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2 days ’til departure…

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

It’s getting close now, I played at my last open mic before I leave last night and had a blast there.

Last Open Mic Pics I’m going to miss playing my guitars while I’m gone.

As far as the trip goes, I’ve got almost everything ready now, and almost everything that I need booked prior to leaving booked. Just a few loose ends to tie up today and tomorrow, getting my last needed injection today (oh yay), and then I’m out of here.

I’ve done some test packing and I think my bag will end up somewhere around 30-32 pounds (read: 32) and being close to my original goal of 30 I’m pretty pleased about that. I’ll put the final packing details up when it’s all done.

quit work, 2 1/2 weeks to go

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I am pleased to say that today was my last day at work. 18 days until I leave now.

I think the reality of the fact that I am leaving for 13 months will set in within the next week b/c until now my routine has not been affected. It doesn’t seem like I have that much left to do except a few more reservations and getting everything organized. oh yeah and boxing up all of my possessions that I’m not taking before I leave. Then all the stuff that I forgot about will be remembered and I will have plenty to do, fact of travel.

So as of now I have:

My car reserved for New Zealand

My New Years stay in Sydney booked

Australia WH Visa

A few other key hostel reservations (first point of entry etc)

Purchased every major need for tip (backpack, charging devices, clothing etc)

It seems unreal that certain things I am going to be doing on the trip cannot be booked for months yet (eg: Inca Trail) and that I’m not even planning specifics for anything after Australia pre-trip (entire South Africa and South America legs) I guess that’s part of the realization that this is a long trip unlike anything I’ve done before. Makes those month long European vacations seem like a day trip.

That’s all for now, just thought I’d post an update on here.

Not long to go now and I can’t wait to be on the road!

oneworld ticket/mugshot

Monday, May 26th, 2008

I just got my oneworld explorer in the mail.

RTW ticket and itinerary

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Today I bought my oneworld explorer global flight ticket, Just about 3 months until I leave now, 4 months until my first flight. Here’s the itinerary:

1st Leg, West coast USA. Starting mid August


2nd Leg, Asia. Starting mid September:

Japan – 3 weeks
S. Korea – 2 Weeks
Taiwan – 1 Week
Hong Kong – 1 Week

3rd Leg, Oceania. Nov-May:

New Zealand – 6 Weeks
Australia – 5 Months

4th Leg, Africa. Starting mid May:

South Africa & Swaziland – 1 Month

5th Leg, South America, Starting in July (after a couple weeks break in the UK):

Argentina & Uruguay – 2-3 Weeks
Chile – 1-2 Weeks
Peru – 3-4 Weeks
Ecuador – 2 Weeks

6 months, and I can’t wait until next “Winter”

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I have now reached the 6 month point in my countdown, I’ve started getting some vaccines, have a new camera now and some smaller stuff is out of the way. Next i’ll be getting my WH visa for Australia then my flight tickets. I’m really starting to be ready for this, excitement is building. [read on]