What’s in the E-Course
Plan your RTW (Round the World) trip in 30 days – Family Edition – is a 30-day e-course designed to help families take off on the ultimate field trip! While one-week family road trips and Disney vacations are fun options for travel-loving families, we want to help those looking to take it a step further. If you’re a family who is sick of the daily grind – with work, soccer practices, dance recitals, and constant running around taking up all of your family time together, maybe it’s time to take a step back and do something different?
Let us help your family plan the ultimate educational experience. A trip like this can help you remember why it is that you started a family in the first place (my guess is that it’s not to spend all your free time in the minivan driving from obligation to obligation).
In addition to the Family version of RTW30, which you can sign up for on this page, BootsnAll also offers FOUR alternate versions of this free e-course, each offering their own unique highlights, depending on what type of traveler you are and what you hope to get out of your trip.
All courses will walk you through the nitty gritty details of planning a long-term trip.
See the table of contents below for what to expect each day from the family version of the course.
Day 1 RTW Family Checklist
Introducing the RTW Family Checklist and explaining what the course is all about.
Day 2 Adjusting Your Expectations
Long-term travel is much different than a vacation. Family travel is much different than traveling solo or as a couple. And long-term family travel is different than any other type of travel. Find out how adjusting your expectations will set your big family trip up for success.
Day 3 What is your why?
Asking yourself and your family why? you’re taking this trip will help shape the route and figure out all those details.
Day 4 What to do with Your Housing
What you do will depend on if you currently rent or own. Today we’re walking you through all available options, including some you may not have thought of before.
Day 5 How to Decide Where to Go
The world is HUGE! How do you figure out where to go on a trip like this, particularly with kids and the educational opportunities it presents?
Day 6 Rest and Community Day
We’ll throw a lot at you in the first part of the course. Today’s the day to catch up and reach out to the experts and our community with any questions you have.
Day 7 Choosing Your Airfare Option
There are lots of misconceptions about airfare options for a trip like this. Learn about all of them before making the best decision for your family.
Day 8 Costs of Long-Term Travel
Travel isn’t cheap, but it isn’t nearly as expensive as society and the media make it out to be. Today we discuss how to estimate the costs of a trip like this.
Day 9 How Soon Can You Go?
Breaking down your trip budget, current expenses, current savings, and savings plan to connect the dots and predict a departure date for your family.
Day 10 Bonus Budgeting Day
Cost is the biggest hurdle to overcome, and it’s the reason most often cited for not going on a trip like this. Today we offer bonus resources for budgeting and money saving to help you get over the hurdle.
Day 11 Why Slow Travel is Important
A long-term trip is vastly different than a one-week vacation, and when you add kids to the mix, it’s essential to plan some time for slow travel.
Day 12 Overland Travel
Flying everywhere is expensive, and you’re going to travel overland a lot during your trip. Learn more about the intricacies of overland travel around the world.
Day 13 Solidifying Your Route
In day 4 we discuss choosing your pillars. Today we connect the dots and start solidifying your route.
Day 14 Working on the Road
Some traveling families need to work on the road to fund this adventure. There are lots of options out there – learn about all of them today.
Day 15 Road Schooling
You need an educational plan if you’re taking the kids out of school for an extended period of time. Start by coming up with your road schooling philosophy and dive into a variety of resources to help.
Day 16 Sorting Out Visas for Your Trip
Visas are different for each country and for each nationality. Find out how to navigate this process, and since you’ll be traveling as a family, research what visas you might be able to get before leaving.
Day 17 All You Need to Know About Immunizations
Figuring out the immunization puzzle can be complicated and confusing, particularly when you add kids to the mix. Let us walk you through all you need to know so you can make the right decision for your family.
Day 18 Choosing Travel Insurance
What’s necessary? How do you decide what’s necessary? What companies are best for certain types of travel? All these questions, and more, are answered today.
Day 19 Telling Family and Friends
You will be met with skepticism by some, specifically from grandparents and those questioning the education of your kids. Have a plan for how you deal with the naysayers and make family know you’ve thought everything through.
Day 20 What to do with All Your Stuff
A great part of planning a trip like this is downsizing and selling stuff to add to your trip fund. But this becomes a little more muddles with kids and more stuff than the 25-year-old backpacker. Learn strategies for making this step as easy as possible.
Day 21 Need Any Help?
One final day of rest before the home stretch, with the opportunity to reach out to the experts and community.
Day 22 Choosing the Right Bags for Your Family
Your backpack or suitcase will become your best friend during your trip. Don’t let it become your nemesis, and check out some strategies for deciding what the kids will carry.
Day 23 Which Gadgets Will You Bring
Gadgets have the potential to take up a lot of space, especially considering how much they’ll be used for educational purposes. Learn how to choose and prioritize today.
Day 24 The Ultimate Family Packing List
First time long-term travelers, and first time family travelers, obsess over what clothes to bring and how to pack their bags. The vast majority pack waaaaaay too much. Let us simplify things for you.
Day 25 Accommodation Options for Your Trip
There are WAY more options than just hostels and hotels, and nearly all accommodation options also have family options. Learn about Couchsurfing, house-sitting, house-swapping, and more.
Day 26Automate Your Finances
Make paying bills and managing your finances easy while you’re away. There’s lots of resources out there to help you.
Day 27 What Banks and Credit Cards are Best for Travel?
If you don’t do your due diligence on this step, you could pay hundreds of dollars in unnecessary fees while gone. Plus if you play your cards right (pun intended), you could build up rewards points to be used on your trip!
Day 28 Health and Safety on the Road
Let Grandma and Grandpa know you’ve thought long and hard about this aspect of a big trip with their grandkids, and that you’re prepared to keep everyone healthy and safe during your trip.
Day 29 Staying Connected and Starting a Blog
It’s easier than even to stay connected during your trip, which is a good thing when you have loved ones and friends back home. Your kids will thank you later for looking into this now.
Day 30 A Chance to Offer Feedback
We update and change this course annually, so any feedback you can provide, both good and bad, will only help us make this valuable resource better.