So what is the itinerary of this little sabbatical? So glad that you asked. Here’s the latest version, though it tends to change and evolve quite often. As General Eisenhower said, “Plans are nothing but planning is everything.” 🙂

If you have any other ideas, advice, or know people I should meet in these places, please leave a comment!

  • Destin, FL, USA- July 17-23, 2010- “Week to plan at the beach” (with Lauren)
  • Montreal, QC, Canada – August 4-7, 2010 – “EO Forum Retreat”
  • San Francisco to San Diego, CA, USA – August 9-25, 2010 – “Driving Hwy 1” (with Lauren)
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA – August 26-29, 2010- “Scott Heyman’s 30th Birthday” (with Lauren)
  • The Mediterranean (Italy & Greece) – September-October 2010 (with Lauren)
  • Transatlantic cruise from Europe to Ft. Lauderdale, FL (stops in Rome, Florence, Barcelona, Monaco, Cartegena, Malaga, Cadiz, and Funchal, Medeira Islands) October 18-November 3, 2010 (with Lauren)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- November-December 2010
  • Lima & Arequipa, Peru – November-December 2010 (Lauren only)
  • Florianopolis, Brazil – New Years 2011
  • “Tour do Brasil” – January-February 2011
  • Argentina – March-April 2011 (with Lauren)
  • Chile & Bolivia – April 2011
  • Peru & Colombia – April-July 2011
  • Ecuador – July-August 2011
  • Hawaii, USA – September 2011
  • Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong  – September 2011 – June 2012

16 responses to “Itinerary

  1. Ben Brecht

    Three ‘must see’ locations (in my opinion):

    Kakadu Nat. Park, Northern Terr., AU

    Cradle Bay, NZ

    Perth, AU with a drive up the western coast (very remote beaches)

    Good luck!


  2. Liz Levy

    you should consider adding Slovenia to Croatia…haven’t been but have read good things!

  3. Boobear

    Excuse me, you forgot something…… Hang out with Carly in Denver for a couple of days!

  4. Gia and Steve


    We heard about your site through Susanne the helicopter pilot instructor in Atlanta. 🙂 We were excited to check it out and we will definitely be living vicariously through your posts this year and hope to have a grand adventure like this ourselves (one day…).

    We had a great time in Italy last summer…be sure to check out Cinque Terre National Park if you like hiking and beaches! We loved it there!

    And if you haven’t thought about Oceania, Steve also lived in New Zealand for 7 months and raves about it almost incessantly… 🙂

    Gia and Steve

    • Matt Ross

      I just found out about your trip… Sounds amazing, I am a college instrucotr looking at heading to New Zealand for a two-month break from reality. I am interested in any advice anyone would have about ways to finance yourself while overseas. I had thought about working at several different farms learning about New Zealand’s Agricultural Sector or studying plants and diverse ecoregions (my background is in horticulture). Let me know any insight. Appreciated the RTW Trip Guide for clothing and accessories made a big difference in my Christmas List. Goodluck on everything and will be sharing your blog with my friends.


      • I’m so glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed the blog and will share it with friends! I’ve never been to New Zealand but have heard nothing but wonderful things about it. I have met plenty of Kiwis traveling and they’re awesome, laid-back folks. As for money-making advice while traveling, I can’t speak first hand because neither of us are working on this trip, but I’ve met folks traveling who teach English (not so useful in New Zealand), work on farms picking fruits or berries, and work remotely for clients in their home country doing computer work like graphic design or software programming. Often the Aussies and Kiwis work in the UK for a while to save money since the pound is so strong abroad and Commonwealth citizens can work there easily. I hope that this helps!

  5. Stephen Hahn

    I went with the same premis to travel around the world in 1996. I hit 27 countries in 50 weeks by myself. THe entire trip cost $18k and was the best thing I ever did. Send me an email if you are interested in hearing about my journey and how it shpaed my entire life. The big diffference is I was solo traveling on a budget of $25/ day in a pre-digital world.

    • Gia and Steve

      We’re interested! We would love to know about your itinerary and how the trip shaped you into the person you are today.

      Thanks! G & S

  6. Justin

    Can’t wait ’til you go to Mauritius! I’m from there and am looking forward to seeing what you think.
    Great idea of yours, and wish you all the best on your travels!

    • Lauren

      Unfortunately we are skipping Africa right now and heading to South America. Flights to South Africa were way too expensive. We definitely plan on getting back to Africa though…I have family there!

  7. Margarita and Mimmi

    Hello Jared and Lauren. Hope everything is ok with you.;)
    Love from Margarita and Mimmi who stayed in room nr 2 at Honeymoon Beach Hotel , Santorini, Greece

    • Lauren

      Happy New Year ladies! We are both doing well. I am in Atlanta visiting family right now and Jared is exploring Brazil and having a great time. Hope you are both doing well 🙂 Love hearing from you.

  8. The Break-up Diaries

    I’m curious. I put together my own list of places to go, but the cost was quite high, compared to the budget you came up with (listed in Inc. article) do you mind discussing how you came up with your figures?

    • As a market research nerd I couldn’t resist taking a highly analytical approach to my cost estimates. I went both “top down” by averaging out the actual cost of similar trips per some travel blogs I found online and “bottom up” by listing each major cost category and making per day, per week, or per month cost estimates by category, by country. The final cost I estimated ($68K USD) was nearly right-on after 12 months of travel. Here are the costs I estimated by category:

      Transportation Costs
      – Air Travel……………………………….$10,000
      – Visas……………………………….$800
      – Ground Transportation……………………………….$7,300

      Living Expenses
      – Food & Drink……………………………….$16,425
      – Lodging……………………………….$13,992
      – Sightseeing & Excursions……………………………….$5,475
      – Miscellaneous……………………………….$3,650
      – Medical Insurance……………………………….$4,380
      – “Back home” expenses……………………………….$6,083

      TOTAL COSTS……………………………….$68,105

      Your actual costs will vary of course, but these categories should be pretty comprehensive. There are two major factors that will affect your spending, and the first is much more important than the second:

      1) where you spend your time geographically
      2) your “standard of living” while traveling

      The difference between costs amongst countries and continents is dramatic. I’m in Cambodia right now and literally spending about 1/5 as much per week as I did in western Europe with a comparable standard of living. Check out to get a feel for the cost of living in various places around the world and you’ll see that the differences are great.

  9. Putri

    hi, just found your blog , so far so good.
    FYI Indonesia is a must visit country, we have so many beautiful beaches, diving spot. Please do visit us

    cheers from Indonesia

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