In 1998 we left Los Angeles on a 9 month trip around the world. We planned, and scrimped and saved for more than two years before we left. People were shocked that we would quit our jobs, take all that money and spend it all “just to travel.” Why would we not settle down and buy a house? After all, we were almost thirty!
I’m here to tell you it was the best thing we ever did and we don’t regret it one bit. We did come home and “settle down and buy a house” but as you can see we are still traveling as often as we can. I encourage anyone who wants to do this to plan for it, save enough to have a cushion of cash to return home to, and then go!
Our trip, albeit over a decade ago is still available to see online. Yes, travel has changed quite a bit since then, and yes, the photo quality is not as good as now (what do you expect from a first-generation digital camera?) but it’s still fun to peruse the destinations.
Links to our travelogue and photos from the journey can be found below. Please forgive the ugly formatting on those pre-blogging pages.
KRISTINA’S PRE-DEPARTURE JOURNAL:
FEBRUARY, 1998 Preparation or Obsession?
MARCH, 1998 Do Your Homework
APRIL, 1998 The Big Computer Debate (or, Sometimes Size Really Does Matter)
MAY, 1998 Fear and Loathing in L.A
JUNE, 1998 Too Much to Do, Too Little Time
JULY, 1998 PART 1 Mexico…No Problema
JULY, 1998 PART 2 Nuns Who Drink Beer…
AUGUST, 1998 Fear and Loathing in L.A., Part 2
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, 1998
Kuala Lumpur and Penang
HOLLAND - Holland
Another Visit to France
GOING HOME…..May 20, 1999
Culture shock and what happened next.
Planning Information (keep in mind, this is how it was done in 1998)
The question on everybody’s lips…just how much did we spend?
Go to our links page for lots of great travel-related web sites.
Great recipes that Kristina collects and creates from all over the world.
This is where we unabashedly toot our own horn with
some of the nice comments people have sent us via e mail.
Computer stuff, digital camera, accessories, in essence, how we do it
TIPS AND TRICKS:
Helpful hints we learned along the way.