Round the World '09: March 2009 Archives

RTW '09 Update

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It's been since July since this trip was mentioned, so it seemed time for an update with mundane details.

I was just updating my spreadsheet for this trip—it's got all our flight/hotel details, as well as financials.  I'm attempting to forecast/record every penny that might be spent/already spent.  It's all rather disturbing/obsessive to look at, but it's also fun to have PivotTables telling me the average cost of accommodations by country and such.

Over the last eight months our flights have been booked, there have been small schedule changes here and there.  Nothing more than fifteen minutes one way or another—no big deal.  Just as I was thinking about how fortunate we'd been on that front, we got hit by a bigger schedule change last week…

Royal Jordanian cancelled our planned Amman to Tel Aviv flight—so the 24 hours we had in Jerusalem turned into 12 hours.  Enough time for dinner and a night's sleep.  Oh well—the reason we were going to Israel for such a short period was for flight logistics reasons.  And getting to spend more time in Jordan shouldn't be much of a punishment.

Last month we also had to swap our planned horseback riding in Wadi Rum, Jordan to camelback riding with a different outfitter.  A very negative trip report on the planned horseback guide made us skittish. 

Otherwise at this point, we've got the basic travel logistics pretty well locked down.  It's all terribly complicated, so fingers crossed things actually work somewhat as planned come game time!

A few stats related to this trip:

---17 flights on 9 airlines—Northwest, Finnair, Iberia, Royal Jordanian, Malev Hungarian, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and ol' Alaska.

---35,488 total miles to be flown.  <gulp>  (the circumference of the equator is ~25K miles)

---14 different beds—running the spectrum, from: friends in Paris, a tent in the Jordanian desert, Ugandan guesthouses, a Le Meridien, and traditional Japanese ryokans.

---3 continents, 8 currencies, and 9 passport stamps—Finland, France, Jordan, Israel, Hungary, Uganda, Rwanda, Japan, and Canada.  (We won't leave the airport transiting London, Madrid, and Hong Kong.)

Things kick off on May 13 on a redeye to Detroit.  Probably not a lot else to say before then on this matter, but on paper we've got a surprisingly reliable stream of wifi throughout the trip to post updates here.  Though despite having unlocked my iPhone to use foreign SIM cards, there will still be no Twitter updating.

Until our next intra-Northwest excursion...