Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tentative Plan

We're back!  It's been a good long while since our last post, and for that we apologize -- we're trying to plan a wedding, too, and we both work full-time.  BUT, we've also made a lot of progress.  We've decided which way we're going, and we have a tentative list of places to visit!

We've decided to go West, rather than East, for two reasons.  First, we want to start with a tropical locale, and the Caribbean apparently is in hurricane season right around the time we'd like to start traveling.  Second, because jet lag apparently tends to be a lot worse going East than it is going West, and we'd like to avoid that, to the extent possible.  (And third, one of us isn't great at sleeping on planes, so part of the advantage of going East -- that you can save on hotels by traveling overnight -- doesn't really help us.)  Thanks to everyone who provided comments and thoughts on that question; we definitely relied on your advice (and Wikipedia links).  So, that's one problem solved.

That said, here's our tentative list of places to visit:
  • Hawaii
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia (maybe fly to Italy, rent a car, and drive to Croatia?)
  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Caribbean (Belize, maybe Aruba?)
Since we'll have to fly through Tokyo and Paris en route to places on this list, we might spend a couple days in each of those cities, as well.

There were other places we wanted to visit -- for example, Vietnam or Cambodia -- that we couldn't get to because none of the airlines we can use fly there.  We would have to get there on our own, meaning we'd be paying more for flights, train rides, or whatever else; and because we're already worrying about financing this grand adventure, we didn't want to voluntarily take on additional costs.  So, continuing with the example, we figured we would just have a great time in Thailand, where Delta does fly, and save Vietnam and Cambodia for next time.

All that said, we would love some feedback on our tentative plans; feel free to comment away.  We're particularly interested in hearing about places near where we're going that we really shouldn't miss (and we'll figure out whether we can get to those places), or about things we shouldn't miss in each place (e.g., big festivals, really cool sights and sites, etc.).  We'll break out each country in a separate post -- hopefully, someday -- but we'd also welcome any thoughts now!

3 comments:

  1. That is a pretty perfect plan. You start by unwinding in Hawaii and end by unwinding in e Carribean. Brilliant! I strongly suggest spending time in Paris - it was one of my favorite spots and well worth the time. Tokyo is apparently awesome too so that seems like a must.

    So pumped for you guys!

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  2. I spent about 20 days in Morocco and traveled a lot around country, so if you give me an idea about cities you plan to visit there, I might give some advice.

    Alena

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  3. I spent time in Morocco and Spain for work (and some fun mixed in there). I was told by all the locals in Morocco that the place to be is Fez. I was in Marakesh, and loved it. Be sure to go to the Djema al Fanaa (the big souk/market) and eat dinner there! Its cheap (like $3) for a plate of kebabs and soup and bread and salad and way better than any of the food we ate at our fancy resort (which was pretty damn good food as well...).

    In Spain we went to Barcelona, Grenada and Cordoba with a quick stop in Seville on route to Andulucia. Grenada was by far our most favorite place. Eat the gelato there! Barcelona was also amazing... I could have eaten churros y chocolate every day at Las Ramblas. :)

    Have a great trip! Can't wait to read about your adventures! (and congrats on the wedding!)

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