As you know, this adventure has been on my mind for some time. I am by nature, a planner and it is tough for me to resist the urge spending HOURS consumed with planning, research and mapping out everything I want to do. As evidence, I present to you a trip I have coming up for my daughter’s graduation. We are taking a week long cruise to the Western Caribbean and suffice it to say this is what I’ve gone and done:
Yeah, that’s a labeled manila envelope with confirmations for tickets, rental cars and hotels etc… I.KNOW. It’s a problem and I should very likely be taking medication for it. However, I loathe searching for things,I like to know what I’m doing and what there is to do. I can hear some of you already: “Where’s the fun in THAT?!? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem deviating from a plan but I just don’t want to get somewhere and waste time looking for what I can do when I could already have an idea and get right to doing it.
An extended trip around the world and back…? THAT’S a horse of a different color. My mind begins to swim with all of the possibilities. Blogs, travel guides and the internet, OH MY! Seriously, I will peruse the web for hours and completely believe that my head will explode at any moment. Yet, I keep reading and scheming. There is just too much! So, I have decided that I will skip the minutia and focus on where to begin. After all, things that I read now will have changed by the time I get to those countries. Except the 900 year old Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, that will probably still be there.
I know, right?!?! So, the location has been set and the target date is October 2015 (just committing that to “paper” has made my heart skip a little beat!). Come next year I plan to be spending a good part of my time in places that look like this: