December 30th
written by Alonna

I’m so excited to share our upcoming travel plans for 2010! While the first half of our year of traveling was a whirlwind of many places within a relatively small amount of space and time (3 months in Europe), the second half of our trip will be fewer places but spread around the world for 5 months. And I mean that literally, Ben and I will be traveling completely around the circumference of the world using a RTW (Round-The-World) flight ticket. In RTW-terminology, we’re purchasing a 5-continent OneWorld Explorer ticket (“LONE5”) starting in February from Ecuador. The ticket is pricey, around $5k per person after all of the taxes and a couple additional flights. And it’s not easy to plan it either, I’ve probably spent a good 40-hour week figuring this out (good thing I’m not working!)

But back to the fun part, here’s our itinerary:

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  • Quito, Ecuador (3 weeks) – Alonna will be studying Spanish while Ben remains in Boise
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (10 days) – Ben arrives in Ecuador we head out for an 8 day cruise
  • Patagonia, Argentina & Chile (3 weeks) – Hiking, biking, and enjoying the outdoors
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (4 days) – A little time in the city before leaving South America
  • Istanbul, Turkey (6 days) – We missed Istanbul on our Europe tour, so we’re going back!
  • Egypt (9 days) – Traveling further back in history from where we left off in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • South Africa (9 days) – We’ll base in Johannesburg and go on an African Safari
  • New Zealand (1 month) – Focusing on the South Island and all the adventures we can manage in a month
  • Australia (3 weeks) – Three weeks somewhere in Australia
  • Hawaii (1 week) – Bonus! Our RTW ticket lets us stop in Hawaii on our way home

All of this starts January 8th when Alonna leaves for Ecuador – only 1 week away! Our dates are flexible, but we plan to be back to Boise by the end of May.

Please share this trip with us! We are extremely interested and open to having YOU travel with us at any point of this trip. If you were thinking of going to New Zealand, Egypt, Hawaii or somewhere else listed above this spring, let us know because we’d love to meet up. Also please share if you know anyone in any of these areas that would be interested in meeting or hosting us. The more the merrier!


  1. Sandra

    Oh that looks soooo cool!! Other than your bonus trip to Hawaii, I’ve never been to any of your other destinations. I’m so jealous!!!! You guys have a safe and wonderful trip – and lots of blogging and photos!!

  2. Robin Scott

    Awesome. Please keep sending the blogs–they are great.
    Have a wonderful trip! Love, Mom

  3. 01/02/2010

    Congrats on planning the next stages of your career break! We will be sure to follow along and plan to highlight you again at the 6 month mark!

  4. 01/03/2010

    Will see you guys in Ecuador! Can’t wait and just finished up my New Years fiesta down here… was loco crazy and you can read my site about what happened. The pictures were priceless! lol

  5. Mom Albertus

    I see you made some changes in plans since you were in MN ~ all for the best! Looks like the trip of a life time!! What an adventure! We’ll be following you every step of the way. Love you, mom

  6. Ann

    Hi there – I don’t know you, but somehow I found your site when I googled “travel around the world.” I’m definitely going to look into LONE5. Your blogs are awesome and informative. Thanks for posting and sharing!

  7. 01/06/2010

    I too stumbled upon your blog while researching online. I just wanted to say that you’re doing a great job! My husband and I are in the middle of a similar trip and have hit many of your destinations. You will have a great time! Happy traveling!

  8. 01/07/2010

    Just came across your site from Sosauce. Excited to follow you since I don’t leave on my RTW until April!

  9. Clay

    I liked how you put all the places you are going on a map. It helps put meaning to what you are talking about. Have Fun!