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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Grantourismo & how we came to be going on a grand tour in 2010

Terry and I have been dreaming about doing a grand tour of sorts for a few years - since way back when we wrote the Grantourismo blog for Charles and Marie. We started to seriously develop the idea of a reincarnation of Grantourismo about a year ago, but we hadn't yet begun to think about how to fund it. Our original plan was to stay in one destination for a month at a time, and to really try to get beneath the skin of the place, to get to know the locals, learn as much of the language as we could, to learn some things unique or special to the place, and to write a book about the project. We were over the moon when we discovered that HomeAway Holiday Rentals had a similar marketing exercise in mind, their idea being to send a couple of travel writers around the world to explore a more enriching and authentic way of travel that was possible through holiday home stays, rather than hotels. It was a godsend that they believed our project would fit, and we were happy to compromise a little (two destinations a month instead of one) to be able to make it work together. I'll tell you a little bit more about Grantourismo in coming posts.


Sandy O'Sullivan said...

Hi Lara,

Fantastic. More importantly (sorry to make this sound like an advert) the site that is sponsoring you is brilliant. It's solved a few problems for me with finding somewhere to stay in London for a month in August!

Can't wait to hear more about it as you take off on your travels.


Lara Dunston said...

Hi Sandy

Nice to hear from you! We think it's pretty fantastic too!

We've used HomeAway a lot over the years which is why we were so thrilled to work with them on this!

Do come and visit the blog @
and join our little community.

Hope you're well!
Lara x

Erica said...

I really enjoyed your old grantourismo blog. Glad to hear you could finally realize your dream of doing a grand tour around the world!

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Jem said...

that sounds like a fantastic way to travel! love your blog aswell...

Felicia S. said...

You're such an inspiration to me.
I'm getting closer and closer to my goals and your work is definitely motivating me.

Thank you

Felicia, This Time Now

Black Tomato said...

sounds like an awesome thing you're doing!

Jamie said...

What an amazing opportunity....for you guys, and for HomeAway! I've wanted to try them out, so I can't to wait to see how your experiences are.

Good luck, and I'll be following with you!

NB said...

I so do envy you, guys! Hope you are having great time. Travelling around the world is what I do too, but I can only taste it in small pieces :-)
Lots of love to you
Julitte x

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