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Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
Trip End Nov 09, 2010

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Okay, Tamara is on blog post #4 already, I've heard loud and clear how far behind I am on this – so it’s time. Actually, it’s almost literally 'go time’.  I’m writing this on Tuesday night (1/12) and Tamara is sleeping.  This time three nights from now she and I will be in two BUSINESS CLASS (grins!) seats on our way to Rio; just the first small starting point on our ten month adventure circling the globe.  I point out that Tamara is sleeping already because she is SICK!  How the hell can this be???  She’s my SuperGirl, the one that almost never gets sick and she’s been battling the bugs for a week or so now.  We’ve had shots in preparation for so many different things around the world; it’s just not fair she’s got a cold before the starting gun even fires.  Besides, we still have a lot of stuff to do – namely pack all those gadgets she’s bought, made and planned for.  Last night into this morning she slept 14 straight hours, so hopefully another night or two of the same and she’ll have her pretty game face ready for that glass of wine in the front of the plane on Friday night!  GET WELL TAMARA!!!

How’d we get here, one of my very dear friends from long ago asked (hi Karen!).  How do you just up and quit your job, rent out your house, leave the ‘world’ behind and plan a trip circling the globe for roughly 33,000 miles (thank you mapquest)?  These were Karen’s questions;

Are we taking a computer?  Yes, we (Tamara) have the most adorably cute little pink netbook we’ll be lugging around.  A place to save photos, use in cyber cafes, write this journal, etc.  I’ll write more later about her solar power USB charger!!

Do we have a mapped out plan, or just following the wind?  We intended to be gone for a full year, but the Round The World (RTW) ticket rules with Continental dictate you must return within 365 days of the date of ticket ‘purchase’.  We still don’t understand the rationale behind that rule (leaves no real planning time), but it means we’re doing our trip in exactly 299 days.  With just three days to go before departure, we have just the first three days planned.  I think that means the answer to the question is mostly just following the wind.  We have the maximum six main flights booked as part of the RTW ticket (must go in one direction and we’re going east), but after our first three days in Rio, NOTHING is planned or reserved yet!

Camping, hostel, motels or hotels?  "E", all of the above and more.  Literally, we will be doing all of those and more – by choice.  Those first three nights in Rio are compliments of many Marriott travel points from business travel over the years.  Tamara made that reservation the other day when we realized we had nothing booked outside of arriving at the Rio airport on Saturday morning!  We have our first desired destination in mind from Rio, but I’ll save that for when the time comes.

Are 50 year olds “too old” for hostels……….or “this whole thing”?  “F” NO!!!  I’m not sure what all the hostel rules may end up being, but my answer to the question is NOOOOOO.

How’d we really get here?  Most, if not all, that may be reading this know we’ve traveled a lot over the years.  We love it and have been blessed to have experienced a lot of it.  We’ve been north inside the Arctic circle to the Ice Hotel in Sweden, to the very bottom of Chile approaching the south pole, and many points in between in all directions.  For years we’ve talked about “the” RTW adventure.  This has not been a random or sudden decision.  If you know me at all, that can be certain………….and is clearly a primary question (to Tamara) for many of our friends.  “Is Jeff really going to do this?”  To be certain, Tamara is the no-holds-barred adventurer (as most know), but I am more than ready, willing and able to partake!  In the end though, the final decision to just do it did sneak up on us.

What’s happened for us in the past six months to get us packing our backpacks for the world?  Simply stated, I came home from a run one afternoon last summer and suggested to Tamara we should go for something (I think she will grant me credit for that).  At the time, that meant a few things, most notably either packing up and moving to Colorado, or doing the RTW trip.  We’d both have loved, and may still love some day, a move to Colorado, but thankfully I had a big birthday between then and now (but 50 is the new 30 as my ‘young’ college roommate told me!).  We left for my birthday adventure in Chile and Easter Island thinking we’d come back and pack up for Colorado.  We even put our house up for rent before we left in anticipation of our planned move.  When we returned, our house was rented.  Fairly quickly we both concluded we could postpone Colorado, have our mortgage paid for by renters, and go AROUND THE WORLD in 2010 paying rent on the road.  Now we’re busy packing our backpacks for departure in less than three days time!

What’s next?  Who knows, but that might be considered the best part!  When our research started in earnest for this trip, Tamara read a blog that said something to the effect that if you plan too much, it’s not really an adventure.  We want, need and sometimes crave adventure.  I may not be an authority on the subject, but I do know too well from years of doing it, that sitting in a corporate-cubicle-coffin creating spreadsheets and powerpoint slides will not be adventurous, might just bore you to tears and land you in a very unhappy place.  How to escape that may take several avenues, but it may also take realizing the need to just do it, conquer your fears, face the challenge and accept the exciting adventure that will await you.  That’s what Tamara and I have decided, and we have NO FEAR (thanks Thom!) about what we’ll discover!  To my amazing travel and adventure partner, Tamara; let’s get this adventure started!!!

Goodbye cubicle, hello world!
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KO on

Thanks Jeff! You and Tamara are my muses! I recall you being a military or foreign service brat (??), and have a theory that us "brats" (military and alike) who have tasted life outside these wonderful shores of the U.S. of A., share a wanderlust that is near universal in my friendships of others with same.

Having just been to Berlin for Christmas, I would like to recommend that you consider it as you hit Europe. I wasn't thrilled about going as I have a love of Germany and Berlin and the "east" had none of the charm to persuade me there. Boy was I wrong. Now I want to go back in the Spring. I swear you will not be disappointed. I hope to go to Sweden, Croatia and/or Hungary too!

As for Karen's Big Adventure, Jerry and I want to wander this big vast country in an RV with our "kids". So, I hope to replicate your feat in the near term with my sweetie!

I wish you both godspeed and enjoy your journey! I look forward to your updates. Love to hear about the gadgets and if/how they work for you too! Tell us EVERYTHING!

Safe travels and good health to you both over the next 10 months!


Liz on

It's never too late and you are never too old - GO FOR IT! We are so excited for you!

Give Tam lots of vitamin C and drink plenty of fluids.

michele lyons on

GET WELL TAMARA!!!! GO TEAM FISHER!!! Love you guys! xo

Eric Shamban on

You guys are sooo awesome. This blog is awesome. Did I say awesome??

Linda on

Your post made me cry! :-) I'm so happy for you and Tam! This trip is going to change you both forever. Get well wishes and vibes for Tam and BON VOYAGE! I love you guys!

Nancy Cook on

Get well Tamara and...we will be ready for paint ball with you next Christmas!!!!
Enjoy the world but most of all each other!!!!!!

Romi Sandel on

Love the post. Love the idea. Love the sense of adventure. But I am totally jealous! Have a blast!

blrose1228 on


This is so neat....I envy you and Tamara. I hope to one day go to Germany with my wife Lisa. She lived there with her parents back in high school and returned again when she was in the Airforce. She loves it there and has talked about wanting to going back to teach for DOD. I hope Tamara is feeling well again real soon :( I will be watching you all on your trip through this blog. Have a great time, take lots of pictures and be sure to give us all the little details. You'll be glad you did years from now when you look back on your adventures. Godspeed!

Christine Mastandrea on

Looking to you two for cool insights into the rest of the world.

Happy trails, get better Tamara!

rickp on

awesome post, keep it coming Jeff; lots of pictures!

skony on

Hi guys! Your travelling is facinating. If you gonna to travel across Siberia you are welcomed at my place in Krasnoyarsk.

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