Travel was always an intriguing and enticing prospect that, due to the nature of best-laid plans, eluded us for quite some time. It’s not that we didn’t travel much; our families being spread across the planet presented ample opportunities. So to correct the original statement, travel on our terms, without destinations and schedules and worries of home and work, eluded us.
Like so many plans, it started with a conversation some three or four years ago. We don’t remember exactly where or when this conversation occurred, but the notion was seductive enough to stay with us for some time. We scribbled notes about where we’d like to go – countries, cities, regions – and even made a list of pros and cons. We kept circling back to the fact that we would move closer to home one day, and somehow, we wanted to incorporate this in our move. We started researching, and we did a lot of it (perhaps too much of it), which took us through books and websites and talking to people, and the more we read and heard, the stronger the urge grew to pack up and discover more of the world.
Finally in September of 2016, after considering everything, we began preparing ourselves to leave New Orleans. We decided to leave at the end of January 2017, in order to give us enough time to handover our work responsibilities and have plenty of time to wrap things up. Our first three stops were already decided, Texas to see our friends, Canada to be with Vivek’s family and Zambia to see Shweta’s family and brand new nephew!
The route, as we had originally planned. Of course – schedules, budget constraints, and even our own preferences, will almost guarantee us not sticking to it.
A few sites from our research that have been inspiring and invaluable resources:
We will add country-specific information in individual posts. Looking forward to taking you along.