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Every time I tell somebody about our upcoming Great Big Trip Around The World, the first question always has to do with our planned route.
When we initially started talking about this trip we came up with our country criteria; no English and only developing countries. We have a number of reasons for this. Ultimately, they’ll be the least expensive, allowing us to stretch our dollar the furthest (especially now that our Canadian dollar is worth so little!), and will expose us to cultures very different from our own.
The other, possibly most important criteria, is that we want to chase summer! I figure if I’m leaving Northern Canada for a year I want to leave the snow behind too. There are some great winter activities, that we love and fully embrace when we’re at home, but if we’re on the road I only want to pack for one season only.
Over the past three years our route plan has morphed drastically! We’ve added, changed, removed countries and added again. Initially I had about 30 countries on the list, then I cut it down to 20, and now we’re back up to about 25. Ultimately, we want to be flexible so who knows where the wind will actually take us! That being said, we have a number of people joining us for parts of the year, so we do know where we’ll be at those specific times.
July 22 – Grande Prairie -> Vancouver -> Guangzhou, China.
July 27 – Guangzhou, China –> Tashkent, Uzbekistan
August – Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan
September – China (I’ll be leaving Randy and the girls in Beijing while I spend a few days in Las Vegas from Sept 9-14 for a meeting!)
October 6 – My mom flies into Kathmandu!!
October – Nepal, Bhutan & Bali.
November – Bali & Myanmar
December – Thailand & Laos
January – Vietnam
February – Egypt & Israel
March – Jordan & Ethiopia
April – Kenya & Mexico
April 22-29 – I have another meeting in Mexico, this time the whole family is coming!!
May – Overland through Central America (Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama)
June – Central America & Ecuador
July – Peru & Bolivia
What do you think? Am I trying to cram too much in? Randy’s worried the answer to that question is “yes”, but I’m worried if I stay still for too long I’ll get bored!! Hopefully we’ll manage to find a good balance.
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