Behind the scenes of a 10-month adventure...

Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
Trip End Aug 2008

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

(psst!  Thanks to E for sharing her travelblog on this site.  After comparing with other sites, this one seemed the most dynamic so I've decided to use it, too!)

Nope, I haven't left yet on my BIG adventure, but I thought I'd share some thoughts about planning for this trip.  I looked into buying a RTW ('Round The World) ticket, but this didn't suit my needs and is quite costly!  I've saved up quite a few aeroplan points so redeemed 53,250 points to buy my tickets for Montreal to Vancouver (mid-Oct 2007), and Vancouver to San Francisco (early Nov 2007).  I've also bought a one-way ticket from San Francisco to LA (mid-Nov 2007) as I'll be attending my cousin March's wedding, and am waiting for additional info from Malaysian Airlines before purchasing my ticket from LAX to MNL.  I'm also putting together my application for the trans-siberian train trip through VodkaTrain (  Check out the site for more info.

If you're in Montreal and planning a similar trip, I recommend checking out Robert at Les Routes du Monde (  He's the charismatic agent I'm working with and is a wealth of knowledge when planning a trip off the beaten path.  He regularly leads tours in India and SE Asia.  I'm seeking his expertise in planning the segment of my trip in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and China and he's helping me sift through other important info re: visas, travel insurance, etc.  Another great resource is Marie who also happens to work at Les Routes du Monde.  This feisty and adventurous woman wrote a travel guide for families wanting to travel with their kids ("Guide du voyage en famille: partir l'aventure avec ses enfants").  Among her family's other adventures, Marie was pregnant with her first child when she and her husband travelled through China, Tibet and Bali!!!  She really knows her stuff.  I skipped over the sections that cover travelling with kids (duh!) but a lot of her book is relevant for ANY traveller, namely, the sections that cover money, and health issues, etc.

T has been a major cheerleader in the planning and prepping for this trip.  I'm so thankful that he's come into my life!  At his insistance, I finally made an appointment in mid-April to get my vaccinations in order at Medisys (, a private health clinic located on 500 Sherbrooke W. 

When I look to buy something nowadays (mainly clothes, shoes, accessories, apartment stuff...), I ask myself, "Will I need this on my BIG trip??!  Do I/Can I carry this in my backpack?"  If the answer is no to either question, which it typically is, then the item stays on the shelf!  And MEC ( has also become one of my favorite stores!  I bought my Z-55 Gregory Pack from here (

In preparation for the BIG trip, another subtle change is that I rarely wear makeup now.  I usually loved dabbing on some eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara and a light powder foundation during weekdays or going out... I've eliminated this daily routine and it feels amazing!  Guys can't really relate and probably take it for granted, but it's refreshing not to put makeup on or to take it off in the evenings!  The only morning routine I've retained is moisturizer and sunscreen.

I'm also researching on new electronics, namely, a new digital camera (Canon SD630 or S5 IS) as well as an ipod Nano for music and memory... 

There may be a few more entries between now and October when I officially leave Montreal.  Until then, I'd love to hear your comments and get your feedback!
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bananita on

Re: A journey of a thousand miles...
well, according to my estimate, this trip will consist of about 23,695 miles... but who's counting! = D

thanks for the thoughtful wishes!

freta1976 on

I am happy for you
hi hannah,
I am very proud of you. I wish I can join you. You know my passion for traveling. I wish you all the best. I might join you, somewhere you never know. hannah i want to see you for a lunch whenever is convenient for you. we will talk more. Thank you for the e-mail.
talk to you soon

momentofinertia on

Happy Travels, Oakland Misses You Already!

So great to hear about you BIG trip. What a bold adventure you're embarking on. I can't tell you how jealous I am of your trek. It's been great having you visit the
Bay Area and an honor for you to have blessed us with your stop here before moviing on. 1000 blessings!

So speaking of electronics (iPod for memory, camera, etc.) - I'm wondering if you have checked out or have already picked up a Solio solar charger?

When I went on the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from SF to LA this summer, I considered buying one in order to charge my phone and camera while riding in the sun - not knowing where my next opportunity to plug in would be.

Perhaps, the savvy traveller you are, you've already got one!

If not, since you're currently in Berkeley, you might want to check out Any Mountain or REI (both just down the road) - Both of those outdoor/travel stores stock them.

Enough of that. Have fun and Alison and I both with you well!


jonggkl on

I hope you have a good time

danraquel on

frm your cousins in the philippines
Hope your enjoying your big trip ate!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
stay nice and beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cant wait to see you again!!!!!!!!!!!!
take care we miss you!!!!!!!!!!

danraquel on


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