Lessons From The Road

Spin the Compass

In one of our early posts we talked about how on this RTW we were going to plan as we go, as opposed to the first trip where we scheduled and bought all our tickets before we departed. We’ve enjoyed and benefited from the flexibility that this decision has provided on this trip. It’s enabled us to say things like, “Well damn, we’re only 100 miles from the Bosnian border, why don’t we go?”

But what this means in the real world is that at some point, we have to sit down with a map and the iPad, and decide where we’re going next. Then comes the even harder part of pulling all the pieces together to make it happen. Plane tickets and a place to stay are one part. Then there’s visas to get us in, transport to get us where we need to be, how long to stay, and the logistics to get us to the next place. THIS is what we’ve been working on for the last couple of days.

Terri and I both enjoy research, but when there are so many choices and variables, it seems that sometimes it’s the case of “you need the answer to find the answer”. It’s all good fun though, and really exciting when we get through the haze of confusion and start to think about visiting new places. And we have three exotic, new countries lined up.

We’re spending the holidays in Athens, and then we make our move. The plan today is to head to the island paradise of Cyprus next, then Jordan (For all you Indiana Jones fans, we’re going to Petra, one place on our long-term wish list.), Sri Lanka, which wasn’t on the list, but was an interesting-sounding place on the path, then on to Bangkok. At least, that’s today’s plan.

Happy Trails,
James

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