It’s May now. Jeff and I have been in Korea for 8 months. I’m beginning to feel that our time is growing short – after all, we only have 4 months left.
This has been a wonderful experience, and you can rest assured that I will write more about my experience teaching through EPIK in the future.
Even though I’m in the midst of a big adventure (or, what some people would consider a big adventure) I can’t help but look forward to the next big adventure. Part of it is that I’ve gotten used to life in Korea, and now it’s just a routine and a job that is not super different from living back in the USA (okay, it is, but like I said, it’s normal now).
And my next adventure is a huge one – we’ll be traveling home via a massive round the world trip!
Initially, we thought we could get home without flying (after one flight to Thailand). However, though the Trans-Siberian Railroad seems awesome, it will be too expensive and too difficult to get the visas (plus, we would have gotten to Mongolia in winter, which is not something I want to experience!).
So plans have changed a bit, and here is our sleek new itinerary, which is kind of approximate at the moment but probably won’t be too far off.
- Mongolia: August 31 – September 7. We’ll hang out in Ulaanbaatar and take a horse trek.
- China: September 7 – 25. Beijing and Shanghai.
- Hong Kong: September 25 – October 13. This will include a day trip to Macau.
- China: October 13 – 22. Guilin and Yangshuo.
- Vietnam: October 22 – November 22. Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Cambodia: November 22 – December 22. Angkor Wat/Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville/islands.
- Laos: December 22 – January 22. Si Phan Don, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and wherever else sounds good.
- Thailand: January 22 – March 22. 1 month in Chiang Mai, 1 month in Bangkok, and 1 month in the islands.
- Malaysia: March 22 – April 5. Quick stop to eat as much roti canai as humanly possible, maybe visit Langkawi, and fly out of Kuala Lumpur.
- Turkey: April 5 – May 2. Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia.
- Bulgaria: May 2-4. A quick stop in Sofia.
- Serbia: May 4 – 6. Quick stop in Belgrade.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina: May 6-8. Quick stop in Sarajevo.
- Croatia: May 8 – June 5. Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Zagreb.
- Slovenia: June 5 – 12. Ljubljana, Bled.
- Italy: June 12 – July 3. Venice, Florence, Naples, Rome, Genoa. And other food-related places. This will be very fast travel.
- France: July 3 – 31. Paris, Loire Valley, Marseille.
- Spain: July 31 – August 30. Barcelona, Madrid, Granada.
Again, this is approximate. I did specific dates so that I would have a good idea of when we’d be there, but I definitely expect this to change (in fact, I plan to update this post along the journey to reflect the real dates). It even leaves out a few countries that we might do day trips to. The Europe part, as it is far off, is very tentative.
I wanted to post this for a few reasons. One, I’m very excited to have gotten the itinerary finished! Two, I want suggestions, especially for the first few places. And three, let me know if you will also be in these places at those times, and I’d love to meet up!