Last week I mentioned the travels Ryan and I will be embarking on once we are finished with our Peace Corps service and leave Ethiopia in the next 7-8 months. Although we’ll have spent some time travelling together both within and outside of Ethiopia prior to this trip, it’ll be our first round-the-world (RTW) trip and our longest time spent travelling together.
To see 11 countries in 11 weeks is quite an undertaking but one we are excited to embrace. Part of what we love about one another is the adventurous spirit, desire to see the world and the unconventional lives we want to lead. So we are planning our post-Peace Corps travels, trying to get a little off the beaten path, to do something unique and fun for us.
The trip developed and took shape over the course of months. We’ve had to be flexible and to go with the flow. When my original plans didn’t pan out (and yes, at that time they were mine only), together we reshaped how we wanted our travels to look. We have an odd sort of roundabout pathway that makes sense to us.
As a reminder, we are visiting 11 countries in this order: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Jordan, Israel and Egypt before heading home. And for further proof of the intensity, here’s a screenshot of the travel path:
Using Google Maps, it looks like I’ll be travelling 23,983.69 miles, which is a little more than circumventing the world in a straight line (about 23,600 miles). I should have labeled it a little better, but Ethiopia is the starting point and Texas will be the ending point. The pathway may look a little crazy, but it makes sense to us (and maybe you too once you hear our reasoning!).
It’s a BIG trip for sure and one that I can’t wait to share more details as they develop!