What a whirlwind planning this round the world trip has been! We’ve only been on the road for two weeks and we have already learned so much about the world, ourselves and what we need to get by.
So are we fully prepared for the remainder of our year of adventure? Yes and No.
We’ve intentionally kept our itinerary loose. While we know where our trip will take us so far we’ve only booked about a third of the tickets we’ll need to complete it. Part of that is because, as I explained here, we opted to pay as we go rather than sign on for a Round the World ticket. I still feel it was the right decision for us.
There are other decisions we made that are also working out so far. We stuck to our plan and rolled out into the world with one Eagle Creek bag each. We’ve done laundry twice now with ease and so far most of our clothing choices were right. The few things we think we’re missing (a better jacket for the kids, an extra pair of jeans for me) we’ll pick up before leaving North America in a few days.
The butterflies that were attacking my nerves a few months ago are back but this time they are accompanied by smiles. Watching the boys excitedly yammer to people we meet about their “world adventure” reminds me of why we set out to do this in the first place. And watching them proudly do things they never thought they could (and which sometimes make me a little nervous) with grins they can’t hide, makes me certain we’re doing the right thing.
We’ll spend a year as a family creating memories that will hopefully bring us all closer to each other, help us appreciate what we left at home and help us to be better human beings.
The journey has begun and it is so far from being over.
A lot of you are asking for more information on where we’ll be when. Here’s how our plans are shaking out this week:
June 30 – Depart Toronto for Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 3 – Saskatoon
July 6 – Calgary and Canmore
July 11- Vancouver and Whistler
July 16 – Seattle, Washington
July 17 – Portland, Oregon
July 20 – Buenos Aires, Argentina/ Quito Ecuador/ Galapagos Islands/ Cartegena, Colombia/ Bogota, Colombia
August 20 – Los Angeles
August 24 – China – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong
September 21 – Sydney, Australia/ Tasmania/ New Zealand
There’s more to come and I’ll let you know as soon as we do. :)