Way back in May 2015 I wrote a blog entry “2016 and Beyond” that outlined possible travel over the next four years as I moved beyond 52 countries. I listed eight possible tours and I’ve ended up doing three of these (or similar tours) to Sri Lanka, Indochina (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) and High Road to Tibet (Nepal and Tibet).
I also ended up doing The Great African Expedition from November 2017 to January 2018.
Now it’s time to work out what’s the plan for the next few years and whether I should aim to move from 70 countries I’ve already seen to 100 countries. To start I’d need to work out if there are 30 countries left that I’m interested in and which line up with my Bucket List – To Do , for example seeing Petra in Jordan.
These are the countries (In no particular order) that I haven’t visited that I’ve actually interested in:
07) South Korea
10) British Virgin Islands
29) Falkland Island
While I haven’t listed any Caribbean countries I will visit some with my niece Erin when she finishes school in 2024. So of the above countries are problematic for different reasons like Israel, Jordan, Iran and Venezuela making it unlikely I’ll see all these four countries. This is my current thinking.
I’m looking at undertaking an On The Go Tours Classic Colombia trip that would also include a bucket list item (seeing another Grand Slam Tennis Tournament- US Open) and flying home on Singapore Airlines First Class flight. This is 80% likely to occur.
2024 – 2025 (Nov 2024 to Jan 2025)
This is the trip with Erin once she finishes year 12 and is based on the same concept as the one I took her brother Andrew back in 2009.
We know at this point that this post Year 12 trip will include Ecuaador covering the Amazon and Galápagos Islands. Most likely a a trip like this one – Ecuador Mainland & the Galápagos Islands Tour.
After that is will likely be a cruise of the Caribbean. Maybe something like 14 Night Exotic Caribbean In-Depth II cruise.