We thought that we should map out where we are headed, at least as best we can guess at this point. We have a real mix of places that are booked with firm dates, countries where we have entry and exit times and other places that are really just rough guesses at this point (January 15, 2017).
Jan. 2017: L.A. and Dana Point, CA; Fiji; New Zealand
Feb. 2017: Australia; Singapore
March 2017: India; Bhutan; Thailand; Cambodia
April 2017: Vietnam
May 2017: Japan
June 2017: China; Greece; Italy
July 2017: Italy; Switzerland; Austria; Croatia; Hungary
August 2017: Poland; Czech Republic; Germany; Holland; Belgium
Sept. 2017: Sweden; Norway; Estonia; Russia
Oct. 2017: Scotland; England
Nov. 2017: England
Dec. 2017: England; Germany
Jan. 2018: Holland; France
Feb. 2018: Spain; Portugal
March 2018: Morocco; South Africa; Botswana; Victoria Falls
April 2018: Brazil
May 2018: Argentina
June 2018: Peru; Costa Rica; L.A.; Ashland, Oregon USA
It was an interesting process landing on a list of places to visit. We started with the places that had things we had to see or do – such as India (Taj Mahal), Holland (Anne Frank House) or Russia (Hermitage). We also spent a good deal of time mapping out the decent weather in general and as it impacted what we might want to do. Then we sprinkled in times and places where friends were willing to meet us. Lastly we added logistical details -such as visa duration, rail pass dates and how long it takes to get from place to place.
It has also been interesting to see what did not make this final cut. It is clear that there are lots of places we will miss; who would guess that 18 months barely scratches the surface of visiting the world? We have heard from so many friends that are sad that we will miss their favorite spot. Is it sad that we already have a list going for stops during our next trip – Egypt, Jordon, Israel, Iceland, Cuba… and that doesn’t even start to list the towns or regions that we know we will miss, even where we touch down in a country on the list. it’s a good thing we don’t plan on stopping our adventures after this trip!