I’ve been putting in a lot of thought as to what the best route is for my round the world trip. It starts off in Mexico and ends in Europe, with South East Asia in between. Below is an initial list off what places and countries I am currently planning to go to in between my set volunteer abroad dates:
Meredia, Mexico – May 1 to May 14
Home for May 15 and 16
Fiji – June 5 – June 18
Bali, Indonesia – June 19 – July 16
Thailand – Bangkok
Naples, Italy – July 31 – August 27
I may add in or take out some countries and places, but this is just an initial list to go off of for right now. I want to try to find a race to do in Hawaii while I am out there so I can check that state off my list, so my length of stay there will depend on what I am able to find for races. I want to stop in Australia too, but my only concern right now with Australia is what the weather will be like since it will be fall going into winter at the time I plan on being there. I don’t mind this, but for packing reasons it might be a tricky travel destination.
I’ve heard Bangkok and Singapore are really awesome cities to visit, and I am currently looking into other cities in the South East Asia area that I could visit as well. From South East Asia, I plan to pop over to Europe and go to Poland before my program in Italy starts. One of my best friends is planning to go to Poland next summer with her boyfriend, who is originally from Poland, and when I told them how I plan to be in Europe for half of next summer, but don’t know where yet other than Italy, we made plans to all meet up in Poland for a week or so before my program starts.
Even though I’ll be in Italy for a month, I’ll really only be in one section of Italy and want to check out some other areas in Italy as well. Another one of my friends has really been wanting to go to Italy, so I told her she should plan to go at the end of August and meet up with me so we can check out the rest of Italy. I also really want to go to Greece while I’m sort of in that area so I can check out some of the Greek ruins because Greek Mythology has always been something I’ve really enjoyed. It will also be cool to compare the ruins from the Roman Gods versus the Greek Gods.
To end my trip I want to go to England, Scotland, and Ireland. Of theses three, I want to see Scotland the most and try to find the area where my ancestors came from. I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland, and kept telling myself that would be the first true country I would visit abroad, however it only seems fitting that I save the most anticipated destination as the last destination on my trip.