Everything you never wanted to know about our world tour, but we're going to tell you anyway.
So you’re off around the world, then?
‘Cos it’s there. And travelling’s better than working for a living, obviously.
Where are you going?
Um, we’re not sure, exactly.
How long will you be away?
Er, we don’t know that either.
Is there anything you do know?
Sure, lots of things. For example: beer is good; cake is fattening; boy bands are annoying.
You know what I mean.
Alright, alright, we know what you mean. Look, all we can say at the moment is that we have no definite plans. We have a vague idea of the kind of places we want to visit, but we haven’t got a predetermined schedule. We’re just going to play it by ear and see what happens.
So what are these ‘vague ideas’ of yours then? Honestly, for a FAQ page you’re not answering very many questions.
No need to get snappy. Okay, we’ll try and be a bit more informative. Quite simply, we are open to seeing pretty much any country, but there are some that we’re more interested in than others.
Well, the USA and Canada, for start. And a large chunk of Asia. We also intend to head back to Europe at some point and see the bits we missed out the first time ‘round, and of course we’ll be dropping in on friends and family while we’re there. Is this a bit more useful?
A bit, yes.
The one thing we can say for certain is that we are definitely starting with a two-week holiday on New Zealand’s south island. We’ve never been there, and we want to compare it to the north island as a potential place to live.
So you’re coming back to New Zealand, then?
Oh yes, for sure. It’s a beautiful country and a great place to live.
Any more ‘definite’ parts to your plan?
Only one: After seeing the south island we are heading off to Australia to drink Castlemaine XXXX and sing “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” at the marsupials. (After a few cans of brew, this is a most likely occurrence!) We also have to go to Canberra, ‘cos we hear that there are some cocktails down that way with our names on ‘em.
So what you’re basically saying is that you’re going on a world-wide pub crawl.
You say that like it’s a bad thing.
So when do you think you’ll be back? When you get fed up with drinking?
(laughs) Yeah, like that’s gonna happen.
No, we reckon that the trip will end in one of two ways:
1) When our planetary playground no longer excites us; or
2) When the money runs out (at which point we may well consider a new career in bank robbing).
Talking of money, I take it you’ve quit your jobs?
Pete did. Julie’s been an unemployed and unemployable sponge for a while now, so she didn’t have to quit anything.
Lucky her. So if you’re not working then how can you afford a trip like this?
Here’s a clue: look at the web address of this blog.
http://blowingthemortgage.travellerspoint.com. So you’re spending your house money?
Some of it, yeah.
Are you bonkers?
Oh, we do hope so. Normalcy is so overrated.
You have heard that the economy is going down the pan right now? You know, that pesky recession everyone’s talking about?
We did hear something about that, as it happens. And, yes, we also know that the NZ dollar is worth next to nothing, and the banks are collapsing, and the polar ice caps are melting, and the oil is running out, and flying is environmentally irresponsible… and we’ve decided to do it anyway.
So it’s a midlife crisis thing, eh?
Partly, yes. We are aware that we aren’t getting any younger (or healthier) and need to take advantage of this opportunity while we still can, but mainly we are both keen to get out there and see what the rest of the world is up to. It’s about being challenged, and being inspired... and being nosy on a grand scale.
Sounds good. So what do you think you’ll miss most while you’re away?
Everquest II.; our own bed & duvets; trainwreck TV (e.g. ‘Greys Anatomy’); waking up to a beeping alarm clock every workday.
Now you’re just being sarcastic.
This is getting long. Is there a point to this page at all?
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So, anything else you’d like to add before we wrap this up?
Paul Theroux says it all quite nicely:
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.”
Whether we end up being tourists or travellers, this is going to be one weird and wonderful journey. (And whatever the case, Julie is going to be permanently lost because she has absolutely no sense of direction. Which way’s the airport, again?)
Okay, you’ve suffered enough – for now. We will be posting again before we leave, so if you have any questions, suggestions or insults, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.
Julie and Pete xxx