Night Before Departure
Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
24Trip End Jan 03, 2008
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Initially we wanted to go to Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Mayanmar, Vietnam, etc), and a few places in Europe, with a potential visit to Egypt. Very ambitious to say the least. I began looking into airfare options, mainly considering airline alliances that provide "Round-the-World" tickets (RTWs) - Oneworld and Star Alliance are two such alliances. There are so many different travel plans for each alliance that it took weeks, on and off the phone, to research which would be the best plan for us both financially and logistically. As I became more familiar with the different RTW fare options, our itinerary changed drastically.
At some point, South America was added to the mix - it was going to be a trip around the Pacific Ocean. Having nailed down the general route we would take (or so I thought at the time), we headed off to the library to check out books on any country that might lie in our path. The more I read about South America the more exicted I became at the prospect of exploring this continent. It soon began making more sense to save some money by cutting the trans-Pacific flights from our itinerary and concentrating our efforts on exploring Central and South America. That is the plan at the time of departure, however we still haven't ruled out the possibility of hopping a plane to Auckland or Sydney to hang out down under for a little while as well...
So this is it. We'll be away from home for the holidays and a good chunk of winter. I'm both excited and nervous. I can't wait to explore Latin America with the woman I love (I know, I know - sappy, but true), and at the same time spending the holidays at home is something that we will both miss terribly. "You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet"???
I never thought I'd be the type of person to do what I'm about to do, but I have to say that we'll miss our cat, Macon
We will not miss the chickens...