01.15.2013 - 01.15.2013
As I told people about travelling the world for 110 days, one of the first questions was “How will you pack for a trip like that?” Here in this picture are my possessions for the next 3.5 months:
At the airport, my luggage weighed 34 pounds. I love shoes… and I only packed 4 pairs for this trip. That is huge for me considering it is hard for me to keep it under 5 pairs for a weekend trip. Every article of clothing has a purpose. All of the fancy camping clothes I got from REI are able to fold up inside a pocket on the clothing to save space. I like to wear fun clothes, but I am going to have to let that go the next few months on this trip. After putting my backpack to use, I must admit that it is really nice being able to move quickly in a new location.
How this dream trip came about:
For the past 14 years I have been lucky to work as a performer. First I started in a ballet company, and then I toured Europe in a musical theater troupe performing West Side Story. For the last 8 years I’ve been lucky to dance with the Radio City Rockettes. Along my performing journey, I was driven to find employment that would let me travel and work. About 7 years ago I turned down the most ridiculous travelling contract ever with Crystal Cruises. Crystal is a high end cruise line, and the itinerary literally went around the world. This contract included stopping 5 nights at port in Rio de Janeiro to see Carnival, a stop in Cape Town, South Africa to enjoy wine country and so on. The itinerary would make anyone with even the slightest travel bug salivate. I had just asked Ryan to move in with me in our New York City apartment. He travelled from Los Angeles, got settled and I got offered this awesome contract. I must have been an extremely difficult girlfriend at the time: “Thanks for moving in with me last month, but I might leave for 50 weeks on this world cruise. You can visit me in Dubai… or Cape Town – but I hope your flight isn’t delayed because then you might miss me.” Well, I knew that I wanted to marry Ryan and I did not want to jeopardize our relationship. Ryan told me at that point about his long-time interest in taking a world trip and promised me that one day we could one day take a trip together to see everything around the world. I turned down the intriguing contract. It was the right decision because I married Ryan and we just embarked on our dream world trip making up just about everything we do each day.
Jumpstarting the trip:
If anyone has seen the movie “UP” you know the first couple of scenes really pull at your heart strings. The couple wants to take a trip, but life keeps happening and it is pushed further into the future. So much so that the main character’s wife gets sick and dies before they take their trip. I am not really an emotional person, but those scenes tore me up. This was a few years ago when I saw “UP”. Ryan came home that night and I knew we needed to create a plan or this illusive trip might fade away with the demands of life. I said “let’s stop just planning” this imaginary trip and let’s seriously do it. So we set a targeted date for the next 2-3 years as soon as we found a window that worked for both our careers. I am unemployed most of the year jumping from contract to contract, but Ryan has a really great job with tons of commitments. His leave of absence was going to need advanced planning with Human Resources and tons of other logistical things had to be worked out. Luckily, all of our stars aligned and the super-talented skills Ryan has as a consultant shifted to planning the most amazingly thought out trip ever. I’m so grateful it worked out and we’re on our journey...