As of October 25, our itinerary is still very undetermined. We have 17 days of work left and only a half-baked plan – yes, it’s a problem when we are planning to leave the country in less than three months.
We have had about 30 iterations of a plan. All which involve similar stops, but in very different sequences.
Earlier this fall, we applied for a volunteer program that would mark the beginning of our trip. We are still waiting to hear if we have been accepted. If we are accepted, we will spend the first 3-4 months of our trip volunteering in Southeast Asia. For better or worse, we are awaiting that decision before we make any other major itinerary choices.
What we do know:
- Our last day of work is November 16. We will spend that time through Thanksgiving with family who will be visiting California. We will spend the holiday in Yosemite with our family. We can’t wait to share one of our favorite places with our nieces and nephew.
- After Thanksgiving, we are taking a road trip through the southern part of the U.S. to get us home to Chicago for the month of December. We are praying for no snow so we can take the Tioga Pass through Yosemite down to Death Valley. Our road trip has us rolling through the desert, finding the depths of the Grand Canyon, tasting our way through BBQ joints in Texas and celebrating in New Orleans.
- December is our time to relax, focus on our upcoming travels and spend lots of time with our family and friends. We’ll ring in 2013, swing through Florida for more family time and finally start the first leg of our trip leaving Fort Lauderdale for Maui.
Our first flight is booked and we’ll start with some major relaxation on the island of Maui, Hawaii before really jet setting.
We know that regardless what happens with our volunteer program, we will start our trip in either Asia or Australia/New Zealand. We are using Maui to get us one step closer to the Asia Pacific region. Okay…maybe we’re also just going to Maui for a week because we can. We’ve rented a small studio near the beach and plan six days of hiking and exploring the island.
From there, it’s anyone’s guess right now!