2009 Around the World Adventure

Although many people will label 2009 as a year of economic disaster and frustration, we will always remember it as one of the best years of our lives.

For us, it was a time of transition. The future of our jobs looked grim as both of our company’s cutback and downsized. Rather than wait to join the unemployment line, we decided it was time to finally fulfil our dream of world exploration.

No more dreaming about, “one of these days we’ll travel the world”.  The time had come, so we seized the day. We quit our jobs, rented out our condo, stored our car and purchased an open-ended around-the-world ticket. Although our itinerary constantly evolved and adjusted, we had 20 segments that were set and did not change.

Below is the outcome of our 12 month journey.


Toronto, Ontario

Miami, Florida

Grand Cayman Island


Quito & Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Guayaquil & Banos, Ecuador

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Montevideo, Uruguay

La Paloma & Punta del Este, Uruguay

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lima, Peru

Puerto Maldonado & the Amazon Rainforest, Peru

Cusco & the Sacred Valley, Peru

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

Lake Titicaca & Copacabana, Bolivia

Arequipa & the Colca Canyon, Peru

Huacachina (Desert Oasis), Peru


Santiago, Chile

Valparaiso & Vina del Mar & Los Andes, Chile

Mendoza, Argentina

Santiago, Chile


Hanga Roa, Easter Island

New Zealand (North & South Island)

17 days in a campervan driving from Auckland to Queenstown



Campervan from Cairns to Sydney via Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay and Newcastle

Manila, Philippines

Boracay, Philippines

Batad and Banaue, Philippines

Tokyo, Japan


Kyoto, Japan

Kobe & Osaka & Hiroshima, Japan

Yokohama & Narita, Japan

Bangkok, Thailand

Hanoi, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Siem Reap and Angkor Temples, Cambodia


Battambang, Cambodia

Trat, Thailand

Koh Chang, Thailand

Ayuthaya, Thailand

Hong Kong, China

Kathmandu, Nepal

Pokhara & Annapurna Trek, Nepal

Chitwan Park & Jungle Safari, Nepal

Varanasi & the Ganges River, India

Agra & the Taj Mahal, India


Jaipur & the Amber Fort, India

Jodhpur & Udaipur, India

Mumbai, India

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Cairo, Egypt

Athens, Greece

Mykonos & Santorini, Greek Islands


Munich, Germany

Venice & Northern Italy

Slovenia & Croatian Coast

Split and Omis, Croatia

Vienna, Austria

Cairo, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

Dahab & the Red Sea, Egypt


Sinai and Nuweiba, Egypt

Aqaba, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Petra & Wadi Musa, Jordan

Amman & the Dead Sea, Jordan

Istanbul, Turkey

Varna & the Black Sea, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Bucharest, Romania

Brasov & Bran, Transylvania

Budapest, Hungary


Prague, Czech Republic

Cologne, Germany

Brussels, Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cologne and Bonn, Germany

Koblenz and Mosel Region, Germany

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Paris, France

Tignes & French Alps, France

Glasgow, Scotland


Edinburgh, Scotland

London, England

Seattle, Washington

We had planned to head back to Central America afterwards, but with the Vancouver 2010 Olympics fast approaching, we elected to head home to Vancouver instead. Hey, the Olympics only visit your backyard once in a lifetime. 

It was an epic adventure that went by way too fast!

Olympic Cauldron Vancouver 2010 Olympic Flame

Here are the numbers for our RTW adventure:

  • 38 countries visited
  • 6 continents walked on
  • 12 months living out of a backpack
  • 37 Flights
  • 40+ Trains (6 overnight)
  • 20+ Boats and Ferries
  • 115,000+ km’s travelled
  • 4,800 meters was our highest point reached on foot (Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador)
  • 400 meters below sea level was our lowest point  (Dead Sea, Jordan)
  • 30 GB of photos snapped
  • 58 Life goals completed

Thinking about doing a RTW adventure?

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