A year long trip sounds like a long time and compared to the two to three weeks of vacation that most Americans take every year, it really is a substantial amount of time. However, we still struggled to come up with a realistic itinerary that would allow us to see a lot of places without feeling too rushed along the way. After all, if we chose to visit 26 countries, we would only be able to spend an average of two weeks in each place.
Our initial step in the trip planning process was to make a list of the countries we really wanted to visit and why. This first list contained more than 30 countries. In order to try and narrow the list down and learn more about what we might see or do in certain countries, we spent countless hours researching destinations by reading travel blogs, guidebooks and travel forums.
Eventually we whittled down our list to what you see below. This list is by no means final and becomes more tentative after leaving Asia.
March to April 2010
May to Mid-July 2010
Mid-July to September 2010
September to October 2010
December 2010 to March 2011
Potentially other countries in South America
Return to gainful employment?