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I.  The Making of 2 Go Global Proposed Itinerary
II.  2 Go Global  Proposed Itinerary  

I.  The Making of 2 Go Global Proposed Itinerary

Our proposed itinerary was a labor of love.  This is where we were able to spend countless hour upon hour reading guidebooks and otherwise educating ourselves in an effort to figure out where we wanted to go.  Generally, we tried to do this on a continent by continent basis.  For instance, we would read through guidebooks on Southeast Asia and, largely on that basis, make some preliminary determinations about where we wanted to travel and what we wanted to see.  

After making general determinations about where we wanted to go, it came time to figure out when we wanted to be there and for how long.  This was the hard part.  Trying to put together an itinerary that makes logical sense in terms of direction (e.g. generally heading in a westerly or easterly direction), adverse seasonal conditions, particular dates that can’t be missed, airline scheduling, high and low tourist seasons, festivals or other significant events, and the myriad of other facts and circumstance that struggle for attention is a mind-bending process.  But fun.  It truly calls for some outside the box thinking as various scenarios are played out in the hope of seizing upon the perfect fit.  

For instance, in our proposed itinerary, notice we go from Northern Europe to Central Asia which, while not specified, we plan to do by taking the Trans-Siberian (or Trans-Mongolian) Railway from Russia to Beijing.  This resulted, in large measure, from some scheduling difficulties we were having with respect to Southeast Asia.  Specifically, we are planning on meeting a great friend of ours, Mike Dunnahoo, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on or about the 20th of March.  In advance of that, we would like to take advantage of the less than sweltering climatic conditions that generally prevail in India that time of year to travel for roughly a month through that interesting country.   So, reverse engineering, if we want to be in Kathmandu on the 20th of March, and if we want to be in India for about a month, then we need to begin traveling through India on or about the 20th of February.  

Well, if that’s the case, we would be left with only a month and one-half for travel through Southeast Asia.  While that is, admittedly, a great deal of time, in terms of trying to explore all that Southeast Asia has to offer, it simply is not enough.  To remedy this, we knew that something had to give.  And after exploring all sorts of options, we decided why not come back to Southeast Asia?  Who says (other than airlines selling around the world tickets) that no back-tracking is allowed.  By heading back toward Southeast Asia by way of the Trans-Siberian, we get to experience one of the world’s great train rides, while at the same time allowing our proposed itinerary, and desired time in Eastern and Southeastern Asia, to be optimized in a way that makes sense to us.  

With that background, set forth below is a summary of what we like to call our “extended play” itinerary.  We suspect the timetable suggested below (extending all the way through 2000 into 2001) may be a little much, both in terms of road stamina and finances, but why not dream!  

Understand, of course, that this is merely a proposed itinerary, capable of significant alteration at any time.  Indeed, such alterations are inevitable, as stays in particular areas lengthen and shorten in concert with our travel fortunes.  What will also facilitate greatly such spontaneity and flexibility is the fact that we will not be buying much in the way of advance purchase tickets.  Currently, we know when we will be flying in and out of each of South America and Central America, and we will have a one- way ticket to Southeast Asia, but, other than that, all travel arrangements will be made as we travel.  

We spent a great deal of time considering the merits of an around the world ticket but, ultimately, decided that the flexibility we hope to achieve by buying tickets “as we go” is worth paying extra for.  We don’t want to be racing to get to Bangkok for an onward flight to New Delhi if were having a great time in Vietnam and have, for instance, decided to extend our stay.  At the same time, if we’ve had all the fun we want to have in India, we don’t want to feel limited by what our onward tickets may say.  Each approach has its proponents; we’ll let you know how our approach works out.  

Accordingly, when we specify generally the months we intend to be in any given locale, we are not being coy by not revealing more in the way of hard dates…we truly don’t yet know.  For this reason, we intend to publish an actual itinerary to show where we actually end up going, and how long we actually end up staying there.  

Something that also is quite possible, if not likely, is accelerating the certain parts of the proposed timetable below and then, perhaps, dropping Australia and/or Africa.  We would very much like to spend time in each place, but as we have said before, you can’t see it all.  But we still would like to.  

This table is organized in 4 columns.  The first column specifies the continent/region.  Skipping to the fourth column, it specifies, roughly, the month or months we currently anticipate spending in that continent/region.  The second column specifies the countries we currently intend to visit.  The third column specifies countries that, while we would like to visit, it is unclear whether we will or not.  In sum, your guess is as good as ours.  

As a final note, what currently is not included in this itinerary are two return trips to the United States, the first of which occurs between our time in South America and Central America (November 10-16, 1999), and the second which occurs between Central America and Southeast Asia (December 22, 1999 through January 9, 2000).  We are returning to the States (specifically Phoenix, Arizona) for the wedding of Lissa and Doc, two wonderfully close friends of ours who are tying the knot November 14.  We are further honored by “being in” their wedding, so it is clearly an event we would never consider not making.  Similarly, we will be returning to the States in late December to, among other things, participate in a millennial/family reunion celebration in Naples, Florida.  If we are taking all this time off, the least we can do is make time for friends and family. 

II.  2 Go Global Proposed Itinerary     (Prepared in September 1999--pre-journey)

Continent/Region

Definite/Very Likely

Possible

Projected Month/ Year

 

 

 

 

South America

 

 

Sept.-Nov. 1999

 

Peru

Chile

 

 

Ecuador

Argentina

 

 

Bolivia

Paraguay

 

 

 

 

 

Central America

 

 

Nov.- Dec. 1999

 

Guatemala

Belize

 

 

Honduras

El Salvador

 

 

Nicaragua

 

 

 

Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Asia

 

 

Jan.-Feb. 2000

 

Thailand

Myanmar

 

 

Singapore

Laos

 

 

Malaysia

Cambodia

 

 

Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central/East Asia

 

 

Feb.-April 2000

 

India

 

 

 

Nepal

 

 

 

Tibet (China)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle East

 

 

May 2000

 

Syria

Lebanon

 

 

Jordan

Iran

 

 

Egypt

 

 

 

Israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Europe

 

 

June 2000

 

Turkey

Cyprus

 

 

Greece

Bulgaria

 

 

 

Romania

 

 

 

Hungary

 

 

 

Slovakia

 

 

 

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

Western Europe

 

 

July-Aug. 2000

 

Italy

Austria

 

 

Spain

Germany

 

 

Portugal

Switzerland

 

 

Ireland

Czech Republic

 

 

United Kingdom

 

 

 

France

 

 

 

Morocco (Northern Africa)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Europe

 

 

Aug.-Sept. 2000

 

Sweden

Estonia

 

 

Finland

Latvia

 

 

Russia

Lithuania

 

 

 

 

 

Central/East Asia

 

 

Sept. 2000

 

China

Mongolia

 

 

 

Kazakhstan

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Asia

 

 

October 2000

 

Philippines

Macao

 

 

Indonesia

 

 

 

Hong Kong (China)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia

 

 

Nov.-Dec. 2000

 

Australia

 

 

 

New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

 

 

Jan. 2001

 

Tanzania

Ethiopia

 

 

Kenya

Zimbabwe

 

 

Malawi

Mozambique

 

 

South Africa

Lesotho

 

 

 

Swaziland

 

 

 

Zambia

 

 

 

Madagascar

 

 

 

 

 

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