Prior to our journey, we considered ourselves moderately travelled folks over the years, rotating our annual trips between the Caribbean, Europe and various parts of the US to visit family and friends. Our love for travel was common knowledge among our peers as people would ask us What are your upcoming travel plans for the new year? or Have you ever been to (insert exotic place)? I’m thinking of vacationing there. Like many working adults, we tried to make good use of our vacation days and were determined not to leave too many days on the table without creating memories outside of our city. However a simple assessment of the places that we’ve visited was a rude awakening. After tallying the number of countries we frequented and road trips throughout the US, we realized that we explored 3% of the world. T H R E E P E R C E N T. Are percentages still out of 100%? Yes, unforunately. Let’s dig into the details. Together we have visited:
- Two countries in Europe (England and France)
- Six countries in North America (including our own country, our Canadian neighbors, a few islands in the Caribbean)
- We hadn’t even stepped foot in Asia, South America, Oceania, Africa or Antarctica!
We don’t feel the need to conquer the entire globe, however we do realize that we have not traveled to enough countries to obtain a transformative global experience.
Our tentative travel itinerary for our multi-year journey starts in New Zealand. The destinations are subject to change based on our desire to travel directly to the outlined countries, with minimum time constraints, yet flexible enough to alter our plans to visit a neighboring country based on recommendations. Take a look at our travel plans!
April – May -> New Zealand
May – June -> Australia
June – August -> New Zealand (again)
Sept – mid October -> Indonesia
Mid October to November -> Singapore
November to December-> Thailand
December to January-> Cambodia
Let the journey continue to Africa, Europe and South America
Have you visited any of the countries or have a desire to go? What are your experiences and best travel tips? We want to hear from you so let us know in the comments below!