Where are we going?

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
Matsuo Basho

So, one of the big questions we need to answer is ‘where are we going’?

The thing is, we can’t really decide on this with any certainty until we’ve worked out so many of the other questions that will tell us how much money we’ll have, how long the boys can be off school, what happens with the cat or house, etc.

Ideally we’re looking at USA and Canada, possibly Hawaii, possibly New Zealand and Australia, maybe Japan and/or Hong Kong, and a remote possibility of eastern Europe. Not exactly the wildest travelling locations but we’re looking at the places we’d like to go as a family. While I would love to go to places like Machu Picchu or the Inca ruins, I want to be there and enjoy the places on my own, in silence, with the freedom to walk around and stop and take in the natural and amazing surroundings without being jostled by hoards of other tourists (I’ve never liked to be a ‘tourist’ when I go away).

Other considerations when planning these locations is how we get there. Somewhere like Machu Picchu is not somewhere you get to easily – at the moment we’re not an adventurous family (not in the sense of trekking for days) so can’t really tell whether somewhere like MP will suit all four of us or not.

We’ve not got a map on the wall yet, but we will, but I have already been looking into flight times from-and-to various places, e.g. Montreal to Calgary (4 hours 40 minutes) or Anchorage to Honolulu (6 hours 5 minutes) as this could be a deciding factor in how we plan the smaller journeys within the bigger adventure.

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