By , April 17, 2011 8:35 pm
Rough Itinerary

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Cue the fanfare, today we present the Rough Itinerary for our RTW trip beginning on July 6th, 2011. If you take the time to review our Rough Itinerary, you’ll notice that we’ve left it quite vague.  So vague that we forgot to include any of the things we plan to do.

You’re telling me that you are supposed to put activities into your itinerary?  Are you sure?

To make amends, here’s a small list of some of what we are planning to do along the way.

Visit the runes in Chitzen Itza on route to Belize

Chitzen Itza

By Fcb981 (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

We’ll probably stay in Belize for a week or so.


By Nepenthes (own pic) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Next up, learning Spanish in Guatemala. From what we gather, we’ll spend about 5 weeks in classes while living with a local family.

La Antigua Guatemala

By Joseandres96 (Own work) CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Eventually, we’ll make our way to Ecuador where we hope to volunteer at Sacred Sueños for 1-3 months.


By The lifted lorax at en.wikipedia - Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Our next scheduled activity isn’t until the summer of 2012 when we plan to walk the 1900km Via Francigena.


By Laurom (Own work) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We have to wait quite a while after the 80 day walk before we are allowed back into the Schengen Area due to visa requirements. This forces us to wait until July 2013 before coming back to Spain for La Tomatina in July 2013.  La Tomatina is a non-negotiable item on Ashley’s wish list.


By flydime (La Tomatina (25.08.2010) / Spain, Buñol) CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

From there, we’ve got another winter to while away before we go horseback riding yurt to yurt though Mongolia in the summer of 2014.


By Bouette CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Everything else we’ll make up as we go along.

What do you think – too defined? Too ambitious? Not ambitious enough?

11 Responses to “Our Itinerary Released”

  1. I like your ‘anchors’ that you use to plan ur itinerary around. I think with 3 years on the road, you’ll have plenty of time to be flexible and take things slowly.

    • Mike Lenzen says:

      So cool that you guys found time to comment before your flight. Have a good trip, looking forward to reading all about SA.

  2. Skott says:

    I seriously can’t believe you are trying to make our 800km trek across Spain look like a walk around the block! Now you’re just showing off….

    I have no sniff how I will sell Shawna on traveling for three years, but you know my feelings on the yurt-to-yurt…I will be there if I can be!!

    • Mike Lenzen says:

      I should probably book Mongolia tomorrow just to make sure I can have the bigger horse. Oneupmanship takes dedication. Mongolia 2014!

  3. Wow…sounds like you guys have some great events planned! cheers!

  4. Susan Lenzen says:

    Well it’s probably a good thing Mom doesn’t regularly read your blog… 2014 hey… she’s still hoping you’ll be back in 1 year… or less if possible.

    I hope you guys have an amazing trip, but we’re sure as hell going to miss you guys while you’re gone. It’ll take quite a few scotch nights to catch up on 3 years worth of adventures!

    • Mike Lenzen says:

      Well you never know. The old Travel Funds are likely going to play a big roll in how long we can be on the road.

      But now that I can correlate the number of days on the road to the amount of scotch I’ll get to drink when I get back, 2014 may not be long enough.

  5. megan says:

    Wow! Sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read more about your trip. I also really like the idea of having anchors for your trip – I did that too, to a certain extent and it really helps to have something to work towards, but also have huge chunks of time that were completely unscheduled.

    Mongolia is unforgettable. My only piece of advice would be to bring it forward!! 😀

    • Mike Lenzen says:

      I’ll have to pester you for info about Mongolia. It’s probably the thing on my bucket list that I’m looking forward to the most.

      I’d like to bump it up, we’ll just have to let things play out and see when we can get there.

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