Part of the beauty of this trip is that there is no agenda. No defined itinerary. No checklist of things to see. And nothing stopping us from staying somewhere we want to explore for as long as we want and only moving on when we’re good and ready.
That said, we still felt we needed a rough idea of the path we would be taking (especially to pick a starting point). So we created this rough (or pseudo) itinerary.
We tried to take into account the location and timing of events in our bucket list, our desire to travel slowly, weather conditions, and visa rules. Our hope was that the result would give us the ability to answer the oft asked question, “Where are you going and when will you be back?”
Our little exercise produced an itinerary stretching out to the summer of 2014. At the start, we had no idea that we would be planning out this far. We also had no idea that we wouldn’t fit in half of the places we wanted to visit.
Although neither of us are willing to put an end date on our trip, we decided to quit planning once we hit the summer of 2014 for a couple of reasons. First, three years seems like a long time from now. As neither of us are committed to following this itinerary, there’s not much point in going further. More than likely the whole thing will need a major revision after the first month. Second, no matter how we look at it we’re going to be broke in three years unless we stop to work, an act that would screw up our itinerary and force another major revision.
We probably would have stopped planning way sooner, but 2014 was the earliest we could sensibly fit in horseback riding through Mongolia. Mike refused to accept any form of an itinerary that didn’t include Mongolia. He’s a bit obsessed.
Without further ado, we present our Rough Itinerary laid out in chronological order by ROYGBIV (Why the colours of the rainbow? Ashley’s a teacher. She’s a bit obsessed too. Enough said.):
It’s probably worth noting that the countries listed below are not a checklist, nor a limiting factor – we tried to define various regions that we would be spending time in, not necessarily the specific countries.
1. Mexico, Belize, Guatemala (July – August 2011)
2. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia (August – November 2011)
3. Chile, Argentina (December 2011 – March 2012)
4. England, France, Switzerland, Italy (April 2012 – June 2012)
5. The Balkans [Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Moldavia,Macedonia, Albania], Ukraine, Turkey (July 2012 – August 2012)
6. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon (September 2012 – October 2012)
7. Africa [Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Botswana, Namibia, Angola] (November 2012 – June 2013)
8. Spain, Portugal, Morocco (July 2013 – August 2013)
9. Nepal, India (September 2013-December 2013)
10. Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pupa New Guinea, Philippines (December 2013 – May 2014)
11. Mongolia (June 2014)
There are still plenty of countries we’d like to visit that we couldn’t seem to fit into this tight three year timeline. We listed many of them here. This list is not complete, we have in no way decided not to travel to a country because it did not make this list.
16. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland, Scotland
17. Norway, Finland, Sweden,
18. Greenland, Iceland