My trip is now booked, 17 countries over 130 days with 3 tours; Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Iceland, England, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Antarctica, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama.
Watching and dealing with a colleague with a terminal illness who is about my age as made me even more determine to get out an experience the world. You never know wants around the corner and I don’t want to have regrets by delaying and never doing. Money can always hold us up but if you want it enough you can find a way, it comes down to choices.
Leaving Melbourne on Thursday 27 September 2012 at 9.30 am and returning to Brisbane on Saturday 2 February 2013 sees me out of the country for just on 128 days (with a few extra days in Brisbane making 130 days overall).
I had previously worked out the tours I wanted but in booking this trip I made up my mind about my optional Europe place to visit and this time it’s going to be Iceland. It was going to be Denmark but I realised just how far out of the way Iceland is and I was going to be in England and I found a very good package travel using Iceland-Air, so it’s off to see the Northern Lights for me!
I managed to score an award business class around the world ticket so I now have a comfortable seat for over 57 hours of long haul flying – a little different from my backpacker days 🙂 I also had to paid for some short haul flights inside Europe, USA, Argentina and to get to Mexico from USA, cost a few hundred each, unfortunately these flights are in economy 😦
Highlights should include;
Grand Palace (Bangkok), temples and mosques in Asia, night zoo (Singapore), Northern Lights (Iceland), ATV (all-terrain vehicle) across snowfields, London Show, visiting castles in Germany, Flamenco dancing (Madrid), Trekking through Patagonia’s Glacier National Park, Antarctica landings, visiting the White House, enjoying Broadway shows (NYC), Everglade airboat (Miami), Pyramids (Central America), Mayan ruins, snorkelling coral reefs off Belize, and visiting volcanoes (Iceland and Central America).
There are 6 legs to this trip, Asia (27/9/12-15/10/12), Europe (15/10/12-26/10/12), South America / Antarctica (26/10/12-21/11/12), USA (22/11/12-30/11/12), Central America (30/11/12-28/01/12) and finally USA / Australia (28/01/12-04/02/12).
This is a big around the world trip going from near the northern top (Iceland) to the southern tip (Antarctica). I’ve be taking a few days off when I return to recover. I think this is going to be my biggest and best ever trip with a little bit of comfort in the mix. The Central American tour still isn’t guaranteed either which could change thing a bit.
This is why I work, so I can afford to travel – 4 months of work on paid leave (long service leave).