I am planning a trip around the world. There are many ways to do this. I discovered that it is easy to get caught up in wanderlust, even for an experienced traveler like me. As I began to plan I thought I could go here, then there, then visit some friends over here. The trip took on the look of an endless journey. Nice as that would be, there’s a little trouble with money and what to do with my little dog. I used two destinations to form my trip, Britain and Thailand. My daughter and her family live in Bath, Somerset. I am a massage therapist who would like to learn Thai massage in Chiang Mai. So I began to plan my trip with the plan to visit new places, but to not get carried away.
At present the my itinerary looks like this:
- Tucson to Washington, D.C. where I will drop off my dog to stay with my younger daughter while I am gone. This also gives me the opportunity to visit the Turkish Embassy to get a tourist visa. (oops! Spoiler alert!)
- DC to Bath, Somerset where my other daughter lives with her husband and two sons. There are two important events scheduled while I am there, but more on that later.
- A few days in Ireland. I’ve never been.
- London to Bucharest by train. I will be meeting up with a friend in London who will travel with me.
- Bucharest to Istanbul. The plan is to spend two nights in Romania and fly to Istanbul as the train takes 19 hours.
- Istanbul. My friend and I will be staying in a VRBO. We plan to see the sights, experience a hamam, try our hands at ebru, and have a little Turkish Delight.
- Cappadocia in Central Turkey. My friend will return home, but I wanted to see a little bit more of the country. The area is unique with some unique experiences. Plus, I will be visiting small towns which will be a nice change from cities.
- The next leg is TBD. I am looking at two different routes; Kiev or Dubai.
- Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. This will be my third trip to this country so I will not be stopping in Bangkok. There are several approved schools of massage in Chiang Mai. I will be there about a month.
- Malaysia. I’m just beginning to investigate places to visit.
- Singapore. I think it will be interesting to visit this tiny country. I hear the airport is one of the best in the world.
- Ubud, Bali. Several years ago I was in a doctoral program and this was going to be my reward for completing. I lost interest in the degree, but still want to visit the cultural capitol of the island. I’m interested in trying my hand at some of the crafts, maybe take a lesson or two with a gamelan.
- Back to Singapore and back home.
The trip will take about 3 1/2 to 4 months depending on how long I can stay in Bali.
I plan to write about the trip prep before I take off. Check back to see what I’ve been up to.