Wow, first I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for the support of our big announcement. It was so fun to be able to finally share and your excitement made me even more excited. Now today I want to reveal our itinerary and how we’ve gone about planning for our one year of travel.
When Tom and I first started planning, a year seemed like forever. But as you start mapping out the world you realize how big it is and how little you will actually see in a years time. The list of places I want to travel far outreaches the list of places we will get to on this trip.
Tom and I are both planners, so we wanted to at least have a rough itinerary of the places that we wanted to go. There were a lot of factors to consider – flight prices, weather, daily budget in the country, etc. We also have two weddings that we are returning to Canada for, so we had to consider how to work that into our plan.
One thing Tom and I have definitely learned from previous travel experiences is the value of slowing down your travel. Traveling just to say you’ve been to a place or to check it off your list isn’t very rewarding. Instead, we prefer to have time to dig into the country more. Plus, as much as I love to travel, I hate the experience of getting there. Airport lineups, long flights, uncomfortable bus rides, and overnight train rides are not the glamorous and fun parts of travel. Slower travel means you get more experiences and spend less time on the road. I think this is a better strategy for both our finances and our sanity.
That’s not to say there won’t be times of fast travel in our itinerary. In Japan, for instance, we only have two weeks because it’s an expensive place to visit. We want to cover a lot of the major highlights which means we are moving cities every 1-2 days. But after that, we will slow it down again.
Another consideration for our travel is flexibility. While we are mapping out a rough itinerary, we are very open to it changing. A cheap flight or recommendation could change the course of where we are going.
But all that said, here is our rough itinerary:
The more and more I read about Japan, the more excited I am to travel here. Travelling Japan isn’t cheap, particularly during Cherry Blossom season when we’re going but it was a place we both wanted to see desperately. We are keeping costs down by only travelling for two weeks and making use of cheaper accommodation options like HomeStay and Couchsurfing.
April – June: Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia)
Vietnam was a place both Tom and I have had on our travel bucket list for a long time. So we are dedicating an entire month to this country and then moving around the rest of the Indochina until it’s time to return to Canada for the wedding of one of my best friends.
June – September: Eastern Europe (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia)
We will kick off our Europe portion by meeting my Dad and step-mom for a week in Germany. My background is German and we are planning to trace some of our heritage. Then Tom and I will move on into Eastern Europe. We don’t have any itinerary or specific countries that we must visit here, the plan is a very rough outline.
From Europe, we head home to Canada again for my brother’s wedding.
September – December: Indonesia and Australia
We plan to spend some chill time in Bali before moving on to Australia. Our ultimate goal in Australia is to buy a camper van and road trip the coast before selling our van. We’ll see if that journey becomes a reality.
January – March: South and Central America (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica)
We have absolutely nothing planned for south and central America yet except that we plan to make it there. I really would love to hike in Patagonia and drink wine in Argentina. I’m pretty open to the rest of the possibilities.
What would be the top places if you were planning a one-year travel itinerary? Have any recommendations for us?
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