2018 South America Planning

The Big Plan

We often get asked how we can do these expeditions and big trips by friends, acquaintances and others. Well it starts with the seed of a plan that for us has been many years in the planning. It really started about 12 years ago when I was a member of TEC a business group that held monthly development meeting for owners of small businesses. We had monthly speakers who would help us with business and personal development advice and it was really the advice from a couple of these speakers that struck a chord with me.

In business you develop a business plan that has both long range goals (5 year) and short range goals (the current years plan) and we have all heard that in order to be measured it needs to be written down. One of the TEC speakers challenged us to develop a personal plan similar to our business plan that centered around our personal lives including travel goals in exactly the same way we do for business. I had never done such a personal plan before, however I followed through and developed two simple plans. I wrote down a travel plan of all the places Sarah and I wanted to go and then refined this plan into what we wanted to accomplish in the next 5 years and what was beyond 5 years. The second part was a yearly plan of what we wanted to do in the next year that requires both of us to plan the individual things we might want to do and our joint plans. Then you go through and put more firm timeframes on the one year plan and more fluid dates on the 5 year plan. That’s how we got to the South America Expedition and the several trips before. When you pencil in some dates your plan actually tends to happen although adjustments in the plan are always ongoing. We have traveled by foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, car, bus, train, boat, plane and stayed in everything from tents to B&Bs, to luxury hotels and now our VW Wesfalia.

  • New York
  • Cuba
  • Mexico
  • England, Wales and Ireland
  • Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu Peru
  • Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Europe
  • Morocco
  • US Continental Divide
  • Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
  • New Zealand and Australia
  • British Columbia, Alaska, Yukon, Alberta, Washington and Oregon


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