A Family RTW Travel Adventure (2008-2009)
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Caroline’s View

When my dad asked me if I would go around the world I said, “Sure.” Like we were ever going to do that!

The trip started out as a secret and something we could only talk about as a family – and with no one else. I never thought it would happen. I was sure it was just another one of my dad’s crazy ideas that would never be possible.

My dad would sit in his office all day researching and learning about other families who had done this before (I have no idea how he still earned a living while doing this).

I never really thought much about the trip until now, with less than five months till we leave.


There are a lot of good things that will come from this trip, like learning about new cultures, becoming closer with my family (as if we aren’t close enough already), and learning in new and different ways.

There are also some bad things, like being with my family 24/7 for a whole year and being in a new place every week. Probably the worst thing for me will be living out of a suitcase for a whole year. I’m not going to like wearing the same things over and over and only having two pair of shoes.

People reacted very differently as we told them the news. For example, when we told my grandmother (my dad’s mom), she kept changing the subject.

My other grandparents (my mom’s parents) did not say anything except, “Pass the potatoes.” Yeah, that was awkward.

But most people have been very supportive.

Still I worry about what it will be like when we come back. Will my friends have changed? Will I be behind in tenth grade? Will my life even be the same?

I don’t know the answer to any of these questions. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.


1 shirley { 03.04.08 at 8:35 am }


How delightful to hear you share all sides of your feelings about making this trip with your family. Personally, I was happy to hear I wasn’t the only one whose initial response was denial (your grandparents).

But after I moved on to envy (oh. . . I wish I had a family who wanted to do this) & loss (of your family’s company for a year), I arrived at astonishment & excitement–what an amazing creative project. And I love that it’s a family project. I look forward to your continuing dispatches & stories from the interior. And WHAT ARE YOU DOING in that fabulous photo?

2 Marjory { 03.04.08 at 4:21 pm }

When you get back, and maybe forever after, you are going to be the coolest chick around. How many teenage girls will have had the amazing experiences that you will have had? Girl, the dudes are going to be knocking down your door. I know your parents will love that.
(Is dudes still a word?)

3 Kayla { 04.14.08 at 6:44 pm }

I have known you for a long time. Since kindergarten. Although i don’t get to see you that much but when i actually do you are still the same nice sweet person I’ve known for the past 9 years. So don’t worry about when you come back. Just enjoy each part of your trip. I’ve traveled a lot so i know…… its fun.
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