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One Week to Go – The ‘Round the World’ Working Plan v. 1.0

Osprey Sojourn

Osprey Sojourn, my home for the next 16 months.

So, after more than a year of planning and preparation, the final week before my departure has arrived. Next Monday night, armed only with a one-way ticket, I’ll be boarding an Alitalia flight to Buenos Aires to begin what I envision as a 14-16 month jaunt around the planet. And it all seems so alarmingly normal, as if it’s the most natural thing for me to do.

That’s not to say that the past several months have been stress-free. I’m one of the most laid back guys you’ll ever meet, but the planning, storing and moving since I made this decision –compounded by the difficult decision to quit a great job that I for the most part thoroughly enjoyed– did take its toll. I could easily produce a few long chapters on the ugly ways in which stress manifests itself on the human body. But I’m feeling much better now, so I’ll spare you those details.

I will however share a bit more of the general working plan, something I have yet to outline on this blog – or anywhere actually.

Where & What

The itinerary will remain very wide open and very much a work in progress, but will go something like this: beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, I’ll travel overland through South and Central America to the U.S. Pacific Northwest, before heading to the Pacific in early autumn where Guam and The Philippines beckon. After that, the outline becomes fuzzier still but will likely include an extended stay on an Indonesian island en route to the Asian sub-continent. From there, the working plan is to devise an overland route back to Slovenia.

All the while I’ll be collecting stories, making photos and shooting video. Any routine that develops will necessarily include several hours set aside each day for writing and researching. In a perfect world articles for other outlets and a book manuscript will also emerge – the latter at some distant point.

This Blog

Piran Café will also be the key central component. There are lots of travel blogs out there, some better and more useful than others that have been invaluable in helping me plan my trip. Piran Café won’t be another one of those. I’m by nature and profession a reporter and story-teller who on occasion manages to snap a decent photo. That’s primarily what I plan to post here. Scattered ‘notebook’-type posts, journal-type entries, and vignettes from different locales. And perhaps some long form stories when I make the time to research and write them.

By the way, for the foreseeable future I’ll harbor no illusions of making money as a blogger. That’s a whole ‘nother business plan that has no appeal whatsoever at the moment, so please know that I won’t be monetizing Piran Café any time soon. Although I’ll probably move to a self-hosted platform at some point, I’m content for now here at WordPress.com.

Social Networking

Besides this blog, I’ll stick mainly to five other networking platforms:

- I launched a Facebook page today which will serve as the primary micro-blogging platform for Piran Café. There you can expect to find photos, news updates and plenty of links to wonderful things I come across along the way. If you’re on Facebook, I’ll answer your like with a whole lotta love :) .

- I’m beginning to use Google+ more regularly as well. The photography community there is quite strong, travelers are gradually becoming more engaged there and I think the video Hangouts can be extremely useful.

- I’ve recently celebrated by seventh Flickr anniversary, and despite some misguided rumors of its demise, I plan to continue using it as the primary site to stockpile photos.

- I’m fairly new to Twitter, but am liking it more with each passing day. I’m a news junkie, and particularly enjoy enveloping myself in the current events of wherever I am at any given time. Twitter is a great way to share those news tidbits, along with posts and updates from other travelers and bloggers. And my own stuff too, of course, but I don’t like spammers so don’t plan to become one.

- And finally, video. Although I have a Youtube account, I’ll continue to use Vimeo as the platform of choice for any videos I produce.

A Privilege & a Luxury

I’m fully aware that many people aren’t in a position to undertake an extended journey like this. I don’t have children and I’m not married. I’m pretty good about saving money and I don’t have a mortgage or car payments either. But I do have an unrelenting passion to travel, and an insatiable interest in and genuine concern about the planet.

That said, I realize that the ability to take off for fourteen or sixteen months is in many ways a privilege and a luxury, one I plan to take full advantage of, and one I eagerly look forward to sharing.  I hope you join me.

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12 Comments

  1. January 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm — Reply

    I’m so excited for you Bob, and seeing the Osprey Sojourn (when’s the trial pack?) makes it seem imminent, to me! I suppose you’ve been doing so much travelling these last several months it won’t be till you don’t head for home after a couple of weeks on the road that it will truly sink in. Then again, with no planned assignments, the freedom to follow your nose might make it seem real long before then!

    Now, If I could understand more than just the words you’ve written about communications and social media, I might benefit from your trip by at last entering the 21st century’s latest toys. Be prepared for this to be a very popular post as I return to try to decipher it all, bit by bit :)

    • January 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Meredith. The trial pack is coming in a few days, but it won’t be much of a trial. :)

      • January 15, 2013 at 4:52 am — Reply

        Right down to the wire, as you said a while ago! It doesn’t seem like much space for a year, does it? Though you said you were taking a separate bag for your ‘equipment’, right?

        • January 15, 2013 at 9:27 am — Reply

          Yes, the mobile office (and a few other things) will be in a separate backback. And might be heavier than the big bag. :)

          This 60-liter bag will be plenty. I’ve read about other much more hardcore types who get by with 35 liters. I didn’t want to get a bigger one because the temptation to fill it is too great.

  2. January 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm — Reply

    [...] his end-of-year summary for an at-a-glance sampling of his photos and posts, and then check his ITINERARY for this trip.   Join me in following his journey via update/newsletter and posts from South [...]

  3. January 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    I was directed here from Zebra designs and I look forward to following your adventures through the next year and a half. Bon Voyage :-)

    • January 23, 2013 at 8:04 am — Reply

      Many thanks, much appreciated! :)

  4. January 23, 2013 at 2:53 am — Reply

    I’m right on your shirt tales. Just asked you the question about an itinerary in my other comment now I have found this post. Just to have a start then let circumstances take over is a fantastic way to go, “Good on yer”

    • January 23, 2013 at 8:13 am — Reply

      Thanks – I’m confident that it’s the right way to go. :)

  5. January 23, 2013 at 2:54 am — Reply

    PS I found you via Zeebra

    • January 23, 2013 at 8:14 am — Reply

      And MANY thanks for coming by, VERY much appreciated!

      • January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm — Reply

        I.m looking forward to the virtual journey

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