(Yes, we have a house sitter, alarm, big dog, good neighbors, etc. This is not an invitation to try to find my (not) empty house, it won’t end well for you, I promise.)
We leave in 14 days; gone for 71 days.
We will cover 20 countries, drive some 10,000 miles and fly close to 40,000 miles.
North America. Europe. Africa. Asia. Australia.
Virtually all of it booked using airline miles. Hotels using reward points and combo cash/point awards whenever possible. This is why loyalty matters.
It’s not a vacation, we’ll be working along the way. We’re planning single day training events along the way. Business meetings too. If you have a user group in one of the places listed below, let me know, we’ll try to stop by. Some of the places we’re staying for days, a couple of them our stop is measured in hours.
There will be lots of blogging. It’s been months (if not years) of exploring and planning and now 14 days out is when I can finally put some words down and blog about it. There is simply so much to it that it’s almost overwhelming.
People keep asking me what part of the trip, which stop, am I most looking forward to, what country/city? I don’t care, it will all be great. But I have never spent 70 consecutive days with my husband before. That’s what I am looking forward to the most.
Below is the list of our trip, if there’s a specific place you’d like a postcard from, drop me a line. I’ll do my best. And unless I am your mother, please don’t just say “all”.
Fly Colorado Springs to Washington DC
Fly Washington DC to Frankfurt Germany
Fly Frankfurt to Oslo Norway
Drive Oslo to Flam Norway
Train Flam to Myrdal Norway
Train Myrdal to Bergen Norway
Boat Bergen to Flam
Drive Flam to Oslo
Fly Oslo to Munich Germany
Drive Munich to Prague Czech Republic
Drive Prague to Budapest Hungary (via Bratislava Slovakia)
Drive Budapest to Zadar Croatia
Drive Zadar to Venice Italy (via Slovenia)
Drive Venice to La Spezia Italy
Drive La Spezia to Zermatt Switzerland
Drive Zermatt to Schwangau Germany (via Vaduz Lichtenstein)
Drive Schwangau to Stuttgart Germany
Drive Stuttgart Germany to Munich
Fly Munich to Oslo
Fly Oslo to Istanbul Turkey
Fly Istanbul to Dar es Salaam Tanzania
Fly Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg South Africa
Fly Johannesburg to Cape Town South Africa
Fly Cape Town to Hoedspruit South Africa
Drive Hoedspruit to Mala Mala South Africa
Drive Mala Mala to Pretoria South Africa
Fly Pretoria to Bangkok Thailand
Fly Bankok to Krabi Thailand
Fly Krabi to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Fly Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Fly Singapore to Bangkok
Fly Bangkok to Hong Kong
Fly Hong Kong to Sydney Australia (via Bangkok)
Fly Sydney to Queenstown New Zealand
Drive Queenstown to Akora New Zealand
Drive Akora to Picton New Zealand
Boat Picton to Wellington New Zealand
Drive Wellington to Napier New Zealand
Drive Napier to Rotorura New Zealand
Drive Rotorura New Zealand to Auckland New Zealand
Fly Auckland to Honolulu Hawaii
Fly Honolulu to Los Angeles California
Fly Los Angeles to Seattle Washington
Fly Seattle to Denver Colorado