We have been dreaming about this for years, so we've had a lot of time to study the theory. Topography has become our main subject with weather prediction as a second. The last thing we want is to get into a hurricane season or a heat wave, so some planning is necessary.
Eventhough we have a global route, we do not want to get stuck in a plan, and so we'll only put a dot on the map after we've been there...
We'll tell you what this awesome global route contains:
we've started in Cape Town, roadtripping through South Africa and moved through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and crossed Zambia by train to Tanzania. Then we crossed the blue waters to the Seychelles for a relaxing week, we did a special roadtrip through Madagascar, a week of hiking on La Réunion and finally chilling on the beaches of Mauritius.
After our 14 week adventure through Africa we flew to Singapore for a few days and then to Malaysia, where we first visit Borneo for two weeks and then the Peninsula for three weeks. We slowly descend through Indonesia towards Australia where we traveled around in our own car for five months.
In between we stayed in New Zealand for a few days before we left Oceania after a total of seven months.
Phew, what a trip!! But our adventures aren’t over yet, from the south of Japan we flew to Hawaii for the obvious reasons... and more ;-) and then we added a whole different chapter to our trip: South America. We flew to Colombia and travel via the Galápagos Islands and through Ecuador all the way down to Patagonia. Although Central America and the Caribbean sound very appealing, we are not sure we can make it there, because our budget got a big dent in the South Pacific. We'll always have dreams and we can hopefully experience the great American dream in the USA in the future sometime. If we would make it this far with our budget and we have some money left, we’ll fly back to the mainland of Asia where we will stay until we are totally broke... haha!
We have a lot of countries on our wishlist, but the last thing we want is to speedtravel and 'tick off as many countries as possible'. Of course, there are transit countries where we may only stay a few days or a week and for other countries we will take more time to explore them well.
For each country, we will see how long we want to stay and depending on the budget, we will determine where we will go or won't go. We'll just go with the flow and see where we'll end up. Feeling that freedom is fantastic!
All in all this will be the biggest adventure or our lives, a huge discovery of the world and ourselves.
We expect to come home again after about one and a half to two years healthy, happy and satisfied.