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Trip Prep

11th November
2011
written by Hazel
Our Wedding Map

Our Wedding Map

First things first, all of the photos in this post are by Jason Fukura – he was our awesome wedding photographer and you can check out his website here.

It has taken me a long time to get to this post, but it’s a really special one!  Justin and I spent a long time dreaming about heading off on this trip.  We made lists of places we’d like to go, messed around with possible routes and looked up activities.  About six months before we left home we got married and decided that the wedding was the perfect chance to get some great travel ideas from our friends and family.  Each person who came to the wedding got a card and a little sticky arrow and we had a giant laminated map hung in the entry of the reception.  Throughout the evening people filled out the cards telling us where we should go and why and then stuck their arrow (numbered so we could match it up with the cards) to the map.  At the end of the night we had lots of great ideas and a really fun map!

So, now that we are nearing the end of the trip I wanted to post the list of locations our nearest and dearest suggested to us and to highlight which ones we made it to in our travels.  We were flattered that many people picked their hometowns (for those of you we didn’t visit, we still want to come!) and loved all the ideas (and reasonings!), but we’ll need to make several more trips to make it to them all.

Here they are!  Places we have been or will go to are in bold and I’ve tried to link back to our blog posts about the ones we have already visited and I’ll come back as we get more written and update the links for the other bold ones.

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13th April
2011
written by Hazel

We just finished another 22 hour bus ride, so I thought I’d post this.  I wrote it a little while ago, but wanted to get it up to document our planning process and how the trip will go!

 

When we started to plan our trip we looked at all kinds of options for getting ourselves around the world.  From our reseach it seemed to us that most people doing this type of trip do one of two major options.

Option 1:  Buy your flights as you go.  This provides a lot of flexibility since nothing or at least not everything is booked up front.  You also can shop for cheap flights as you go and try to save money that way.

Option 2:  Buy a Round the World ticket from one of the major airline alliances.  This has the advantage of the price being set upfront, you have dates and flights set before you leave home, and there’s usually at least some measure of flexibility built in, although you may have to pay to change some things on the fly.

We went with option 2.  After checking around we decided to buy our ticket here: Oneworld Alliance.  We liked their planner and found that we could get the kind of trip we wanted this way.  Even if you aren’t setting off around the world it’s fun to play with their planner and see all the places you can go!!!  Oneworld Planner

Our Itinerary:

Sorry this is a little small, please click to enlarge.  I had a terrible time getting this table to work here – guess it’s about time I learned some HTML.
We will end up going to six of the seven continents!  The order might not seem completely intuitive, but this is how we could get the most direct flights, which means we could go to more places.  It leaves a lot of freedom in how we travel once we arrive in each location.  We could have planned the flights to get us to more tourist locations, but our general strategy was to fly into large cities and then work from there.  Hence all the long bus rides so far!
If anyone out there has any suggestions about our future destinations we’re always interested in recommendations and advice!
6th April
2011
written by Hazel

Ready to Travel

I have been meaning to write this post ever since I hit publish on part one.  When we were preparing for our trip I found this kind of information so helpful and was anxious to document what I’m carrying with me.  So this is long overdue.  On the other hand, now that we’ve been on the road for four months I’m in a much better position to comment on what has been needed and used and what hasn’t.  So here it is, what I have with me now. (more…)

30th November
2010
written by Hazel

I had hoped to get a lot more blog posts up before heading out, but it’s time to turn off my computer, pull out the hard drive, and say goodbye to the rest of it.

It’s so hard to leave this place – we love our apartment and our friends and our dog!  The goodbyes have been tough, but wonderful to have such amazing friends.  And now we’re almost on our way.  Tomorrow we set off for a few days in Seattle with family and then on Saturday we fly out.

Thank you California friends!!!!!  We’re really going to miss you!!!

It's so empty!

29th November
2010
written by Justin

This is getting so real!  Had to say farewell to several friends last night and to all of LiveOps today.  Between that and the stuff fleeing to Goodwill it is all getting crazy.  We leave tomorrow!  Vamanos!

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27th November
2010
written by Justin
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We decided to go with Allways car rental for our New Zealand campervan.  This company, in addition to having vans when we called (who knew that all of New Zealand is also looking to rent a campervan in the middle of summer), has been really helpful with everything we need.  They had a super cheap deal on their older models going, $65 NZD/day or so, but in order to guarantee an automatic transmission we decided to upgrade to their premium model, the “Ferns” van, for which we could request an automatic.  This also has a stove and a fridge right in the van so making our own meals will be even easier!

24th November
2010
written by Hazel

One week from today we will (hopefully) be arriving at my parents’ house and be completely out of our place in California!  Time is flying by and our house is oh so gradually emptying out.  Here’s somewhat of an update on what we’ve been up to:

Recently:

  • Dealing with selling/donating/giving away the furniture and other stuff we’ve collected over the years.  If you know anyone who wants anything we still have some stuff for sale.
  • Last swing dance practice with our dance troupe.  Check them out – we’re sad to be leaving!
  • Learning to tango!  This has been wonderful fun and we’re hoping we’ve gotten enough of the basics down that we’ll be able to keep learning in Argentina.
  • An all too brief trip to Sacramento for a visit with an awesome friend.
  • Getting my trusty Subaru set for our drive up to Seattle.  We’re hoping that the recent cold spell up there will not make our trip too treacherous.

What we’re still working on:

  • Finalizing our backpack packing lists.  I’m itching to get some more details up about packing lists, but want to wait until we’re pretty well set.
  • Still have one more booster shot for Japanese Encephalitis.
  • This blog!  We need to figure out photo management while we’re away and how best to display galleries to share with our friends.
  • All the little planning details – so very time consuming.
  • Making the most of our time with friends here.  It’s going to be hard to leave!
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16th November
2010
written by Hazel

How did they know?

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15th November
2010
written by Hazel

We’ve been busy getting details worked out for the first stop on our trip – New Zealand!

So far we have booked a hostel for our first night in Auckland.  We’ll head there and crash the first night and then the next day we will pick up our sleepervan which will be our home for the next 6.5 weeks.  We will be cruising around in the “ferns” van which we can park at campgrounds and sleep and cook in.  There’s lots of great hiking, beaches, and scenery, so I don’t think we’ll be getting bored!  We’re also going to use our driving time to listen to tons of Spanish language tapes to get prepared for our next couple of stops.

We’ll have about a week on the North Island and then take the ferry over to the South Island.  The plan is to spend Christmas in Christchurch and this is the one place we’ve made camping reservations ahead of time.  There’s a place to camp just a few blocks from the Cathedral in downtown Christchurch, so we figured we’d give it a go.  This location also provides computer access, so we know for sure we can get some blog posts up at that point.

After a month on the South Island we’ll head back up north for another week and a half before we go back to Auckland for our flight to South America.  Pretty flexible all in all, but it’s nice to know that we have all of the important details set now.

15th November
2010
written by Hazel

Hopefully over the next week or so anyone visiting this space will notice some updates to what we have going on.  Our main goal for this blog is to keep friends and family up-to-date with our travels and to have an opportunity to record what we get up to.  We’re working on a map that will show the details of our trip and hopefully be a way to organize our posts as well.  We’re also hoping to do a spiffing up of the looks of the blog and to find a way to share more of our photos with you.

It’s really exciting to see this page take shape as well as to share our plans as they come together.  We’re down to 20 days left in the country and are getting more excited every day!

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