Later this year marks our 25th Wedding Anniversary, a feat few manage to achieve in this day of less formal living arrangements and seemingly five-year renewal “contracts” between couples. :) But instead of some snazzy party or fancy doodads, we have decided to “cross-off” one of those things on our combined “bucket list”. The itinerary is set (by our favorite luxe/adventure purveyor A2A Journeys), our passports and visas are ready and the wallet is loaded up with savings set aside for special trips like this. My travel notebook of 18+ years still looks and feels great, a thin leather cover folding around paper thin sheets within. This notebook has recorded notes from trips through France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam and all sorts of places in between. I have just cleared it of previous notes to make way for this trip…
I have NEVER had to deliberate and vacillate about what to put in my luggage before a vacation as much as this trip. I actually packed 3 days ahead and it took SEVERAL hours. The problem? Temperatures that range from -5C to +30C. Altitudes from sea level to some 12,000 feet. From cosmopolitan settings to the most remote of places and circling back to this centuries version of a modern hacienda. Dinners in markets or globally recognized star restaurants. Add on to that a wedding in traditional piña barong on the way home, a necessary stop in one of my favorite cities in the whole world, New York, and through it all, size 11.5 hiking boots that weigh more than my suitcase. :) So from down, to water-proof pants, long underwear, sweaters at the one end, and formal wear elsewhere in the maletas.
So where are we headed? South America… Peru and Chile in particular on this trip. Stay tuned for more on the trip. Follow progress on instagram or @therealmarketman for snippets of the trip, and I will hopefully take enough notes and photos for future posts on this blog.