Pre-Trip Planning And The Farewell Tour

On our first date, one of the things that drew us together was a love of travel. So, from the beginning, an extended trip was a dream of ours. The dream took a lot of hard work, saving, and planning. But we did it and now we’re on our way!

Find it at Tony's Baltimore Grill
Find it at Tony's Baltimore Grill

The adventure began on June 27th, 2015 with us moving out of the Brooklyn apartment we called home for 3 and a half years. Our itinerary over the following weeks was planned around Danny’s teaching schedule, visiting family, and friends. Since we left Brooklyn, we’ve slept in 13 different beds and traveled 8,346 miles- and we haven’t even left the States yet!

  Reflections at the Bean in Chicago.

Reflections at the Bean in Chicago.

So what exactly is our plan? We wanted to go on a grand road trip around South America so Danny started an intense search for a VW kombi for us to call home. We'll tell that story another day, but suffice it to say our "new" VW is waiting for us in Santiago, Chile. We'll land in Santiago on August 19th and spend a few weeks waiting for the paperwork to go through, learning Spanish, and exploring the city and surrounding areas. Once our kombi is ready to go, we'll head south to Patagonia!

  Just missing mom, the photographer!

Just missing mom, the photographer!

That's all we've got so far and, of course, all our plans are subject to change. But the main thing is that we’re keeping ourselves pathologically open to the universe. As loose as our itinerary is, some of the things we're looking forward to are camping, working on farms, volunteering where we can, becoming fluent in Spanish, dancing together, and even rolling some jiu-jitsu.

We fly to Santiago on August 18th, but first we've got two more stops to make!