Where are you going?
With a little more than a week until my RTW I pretend that I know the answer.
I usually rattle off a well versed: Starting in Mexico, traveling through Central and South America. Some friends actually want to know the specific countries so I try to rhyme off my best geographical knowledge although I often forget El Salvador.
The truth is that I really don’t know.
While my job and life often require me scheduling everything down to my Saturday afternoon naps, I didn’t want to schedule this trip.
It would be a colossal task that would be completely unrealistic.
In previous holidays I harboured intense jealousy for long-term travellers who had no itinerary and just took it day-by-day whereas I had my 2 week trip planned out by the hour.
Now it’s my turn.
I do have a general idea but it’s open to change. There are three instances where wonderful people are coming to meet up with me for a short time so I’ve committed to those dates, but otherwise I have an unplanned route:
I fly with a one-way ticket from Toronto to Cancun. I’ll spend a few days there to get settled with the massive anxiety that I’m actually doing this.
I have no idea where I’m going after Cancun. I know I’d like to see Oaxaca, Belize and Guatemala for Spanish lessons. But they’re all so close I’m not sure of the best route. My plan is to find out while I’m there.
From there I’m tentatively thinking:
• El Salvador
• Honduras at the end of May as Curious George and his owner are coming to visit and scuba dive
• Costa Rica
• Ecuador at the end of August to see my wonderful Sister and brave Mother
• Peru in October as Curious George and his owner return to tackle Machu Picchu
After that I’m really not so sure. It should be around December. I’d like to go to Africa but I heard it will break the bank.
I’d also really like to do yoga in India. And my biggest wish is to see Mongolia.
But that is all so far away.
You notice I don’t have the backpacking haven of South East Asia. Ten years ago I lived in the Philippines and two years ago I visited Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam.
They were amazing and I’d love to go back, but as with any RTW trip you have to make sacrifices and this time Thailand doesn’t make the cut.