Where Are We Going On Our Year Long Trip

Since we started sharing the news of our year long travels plans the number one questions we’ve been getting is “where all are you going?” So I thought that was a good topic for the first issue of The Dickens Dispatch.

As I write this we have 59 days left until we leave. Joyce is on the recovery end of pneumonia and our house has been on the market for 8 days now. I am tired after a long week of taking care of a very sick wife and keeping a house ready for showing. I am very ready for the trip to begin.

It Begins In Mexico

Getting ready for a year of travel is a lot of work and a tad stressful so we thought it would be good to spend the first month relaxing in a small Mexican village on the Pacific coast. After that first month in Mexico we are going to head further South to Belize and spend a month there. After Belize the plan is to head to Africa and this is where the plans are still a bit grey.


We’ll fly either into South Africa and head North over time with the goal of getting to Kenya. Or we’ll fly into Nairobi with the goal of working our way down to South Africa. We need to get to South Africa because last year we bought a safari at a Matthews House charity live auction. However we end up exploring Africa our goal is to end in Morocco. From there it is on to Europe.


In Europe we hope to visit the usual suspects such as England, France, Italy, Spain, Germany (for Oktoberfest), Ireland, Greece, and Austria. As well as some less popular tourist destinations like Latvia, Slovakia, and maybe Turkey. Our time in Europe is constrained by the three month limit on Europe’s Schengen Visa. From there it is East to…?


This is where our plans are not really plans at this point. They are more of an idea. We know we want to experience parts of Asia just not exactly sure where exactly or for how long. We’ll figure it out as we go.

Open To Everything

So there you have it. That is our plan so far but most of it is still written in pencil and could be changed at anytime. The only thing set is the flight to Mexico and the house we’ve rented for the month in Sayulita.

For me this trip is about exploring this planet I share with my fellow man and being open to what the road has waiting for us. I do plan to share with you more my philosophy and thinking behind extended travel but for now I just wanted to give you an idea of our itinerary.



4 thoughts on “Where Are We Going On Our Year Long Trip

  1. If you decide to make a stop in Nicaragua, I’d recommend spending a little time in San Juan del Sur. A Fort Collins gal, Jane, started the first public lending library there. The students from Lincoln Middle School used to have a regular trip down there to help with the library and to take food and other needed items to two local orphanages that Jane hooked them up with. The school district recently put the kabosh on the school trip. But since there’s a Fort Collins connection, and a good cause, I thought I’d mention it. Here’s a link about the library: http://www.sjdsbiblioteca.org/


    1. Thanks Meg for the recommendation. It is always great to travel to a place with even the smallest connection to. Currently we do not have plans to go to Nicaragua but we are also open to it if there is an opportunity.


  2. Asia suggestions: I’ve always wanted to go on an adventure trek through the jungles of Laos. They will set you up with a guide and stay with host villages and stuff. I think it’s something you guys would be into. — 2nd, Thailand. I just had a few friends come back from a couple weeks there and after hearing their stories, it has shot to the top of my bucket list.


    1. Thanks Suzanne! We do hope to get to Southeast Asia near the end of the year and it seems there is no shortage of things to do there. We have a friend who live in Viet Nam for a year and that also sounds amazing. So much to see and do and so little time.


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