raising them and traveling with them) the game changes in some capacity and we have to reconfigure. Recognizing that most of the stress and strife in our travel experience was created because of our own expectations and our own inability, as adults, to "let it go" and "be what it is" was a helpful realization to come to.
My husband's early expectations included this fantasy that once we were on the road full time our family life would magically be perfect because he wouldn't have to work, so he'd magically be more patient and the kids, of course would magically appreciate his continual presence and it would be so much easier to deal with all of the things that we found hard at home. HA! ;)
We're continually learning to take each day as it comes, not build up a particular destination or experience in our minds into something so completely unrealistic that we've set ourselves up for disappointment, and to allow the kids to have their own trips. They get to be where they are and how they are each day, just like we do... and sometimes that's hard grace to extend to one another.
Traveling continues to teach me so much about myself and my family... adjusting expectations is happening every single day!