Welcome to 2019. THE year. We have finally arrived. We have earned the right to say we are leaving to travel the world THIS YEAR. That’s exhilarating and terrifying. Being on this side of the year makes all the difference, as it’s finally beginning to feel real. We’re doing this. And there’s still so much to do!
As we continue to plan out the rough route of our trip and start hammering out the details, we find things we need to rearrange. Our first attempt had too much time in South America, had Europe during peak season, and more long-haul flights than we wanted to endure. We’ve cleaned up the timeline without sacrificing anything. Here are our changes and some examples on why the timing makes sense for each region.
So this post will be a tad different from the country profiles we’ve done in the past. We’re still collecting that information, but we didn’t think a table of text was very fun to read. So this will be a bit more personal. We’ll give you more insight as to why we’re considering this for our world trip.
Now first, it’s worth mentioning that China was not originally on Aaron’s list. With dreams of exploring the famous Great Wall and seeing legendary cities like Shanghai, I obviously didn’t realize this disparity between our priorities.
As another year draws to a close, we realize we’re that much closer to our departure. In conversation, we’re now saying “in about a year.” That’s crazy! We usually plan for smaller trips about a year out, so things are getting serious now!
Ireland is a beautiful country rich with rolling landscapes and ancient heritage. The people are friendly, the food is comforting, the music is lively, and the history is fascinating. What’s not to love?
This is a topic near and dear to our hearts. I am an avid photographer, and Aaron is passionate about video. Our lifeblood is our media, one of our primary reasons for traveling is to capture photos and make videos, and we plan on using this as a supplementary income source while we are abroad. In short: photography and videography is essential to our trip.
But how do we sustain these hobbies and income streams while traveling?
Romania has many castles and wonderful landscapes which will make for some great photography and video. We happen to know someone who is from Romania, so that helped inspire us to consider it for our world trip. She is a very nice and welcoming person, so we hope to find more people like her in this country.
Why do we want to go?
It is cheaper than western Europe and has many similar things from old Europe like castles and churches. It is a photographer’s dream with many landscapes in a country that is about the size of Oregon in the U.S. but much more populated. We’ve had some fear of this area as well so that makes us want to go even more. Maybe we can get our blood sucked out in Transylvania by some vampires (or mosquitoes). It would be fun to go there for their Halloween event. Continue reading “Considering… Romania”→
Iceland is a beautiful country, known for its pristine landscapes, hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, and spectacular aurora. It’s a landscape photographer’s dream, and it has lots to offer the outdoorsfolk. Rumored to be named to deter too many settlers, this island is beautiful, though it actually is home to quite a bit of ice.
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”→
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.