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Saturday, April 18, 2015

How To Go Around The World

The Second Time Around

As many of you remember, four years ago,
two pair of siblings ~ my kids and my brother
and I set off to explore the world.  We 
circumnavigated the globe, we said it was a
trip of a lifetime.  We called it The Last Hurrah
Tour because my daughter Kate had just 
graduated from high school and my son Brennan
would graduate the following year.  We thought
this would be the end of travels with the kids,
they would be going off on their own adventures.

So when I started hearing talk of another big trip
to celebrate the college graduations, I thought to 
myself, "Didn't we already have the trip of a 
lifetime?"  Did this thought stop me from joining 
in?  Oh, of course not.

And here we are, four years later and ready to do
it again.  That brought up the question of where
should we go?  My brother said to me, "When we go
back to Cambodia..."  I questioned why we would go
 back there.  He said he thought we all loved it there
and wanted to return.  This is true we all want to go
back but I wanted this trip to be about discovery, not
revisiting.  So we all talked about it and agreed, we 
should not repeat the places we have already been to.
Now, for my brother, who has traveled everywhere, 
there are many places he has been before but he will
be discovering the places with us for the first time.

People ask us how do we plan all of this?  We will be
blogging about the process of planning a big trip in 
the weeks to come ~ there are many layers.

The first step is where you want to go.  We all gave
a list with ideas and then we started building a plan 
around that.  India was on everyone's list and we 
also wanted to visit Oceania since none of us had ever
traveled there before.  Here is the itinerary:

Prague,Czech Republic
Istanbul, Turkey
Mumbai, India
Delhi, India
Jaipur, India
Pushkar, India
Agra, India
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Ubud, Bali. Indonesia
Sydney, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
Tokyo, Japan
Los Angeles, California, USA
Santiago, Chile
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
New York, USA

Eighteen cities, twelve countries, five continents.
The only repeat for me is Istanbul but the kids 
had never been there and it was a great deal so 
we put it on the list.

That is step one, know where you want to go.

Stay tuned for more layers... and adventures.


  1. Loved Istanbul too. Been to Prague twice & would go again. Sydney is unbelievable. What a great itinerary. Definitely recomend a car and driver in India

  2. Oh I am staying tuned and have already built our list and hope when the time comes, I can contact your guy (details in our PM's), and see if it is possible. It looks that way when I go on the website. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Eastern Europe, some of Europe, (Spain and Italy for sure), then on to Israel......dreaming. You are an inspiration.