One of the difficult parts of planning a yearlong adventure like this has a lot to do with how much we want to commit ourselves in advance.
Do we book every flight throughout the year? Do we wait and see how we feel in a certain place and then decide to stay longer or move on?
Early on, we did research about the pros and cons of buying RTW tickets vs. point-to-point flights and decided that we'd rather air on the side of winging it than have every leg of this trip planned out.
The benefits of this strategy are we get real freedom and flexibility, something we're both very excited about in contrast to our current (very structured) lives. The downside is that tickets book up, and we run the risk of losing flights that we could have otherwise book with miles.
So we're trying a bit of both.
We didn't purchase RTW tickets, but we're not completely winging it either.
One of our biggest legs will be getting from Peru/Bolivia in South America to Cape Town, a ticket that can easily cost $2,000 one way per person. Luckily, Nate has been keeping an eye out for award flights that could get us to where we need to go.
So, while we'd love to hold off and see how things go in South America, today we decided to book our flights to Africa. Here's what they look like:
Nate put his travel hacking knowledge to work and got us these tickets on business class for just $161! Pretty amazing.
All together, this will be two full days of travelling, and a whole lot of sleeping in the airport. Luckily, the one thing we do have on our side is time.
What do you think? Are we crazy for booking this?
370. That's the number of days I spent traveling last year.
From my time in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, here's a list of all of the things (big and small) my trip around the world taught me.
I'm returning to Italy this Fall to offer weeklong cooking vacations alongside the Italian chef we stayed with on our trip. Here's how I booked all of my flights from Denver to Pisa for just $220.26.
Over the course of our year of travel, we embarked on a number of hikes. In Peru, we hiked for four days along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In Namibia, we undertook a day of climbing red dunes in Sossusvlei. In Vietnam, we did a trek through some of the largest cave systems in the world.
So I know I promised to stay in the United States for a while, but there have been some new developments. But I booked some flights...
Big changes are happening for us here in Denver, but on the smaller scale, here's how our life looks and feels different after the trip.
Wow. I am exhausted.
So I'm ready to admit that I underestimated how difficult this process would be.
As I write this, I'm sitting at a crappy wooden desk in a room overlooking the covered pool at the Days Inn Omaha. Nate's on the bed masochistically watching videos about Trump, and Lily's beside him almost audibly wondering what's happening and if we live here now.
Check out our photos from Kyoto, Japan!
Check out our photos from Osaka, Japan!