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Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
27Trip End Nov 09, 2010
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Where I stayed
Our country house in Bedias, Texas
How’d we get here, one of my very dear friends from long ago asked (hi Karen!). How do you just up and quit your job, rent out your house, leave the ‘world’ behind and plan a trip circling the globe for roughly 33,000 miles (thank you mapquest)? These were Karen’s questions;
Are we taking a computer? Yes, we (Tamara) have the most adorably cute little pink netbook we’ll be lugging around. A place to save photos, use in cyber cafes, write this journal, etc. I’ll write more later about her solar power USB charger!!
Do we have a mapped out plan, or just following the wind? We intended to be gone for a full year, but the Round The World (RTW) ticket rules with Continental dictate you must return within 365 days of the date of ticket ‘purchase’. We still don’t understand the rationale behind that rule (leaves no real planning time), but it means we’re doing our trip in exactly 299 days. With just three days to go before departure, we have just the first three days planned. I think that means the answer to the question is mostly just following the wind. We have the maximum six main flights booked as part of the RTW ticket (must go in one direction and we’re going east), but after our first three days in Rio, NOTHING is planned or reserved yet!
Camping, hostel, motels or hotels? "E", all of the above and more. Literally, we will be doing all of those and more – by choice. Those first three nights in Rio are compliments of many Marriott travel points from business travel over the years. Tamara made that reservation the other day when we realized we had nothing booked outside of arriving at the Rio airport on Saturday morning! We have our first desired destination in mind from Rio, but I’ll save that for when the time comes.
Are 50 year olds “too old” for hostels……….or “this whole thing”? “F” NO!!! I’m not sure what all the hostel rules may end up being, but my answer to the question is NOOOOOO.
How’d we really get here? Most, if not all, that may be reading this know we’ve traveled a lot over the years. We love it and have been blessed to have experienced a lot of it. We’ve been north inside the Arctic circle to the Ice Hotel in Sweden, to the very bottom of Chile approaching the south pole, and many points in between in all directions. For years we’ve talked about “the” RTW adventure. This has not been a random or sudden decision. If you know me at all, that can be certain………….and is clearly a primary question (to Tamara) for many of our friends. “Is Jeff really going to do this?” To be certain, Tamara is the no-holds-barred adventurer (as most know), but I am more than ready, willing and able to partake! In the end though, the final decision to just do it did sneak up on us.
What’s happened for us in the past six months to get us packing our backpacks for the world? Simply stated, I came home from a run one afternoon last summer and suggested to Tamara we should go for something (I think she will grant me credit for that). At the time, that meant a few things, most notably either packing up and moving to Colorado, or doing the RTW trip. We’d both have loved, and may still love some day, a move to Colorado, but thankfully I had a big birthday between then and now (but 50 is the new 30 as my ‘young’ college roommate told me!). We left for my birthday adventure in Chile and Easter Island thinking we’d come back and pack up for Colorado. We even put our house up for rent before we left in anticipation of our planned move. When we returned, our house was rented. Fairly quickly we both concluded we could postpone Colorado, have our mortgage paid for by renters, and go AROUND THE WORLD in 2010 paying rent on the road. Now we’re busy packing our backpacks for departure in less than three days time!
What’s next? Who knows, but that might be considered the best part! When our research started in earnest for this trip, Tamara read a blog that said something to the effect that if you plan too much, it’s not really an adventure. We want, need and sometimes crave adventure. I may not be an authority on the subject, but I do know too well from years of doing it, that sitting in a corporate-cubicle-coffin creating spreadsheets and powerpoint slides will not be adventurous, might just bore you to tears and land you in a very unhappy place. How to escape that may take several avenues, but it may also take realizing the need to just do it, conquer your fears, face the challenge and accept the exciting adventure that will await you. That’s what Tamara and I have decided, and we have NO FEAR (thanks Thom!) about what we’ll discover! To my amazing travel and adventure partner, Tamara; let’s get this adventure started!!!
Goodbye cubicle, hello world!