I almost hesitate to post our potential itinerary because I know it will change so much from the minute I write it down all the way through the end of our year of travel. But since so many of my family members (and I have a lot of those) have asked where we’re going, here’s the very tentative schedule:
A bunch of other SE Asia countries
Europe (looking at mostly eastern Europe, England and Spain)
Given that a lot of the friends I’ve made through reading travel blogs are either out on the road now or have come back, I’m learning a lot through their experiences. I do want to travel slowly, even though that limits the number of places we can visit. SE Asia is going to be hard since everything is seemingly so close together and “Why not visit [insert country name]…we’re so close!” But I know we need some breathing room in our itinerary to take opportunities as they come and to allow Shawn to write and for me to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I have no doubt this is highly subject to change. I do know, however, that come September 16th, we will be flying to Mongolia.
Shawn spent two years in the Peace Corps in the early 2000s and hasn’t been back since. I’m desperate to visit the desert and see what the stars look like at night in true darkness. He still has a friend who lives there and we’ll be doing one of the tours through his business Manlai’s Budget Tours. I also want to see where Shawn lived for two years and see Russia (from across the border, of course).
How South Korea Made the Cut
Back in the early days of planning, I thought to myself, “We’ll just take a train from Mongolia to SE Asia!” And then I looked at the logistics of that. Now maybe I haven’t done enough research, but it looked like it was going to take multiple days, Chinese visas, and at least two transfers to do that. Given the cost of all that, besides the amount of time it would take to get from A to B, we decided to fly. And since we were flying, we might as well hit the Philippines. I grew up in Seattle and had a lot of Filipino friends. It was going to cost about the same for us to stop over in South Korea rather than just flying straight through, so we decided to stop. Since making this decision, I’ve done quite a bit of reading on South Korea and now I’m really excited to visit, if only to eat copious amounts of kimchi.
Down Mexico Way
I was reading a bit about extended travel in Europe and found out that thanks to a little thing called the Schengen Agreement, we’re not supposed to be in Europe for longer than three out of every six months. That kind of screwed up our plans to split our time between Asia and Europe. I am not the definitive authority on this, so if anyone has any useful information, please let me know. When I found this out, I told Shawn, oh well, we can just go to Mexico. And then that sounded pretty darn good. My mom’s family is from Mexico and we have plenty of contacts and after reading Sarah’s posts about living in Playa del Carmen…who wo
And of course, this will all probably change a million times before we actually step foot on an airplane.