Todd:  After 16 years at my current job, I am looking forward to breaking some routines.   Everything about this trip scares me:  driving on the left, exchange rates, airport security, unknown cell connectivity and big, crowded tourist areas.

todd carrying all suitcasesVictoria:  I love to travel, organize, and make lists, and I am our family’s official photographer.  One of my goals for this trip is to show the girls that the world is a big place, with many cultures, religions, traditions and ecosystems, but at the same time, it’s a very small place where our actions can have an impact and where people are intrinsically the same (everyone loves, laughs, cries, plays, etc.).  I am going to try to take pictures of the Milky Way, bioluminescence in Thailand, and the Loch Ness monster.  I will also learn to order hazelnut ice cream in as many countries as possible.

Lucy:  I am 9 years old, and I am in the 4th grade.  I will be turning 10 in Spain.  My favorite subjects are art, science and reading, and I like poetry.  My favorite food is rice.  I am excited about the trip because I will taste different types of ice cream, and I will see different animals.  I am also looking forward to the Fairy Tale Route in Germany, and I can’t wait to stay in the Von Trapp Villa in Salzburg.

Natalie:  I am 8 years old, and I am in 2nd grade.  My favorite colors are gray and blue, and I like art, music and library.  My favorite animal is a monkey.  I hope we see some in Thailand and Japan.  I am looking forward to seeing cool fish in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, walking on the Great Wall of China and having lunch in the Eiffel Tower.  My monkey Jo-Jo will be joining us on the trip.  

Jo-Jo:  I am a monkey, and I am also 8 years old.  I love Natalie more than anything.  My only goal for this trip is to make it back home safely.


  1. What a lovely idea and what a lovely family! 🙂
    Already looking forward to meeting you all: see you soon in Venice! ❤ Giorgia


  2. Hey travelers,
    For the first time, I read all your post, saw the incredible photos and now I have in my memorie the best histories. I had so much fun and I could travel a little bit with you. Such amazing big trip!
    Thank you for sharing it with us!
    We miss you !! Take care, have fun …. Victoria remember you Diego told you- by your new clothes meanwhile you are in Asia…. Cheap and comfortable!!! Have a lot of fun

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    • Hi I’m Cristina GUardiola Medina. Today we have been in LA BODEGUETA, a typical “tapas” bar in Barcelona. Thank you for sharing with me a piece of you awesome adventure…..a pleasure to coincide with curious people who consider diversity as a wonderful treasure in the world. You are fanstatic family!!
      of course, for anything that you need in barcelona, let me know…We are at you complete disposal.
      Best regards….
      now you always know where i am….Barcelona…a great city…a great people…as well as other cities that you have already visited and which still to visit

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