One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
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eclectictraveller

My hubby and I are both educators. We are taking the year off to celebrate our 50th birthdays. Our adult son will join us for the Scotland, London and Paris stint.

About me

I'm 56, Female, from Canada

Where am I now?

We're home and cleaning and gardening and redecorating

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My route

Canada
United Kingdom
France
Italy
Greece
Turkey
South Africa
Namibia
Botswana
Zambia
Madagascar
Tanzania
Kenya
United Arab Emirates
India
Morocco

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Round the World 2011

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How to Plan for a Year Away

193 days til departure

11:05am

Okay, I'm done reading all the on-line advice and travel books I can take. I have comparison shopped till my eyes crossed. But after a couple of dedicated days over the holidays the basic plan is in place. Passport renewal sent off. Budget set.
I recommend the website www.onebag.com for great advice for travelling lightly. I recommend the book Vagabonding by Rolf Potts for lots of practical advice for long-term world travel.
Our main company for specific tours is Gap Adventures (104 out of 321 days away). The rest will be as we go.
List of things to do- still seems endless.

Links:

  1. One Bag
  2. Gap Adventures Travel
AvieNL said:
Last updated: 6 Jan 11, 09:31pm

Hi Lorrie, you are making the trip I dream of. Would love to follow your adventures!

yigal said:
Last updated: 5 Jan 11, 05:55pm

Thanks for the great tips, Lorrie.
The staff here at TJ can't wait to follow your adventures!

The Planning Checklist

187 days to go

10:42am

So here's where the dreaming is turned into reality.
The to do list so far: 1. go to Canadian gov't website and read all travel advisories for each country planning to go to. 2. apply for Visa's for first few countries travelling to where it is required 3. note countries that have usable atm's 4. do dry-run of packing - check weight 5. decide on technology to take (new Blackberry playbook? or old netbook?) 6. check on shots or booster shots needed (we travelled Pacific Rim in 2000 and had a number of shots then) 7. finalize informal contract with colleague who is moving into our house while we're away (including introducing her 3 cats to our 2) 8. take care of financial matters that will continue while we're away (most everything is already done electronically anyways) 9. make arrangements for mail 10. decide on book/guide/document necessities -weigh them 11. make copies of all travel documents and store electroncially and send to family or friends. 12. photograph luggage and electronics and save e-copy 13. inform credit card company of travel plans 14. register travel itinerary with Can. government 15. purchase tours 16. purchase medical coverage and travel insurance 17. purchase and/or print tourist coupons for discounts in destinations 18. collect up and decide on small gift items to take from home .....well that's enough for now. I'll add more as new things crop up.

Paperwork!

180 days to go

10:52am

Holy smokes!
I didn't realize we'd need so many Visas and that they cost so much.
www.voyage.gc.ca is the site for Canadians to check what they need and gives up to date reports on travel advisories. There are only a few regions to avoid in specific countries(China, India, Kenya) and just about all have "Exercise high degree of caution" warnings but that's just our usual on the road behaviour. Heck, there are places in Canada where we would behave the same.
We need Visas for China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kenya, Madagscar, Maldives, Tanzania and Zambia.
Some we need to get before we leave Canada, others before we go to the country and still others we can get at the border. When I saw that South Africa requires that you arrive with 2 empty passport pages I realized I didn't request the larger passport with the 48 pages instead of the standard 24. I also had to check to see whether Russ' passport had the required 6 months after our proposed trip to China-otherwise he wouldn't be able to get in- just enough time.

Hidden or Unexpected Fees

177 days to go

9:35pm

Anyone needing to actually save for a trip like this will need to watch all those little hidden and sneak up on you fees like airlines fees. There are lots of places on the web to find out what they are but this one has charts! See link below.

The other fees are the landing and departure fees. You'll need to do your research. When we flew to the Galapagos we weren't told until we landed that we needed the $100USD park fee when we landed and it needed to be a crisp (no tears, no crinkles) single bill. No have? Get back on the plane and go to the mainland. Luckily we had enough cash hidden to find the 3 crisp ones we needed to stay.

Links:

  1. Airline Fees:The Ultimate guide
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