As promised, here's a look inside the first six months of married life with Brendan and Sarah! The actual dates may vary by a day or two, but that's the beauty of travel.
Late May- Do that whole vow thing
May 30- Fly to Greece's most romantic island (can you guess which one?)
June 8- Take a ferry into Marmaris, along the Mediterranean shores of Turkey. Spend some time exploring the "Turquoise Coast."
June 19- Head into central Turkey via bus to explore Cappodoccia's fairy chimneys.
June 26- Continue busing it north to Istanbul for a couple weeks exploring churches, mosques, bars and bazaars.
July 10- Fly into St. Petersburg, Russia at the tail end of "White Nights". Get used to the sun never setting.
July 17- Splurge on a 1st class train to Moscow. Observe very tall women who can hold their vodka better than Sarah.
July 25- Board the famous Trans-Siberian Express railway on a week-long journey through Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, and China.. finally deboarding in Beijing.
August 8- Fly south to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Spend the next couple weeks enjoying pho up and down the coast of Vietnam.
August 28- White-knuckle it on a bumpy bus over the border into Laos. Hop on water taxis along the Mekong River to access various cities. Eventually settle in Vientiane.
September 19- Fly from Vientiane into Phnom Phen, Cambodia. Try to avoid landmines, but fail miserably. Just kidding. Glad you're paying attention.
October 3rd- Make our way into Siem Reap, Cambodia, to visit the wonder of the world known as Angkor Wat.
October 10- Fly into Thailand for one night in Bangkok.
October 11- Fly out of Bangkok and into Denpasar, Bali. Spend the next month happily among rice paddy fields. Hop over to neighboring Lombok for a night or two.
November 6- Make an appearance back in the States for a wedding in Wisconsin. Suffer from acute culture shock. Gain back the 10 lbs we each lost.
November 20- INDIA.
I'm going to stop here and continue the second itinerary leg next time so I don't drone on too long in a single post. But here's the deal- neither of us have been anywhere we're about to go, and even though we're dutiful researchers, we're still totally clueless. So if you possess knowledge on any locale I've mentioned above, share the wealth! Email me or comment below.
Our favorite resources thus far:
Airtreks.com - Reliable round-the-world plane ticket agents
Rough Guides - Amazing book series, better info than Lonely Planet
Adventure 16 - Best outdoor/adventure store in SoCal, if not ever
More deets coming soon!