Australia, Planning, Vacations

An Unexpected Upcoming Journey

Once we decide where we are going each year, the first thing I check is if we need any immunizations. For the most part, the shots aren’t really a big deal. However, when we had to get the Japanese Encephalitis vaccinations (multiple spread over a period of time) before the big Asia trip, I got a little sick each time. This immunization basically expires after two years, so my goal was to never have to get it again. Luckily Japan was high up on our list of travel destinations, so Japan it was.

I started my research and started to come up with a broad itinerary. I downloaded an app and every day I’d spend a bid of time trying to learn how to read Japanese. Of course I spent a lot of time on TripAdvisor, as well. Things were coming together until…

Hub found out he was going to speak at a conference in Sydney.

Now Australia was on the list, but it was not high on the list. It’s very far. But it would have been silly not to take advantage of the fact that we could combine work and vacation, meaning work would pay for a significant amount of expense. So Sydney it was/is.

Suddenly I had to start from square one with the research, and semi-quickly, because we were leaving in three months.

Did you guys know that a lot of things are trying to kill you in Australia? And speaking of that, don’t get me started on the crocodile stories. I made the mistake of doing some research, and now my Google news feed blesses me with any new horrifying crocodile stories that happen in Australia. Great!

But the more I researched it, the more excited I got. And all of the sudden, it’s next week. We will be on planes for over 24 hours. Whew. This will definitely be the furthest we’ve gone. I will try to take you along for the ride and hopefully share some of the amazing things I expect we’ll be seeing and doing (WiFi permitting).

So buckle up, people. We’re headed to the other side of the world.

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Masterpiece Trip 2017, Planning

Holy Crap. It’s Happening.

It’s surreal to me that after planning this trip for so many months the time has finally come. Yesterday I worked on setting reminders on my phone for things that need following up during this mammoth adventure and so far there are 36. Please don’t let me lose my phone. There’s a lot of moving parts to this trip, and I’m so paranoid that I’ve forgotten something vital. Like Santa, I’m checking my lists twice (and thrice).

Our first flight is 16 hours long. That’s a new record for us, edging out South Africa by an hour. And yes, friends, at some point I *will* get the Africa pics and posts up here, as well. Unfortunately that’s looking like 2018. Oops! So that’s why we are trying to stay on top of this huge trip and post as we go; it’s too hard to catch up later on.

So the plan will be to post about each destination we visit, with pics. There might also be additional pics posted to Instagram when we don’t have time or bandwidth for a full post. We’ll do our best.

Goals for this trip:

  • Safety
  • Good health
  • Everything else is a bonus

We have some fantastic things planned. Come along for the ride!



Masterpiece Trip 2017, Planning

That Freaking Volcano

There’s something I never thought I’d say…

Yesterday Salajander said, “No plans survive first contact with the enemy. In this case our fantastic trip is the enemy.” Ha!

Let me rewind the a bit. Yesterday was the one week countdown. Very exciting! The day started with me checking our various booked hotels to see if any of the prices had dropped. Two of them had – significantly. Huzzah! What a great Monday…until I started looking at Tripadvisor to do some additional last minute research on the cities we are visiting. Our first destination is Bali and almost the entire first full page of discussion topics were related to Mount Agung. Now don’t get me wrong, we already knew about the volcanic activity because we got an email via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (recommended highly joining), but reading the threads it sounded like it was getting significantly worse with an eruption imminent.

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Planning, Vacations

Come Along For The Ride

We’ve finally gotten this blog together, and just in time! Our big trip begins in a week and a half to Asia. That’s very strange to see written out as I’ve been planning this trip for so long it’s hard to believe it’s finally here.

The Numbers

Countries:                                           4
Cities:                                                  15
Flights:                                                14
Longest Stay:                                     7 nights (only once)
Shortest Stay:                                    1 night (only once)
Hotels:                                                14
Overnight Boats:                              2
Length of Trip:                                  8.5 weeks

We will be updating as WiFi allows. I’ve read bad things about Bali WiFi, so you might not get any updates until we get to our second destination. I was thinking of listing out everywhere we are going, but it might be more fun for you to discover it as we are discovering the actual destination. So first up, Bali.

Are we insane for doing this, or is it the best decision we’ve ever made? Stay tuned!