A Family RTW Travel Adventure (2008-2009)
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Halfway Home


About the time we left home last July, the Family Trippers (Ian, Anne, Rory and Roonagh) set out from the east coast of Scotland to travel the world.

I discovered their blog shortly before we left home, and have followed them closely ever since.

Our route took us south, then west. Theirs took them south, then east. Six months later our paths crossed in Sydney, Australia.

Ian noted: “It’s quite amazing really, to think that in July both families set off to travel round the world, and six months later here we are, halfway home.”

It’s a little odd meeting someone whose blog you’ve read for a while. I recognized them immediately, and instantly felt like I was spending the day with friends we hadn’t seen in a while.

During our afternoon together Ian and Anne prepped us for Asia, sharing tips and recommendations. We feel a lot more comfortable heading into the unknown with the map they provided us.

One of the unexpected pleasures of planning then taking a trip around the world has been the wonderful families we have met and the new friends we have made (in person and online).

Before we parted, I shared with Ian an idea that’s been in the back of my mind for a while: To organize a gathering of families who’ve taken (or are planning) round the world trips.

Definitely something to think about.


1 Doug (that's uncle to you kids) { 01.24.09 at 3:29 pm }

Hey Guys,
Can you believe it has been six months? I have felt like we’ve been with you each day– as I find myself checking for updates first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. It’s been a great journey traveling with you these six months and we look forward to a thrilling last six.
Doug, Amy, Bailey, Simba and Sri

2 Still Life in South America { 01.25.09 at 10:01 am }

How are you feeling about home at this point? You have been so many places.

My husband and I recently moved to Chile and got to experience crossing the Andes.

Glad you all are still safe and happy.

3 Craig { 01.25.09 at 11:55 am }

@Still Life in SA – It’s funny, but now we are kind of in the “sweet spot” of the trip… Initial homesickness is gone, we’re enjoying life on the road, and we haven’t started to focus on our return yet…

But I did wake up this morning and realized we only have six months left – and it made me sad to think our adventure is half over. A subject for a future post, perhaps.


4 Marc { 01.29.09 at 2:41 pm }

Goes by quick, doesn’t it?

When are you guys gonna be in Japan? We’re scheduled to be there April 4-13. Maybe we’ll see you there!

5 Doug Spiro { 02.02.09 at 3:07 pm }

I think I got on board a little late but I can’t believe it has been six months! It is too early to think about coming home — pitchers and catchers have not reported yet — There is still ice on my driveway and most importantly what am I going to do when you get home and there are no more adventure stories to read. So enjoy your six month and keep the stories coming!

6 A Ramble Along the Coast | The Wide Wide World { 09.14.10 at 6:29 am }

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