Around the World in 1998-99

Around the world trip images

Welcome to one of the longest continuously running travel blogs on the internet!

It all started right here in 1998 when we left Los Angeles on a 9 month trip around the world. We planned, we scrimped, and we 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 around the world trip, albeit two decades ago (20th-anniversary post here) 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. Those pages are being updated slowly into the latest blogging format.

KRISTINA’S PRE-DEPARTURE JOURNAL:
Updated in 2018:

FEBRUARY, 1998   Preparation or Obsession? – Updated in 2018

MARCH AND APRIL 1998- Do Your Homework and The Big Computer Debate (or, Sometimes Size Really Does Matter)– Updated in 2018

MAY, 1998 Fear and Loathing in L.A, Part 1 – Updated in 2018

JUNE, 1998 Too Much to Do, Too Little Time – Updated in 2018

JULY, 1998 Mexico, No Problema and later, Nuns Who Drink Beer. – Updated in 2018

AUGUST, 1998 Fear and Loathing in L.A., Part 2– Updated in 2018

Our Around the World Trip Starts!

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, 1998

HAWAII

FIJI-

NEW ZEALAND

OCTOBER, 1998

AUSTRALIA- 

INDONESIA-

MALAYSIA- 

NOVEMBER, 1998

THAILAND 

DECEMBER, 1998

NEPAL

THAILAND

Bangkok For Christmas- Updated in 2019

JANUARY, 1999

HONG KONG/MACAO

Hong Kong/Macao-Updated in 2019

MAINLAND CHINA

Beijing, ChinaUpdated in 2019
The Forbidden City, Mao, Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace, The Great Wall and the MingTombs.

TAIWAN

Taiwan-Updated in 2020

THAILAND

Thailand, One Last Time…(includes visit to Ayuthaya and Khmer Ruins)Updated in 2020

FEBRUARY, 1999

ENGLAND

London, England- London; Stones and Bones and Talking Birds.-Updated in 2020

HOLLAND –

Holland-Amsterdam and LeidenUpdated in 2020

FRANCE 

France-Paris, Mont St Michelle, Bordeaux and BurgundyUpdated in 2020

SPAIN

Northern Spain- San Sebastian, Leon, and Santiago de Compostella Updated in 2020

MARCH, 1999

PORTUGAL –

Portugal-Porto, Lisbon, Alvito (in a castle), and moreUpdated in 2021

SPAIN

South of Spain and Barcelona-Updated in 2021

MOROCCO

Morocco- Tangiers- Updated in 2021

FRANCE

Another Visit to FranceUpdated in 2021

ITALY 
Tuscany and Poppi
Photos of Poppi
Photos of Florence
Photos of Tuscany

APRIL, 1999

ITALY 
Sicily
Photos of Taormina, Syracuse,and Agrigento
Photos of Palermo and Cefalu
Photos of Positano and Pompeii

MAY, 1999

SWITZERLAND 
Champery, Switzerland
Photos of Switzerland

GOING HOME…..May 20, 1999
Culture shock and what happened next.

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Planning Information (keep in mind, this is how it was done in 1998)

BUDGET:
The question on everybody’s lips…just how much did we spend?


PACKLISTS: 

Here’s where you can see just how much stuff we brought, what we wind up sending home, and what we have to buy…
KRISTINA’S CLOTHES
DAVID’S CLOTHES
OTHER STUFF

FAQ: 
Read more about who we are and what we’re planning on our
frequently asked questions page
See some of the answers to our “other questions” on our  answers page.

LINKS: 
Go to our links page for lots of great travel-related web sites.

RECIPES: 
Great recipes that Kristina collects and creates from all over the world.

READER’S COMMENTS: 
This is where we unabashedly toot our own horn with
some of the nice comments people have sent us via e mail.

TECHNICAL STUFF: 
Computer stuff, digital camera, accessories, in essence,  how we do it

TIPS AND TRICKS: 
Helpful hints we learned along the way.

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