aaaaaaand we're off!

we are at san francsico international airport, waiting to board the first of the twenty seven flights we will be on in the next eighty days. it was a crazy, wild, crazy whirlwind getting everything packed (for the trip and moving out of our place) and saying our goodbyes (we left for the airport directly from a little farewell party in our dear friends' backyard) -- but here we are, hoping we have what we really need, looking up last minute confirmations and itinerary items, and bubbling over with excitement and anticipation (stewed with some real exhaustion of body and mind!). this dream is really happening!!

i will be trying to blog as often as possible from our trip - you can also follow along via instagram.

here's the final lineup:
march 24-april 1 :: new zealand (we decided to go to both the north and south islands!)
april 1-april 10 :: china (hong kong, then yangshuo, then xian, then beijing, then shanghai)
april 10-april 12 :: train from shanghai to lhasa (yes, 48 hours on a train!)
april 13-april 18 :: tour through tibet
april 19-april 30 :: trekking on the annapurnal trail in the nepalese himalayas
may 1-may 4 :: recovering and exploring in pokhara and kathmandu
may 5-may 7 :: hot air ballooning and cave dwelling in cappadocia, turkey
may 8-may 10 :: istanbul
may 11-may 16 :: johannesburg and safari in kruger national park and private game reserve
may 17-may 20 :: capetown and the cape of good hope (and...ian convinced me to do shark diving!)
may 21-may 25 :: dubai, arabian desert and abu dhabi
may 26-may 29 :: buenos aires (and a quick ferry trip over to uruguay!)
may 30-june 3 :: quito, banos and the ecuadorian amazon
june 4-june 8 :: galapagos islands
june 9 :: arrive back in the usa!

here's to a biiiiig adventure!


  1. have so much fun, charity and ian!

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    1. Sooo sorry we missed your last call. We were hosting Inklings downstairs, bragging about our crazy kids when you called. Safe journeys! Congrats on packing just one big backpack for 80 days. Good luck with that! LOVE YOU!

  3. I am so excited to follow your journey! I've been called to serve in Auckland, New Zealand, in June, so I'm especially excited to see all of your adventures there.

  4. Yay! I can't wait to see all of the fun and adventures you and Ian have in store. Have a safe trip!

  5. How exciting!! What a fabulous adventure.

  6. Have a fantastic holiday!!!

    Hope you'll update the blog.:)

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  8. Have a blast! Can't wait to see your photos!

  9. I am impressed if you just have that one backpack!

    My advice would be to take a few hours now abd then to let it all soak in. I know I would need it. The itinery is so exciting!

  10. You should come to Portugal! Lot's of good food, music and nice weather! :)

  11. Aside from my absolute jealousy at your being able to do this trip, I am IMMENSELY impressed that you fit everything into a backpack! I can't even take a carry-on for a weekend trip. haha


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