Monday, June 30, 2014

Welcome to Swansoni Team Adventures!

As we embark on our round-the-world expedition, we wanted to use our first blog post to update everyone regarding our expected itinerary and to thank everyone for their support.  In particular, we'd like to thank everyone for their contributions to our adventures!  We fully expect to do all of the activities listed on our Honeyfund and many of them are already booked.  Yes, this means that Giorgio WILL go cage diving with great white sharks in South Africa (thanks Owen!). 

Over the next several months, we will be traveling through an array of countries, beginning with our flight to South Africa on July 14 (not complete without a stopover to refuel in Dakar).  In South Africa, we plan to rent a car to tour the entire country while driving on the wrong side of the road.  In the event this adventure and Stephanie's map-reading abilities don't lead to an early divorce, we will be driving through multiple game parks in search of the "Big Five" and other animals, riding as many horses as possible and enjoying plenty of South African wine.  We will also be driving through Swaziland, Lesotho, and Namibia before meeting the Swanson family for a Botswana safari and trip to Victoria Falls in September.  In October, you can find us exploring Madagascar, one of the highlights of our trip planning so far, where we are excited to see lots of lemurs and other crazy animals.

In November, we'll be making a quick return trip to the US (being on another continent won't keep us from Lisa and George's wedding!). Changing gears, we then fly to Bangkok and backpack through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma).  

For the final leg of our journey, you can find us in the American southwest (with another wedding stop -- this time in Florida to celebrate with Fiorella and Niall!), visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time and skiing in Snowmass.  In March, after a quick detour to pickup Ephraim (who has already embarked on his adventure by taking his very first flight last week), you can find us in our new apartment in Lima.

For updates on our travels, be sure to check Swansoni Team Adventures!  If you have any travel recommendations for our itinerary, please let us know.