Planning

Travel Budget Update

Our travel budget for the first 52 days on the road covering The East coast of the US, Ireland, and England. We did better on travel budget than I had hoped for!  Better in that we were under budget almost $1500 for this period. If you break it down, at less than $50 / person / day for US and Europe travel, it isn’t so bad. The total travel budget for this period was $11,740.  I know, seriously ouch. But if you break it down it is just over $56 per person per day.  This number is much more reasonable […]

Favorite Travel Gear for Families

Our family brought a ton of stuff on this trip. We filled our luggage with perhaps too many things. Some of the stuff we brought is working out far better than we could have expected and has become some of our favorite travel gear for families. This is the list of our favorite travel gear for families. Electronics: USB Charger – This has been a life-saver for us to set up a charging station and it fits 4 USBs and 1 USB-C chargers. Once you are on a different type of plug, this helps minimize the number of power adapters […]

Our first 29 nights on the road

Where did we stay, how much did it cost and did we break the bank? After our first 29 nights on the road, we found moving every couple days to be tiring. Moving is a lot of work and so is packing up all your stuff! I’ll be happy when we can ditch the car seats for the kids and don’t have to carry them any longer. Just a few more months until we can do that.  I think we are all looking forward to our month in London where we get to stay put for a while. Here is […]

Trip Prep To Do List – June 2016

May is always super busy for us.  We have 4 family birthdays, mother’s day, and all the end of school year events, dances, parties, graduation ceremonies, etc.  Plus we squeezed in 2 quick trips to Disney and my husband went to Melbourne to help his parents move.  We got rid of the furniture from our guest room this month and donated it to a family friend.  We also cleaned the kids playroom and got rid of an alarming amount of toys. We had appointments for Drivers license renewals and for immunizations (see upcoming post on immunizations). House Fix up house […]

Recommended Travel Books

I love to read. I really love to read. I read pretty fast and devour books by the dozens on a regular basis. On a normal one-week beach vacation, I need at least 5 books preferably 10 to just make it through the vacation. This is why my kindle is a necessity. Bag weight alone without it would dwarf me. One of my favorite pastimes is reading travel books that feed my wanderlust. Some of them give me inspiration for our trip, some of them just give me inspiration about a different way of life, some tempt me to cook […]

Trip Prep To Do List – March 2016

Things are starting to roll and we are getting ready for our Round the World trip!  In addition to checking things off our list, we met the fabulous Bender Family in Orlando and Keith & Nicole got away for adults only ski vacation.  It was really nice to talk with other people who are traveling full time face to face.  If you are traveling and are visiting Florida, we would love to meet up! Every purchase we make now is highly scrutinized.  Are we going to take that with us?  Are we going to store it? Can we do without […]

Learning to Drive a Manual Transmission Car

One of my goals for us before we leave for our trip is learning to drive a manual transmission car.  We want to do this for one big reason: In Europe, manual transmission car rentals are the norm.  And because they are the norm, they are vastly cheaper than an automatic transmission.   An automatic transmission vehicle can be 2-5 times more expensive than a manual transmission one.  For example, a quick search on Kayak for a car rental in Ireland for 2 weeks in March shows a manual transmission car as cheap as $2 / day.  The cheapest automatic transmission […]

Trip Prep To Do List – Feb 2016

This month we got a lot of things done or started. The monthly activities are only going to ramp up from here on out.  It was also a crazy month on the personal side; insane at work, a family death and funeral, a friend in the hospital, a root canal for Nicole, and a 40th Birthday for Keith. I hope February treats us a bit better! House Fix up house for rent – We met with a realtor this month to make sure we are doing all the right things to the house to make sure we can rent it. […]

Trip Prep To Do List – Jan 2016

This month, we did a lot of preparing for Christmas and our visitors over the holidays.  Fortunately, preparing for the holidays always involves a lot of cleaning and this was a good opportunity for us to get rid of some more stuff.  But, it wasn’t great for getting lots of other stuff completed on our trip prep to do list.  As of Jan 1st, 2016, we leave in 438 days.  This sounds like a long time, but I know it is going to go fast and there is a lot to do.  Welcoming in 2016 means we have to ramp […]

Affordable dream trips for real families

We had a ton of people read our last post on how much our trip will cost. It seems to have hit a real nerve. I got a couple emails / comments about how much money it was and it would never be affordable for real families.  I wanted to show you that this is possible for a real families, with a little planning, imagination, and hard work. Remember, our budget was for 2.25 years, at about $67,000 a year. For this exercise, we are going to plan a couple different options that are shorter and more affordable.  For those […]