Our First Round the World Trip

We were made on three different continents. Hanane was made on Africa, Sophia was made on the European side of the Bosphorus – just a bridge away from Asia, and I was made in North America. So it makes sense that we travel.

As I write this, we are still fleshing out our trip. Nothing is written in stone yet. I will update this page as we learn more.

This is the trip we currently envision.

We will leave Reedsport, Oregon in August of 2017 and head to central Oregon where we will meet up with my sister and her kids for Solarfest, a massive festival celebrating the solar eclipse of 2017.  We will be houseless at that point if all goes according to plan and we will be traveling lean and mean in our VW Vanagon and nothing left behind.

From there we will travel to Arizona to see my parents and my uncle and from there we will drive to an as yet unknown storage facility, park the Vanagon, take our bags and in September we will catch our first flight – to Hawai’i, the state I have considered home more than any other and which I have not been back to since 2008. As much as I would love to spend a lot of time in Hawai’i, it’s an expensive place so our visit will probably be limited to just a couple of weeks. During that time we will see old friends, learn more about out ukuleles, and enjoy everything we can that I’ve missed about my home state.

From Hawai’i we will fly to Japan, a country I have long wanted to visit and which I potentially would like to live in. In fact, the main reason I went to college was so that I could get a job teaching English in Japan – at the time, all you needed was a degree in any field – so I studied what interested me, anthropology. Then the recession hit in 2007 and suddenly there were few jobs in the US, graduates were heading overseas to take teaching jobs, applicants outpaced positions, and the requirements got more strict – degrees in English and specifically in TESL (teaching English as a second language). So, by the time I graduated, I was no longer qualified to teach in Japan – so I went West from Hawai’i instead of East. This time we will go East. At this point, I don’t know what we will do in Japan or how long we will stay.

From Japan we will fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I suspect that while we are there we will visit Indonesia (especially Bali), Thailand, Singapore, and possibly Cambodia – but time will tell.

From Malaysia we will fly to India.

From India we will fly to Sri Lanka.

From Sri Lanka we will fly to South Africa.

From South Africa we will fly to Barcelona. This will be a longer stay. We will definitely visit Hanane’s sisters in Belgium, take the ferry from Spain to Morocco to see her parents, and explore living in Portugal or Spain. This leg is about two things – family and the potential of finding a home.

From Barcelona we will fly to New York City.

From New York City we will fly to San Francisco. Once there, we will figure out what to do next. The purpose of this trip is twofold – 1) to learn about the world and 2) to figure out where the best place for us is.  When we get back to San Francisco, we will need to decide where we are going. Each of the locations we plan on visiting is a potential home for us.

I will update this as we learn more.

That is all we know at the moment (March 15, 2017).