Big, huge, ginormous announcement!
One of the wonderful parts about doing an indefinite round-the-world trip is the flexibility it provides. Doing preparation (versus planning) lets you look from different angles. When you arrange travel as you go, you aren’t a slave to a fixed itinerary. Slow travel is such an awesome way to truly experience a place, its culture, and people. And that is precisely one of the things that has really bothered me about our current itinerary. Until we hit Paris, every place we visit is less than a month. We don’t go much beyond that until we hit India when we can stay up to 6 months if we want. The pace of our trip has really bugged me.
So have the logistics. There is a lot to Central & South America, and our current plan has us only in Ecuador for 3 weeks before heading to Europe. At some point I’d like to spend a good amount of time exploring all those countries, and Antartica is also one of the places we want to visit. Can’t visit 6 continents and say okay that was fun and quit can we?
After pondering things, I had a sudden idea. One of those that pops up and greets you with so much truth to it that you instantly say “YES! That’s it!” And then you look back and think “Duh! Why didn’t that occur to me before?” Yesterday was one of those moments. The excitement stayed with me all day. When I picked up Tigger, I began presenting the idea to him, and he immediately said “I see where you’re going with this.” So I asked him where I was going. He told me, and he was right. Since we’re a team, we made the decision as a team. Hurry up and get to the point you say? Okay.
We’re radically changing our itinerary. We’re going to begin with Central America and slow travel our way down through South America, hitting Antartica while we’re down there, before continuing our journey to the other side of the world. We’ll be in the Americas for probably a couple of years minimum. While we’re down there, might as well visit Easter Island, too. We’ll also probably add some destinations to the Africa portion of our trip so we can explore more of that continent as well. We have time, as far as any of us know, so there’s no rush.
Our departure date, however, won’t be changing, even though I’d REALLY like to make that earlier. There is still a lot to do before we head out, so we might as well avail ourselves of that.