We are ready to go! Yes we are just doing carry ons for our round the world trip. Most people find this just as crazy as actually traveling around the world. We will see if this works, I am not wedded to the idea and if it doesn’t work we can just buy things along the way. So far the best part of the trip is seeing the response from people when we tell them about our trip. My best responses so far:
“What are you going to do with all your clothes?”
“But you’re not supposed to do that” (Jokingly)
“How is that even possible?”
“Is somebody dying?”
It definitely messes with people’s minds. It definitely messes with mine. We have been living with Kelly’s parents in Moraga for the last couple of weeks since we have rented out our place to some friends who are remodeling their home. Its been a nice transition period since we have space to spread everything around and parking if we need to run errands. So we’ve been doing all the little things- getting flu shots, making reservations (the general plan is to plan on a rolling 2-3 month basis), packing, downloading apps and movie on iPads/Kindles. Right now we just want to get on the plane and get this going.
Regarding packing this is what I am bringing:
3 Pairs of shoes- tennis, birks, flip flops
4 Pairs of socks
2 Pairs of pants
3 Pairs of shorts (nice, swim, gym)
6 Pairs of unmentionables
3 T-shirts (All merino wool-which I just discovered. Supposed to be much better than cotton- doesn’t hold smells, keeps you warm and cool (look it up), much more durable). We will let you know how many days I can wear it before washing or until my girls don’t want to sit next to me.
1 Long sleeve merino wool shirt
1 Tennis Polo
3 Long Sleeve Button Downs
1 Merino wool hoodie
1 Rain Shell
1 Sun Shirt
Toiletries-I’m not going into all the details but nothing unusual
Cameras-Fuji X-100s, Canon S95 point and shoot, and Canon SL1 with two lenses- 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and 28mm f/2.8 fixed.
2 phones (my CDMA iPhone which will be pretty much useless and will basically be an iTouch and an unlocked GSM phone-Moto G with a global SIM card from gosim.com.
Computers- MacBook Air (Kelly), iPad minis (Dave, Claire), Kindle Fire (Lauren, Grace)
There is more stuff too but if I’m getting sick of writing this you are probably sick of reading this.
I just really feel fortunate to be able to do this. Its pretty much the #1 thing on my bucket list. I feel that the universe really conspired to make this happen and that if the universe is going to help you out, it might as well be for something like this. I should probably start an orphanage or something to pay back the Karma.
First stop is Tokyo for 9 days.
Its 3 weeks in Japan, 3 weeks in China, and 3 weeks in Vietnam.
Thanks for following us! See you soon!