Maybe the question should be, where do we not want to go? Our plans are really quite fluid.
As of January 19, 2013, our tentative plan is this:
In July, after we are packed up and ready to go, we will drive down to Penticton, BC. We will visit with Moire Jones, Nic’s mom, and park our car there for the year. We will then head to Welland and Toronto, Ontario to visit with Jeff’s family. We will likely leave Canada somewhere around the end of July.
We may be heading to Tanzania first. We hope to see the Serengeti and maybe go up Mount Kilimanjaro. We are not sure where else in Africa we will go from their but we are likely to spend about a month in that neck of the woods.
Next, we will fly to Morocco sometime around the beginning of September. Nic has wanted to go to Morocco for several years now. What will we see and do in Morocco? Ride camels, go to Marrakesh, Casablanca, and who knows what else. This could be about another month in Africa.
Sometime around the end of September or beginning of October, we intend to head to India/Nepal. We are likely to spend a couple of months in these areas. Jeff plans to go to Everest Base Camp but Nicola is not likely to go. It takes about 11 days to do the Base Camp hike. Nicola will do some exploration on her own during this time.
That should take us until Christmas. Early in 2014 we will head to South America. In particular, we think we will fly to Ecuador. We hope to get to Galapagos before starting to head south towards Chile. We will visit Easter Island before hitching a ride on a boat to Antarctica. Yep, that’s right… we live in the Arctic and are going to go to the “other” polar region. That will be Nicola’s last continent and my second last by that time. After spending some time with the penguins we will go to Argentina and Brazil. In all, South America/Antarctica is going to be a good two months.
After South America, we will head back to the Africa area… the Middle East in particular. We will visit some places like Israel and Oman. We will leave a visit to Egypt up in the air as it seems a bit too dangerous these days. As we investigate flights though many of them seem to go through Cairo. Very tempting to build in at least a short visit to Egypt. But again, no sense taking risks. Depending on how things are going this may be March and April of 2014 for us.
Following the Middle East, we plan to go to New Zealand for some sun, fun, and some Speight’s beer. While in that part of the world, we also hope to go to Cook Islands and Fiji. This is Jeff’s last continent “Australia and Oceania.” We intend to spend a couple of months in the islands and sun. That should take us until the end of June.
At the end of June, we will be back in Ontario. Jeff’s daughter Emily will graduate from high school in June 2014. We have to be in Elliot Lake, Ontario for that important day. How cool but man does it make me feel old.
After that, we will play things by ear. We may still have another month or six weeks of time off before we need to be back to work. We thought about some areas of Europe that we want to see… Bosnia, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and more. This may actually give us a bit of time to visit family in the UK… but again we will wait and see.
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