Round-The-World 2011

The post Korea adventure of a Canuck and a Kiwi is underway.  Our Round-the-world tickets have been purchased!

After much research through different RTW companies (Star Alliance, One World, AirTreks), we opted for an awesome deal through Airtreks that will get us from Korea to four countries in South America, and then into North America, stopping in California, with a quick trip to Vegas, and then up to western Canada for two weeks before heading East to see “home” for the first time in 2 years.

**We decided to plan the Europe portion of our trip at a later date.

The RTW Trip Idea

The RTW trip idea has been floating in our heads for the past six months, so locking in flights and dates was quite exciting!  I couldn’t get over how helpful our Airtreks travel agent, despite being located on the other side of the world. He gave us so many flight options as well as travel advice for all of our destinations.  Not to sound like an advertisement, but I would definitely recommend the company, as it was the only one we found that didn’t force you to purchase a flight back to your starting point.  Since we knew we didn’t want to return to Korea, it was our best option.

The adventure begins on March 1, 2011.  This will be the first time I will be leaving Korea with no intention of returning to a job.  I have no idea what my next job will be, which both excites and freaks me out.  We have already begun learning Spanish and reading up on South American hot spots.  We get there just in time for Carnaval!  Really, I didn’t know anything about SA until a few months ago when I began reading the Lonely Planet guide and listening to a few friends rave about their time there. Since then, I have built a growing relationship with this distant and exotic place.  I can’t wait to start exploring!

I’m excited to live out of my new backpack, to meet people, and to see so many new sights.  I feel it will be an amazing way to unwind and re-energize after my time in Korea.  Yes, we will be busy buzzing around a giant continent, but we will be moving at a pace which allows us to relax and take it all in. We have allotted about one month in four different countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and finishing in Peru in July 2011.

I have a tendency to look too far in advance, and it’s hard not to think about Canada.  I can’t wait to see my family and friends again and share stories of my months of travel. And then there’s Europe that is off in the distance but is eagerly awaiting our arrival next fall!

But…. for this trip I am attempting to teach myself to stay in the moment and soak in everything as it comes. And that starts with focusing on South America.  I’d like to take a break from thinking too much about “work.” Instead, I’d like to focus on learning new things and rekindling old, as well as finding new things I love, while being on the road.

I really feel that I am coming full circle from where I was back in high school with dreams of helping save the world through studying international development and implementing theatre into it.  Now I find myself longing to visit these foreign places in search for volunteer opportunities to help in any way I can.

We have 2 months left to get everything in order and then my posts will be coming from the road!

Here’s to new roads that lie ahead!

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Round-The-World 2011

The post Korea adventure of a Canuck and a Kiwi is underway.  Our Round-the-world tickets have been purchased!

After much research through different RTW companies (Star Alliance, One World, AirTreks), we opted for an awesome deal through Airtreks that will get us from Korea to four countries in South America, and then into North America, stopping in California, with a quick trip to Vegas, and then up to western Canada for two weeks before heading East to see “home” for the first time in 2 years.

**We decided to plan the Europe portion of our trip at a later date.

The RTW Trip Idea

The RTW trip idea has been floating in our heads for the past six months, so locking in flights and dates was quite exciting!  I couldn’t get over how helpful our Airtreks travel agent, despite being located on the other side of the world. He gave us so many flight options as well as travel advice for all of our destinations.  Not to sound like an advertisement, but I would definitely recommend the company, as it was the only one we found that didn’t force you to purchase a flight back to your starting point.  Since we knew we didn’t want to return to Korea, it was our best option.

The adventure begins on March 1, 2011.  This will be the first time I will be leaving Korea with no intention of returning to a job.  I have no idea what my next job will be, which both excites and freaks me out.  We have already begun learning Spanish and reading up on South American hot spots.  We get there just in time for Carnaval!  Really, I didn’t know anything about SA until a few months ago when I began reading the Lonely Planet guide and listening to a few friends rave about their time there. Since then, I have built a growing relationship with this distant and exotic place.  I can’t wait to start exploring!

I’m excited to live out of my new backpack, to meet people, and to see so many new sights.  I feel it will be an amazing way to unwind and re-energize after my time in Korea.  Yes, we will be busy buzzing around a giant continent, but we will be moving at a pace which allows us to relax and take it all in. We have allotted about one month in four different countries: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, and finishing in Peru in July 2011.

I have a tendency to look too far in advance, and it’s hard not to think about Canada.  I can’t wait to see my family and friends again and share stories of my months of travel. And then there’s Europe that is off in the distance but is eagerly awaiting our arrival next fall!

But…. for this trip I am attempting to teach myself to stay in the moment and soak in everything as it comes. And that starts with focusing on South America.  I’d like to take a break from thinking too much about “work.” Instead, I’d like to focus on learning new things and rekindling old, as well as finding new things I love, while being on the road.

I really feel that I am coming full circle from where I was back in high school with dreams of helping save the world through studying international development and implementing theatre into it.  Now I find myself longing to visit these foreign places in search for volunteer opportunities to help in any way I can.

We have 2 months left to get everything in order and then my posts will be coming from the road!

Here’s to new roads that lie ahead!

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Kristin’s Backpack won 1st Prize for TESL Ontario’s 2011 ESL Week Blog Contest.
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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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