Things have moved into overdrive on the whole World Tour 2012 thing.
What is the World Tour 2012? Well...
It started off as a little idea I had of doing a house swap. I put out the call to see if anyone wanted to come and stay at my place in Australia and let my family stay in their house.
I was lucky enough to receive two offers of accommodation, one in England and one in the US. Thus the idea for a "World Tour" was born.
So, I've been fluffing about trying to do some planning here and there while waiting for the optimum time to book our tickets. I had a travel consultant put together a proposal for us.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and suddenly everything's happening!
I've had to fill out forms and get photos taken for the kids' passports. Who doesn't love filling out forms? I also had to find someone to sign the kids' photos to confirm that it really is them. Then I have to take the kids to the post office for a "passport interview". I can't tell you how much fun it is!
At the same time, we discovered that the travel consultant who put together our proposal has left the travel agent. She doesn't work there any more. The fares that she put together for us are no longer available. We have to start from scratch.
So I freaked out a little bit.
And went to three different travel agents and sat down with three different travel consultants in one day.
And now I have some tickets on hold that have to be paid for ASAP and it's all happening so fast!
I've got travel consultants waiting on my call. And I've discovered that I'm actually quite good at diplomatically telling someone that I've decided to go another way. But I'm still finding it stressful.
It will be a lovely relief when we've handed over our thousands of dollars and I know that everything is locked in.
I'll keep you posted.