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

    As a family with school aged children, we know we are bringing kobos, a small laptop, ipod and unlock phone. My biggest hangup is whether to bring my good dslr with my long lenses or go small. No easy answer on that one

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    Continual purging and then we will box everything up.We have a garage we can store our stuff in while we are gone

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    We have been dreaming of this trip (with specific intentions) for so long that everyone knows about it! Most people are a bit envious and have a good share of disbelief that this trip we have been talking of for so long is actually not just a dream but is and always has been, a reality in the making. So far, everyone is supportive!

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    No plan yet but did contact my HR to see if we get any travel insurance through work. Likely will not purchase travel insurance

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    I am trying to find information on obtaining travel shots in Brazil - found one blog that indicated yellow fever shots are free in Brazil (even to non-citizens) as this is our first stop but wondering if I can get more of the travel shots there. Astonishingly expensive here in BC, Canada. Anyone have any insight?

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    As we are only missing one academic year, I think we will be doing online schooling with us as a support. However, I do think the travel will be an education in itself so I really only want to cover the basic academic neccessities while we are gone and, hopefully, do most of the requirements while on planes! Khan academy is a worthwhile site for those who want an online math program

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    Easy for us as we always knew we would start in Brazil for World cup. However, that does put us in South America for their winter and, as we will be travelling the southern end, it is not ideal weather but it is what it is!

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    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    My hubby and I did alot of overland travel when travelling in our 20's. However, now that we are planning a RTW with our two girls, I suspect that it will often be cheaper to rent a car than pay overland public transit options x 4. I am pretty sure my kids aren't going to love long distances on buses etc but that is just a fact

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    9 comments  ·  Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 8 - Budget  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    My initial plan is to have my salary (I have been on a salary deferred plan for 4 years) and our house rental income to cover all costs of travel except airfaire. Our monthly income is 3800 while we are gone with about $600 going to ongoing bills such as property taxes and interest so that leaves $3100 per month for a family of four (kids 10 & 13). At $100 per day, this is likely a tight budget in some countries but, hopefully, can make it up in cheaper countries. Airfare and anything above the $100 per day will be going on our LOC to be paid off after the fact. My husband and I are currently in discussion on what figure we are comfortable owing by the end but my assumption is that it will be between $60k - $100k - alot of money but we will be mortgage free (sort of) before leaving.

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    19 comments  ·  Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 4 - Housing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    I am hoping to rent to a friend or a friend of a friend. We have a detached garage so we could move our belongings in there if needed. I don't seem to be too worried about this aspect of the trip as I seem to often know people in transition. Will actively consider price and renter options about six months prior to leaving

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    24 comments  ·  Plan Your FAMILY RTW Trip » Day 3 - Why?  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Denise Silzer commented  · 

    Much like everyone else, we want our children to experience the pleasures and education of international travel but, selfishly, I want to travel now and not wait until they are adults! The travel bug bit my husband and I 25 years ago and it just doesn't go away

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

    Hi
    My family and I are heading on a one-year RTW adventure next year. Everyone has known for a long time but not that reality is setting in, people are a bit surprised that we actually meant what we said! Right now, my biggest hurdle is to clear up enough room on my line of credit so that we can go! My husband just got a new job but told them in the interview of our travel plans and I have been on a salary deferment plan for four years so all is good with our jobs.
    Our girls will be 12 and 9 when we leave. We have talked about this trip for their whole lives but as it because more real for them, they are starting to have some hesitation about leaving friends and dance for a year.
    I think this forum is awesome as I don't have any contact with other travelling families
    Thanks
    Denise

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