Our Itinerary Taking Shape

Posted by Amy:

I thought it would be good to give a little planning update.  It is now mid –June.  We leave in just under two months.  The kids have two more weeks school and have camp still ahead of them.  David continues going to work.  I have camp packing and end of the school year craziness on my mind.   I think it is fair to say that the trip still seems a bit intangible to us.  I am not sure when it will fully hit us. When we get our shots? When we are on the plane?  When we say good-bye to the Katz’s and Aunt Susan who are traveling to Israel with us?  When we lose our credit card or passport in some remote location?

Our plane tickets are set.  We have purchased Round the World  (RTW) plane tickets from American Airlines.  They call them the OneWorld ticket.  These tickets have many rules and regulations that I was actually happy to hear about since they gave me some framework for planning, instead of simply being overwhelmed by options.  The fee is determined by how many continents you plan on traveling to.   That is five for us.

The rules are as follows:

1.  We get 16 flight segments.  Layovers and connecting flights count as their own segment.  Arriving in one city but flying out of another is considered a land connection and counts against us.  (The strategies begin to unfold, how to make the most of these 16 segments.)

2.  We must cross the Pacific and the Atlantic each once.

3.  We must go in one direction, either East- West or West-East.  This turns out to be a big round the world traveler’s dilemma.  But we chose East to West for the simple reason that we wanted to go from more familiar cultures to more unfamiliar cultures.

4.  Finally, within the continent, we can go any direction, but only 4 flights per continent.

5.  And also, we can change dates without penalty, but to change destinations incurs a fee.

So… here is what we came up with.

Beginning of August – Leave for Chicago, by car.

Aug – Fly to Tel Aviv, Israel, with a short layover in London

End of August– Fly to London, England (for some unknown reason, OneWorld considers Israel part of Europe and not Asia.  Don’t know why, but it works for our advantage here.)

End of Oct. – Fly to Hong Kong, China – Here we will add on plane or train to mainland China

Mid November – Fly to Bangkok, Thailand

End of Dec.  – Fly to Delhi, India

Mid Jan. – Fly to Sydney, Australia , with a layover in Hong Kong

Feb – Fly to Auckland, New Zealand

Mar  – Fly to Santiago, Chile

From here on the dates are not set because we can only book flights 330 days in advance

Fly to Lima, Peru

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fly to Bogotá, Colombia

Fly to Detroit!!!

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12 thoughts on “Our Itinerary Taking Shape

  1. -D

    Sounds like an awesome trip! Can i come? Oh, wait, I am coming. You know that bit about losing our credit card and or passport? That’s not gonna happen. You see, I have lost enough credit cards, driver’s licenses, keys and other stuff to satisfy all of the Gods of Lost Articles quota for offerings. Let’s get our kids to write updates too….okay….see you tonight.

  2. Savannah

    Dear Rikki, I hope you have a good time going around the world:) your BFF Savannah Willnus.

  3. Shari Cohen-Kairey

    Once again I am in awe of you all. Your adventure is so exciting, and I will be living vicariously with you via the blog. We are leaving for Spain this Friday and I am bogged down over the restaurant selections. Yes, I am Buz’s daughter and dining is a very important aspect of my vacation experience. Can’t imagine a year away. Yes, we are going to museums too. Amy and David, I cannot fathom how you are handling the planning and the prospect of navigating your adorable family a through a year of new experiences. Rikki, Maya, and Eva, you girls are about to venture into the trip of a lifetime that the average Joe will never know. Enjoy, embrace, and make as many memories as you can. I’m so happy and excited for all of you.

    Adios xoxo Shari

  4. Sierra/CC/Savannah's older sister

    Helllllllllooooooooo Riiiiikkkkkkkkkkkkkkiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I miss u sooooooo much, even though I e-mail you alot.
    Hint, Has a big sister who e-mails u alot, and has a little sister who sent you your 2nd comment!!!!!
    (The big sister’s name is CC, “E-mail me!!!”)

  5. susie weiner

    i thjnk i signed up to hear all updates– this is amazing — i see a book contract in your future

  6. Debbie Diamond

    Your itinerary is incredible! We are so excited to be able to follow your travels through this blog. Have an amazing time!
    Much love,
    The Diamond Family, Portland

  7. Aristide Abrahams

    wow guys, I had no idea.. amazing, jealous (not really hehe). Not even going to Suriname???

    All Kidding aside. Good luck guys, I think Maya is right.. this is a once in a lifetime experience that will shape you for the rest of your life.

    It will make you richer in more ways than you can foresee..

    Our thoughts are with you!!..

    Aristide and Family.

  8. Oh I am so very thrilled for all of you! How perfect! I am in awe of all of you–and especially Amy!

    And we get to share your adventures with this blogging, how very cool!!!!

    And even more, I get to share the Eretz with y’all!! Yippee!!!

    Love, Aunt Susan/Spunky Fry

  9. Barney Cohen

    What a great, great, great year of living dangerously [well, maybe not dangerously, but rather fantastically] you have planned. Truly a life experience, one of being/living in the moment for more than a minute…something that most of us never have/take the opportunity to do. I highly recommend a little philisophical reading of “Wherever You Go, There You Are.” Anyway, I hope that you have a good camera, and take a lot of photos to share with all of us back home. Union Pier won’t be the same without you there this summer. So many new things you will experience. The great big world out there will shrink down in size for you to jump in. Be sure to keep us all informed. All the best of travels to you! Barney

  10. Fran Zetland

    David and Amy and girls,
    Great itinerary. We await your arrival. Vered HaGalil is beckoning as is our home with some home-cooked meals to send you on your way. Who knows what you’ll be eating there in the Far East. Meantime love. Fran

  11. elaine appel

    Bob and I are so excited for you guys. What a great year you will have. We look forward to following you adventures.

    Elaine and Bob Appel

  12. Jean and Ted

    have a great time

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