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      Tami commented  · 

      Hi Alli - I had the exact concern before we left. We aren't single parents, but we have an only child. We left on our trip just over two months ago with our 9 year old son. It's amazing how he's adjusted. We haven't met any English speaking kids yet on our trip. He's met and played with local kids once at the Science Centre in Granada. He does really miss his friends and would like to meet other kids. That said, he is really enjoying himself and has adjusted to playing on his own or with us. He has regular skype call with friends back home. He plays a lot of Minecraft.
      I'm hoping once we get to Asia, we'll have more opportunity to meet other travellers with kids. Maybe someone on this forum is aware of any online groups for travelling parents/meet up opportunities. Any thoughts out there?

      Tami commented  · 

      Our son will be 9 when we leave next year. He's very social so I worry that he'll be lonely since he's an only child. He's great with adults, but I know he'll want to be around English speaking kids sometimes. On previous trips, he's connected with local kids and even with the language barrier (or maybe because of it) had fun. We plan to travel slowly and perhaps settle in a place for a month or two, hopefully somewhere we can find other families.

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        9 comments  ·  Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 23 - Gadgets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        Tami commented  · 

        My biggest concern with all these expensive gadgets is how to keep them safe. Our list includes an 11" MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, micro 3/4 digital camera, waterproof camera, small external hard drive. We might only bring one of the phones. Does anyone have any tips on how to keep the gadgets safe in hostels, dorm rooms etc? Hotel safe/lockers? What if there isn't one? Pacsafe bag protector? or??

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          Tami commented  · 

          We really needed to downsize anyway, 3 years in a house can result in a lot of clutter. We held a garage sale this weekend, made a little money. We're giving stuff away, selling it on craigslist and ebay and hope to rent out our house furnished. I don't want to spend the extra money on storage while we are gone, we have a little storage at our house and hopefully it's enough for the remaining stuff. A little concerned about our son's ever-growing lego collection. He's very attached.

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            Tami commented  · 

            We still haven't decided! We aren't leaving for a year. I'd prefer to start in Asia (we live on the West Coast), but we have family in Ontario and it would be nice to spend some time with them before taking off. If we go that direction, then we'd start in Europe, or maybe head south through the US and Mexico... these are the kinds of tough decision I like having to make :)

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              83 comments  ·  Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 1 - Welcome  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              Tami commented  · 

              Is anyone here attending the planning sessions next week? I'm so happy to see other families on the road at the same time we are! We can compare routes and hopefully connect along the way.

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                Tami commented  · 

                I read a blog post recently about a family who got all their jabs at a travellers' clinic in Bangkok and saved a considerable about of money. In Canada it will cost us over $2000 for a family of three to get fully vaccinated. In the Thai Clinic, it will cost about $400 for the same.
                Thoughts on rabies vaccine? it is very expensive (CDN$200) - and even if you get vaccinated you still need to get additional shots if you are bitten.

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                  Tami commented  · 

                  I'm not that concerned about formal education. My son will miss all of grade four. As long as he keeps reading and doing some basic math (calculating exchange rates, haggling in markets) I figure everything he learns on the road will add up to much more than he would get in a classroom. He's going to find it really hard to leave his school friends.

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                    Tami commented  · 

                    There are hints that my child may be prone to motion sickness. A theory I must test soon and then find possible solutions for the road. I'd love to do the Mekong boat trip with my kid! I did it in 2000, pre-parenthood. I've heard about wristbands and patches... I really want to avoid dramamine, which works but then he'll be dozy through the whole trip. Any tips on avoiding motion sickness would be great.

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                      Tami commented  · 

                      I'm on the fence about working as we go. It will definitely lessen the stress when it comes to budget. Plus since we'll be gone for a year, it won't be like a short vacation where every moment is spent sightseeing. We'll be able to just live. It's in part up to my employer too, about half of my current work I can do remotely. Fingers crossed. We are still a year away, so I haven't told her yet :-/

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