A Travellerspoint blog

Gear gathering

It's funny how in order to pare down your life and belongings so that you can live out of a backpack for half a year, you first need to go out shopping and buy a whole whack of stuff to help you do it properly.

Chloe's most important piece of gear (after flip flops) is the backpack she chose for her birthday recently, the Osprey Jib. She also got a water bottle, pen knife (right up there with flip flops, in her view), whistle and flashlight.


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We've got tickets

We've got a big batch of e-tickets in our possession now, so this is becoming much more real. Here's the route: Ottawa to Chicago to Tokyo to Bali in 30 hours; after a month in Bali, a flight to Kuala Lumpur; after three weeks in peninsular Malaysia, a flight from Penang to Bangkok; after nearly two months of bumming around Thailand, we head overland to Cambodia and on to Saigon, then up towards Hanoi. Then we fly from Hanoi to Chennai, India via Kuala Lumpur, check out southern India with a focus on Kerala and Goa, and fly home from Mumbai, arriving by March 1.

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Here's a look at where we plan to go

Lots of details may change, and the India portion is a bit skimpy because I ran out of time updating it. More to come when some fine-tuning has been done!

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Just getting our heads around this big trip....

snow -11 °C
View Get Out The Map on The Rymans's travel map.

No, I didn't draw that cartoon up at the top myself and no, that guy with every hair standing on end is definitely not meant to be Mark (although it seems likely that his hair will be standing on end fairly often during our trip). This is just a first experimental entry to sort out how this blogging business works, so that I can cross "sort out blogging business" off my list of things to do to get this trip fully planned. Seven months and counting: Our departure is scheduled for mid-August!

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