We planned for a trip home during our year long trip - we had built that into our original budget. About half way through our trip (June-June) was the Christmas holiday. Around the first of November, we projected about where we would be and started checking airfares from several possible cities until we saw a really inexpensive one and jumped on it - that then became the city (Raleigh NC) that we headed for in mid-December. Another nice thing on a long trip like this - you have the flexibility to adjust your trip and dates to fit the less expensive airfares home. We headed home about the middle of December and stayed through New Year's - avoiding all the heavy travel times. It was sure fun to see everyone, but it was a whirlwind time. We had leased our home while we were gone, so we had no home to come home to. Our solution? We found friends of friends who were leaving for much of the time we were home and we house-sat for them, fed the dog, watered the plants - and had a great place to stay. There is a solution to every problem. What did we do with the RV (Class B Van) while we were home? We didn't want to leave it at the airport all that time, so we took it to a local RV service center and had them service the refrigerator, AC, furnace, etc. while we were gone at their leisure - they even took us to the airport! The van was safe, we got some service work done and their was no charge for the "storage." Hundreds of these kind of tips are in our book.