The Around the World Dream Becomes a Reality (Soon)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cities around the worldNow this is exciting.  We have a big new project that is going to keep us super busy (along with our paying jobs, volunteer activities, family obligations, soccer on the weekends, drinking red wine, and avoiding Facebook): Planning a year-long, around-the-world trip!

Sadly, this trip is not for us, but it is for someone very close to us who is contracting with us to help plan the trip.  Here are the destinations:

  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • New Zealand
  • Laos
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • India
  • Oman
  • Jordan
  • Turkey
  • Eastern Europe (no firm decisions yet on which countries)

This trip will be epic and deserves a lot of research and thought.  If you have experience or ideas on any of these countries, on tips for a yearlong or solo trip, or on travel for the 60+ set, please let us know.  We are totally open to all advice and opinions from our readers.  We’re interested in a combination of places, activities, and lodging but all must be mindful and culturally/environmentally-friendly. 

Thanks for your help and check back for updates.  Grazie.

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2 Responses to “The Around the World Dream Becomes a Reality (Soon)”

  1. Advice: LESS IS MORE. If you want to really take in the culture, not just collect passport stamps, plan at LEAST a month in each place, 6 weeks minimum for Thailand, Vietnam, and even for a little place like Laos, at least a month – so much to experience. I’d leave out Eastern Europe, do it in another trip. Personally, I could easily spend a year just in India and Southeast Asia (add Indonesia maybe?) Don’t make that oh-so-American mistake of thinking these countries are small and you can cruise through them in a week or two, seems to me that negates the whole point of a year-long trip. Get an OPEN rtw air ticket, and just see how much ground you really want to cover once you get there and into the travel groove. The greatest joy of a long trip, is having no itinerary, no agenda, no rush to be anywhere!

  2. When traveling in New Zealand, do not miss Rotorua. It’s like an adult fun park (in the clean sense!).


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