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February 11, 2015

By Gretchen Richter de Medeiros

 

Planning the trip was a multi-disciplinary exercise. We had a giant write-and-wipe world map in the hallway where we sketched out itinerary options. We swapped travel stories with friends, watched travel-adventure videos, and read blogs written by other RTW families (we're not the only ones!) Once we had nailed our South America calendar and itinerary, we started having brunch and mimosa decision-making-sessions with Heather and her mom, Terrie Holmes. It was during one of these Sunday events that Heather found our Chilean home-away-from-home in a small coastal town near Valparaiso on VRBO.com.

 

We stayed at "Casa de Verano" for two weeks. A super-simple cottage with a...

February 9, 2015

By Gretchen Richter de Medeiros

 

When we first started thinking about doing a RTW trip, the biggest question in my mind – even before “where should we go?” – was “what will it cost?” I had traveled extensively in my 20s, Rodrigo and I had done a few international trips together, and we’d just finished a 6-week family journey to Brazil, but I’d never planned any trip this scale. 11 months. 5 people. 3 continents.

 

Being a bit on the OCD side about money, I did have good financial records from these trips as a basis to start my budget. I spent a lot of time reading other family’s RTW sites; two that come to mind are Six in the World and The Nomadic Family (although now I’m enamored with Travel Junkies be...

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