At a fateful happy hour almost two years ago, friends of Mike and mine told us they were taking a honeymoon around the world. Our jaws dropped to the floor then stuttered out, “What do you mean? Is that even possible?” They were just going to quit their jobs and go. The concept seemed unfathomable but yet affixed itself to our brains from that moment on.
Mike and my love for travel runs deep. With a mother who was a flight attendant all through her 20s and Mike’s parents who were known for their spontaneous ski trips to the Alps, we were taught traveling is an essential part of living. In our five years of dating, we’ve been to nine countries and have constantly been thinking, where next? So when it came to picking a place for our honeymoon, we knew one exotic beach wasn’t going to satisfy this case of wanderlust.
So as of January 2012, Mike and I are starting our one and half year honeymoon around the globe. It’s crazy, we know -but if not now, when?
The Honeymoon Itinerary
The plan is to go the places too far to visit while we have a job and too rugged to do when we’re old. That means neighboring Central America and cushy Europe, we’ll see you at a later date. South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand—here we come!
To be honest, our itinerary right now is very rough, though this is what we know: The first leg starts in Brazil for Carnival, then loops down to Uraguay, around Argentina, up Chile and ending in Peru to hike Machu Pichu in May. Then my sister is having her first baby and my best friend is getting married so we’ll be returning to the U.S. for a couple weeks. By June we are off to South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Madagascar, followed by a slow tour through Asia to Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and ending in the South Pacific with Australia, New Zealand, then home by May of 2013.
Though we’ll be tightening up our plan over the next 40 days, we don’t want to let any one route bog us down. You never know what you’ll find out there so you need to keep a little wiggle room for spontaneous inspiration.
When choosing names for this blog, SeeingDesign struck me for its global possibilities. The prospect of actually seeing and chronicling design around the world gave it potential that, when the time was right, I knew I would seize it. So akin to my past coverage of boutique hotels, design shops, architecture, chic finds around the U.S., it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting abroad.
A few SeeingDesign column ideas I’m scheming..
Design in Five: A round up of each country’s most unique, exquisite, exotic, bizarre, and charming products.
Architecture Tours: From huts to high-rises, a visual review of what’s home in farflung places.
Artisan Spotlight: Interviews with different local artisans about their lives and crafts.
Hotel Envy: The review of the best design hotels we stay in and the ones we would die to check-in to.
Market of the Month: A close look at the some of the coolest bazaars and flea markets around the world.
And for all non-design related adventures —hiking, beaching, dining, volunteering, etc.—Mike and I will be keeping a joint blog called HoneyTrek.com. Travel ideas, advice, mishaps, and musings will abound here. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, please head over to our blog and subscribe to the newsletter: http://HoneyTrek.com/Subscribe
It is going to be one heck of a journey—one of which we’d love you to participate in, from observing, commenting, to offering your suggestions, even requests!
We hope you can join us for the ride…