Mike: Well, we are now seven months into this year-long adventure to circumnavigate the globe. So the start of 2019 will have us wrapping up the last five months of this current trip.
You may notice a glaring lack of Asia, Oceania, and South America in our previous answers. That’s because, as of this writing, we still haven’t seen much of those regions. Although on previous trips we have traveled to Thailand, India, and Australia, much of the eastern hemisphere is still unexplored for us. And we have yet to step foot on the continent of South America. But that’s about to change.
We are currently in China, with South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Philippines in our immediate future. Then we will spend a month exploring Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia, with a focus on Borneo. After quick stops in Timor-Leste, Tasmania, and New Zealand, we will linger a while in Hawaii to visit our older son, Zack.
Then it’s on to South America where we will spend a week driving in Uruguay before flying to Ushuaia, Argentina, to begin our cruise to Antarctica. After that, the future is unplanned. We will assess our energy levels and bank accounts to determine where we will venture and how long we will take to meander our way back to Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re already planning to meet up with our regular dive buddies somewhere in Central America or the Caribbean, but haven’t picked a time or place yet.
After that, we estimate that we will still have time for one more big trip during 2019. Perhaps a road trip to the northwest of the United States and Canada. Maybe a coastal trip to west Africa, or a long train ride on the Trans-Siberian railway. Those are currently the top three contenders, at any rate.