Early excitement

Trip Start Dec 11, 2010
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's official! We finally booked our round-the-world trip! Who are we? You can call us JADE, which stands for John, Ada, Daniel, and Ed - the four fearless crew members! It took some serious research - and a couple of brainstorming sessions - to figure out the optimal route and the exact duration of each stop, but now it's all done. (That said, we're allegedly free to tweak the latter as long as the alternative flights are available.) All that thanks to the offer from www.oneworld.com that lets you book a round-the-world journey composed of up to 15 sectors, for a rather humble price. You're basically charged according to the number of continents you want to visit. We went with Europe (duh), Asia, Australia & Oceania, and South America, which you can see on the map already.

Before you ask why we chose place X over Y, you need to know that it's all a compromise between our dreams and the possibilities that oneworld offers. Do you want to go to Kathmandu? Then better take into account that there is only one connecting flight from there: the one to Hongkong. (By the way, same for Nairobi, the only connection being London (sic) - take it from here, Meryl.) At the same time, you're not allowed to cross twice through the same hub. Wait a minute - you might say - so how on Earth do you go to Kathmandu, not passing through Hongkong twice? Now that is a task worthy of a bunch of heavy gamers, which we happen to be!

Noticed how I wrote "15 sectors", and not flights, above? It turns out you're allowed to incorporate some so-called surface sectors into your trip. We actually ended up with two of these: one between New Delhi and Kathmandu (take an educated guess where we're flying from there), and another from Cairns to Brisbane. Speaking of which: probably one of the most exciting parts of the trip, too! The plan is to rent a camper (see fig. 1) and drive along the Great Barrier Reef, while enjoying some diving, snorkelling, or getting a new pair of those classy crocodile leather shoes ;-)

But I'm getting ahead of myself. All this and much more you will learn from our reports during the actual trip, and there are still 5,5 long months to go before we even take off. This entry is thus merely directed to let out some of that early excitement, and give y'all some details on the exact route, as it seems slightly more efficient than telling the exact same story to every person that asks about it. Just slightly ;-P

Last but not least, a personal note: please bear with me in case I speak of nothing else than the trip during the coming months. (Actually, an occasional slap in the face might help.) This will be a period of visa-frenzy, vaccine-addiction, hotel-booking-marathon, with a bit of guide-reading on the side. You'll have to forgive me. The plane to Amman leaves on December 11th, but right now I feel as in I was going to see the Dead Sea tomorrow. Are we there yet? Like I said, forgive me. Are we there yet? Really, please forgive me. Are we there yet? Pretty please. Are we... Well, you get the picture.

Till then - like my favourite sister says - lots of love, hugs, and kisses,
Daniel
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M on

Sounds amazing! Keeping fingers crossed! And awaiting frequent updates!

M on

And bring me to Gdansk some cool souvenirs :)

Iza on

Where is the next post???? still waiting.....

Cristina & Volkert on

Nicely done, JADE! We'll be following all your steps. Cool blog :) good luck with all the preparations. Greetz, C&V

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