Chris and I have been traveling together for more than 6 years and have seen five different continents and countless countries. One might think that the fun and glamor of travel would have worn off by now. Not the case. I literally found myself in spontaneous tears at the thought that we’ll be boarding a ...
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Preparing for our mini RTW adventure

Chris and I have been traveling together for more than 6 years and have seen five different continents and countless countries. One might think that the fun and glamor of travel would have worn off by now. Not the case. I literally found myself in spontaneous tears at the thought that we’ll be boarding a plane bound for some of our favorite destinations in less than a week.

You’re probably thinking, “How can you do a RTW trip in just six weeks?” Well, while we might not be visiting a TON of countries, we’re still quite literally traveling around the world. What started as a quick visit to Greece for a conference has splendidly spiraled into an adventure that will take us across Europe and Asia.

Below is a brief overview of what we’ll be up to over the next six weeks. Be sure to follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get regular updates on our travels.

October 21-27. Athens, Greece.

On Tuesday we’ll be jumping on a plane bound for Athens for the annual European Travel Blogger’s Exchange conference (TBEX). This conference is geared towards new media people in travel. We’ve attended TBEX before, once in Keystone and once in Toronto, and loved meeting with fellow travel bloggers in the industry. It’s a great chance to network with travel-minded companies and to make new friends who understand the craziness of the biz.

This TBEX will be a little different as it’s the first time we’re attending in Europe. We’re also giving the Saturday Keynote. To say that we’re thrilled would be an understatement. Our session will focus on how travel blogging has shifted over the years and the future of travel videos. If you’re attending TBEX Athens, be sure to stop by and say hi!

October 27-31. Cruise to Greek islands and Turkey.

Immediately following TBEX we’re setting off on an ICONIC Aegean 4-day cruise with Louis Cruises. We’ll be cruising to the islands of Mykonos, then to Kusadasi in Ephesus, Turkey. From there, we’ll sail to Patmos, where Saint John wrote the book of Revelation and then on to Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini. Epic doesn’t even fully describe this cruise. We’re so grateful that we get the chance to see more of Greece and visit part of Turkey for the first time.

October 31-November 2. Eurail train ride to Croatia.

One of our favorite ways to explore Europe is by train. On our previous European adventures we used Eurail passes to get us to France, Austria, Hungary, and Italy. It’s both a scenic and comfortable way to travel. Plus, the Eurail Global Pass allows riders up to ten travel days to explore as many countries as they want.

Eurail Global Passes to get us around Europe

Originally, we planned on stopping in Sofia, Bulgaria or Belgrade, Serbia on our way to Croatia. Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t have enough time to stop in either. We decided that we’d rather fully explore each destination than spend just a few hours in each. It looks like we’re just have to plan a trip back in the future. There are no losers here.

As soon as we’re back on land from our cruise, we’ll hop on a train to Thessaloniki. From there, we’re left with the task of figuring out how to get to Croatia. All of our internet research has left us more confused than before. Our main issue is that our Eurail passes won’t work through Serbia. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this train adventure. Here’s hoping we make it to Zagreb by November 3rd!

November 3-November 8. Croatia.

We purposefully planned our trip to Croatia to coincide with my birthday. Croatia is one of my favorite countries and there’s nowhere else I’d rather ring in my 29th year.

The plan is to spend the first couple of days in Zagreb before we pick up our rental car and make our way to Opatija. On the way, we’ll be sure to spend some time taking in the beauty of Plitvice National Park. After a few days spent exploring and relaxing in Opatija, we’ll head to Istria to stuff ourselves silly with truffles. The best part is a friend that we haven’t seen in years will be meeting up with us for part of the journey. It’s going to be one epic road trip!

The beauty of Croatia's Plitvice National Park

November 8-November 10. Slovenia.

Slovenia is a new country for both Chris and me. We’ll have a few short days to explore as much as Ljubljana as we can. The best part? We’ve schedule a fun photo shoot with Flytographer. This is a great new way to take back souvenirs from a trip. Not only will we have new pictures to frame when we get home, but our photographer is local and will be able to show us all of the best kept secrets in the area.

November 11-November 13. Rome, Italy.

We’re putting our Eurail tickets to good use by hopping on a train bound for Rome after our time in Slovenia. We’ll have less than 48 hours in the city but I plan on spending most of those hours smothering things in truffle oil and then eating them. OK, maybe I’ll stick to lasagna and other forms of pasta. Either way, it won’t be a success until I’m at least 2 pound heavier. Don’t worry, I plan on a little run or two through the city before we leave.

Adventures in Rome, Italy

November 13-19. Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is another new country for us. We’re headed there as guests for the first TBC Asia Travel Blogger’s Conference. We’re going to spend four days exploring the country and learning how to improve this here blog. We were thrilled to be chosen by the sponsors, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and SriLankan Airlines and can’t wait to share our experiences in this new destination.

November 19-27. Thailand.

This will be our third time in Thailand and we couldn’t be more stoked. The first few days will be spent exploring Bangkok and visiting the Chatuchak weekend market. We’ll then hop on a plane bound for Chiang Mai where we’ll eat all the pad thai and tom kha gai. All of it. The best part of our trip to Thailand? A day spent at Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park. We don’t have a lot of regrets when it comes to travel, but one of the few is not better educating ourselves on responsible animal tourism. We don’t want our readers to make the same mistake and are excited to share our experiences at ENP.

Taking in Thailand for the first time

While in Thailand, we’ll also be meeting up with our friend May, who we’ve seen in various places around the world. I first met May in her home country of Bahrain. We saw her again in South Korea, then France, and the last time we saw her was in the States for our wedding. I actually don’t think we’ve ever seen her in the same country twice. It will be fun to show her our favorite spots in Thailand.

November 27-29. Hong Kong.

This is another country that Chris has been to before but will be a first for me. We only have a few days in Hong Kong (it’s more of like an extended layover) but I’m excited to explore and, you guessed it, eat. We know that there are currently pro-democracy protests happening right now but we’ve promised our families that we would be extra vigilant. We also have a few friends that live in or around Hong Kong. Here’s to hoping we’ll be able to meet up with at least a few of them!

November 29. HOME.

There it is. After our whirlwind RTW adventure, we’ll find ourselves back home… just a few days after my favorite holiday. Luckily for us, our families are accustomed to us missing holidays and we’ll have another Thanksgiving once we’re acclimated to the time change. I can assure you that as soon as we’re back home, we’ll immediately begin stocking our apartment with all things Christmas (read: it’s already started). Gingerbread houses will be built, stockings hung with care, and a fresh Christmas tree will take its place front and center in our living room.

So what do you think? Is this fast-paced trip your style or would you rather spend more time exploring and really getting to know a destination? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Emily
    October 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    We were just in Sri Lanka and absolutely loved it! Will you guys get the chance to tour around or will you be tied up with your conference?
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    • Captain & Clark
      October 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Luckily, we’ll have a few days to get out and explore but I’m sure we’ll be yearning for more. What were your favorite parts of Sri Lanka? We’d love to hear!

  2. McKenzie Day
    October 16, 2014 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Hey there, I’m an expat living in Hong Kong and I wanted to say that there really isn’t anything to worry about as far as the protests are concerned. Some of the double decker bus routes have been interrupted due to barricades, but if you stick to the subway system (MTR) you won’t have a problem. There are 3 street corners where the protestors have barricaded themselves and have occasional clashes with the police, but if you avoid those 3 places (near Queensway in Admiralty, Sogo in Causeway Bay, and Nathan Street in Mong Kok), the rest of Hong Kong is business as usual.
    Hong Kong prides itself on being civilized and orderly (as opposed to the Mainland, according to Hong Kongers), so even the protests are really calm and tame for the most part.
    And if you want to get even further, luckily Hong Kong has tons of tropical islands and hiking trails and beaches far away from all the madness of the city! Hope you enjoy your time in HK, I love it here!
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    • Captain & Clark
      October 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Mckenzie!

      Thank you so much for the information. We’re glad to hear that things are running smoothly. It’s hard to really know what’s happening unless you’re there and on the ground. We feel much more comfortable. We wish we had more time as the islands, hiking trails, and beaches sound AMAZING!

  3. Disa Skaff
    October 16, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    This is an incredible itinerary!! I am, of course, most interested in your dive into responsible animal tourism, and can’t wait to hear about what you discover. =)

    • Captain & Clark
      October 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      We excited to share! 🙂 We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

  4. Charlie
    October 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Wow, that’s certainly a whirlwind trip! I bet it will be amazing, if not a wee bit tiring perhaps. I admit, this sort of high speed approach isn’t how I like to travel, it’s always nice to have the luxury to slow down and spend more time in a place isn’t it. But it’s fun to see a lot of places in one trip, and to mix the pace up of course. And there’s no doubt you guys will have a fun few 6 weeks. Wish I were going to TBEX, one day I hope!
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    • Captain & Clark
      October 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      We have the same sentiments. We predict that we’ll be exhausted by the time we’re home but we’re excited that we’ll be able to see so many new countries. We wish we were seeing you at TBEX too! Maybe next year?

  5. Jessica
    October 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Wow! I have a solo adventure planned beginning Nov 1. Will be in Europe Nov 5-12 and then off to Thailand until the first week of December. I plan on spending a few days in Croatia–Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes are high on my list of “must see” sites while I’m there.

  6. Bret @ GGT
    October 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Hey, we’re on the Louis Cruises FAM also! We must hang!
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    • Captain & Clark
      October 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      NICE! We’re so excited to finally meet you and Mary in person!

  7. Kieu
    October 19, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    TAKE US WITH YOU!! As excited I am to see Europe back on, it’s a favorite of ours too. I’m equally excited Sri Lanka is here! I’ve always wanted to go. Looking forward to reading all on that.

    Psstt… what are your guys’ plans for next April/May? *wink wink*
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  8. Vaughan
    October 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    This is incredible. You guys are going to have toooo much fun. Enjoy!

  9. Binod Poudel
    October 31, 2014 at 4:36 am - Reply

    How exciting! Most youngsters love advenuture. So this kind of articles and posts can motivate the adventure lovers to be familiar with natures.

    Have fun guys. Best of Luck for you journey.

  10. Meghan
    November 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I’ve been to Thailand so many times at this point in my life that when I visit, I feel like I’ve returned home. The people are the biggest reason why!
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  11. Maaaz khan
    November 15, 2014 at 3:48 am - Reply

    You are making me jealous now, i wish i could go there too with my wifey 🙁

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