Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Around the World

I'm starting off on a year long around the world adventure here in the next few days. I've got my 80 liter bag packed and my Round The World (RTW) ticket all paid off. Around the World tickets are actually an amazing deal if you have the time to do a trip like this. Altogether I spent 2200GBP and 35,000 airline miles for 11 flights across 5 continents. I am leaving London on July 18th but all the other dates for the flights are yet to be determined. It's one of the best perks of buying your flight through Flight Centre. They give you a travel butler who arranges your flight via email or phone with only a day or two notice. This allows me an extreme amount of flexibility in my travel. I simply have to make it to each of the destinations below, but it doesn't matter when. I have one year to complete the flights or can just stay where ever I end up at the end of the year (don't worry mom, I'm coming home, probably ;o) Here is where I'll be flying to and from:
  • London to Orlando (to see my family at Disney World for a week before I go)
  • Orlando to Guatemala
  • Nicaragua to Indiana
  • Indiana to Lima, Peru
  • Santiago, Chile to Auckland, New Zealand
  • Christchurch, New Zealand back to Auckland
  • Auckland to Sydney, Australia
  • Cairns, AU(where the Great Barrier Reef is) back to Sydney
  • Sydney to Hong Kong
  • Singapore to Delhi, India
  • Delhi back to London
That makes my trip look something like this:
View My RTW Route Roughly in a larger map

I've decided to try and worry less about where I want to go on my trip and more on what I want to do. Hopefully by thinking of my trip in this way I'll be able to worry less about which city I need to get to when, and more about how I want to enjoy my time in the places I find myself. Here is what I've got so far. Any suggestions?
  • Eat new and interesting cuisines and animals
  • Get my scuba diving license and swim near a shark
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Learn Spanish ( I better since I'll be in Central and South America for 5 months)
  • Learn some more sweet dance moves
  • Not get Malaria
  • Ride an elephant
  • Learn to cook Thai and any other cuisine I can find a local to teach me
  • Meet indigenous people on the Amazon and live to tell about it
  • Become more like Bear Grylls
  • Win money on a cock fight
  • Go paragliding
  • Make like 500 more Facebook friends
  • Improve my photographic eye
  • Read a few classics
  • Learn to surf (and couchsurf)
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  1. be sure to use couchsurfing.com

  2. You are the envy of many - safe and amazing travels, Jordan!

  3. What is this "Indiana" you speak of?

    Enjoy every second of it bud. Amanda and I will be living vicariously through you from CA and hope to see you safe and sound in a year.

  4. Jordan..My mom just told me about the adventure you are about to take. I'm so jealous!! Didnt know if you knew that I visited Sydney Australia back in 2002. You must climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I didnt do this but it looked so awesome...I'll be reading your blog..Good Luck..Stay Safe...

  5. Congratulations Jordan! This is so exciting. So where will we be having Christmas Eve dinner this year?? Take care. Love, Jeanne

  6. Slover...so excited you set up a way for us to stalk you! Adam and I are so jealous! Have a great trip...BE CAREFUL!

  7. Bro, we are so glad to be a part of this amazing journey. From Walt Disney World to the rest of the world we wish you safe passage. We'll see you soon.

  8. Enjoy your travels bro, we will have to catch up with a Roots session whenever you are NYC again. TM

  9. Carol and I are so happy that you have the opportunity for this adventure, Jordan. Don't worry about Mom; she's in good hands. Have fun and be careful.

  10. So where are you now Jordan?