2014: What’s in Store

2014: What’s in Store

2014 is quickly filling up!  In the rare moments that we are actually sitting still, we’ve had to spend our internet time planning the next several days out, as well as the next 5 months.  Recently, Bryan has literally booked dozens of flights.  We’ve commented a few times that our trip is “winding down.”  Time has been flying by and before we know it we’ll be back in the DSC_1276resizeUS.  At the start of our trip, I thought that a year or less would be plenty of time to see the world.  How naive I was!  It turns out 2.5 years isn’t close to enough time.  With 5 months remaining, we have to really pick and choose what interests us most.  We want to make the most of this time.  We have some exciting stuff coming up so I wanted to give you an overview of our plans.

We are currently wrapping up our 6-week loop through elephantUsThailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  On January 25th, we fly from Bangkok to Myanmar (Burma) for two weeks.  Bryan scored flights for $25 USD per person each way!  Upon returning to Bangkok, we will be flying to New Zealand with a 3-day stopover in Australia.  It was actually cheaper this way, as opposed to flying straight to Auckland, NZ.  Due to the high costs DSC_0141resizein Australia and having more interest in other regions, this will likely be the only time we spend in the land down under.  So we are cramming in as much scenery and wildlife experiences as possible with a drive along the Great Ocean Road and a trip to Grampians National Park.  I’ve been diligently searching the best areas to spot koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies.  So touristy, I know, but where else can you see those adorable creatures in the wild!?

After our speedy Australia trip, we’ll spend 3 weeks driving tombraiderMePanoResizethrough New Zealand and hopefully partaking in a few outdoorsy, adventure activities.  After NZ, it’s on to Bali, Indonesia.  We’ll spend a few weeks island hopping in search of beautiful beaches, volcanoes to climb, Komodo dragons, and trekking to see the ethnic tribes in Papua (an area so remote that some of the men still only wear a gourd to cover themselves).  We’ll then return to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a couple days (where we have some awesome friends and hosts) before a trip to the Borneo region of Malaysia for scuba diving off the islands of Mabul and Sipidan.  This area is known for some of the best diving in IMAG0088the world and was a favorite dive spot of Jacques Cousteau’s.  Hopefully, we’ll spot some proboscis monkeys and orangutans during our time on land in Borneo.  Proboscis monkeys are the cool guys with the ridiculously big noses.

On April 13th, we return to Bangkok again for the Songkron Festival – a three-day water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year with huge water fights and processions.  You know how Bryan loves unusual festivals.  It sounds much cleaner than the tomato festival in Spain that we went to for Bryan’s 30th Birthday in 2009! La Tomatina 047 We will be spending Easter in the Philippines (a big holiday in the majority Catholic country).  I’m hoping to cross “Swimming with Whale Sharks” off my bucket list;  April is whale shark season there.  After the Philippines, details are a bit up in the air.  We plan to visit Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and maybe South Korea before taking the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian trains from Beijing across China, Mongolia, and Russia.  It looks like I’ll be spending my 32nd Birthday on a Russian train (Vodka shots, anyone?).   Our final stops will likely be Jordan and Israel.

We will return to the US “for good” in late June.  We still have yet to figure out what we want to do when we return or where we will live.  Feel free to send any fantastic job offers or novel ideas our way.   Although I’m sure our parents are thrilled at the prospect of their homeless, unemployed, 30-something children (and two large dogs) moving back in with them!

We’re glad you’ve been following our travels for the last 2 years.  If there’s anything you’d like to see us post in the next 5 months, please let us know!  And please don’t hesitate to comment!!  We love getting them!


Our Rough Schedule

1/20 – 1/25 – Bangkok, Thailand

1/25 – 2/9 – Myanmar (Burma)

2/9 – 2/13 – Australia

2/13 – 3/6 – New Zealand

3/6 – 4/4 – Indonesia

4/4 – 4/6 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4/6 – 4/13 – Borneo / Mabul & Sipidan, Malaysia

4/13 – 4/15 – Bangkok, Thailand (Songkron Festival)

4/15  – ~4/29 – Philippines

~4/29 – 5/21 – Details TBD – Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and China

5/21 – 6/11 – Trans-Mongolian / Trans-Siberian Train across China, Mongolia, and Russia

6/11 – 6/13 – Moscow, Russia

6/13 – 6/16 – St. Petersburg, Russia

6/16 – 6/18 – Jordan

6/18 – 6/25 – Israel

Late June – return home and back to reality  – YIKES!


Comments (16)
  • John Boehner

    January 20th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Don’t stop!

    • Bryan Waugh

      January 20th, 2014 at 8:58 am

      All good things must come to an end 🙂

  • mary&milton

    January 20th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Time goes fast when your having fun! Stay safe

  • Ashley

    January 20th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Colorado is proving to be a pretty awesome place to settle down…. 😉

  • Laura

    January 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Sounds fabulous. Really looking forward to reading about NZ and Indonesia. Two places I have pencilled in for my own mini RTW trip hopefully next year. Though reading through your post has given me a million more ideas!

    Japan is brilliant by the way. I spent a week between Kyoto and Tokyo and the people are so kind, friendly and polite. It’s a fantastic country and not always as expensive as it seems. Check out Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki for a really great hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo. The area is one of the older more traditional areas of Tokyo and it’s nice to come back to somewhere a little slower paced at night after the hustle and bustle of the city during the day.

    I’d been interested to read when you’re finished your trip a post about what areas you really loved and would visit again or wished you’d spent more time in.

    Happy travels 🙂

  • Johaan

    January 20th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for the update guys. It’s funny how five months can seem relatively short. Incredible actually, haha. Cheers and safe travels.

  • Catherine Haskins

    January 20th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Wow! Kristen I hope you swim with the whales as again I am obsessed with all of them 🙂 Can’t wait to hear the next adventure, keep writing!

  • Dad Munch

    January 20th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    You’re going to be covering a huge amount of territory during the next five months. You’ll be crossing about ten time zones between New Zealand and Moscow! Good thing you’re young.

  • Mama Waugh

    January 20th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Have Fun and Enjoy the next 5 months…I will refrain from commenting on the next to the last paragraph. 😉 love ya!

  • Nikki Trenholm

    January 21st, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Let’s go for a reunion sail in the fall!! What a whirlwind and what amazing stories you two have. When the book comes out let me know 🙂

  • Leilani

    January 22nd, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe how many places you are trying to see over the next 5 months! I got exhausted just reading about it 🙂 As far as the last paragraph goes… You know our vote. We have more than enough room for you guys and you can stay as long as you need to! Miss you guys and stay safe!!!

  • Bryan Waugh

    January 22nd, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone! Great to hear from you all! Lani – be careful what you offer 🙂 Nicky – sounds great, if you’re back from your Arctic sail or whatever crazy thing you’re doing at sea. Everyone else – thanks again for commenting! They make our day!

  • Judie Paranuk

    January 25th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I will never be able to afford even do 1/50th of the incredible trip you have taken. But I must say, that I have so enjoyed seeing places and animals I would never be able to visit/see, through your eyes and that of your camera. What a wonderful journey this must be for the two of you!!! I am truly jealous!! I am so sure that your mom and dad would be happy to have to “put up with you” for a bit. I know they must miss you terribly! I hope the remainder of your journey is everything you hope it to be…and more. Take lots of pics in Japan for me! Heavenly journey to you both!

  • Ernie & Mary Ann

    January 28th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    What a great adventure you two have had thus far! You should think about opening an exotic travel agency when you get back home. The only thing you need more of is train pictures. There are a few homes for sale in the old neighborhood just waiting for you.

  • Wendy Sewell

    February 3rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Wow! That all sounds fabulous! We loved South Korea. Really, we’ve loved most of SE Asia, but South Korea is full of amazing sights and yet you rarely hear of people heading there to travel. Jordan is amazing and really does rate more than a couple of days. We spent 3 in Petra alone and we usually like jam packed days, too. For a small country, it has an amazing amount of things to see and do. Israel blew us away.

    Have fun! It sounds like a great trip!

  • MarkBoyd

    February 16th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Waddup Waughs! I haven’t been following your adventure as closely on this leg so I’m glad you’re still at it. As always, I’m jealous and y’all are awesome.

    Bryan – hopefully you didn’t try to fight a kangaroo while in Australia.

    Kristin – hopefully you haven’t had to pay for “wi-fi” lately.

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