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Planning My Route




GENERIC:

DONE

My initial (Phase 1) around-the-world trip is done. It took just over 5 years.World Map Done

I am, now, in ‘Phase 2’ which sees me return to my favourite places discovered in Phase 1.

In Phase 2, I will stay in each of these favourite locations for at least 1 month so that I can discover more about them.


WHAT ROUTE DID I TAKE?

I planned my Phase 1 route so that I was in each country at the right time to:

  • Avoid rainy, monsoon, typhoon, and hurricane seasons;
  • Avoid Peak Seasons in the more expensive countries;
  • Get as much sunny weather as possible;
  • Minimise travel distances (and costs).

In this way, I got the best out of each country that I could.


WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

There are many websites that provide good detail about the climates in each country and the regions / cities within each country.

I used ClimaTemps.com to get the detailed information that I needed and copied that information into a spreadsheet.

I know it sounds a bit ‘anal’ but I was visiting so many countries in Phase 1 that it made sense (to me) to get it right.

So, I also checked with a few travel sites to find out what the best time to go was; the best time is not always the middle of summer – things like Peak Season and humidity also need to be taken into account.


SO WHAT ROUTE DID I TAKE?

By region (e.g. S.E.Asia, Central American, and Europe), the countries are so close together that they share the same rainy seasons. It was not possible to always avoid the rain. I had to plan carefully.

Here is a summary of each year from December 2014 onwards:

After Nepal, I will revisit some of my favourite places in S.E.Asia … starting in Vietnam.


I HAD MY ROUTE … NOW I NEEDED TO GET READY …