Summer camp was one of the most formative experiences of my life. I couldn't have conceived, planned or decided to take this trip without the things I learned during 16 summers at Camp Echo in Fremont, Michigan.
For years we used our spare bedroom as Nate's office, but this past summer, we began to think about converting it to a second bedroom in order to rent it out on airbnb.
I’ve had better days.
Today I had to tell my boss that I’m leaving my job. It sucked.
I’ve been at my job for 2.5 years and got promoted in April, which was great. Since then I’ve had more responsibility and stress but also a lot more freedom and sense of ownership of my work. It was a good transition. Now though, just 8 months later, I had to tell my boss, “Thanks but no thanks! Keep your big fancy paycheck!” It didn’t go exactly like that.
My desktop wallpaper at home is a picture of a winding road and the caption: "If I quit now, I'll soon be back where I started and when I started, I was desperately wanting to be where I am now."
This is the map that we displayed at our wedding reception. It was our first crack at a basic itinerary for this yearlong adventure.
As it turns out, an itinerary like this is almost impossible to plan.
First off, everything sounds amazing. Going to the Galapagos sounds amazing. Taking a cruise across the Drake Passage from Argentina into Antarctica sounds amazing. Visiting Iran sounds amazing.
Then you start to dig a bit deeper and discover that you can't see everything (and you probably don't really want to). A year is a long time, but it's not THAT long.
So Nate and I sat down and made a list of things that would be spectacular to see and do. Then we started to do research around how much it would cost to visit these countries and when the best times would be to go. So far, everything lines up well (weather and tourist-season-wise) except India. There's just no way around it- we're going to be in India at one of the hottest, most difficult times of the year. Yikes.
We specifically opted not to book Round the World Tickets (which many airlines offer) simply because we heard too many stories about getting stuck in a set itinerary and not having the flexibility to meet other travelers and set off in a new direction. So we've just booked two one-way tickets to Colombia, and we're gonna wing it from there.
Here's the basic plan:
Here it is on the map:
Look good? Want to come meet us?