Announcing Our Latest and Greatest RTW Plans
A photo from back when I had hair (Hello, hair. I miss you). Me hunched over a map is a common sight in our household.
I haven’t said much about our RTW departure date in awhile.
When I started this blog almost a year ago (whoa), Brian and I were dead-set on leaving in January 2012. Little did we know that there would be many twists and turns and bumps in the road. January 2012 is only three months away and, well, we’re not leaving in three months.
At this point we feel like we’ve jumped 7 out of the 10 hurdles that we need to jump to get out the door. What’s keeping us here now is the lease on our apartment, saving money to meet our goal, and nailing down the final details about where our dogs will live while we travel.
The good news is that we are certain about our new departure date and have begun to formulate the plans around the first two legs of our trip.
So, without further ado, I present to you our latest and greatest RTW plans.
(Hold on while I jump up!!!!!!!! and down!!!!!!!! and freak out a little bit!!!!!!!!!!)
We are leaving in May, 2012.
We will spend the summer of 2012 (June, July, and August) driving throughout the U.S. We’ll visit our families and our friends, we’ll go to at least two weddings, and we’ll fulfill a dream that we have talked about since we first moved to Oregon: Road tripping and backpacking the National Parks of the West.
Despite my phobia of grizzly bears, we are both beyond excited to spend the summer exploring the beautiful country that we currently live in. Tetons, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Sequoia/Kings Canyon and Yosemite: Here we come.
In late August/early September we will fly to Peru. We’ll kick off our international travels with a trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. (Update: We aren’t starting in Peru. We’ll actually be starting our international travels in Ecuador).
Afterwards, we’ll spend a few weeks in a Spanish Immersion Program. Once we’ve brushed up on our Spanish we’ll take the next four months to travel through South America. We don’t know exactly what that will entail but we know for sure that we want to do some trekking in Patagonia (November is the perfect time) and that we will probably end up renting a timeshare or an apartment in Buenos Aires and spend Christmas there.
Around the beginning of the new year (2013) we will fly to SE Asia.
We don’t know what the timeline will be but after a few months in SE Asia we do plan to eventually travel through India, Nepal, and China and then ride the Trans-Mongolian railway from China, through Mongolia, and into Russia. Then, we’ll explore eastern and western Europe. Stay a month in Paris. Travel through Italy. Ride the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.
At least, that’s the vague plan now, but who knows what will happen?
One thing we know for sure is that we want to move slowly, stay open, and let the universe guide us. We have a general idea of what our route might look like but we reserve the right to change that at any time. Life, as we all know, sometimes has other plans. We want to be open enough to tag along.