Once the travelling bug has set in, it really is hard to control and the only known cure is, well, travelling some more. This time things are a little different, where before I was fortunate enough to be given a 6 month sabbatical from work, this time I have had to quit work completely, it is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I’m hoping that the lack of time constraints mean I can travel at my own pace and should make the trip even more enjoyable. Second of all I’m hoping that after my last 6 month trip I will have gained a lot of experience on how to travel alone and take comfort in the fact that I now know what to expect, although travelling in different parts of the world always brings along it’s own unique challenges, I’m hoping now that I’m more prepared and in a better position to be able to handle them. Last but not least, for the vast majority of this trip I will be making my through latin america, a part of the world which I know next to nothing about, along with the culture shock, there will also be the challenge of the language barrier, although I spent a lot of time in SE Asia before, speaking English was never a problem and it was fairly easy to get by in most places, however I’ve heard that things are a little different in this part of the world, so learning some Spanish is almost a necessity and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
To start things off I will be flying to America, where I will be staying with my friends Eric and Caitlin in Boston, before making my way West to Seattle to meet up with Claire an old travel buddy who I met in Thailand, we are then planning on making our way across the Canadian border to Vancouver, before heading back South to Portland for Independence day (July 4th). From there I will be travelling by myself down the West Coast as far as San Diego, breaking the journey up by taking in as many sights as possible along the way. From here the plan is a little bit loose at the minute, but I am hoping to spend some time in Mexico, before heading South through, Guatemala – where I’m hoping to enrol in a Spanish school for at least a week, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, then onto South America through Colombia, Equador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and finally end the trip in Brazil. This seems to make sense when looking at a map, but I’m fully expecting things to change along the way, it always does. There are so many places I want to see, but if my plans have to change then I will settle for seeing any number of the countries listed above. This will be without a doubt, the biggest thing I’ve ever done, but I’m ready for the challenge and I can’t wait to get started.
Please keep in touch while I’m away and feel free to comment or ask any questions, travelling can be pretty lonely at times (sob sob) so it would be great to hear from you all.