This upcoming Monday Robert and I will be departing from LAX at 6:00pm, bound for Barcelona, in the first leg of a journey that will take us partway around the world, if never dipping below that 30 degree parallel. In order to get some basics out of the way, let's hit up the 5 W's (and one H):
Robert and Traci, lovers and friends, partners in crime, takers of awkward photos. You know us, you love us, and you know what? We love you too.
Embarking on a journey that during the summer of 2012, chasing the meaning of life and cheap accommodations.
July 9th-August 31st 2012
Spain-Switzerland-France-Germany-Nepal-China-Japan, plus three days in Hawai'i at the end to, um, decompress. Yeah, that's it.
On the face, this is a ridiculous question because it seems so obvious. I mean, why not, right? But there are actually many answers to this one: our combined travel experience thus far has been primarily limited to various points around the United States and Mexico, this is the optimal point in both of our lives to take this kind of trip (done with school, no kids, no house, etc.), and, in the first of probably many, many Mark Twain quotes, "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." I have no desire to live the provincial life; this is the only shot we get and it is entirely on our shoulders to make it count for something.
Dude. Dude. Oneworld.com has these crazy flight package deals where you can visit multiple destinations for a criminally low sum. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop when selecting my travel itinerary (which, by the by, is the most fun aspirational time-wasting tool out there), but, even with some taxes at the end, each of our tickets (multiple flights and destinations) came out to be less than 4k each. A shout out to Grace Chuang for telling me about this amazing offer during the summer of 2010 while we were sequestered on Catalina Island. The rest was saving all the pennies that could be found.
There it is in a nutshell. What I Am Doing on My Summer Vacation. Stay tuned...