Update: This plan is now obsolete, as I will be cycling around the world (I have preserved it for historical purposes). The link at the bottom, however, is for the current itinerary.
The expected plan is as follows:
- Starting in Nepal, my first destination will be the Everest Base Camp – starting with a white-knuckle landing at Lukla, which is about the world’s most dangerous airports to land at. From Nepal, it’s India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
- Then it’s on to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Hong Kong (where I’ll apply for my Chinese visa, as well as spending my first Christmas and New Year on these travels).
- After Hong Kong, it’s Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China.
- A couple of months in China, before crossing in to Kazakhstan and Russia.
- By the time I exit Russia, it will be almost the middle of 2021. It’s a fast track to Norway for the midnight sun in Tromsø. A month after leaving Russia for Norway, it’s on to the UK and Ireland for a couple of months. The next five months are then spent in continental Europe – haven’t yet decided where to spend Christmas and New Year.
- Following Europe, it’s a ferry crossing from Spain (near Gibraltor) to Morocco. Then it’s Egypt, Lebanon (will probably have to fly via some third country), Jordan, and Israel.
- Africa continues to beckon, with Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
- An inter-continental flight later, it’s South America and (hopefully) a visit to Antarctica! A third Christmas and New Year.
- After South America, it’s Central America (including Cuba and Saint Maarten), before spending six months in the United States and Canada.
- Lastly, it’s a visit to Hawaii and New Zealand, before arriving back in Australia at the end of November, 2023.
- Update: I’m cutting out New Zealand (will spend some time there on a separate trip), and spend a full 12 months in North America (and Hawaii).