Considering… New Zealand

We’re ramping up our planning, so we need to bust out some more country profiles to help us decide where to go!

New Zealand invokes images of sprawling landscapes and stunningly beautiful mountain ranges thwarting hobbits’ journeys to Mordor.  It is known as an adventure mecca and a photographer’s paradise. Continue reading “Considering… New Zealand”

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World Trip Planning – Building Country Selection Profiles

To help narrow down the list of countries for our round-the-world trip, I have created a basic planning tool. It will give us perspective on the best time to visit a country, the key things to know before going, and all of the logistics of covering your basic human needs while abroad.  As we do more of these country profiles, there will be more things to consider, but this template should provide you with a good start to your trip planning.  Our next step will be to create a ranking system, which we will present in a later post.

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Preparing for International Trips (Japan)

Last week, we went through some planning tips for an international trip like Japan.  Here, we continue with some considerations while traveling internationally.  Our plan for Japan was a great template for future trips as we seemed to pull it off with only a few minor issues.  This was our experience. Continue reading “Preparing for International Trips (Japan)”

How to Plan an International Trip (Japan)

Planning an international trip can seem daunting at times, especially if you have never done it before.  There are so many things to think about like currency, language, transportation, activities, passports, flights, hotels, and food.  Japan was the first international vacation we’ve planned, and while it was challenging to put together, we found it was a fun and successful trip. Continue reading “How to Plan an International Trip (Japan)”

It Starts…

Welcome to our new adventure!  We’ve taken the first step to world travel: we’ve decided to do it!

The plan: a year around the globe.

We’re saving up, and we depart in less than a few years.  It seems a long way from now, but I don’t doubt it will come up fast.

This doesn’t mean we won’t travel before then, so follow us to see what we’re up to, how the planning is going, and where we’re headed next.  Be sure to see what prompted this adventure on the About page, tell us about your own travels, and let us know where YOU think we should go!

We’re all a part of this big, tiny world.

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