There’s much talk about traveling “around the world.” We aren’t technically going “around the world”. Well, I guess since we are starting in the United States and 13 months later returning to the same location, perhaps that qualifies? Hmmm, not so sure. In my mind, “around the world” means you are stopping off in each continent, literally stepping foot in each land.
Regardless of one’s definition, we are in fact starting in the United States and circumnavigating the globe eastwardly but no, we aren’t stopping on each continent. The world is just so vast with so much to see that we’ve really had to pare down the list. To the frustration of some family members and the amazement of some friends, we have a very loose itinerary. Here’s our general plan with our general timeframe. We’ll see, in the end, how much we stick with it.
June 25-July 2 – Iceland (this is nailed down)
July 2 – Amsterdam
July 12 – Amsterdam (home exchange)
August 2 July 29- Aug 9 – Berlin
August 10 – 19
Berlin or Paris (whichever we haven’t visited previously) Mid August 19-end September(ish) – make our way to Croatia – Venice to Slovenia to Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and finally Albania
end Sept-October –
Rajasthan, India; Bhutan & hopefully Sri Lanka Turkey (Cappadocia, Izmir, Pammukale, Dalyan, Cirali, Istanbul
November & December –
New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur/Bangkok & possibly Sydney Chiang Mai, Thailand to Bangkok to Burma/Myanmar
end December – Sydney, Australia
January – mid February – New Zealand
Mid February – March –
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos
March-mid April – Vietnam
mid June 6 – China Mid -June June 6 -July 6 – Japan
July 6 –
Aug ??? – USA
Ironically enough, on our around the world journey that begins in just a few days, we have no solid plans post August 2 and no transportation plans after our arrival in mainland Europe on July 2. A little crazy? Yes. A little concerning? A bit. Liberating? Amazingly. Nerve-wracking? Also true. Why? one asks. I think really it comes down to why not? We spend our lives racing from school to sporting events to doctor appointments and the like. I’m ready to stop racing. To sit back and live day by day. I’m ready to enjoy my children and actually watch them enjoy what they are doing and learning.
In one short month we’ll find out if we can handle this type of spontaneity. For now it is what it is. We’ll keep you posted if things change. In the meantime, do you have any desire to join us along the way? If so, drop us a line. We may just be able to work it all out.
Update: As of late March, 2015 the above itinerary is updated. Sadly we won’t be making it to India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. In addition to a few days with new friends which led us to a brief stay in Albania, we discovered Turkey and couldn’t quite leave. That coupled with a desire to slow down and have even more time to enjoy what we are doing and learn about these amazing places has required we alter plans. We’ll keep you posted of what is guaranteed to be more changes in the next few months. In the meantime, we’re always open to meeting up with you. If you think you’ll be anywhere close to where we’ll be drop us a line…we’d love to share this journey with you. Additionally, if you have suggestions on things to see or places to stay let us know.
Update: As of June 10, 2015 the above itinerary has been updated. Unfortunately we gave Laos a pass this go around. We’ll have to catch it in the near future. As we mostly fly on frequent flyer miles I didn’t jump quick enough and lost out on using miles to get us back to the US. So, as we were stuck paying to fly budget prevailed…and we took a side trip to Japan. While on the bucket list we had crossed it off the list as we had heard it wasn’t too budget friendly. So, with fingers crossed we decided to venture unexpectedly to this beautiful country and boy, are we glad we did. With less than one month to go we have tons of exploring still left to do. We’ll keep you posted and hopefully, before too long, will have more to add to our itinerary…around the world!