Here is a short video showing our basic itinerary.  It puts the distances in some perspective. We will be getting lots of frequent flyer points.

And here are the rough details:

July 1-10 Iceland (Reykjavik, southern Iceland)

July 10-14 Stockholm

July 14-31 Greece (Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio, Leonides)

Aug 1-10 Namibia

Aug 11-20 Cape Town & Plett, South Africa

Aug 21-30 Botswana

Aug 31- Sept 9 Zimbabwe/Zambia

Sept 10-19 Kenya (Nairobi, Northern Kenya, Mara)

Sept 20-Oct 7 Egypt (Dahab/Red Sea, Nile cruise/Luxor/Aswan, Cairo)

Oct 7-16 Jordan (Amman, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Petra)

Oct 16-20 Israel (Jerusalem)

Oct 21-23 Ecuador (Quito)

Oct 23-30 Galapagos

Oct 31-Nov 13 Peru (Cusco, Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu, Road of the Apu Ausangate, Iquitos/Amazon cruise)

Nov 13-21 Argentina (Buenos Aires and one day in Uruguay)

Nov 21-Dec 3 Chile (Atacama Desert, Santiago/Andes, Patagonia)

Dec 4-Jan 3 Falkland Islands and Antarctica

Jan 3-17 Australia (Tasmania, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Daintree)

Jan 17-28 Bali (Ubud Bali, Indonesia)

Jan 28-Feb 7 Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh)

Feb 7-22 Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Saigon)

Feb 22-26 China (Hong Kong, Shenzen)

Feb 26- March 28 India (Delhi, Northern India, Himalayas/Holi festival, Agra)

March 28-April 18 Bhutan (Thimphu, Punakha, trekking, festivals)

April 19-April 27 Borneo

April 28 May 13 Papua New Guinea (Nusa Island, Tufi, Rondon Ridge, Sepik River, Southern Highlands)

May 14-25 North Island, New Zealand

May 26-June 14 Boating and diving in the South Pacific (Tuamotu, Rangiroa, Tahiti, Bora Bora)

June 16 Back home

Countries by Continent

Europe: Greece, Iceland, Sweden

Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Asia: Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, French Polynesia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam

South America: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru


Australia and New Zealand

Alphabetical Order (31)

Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Bali, Borneo, Botswana, Cambodia, Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

24 Responses to “Itinerary”

  1. Doug and Tracy 26. Dec, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Are you adopting? What an amazing opportunity – and website (wow)! Can’t wait to follow your footsteps. We will be praying for you every step/mile of the way.

  2. I can’t stop watching your itinerary video! So cool!!!!!!! What a gift for your children.

  3. Your itinerary looks ambitious, exhilarating, and overall phenomenal.

    Four small tips and two big ones from fellow travelers:

    * Botswana tip: stay at Jack’s Camp if at all possible. It’ll blow your mind.
    * New Zealand tip: stay with Ross and Lyndy on the North Island ( and/or Pete and Gaye on the South Island ( Super people.
    * Ho An tip: Take a class at the Morning Glory Cooking school.
    * Egypt tip: In Luxor, call Mohommad– best guide around. +20 101 82369
    * Big tip: Consider spending more time in fewer places. The best part about this kind of traveling is discovering things for yourself. The worst part is packing up and leaving a place you’ve grown to love. You do more of the first and less of the second if you stay longer some places… and it gives your batteries time to re-charge. Mid-way through our trip we decided to leave Machu Picchu for next time, and I’m thrilled we did– it’s a reason to return to Peru, and it let us spend more time with Jen’s brother in Bolivia. Which leads to the last tip:
    * Big tip: Bake in some time with friends and family along the way. You’ll meet a ton of new people, and of course you’ll spend a lot of time with one another… but it’s also great to have some other old friends and relatives meet up with you along the way.

    Enjoy the planning, ask any questions you’d like, and have a blast!

  4. This will be such an amazing trip! With this fabulous website, you’re off to a great start, and the trip hasn’t even begun. We were fortunate enough two years ago to travel for ten months with our kids (just two of them), and it was, and will always be, the best year of our lives. We also covered lots of places, and found it easy to pack and move, and were very glad we got to see as much as we did. I love your itinerary, and can’t wait to read about your adventures.

  5. Hey guys, you’re off and running! It’ll probably take you a little while to settle into new routines but before you know it you’ll be right in the swing of things. Im so looking forward to sharing the adventure with you via this site (just book marked it so will be checking it regularly from now on). Yee Ha!!!!

  6. Maureen Pomeroy 03. Jul, 2010 at 8:21 am

    wow, GREAT itinerary! very inspiring. I look forward to sharing your web site with our 3 kids (14, 11, and 9).

  7. Lisa (Seidel) Bryant 20. Jul, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    OMG! Dana, you’ve always impressed me, but this is INCREDIBLE. What a wonderful opportunity for your entire family. I am thoroughly enjoying reading all your posts and am extremely envious of this once-in-a-lifetime excursion. You are obviously a fantastic mother and yet your sense of humor(which I grew so fond of while playing “I never” in New Orleans on an Avid business trip) is still evident too. Enjoy and travel safe 🙂

  8. Julia Beardwood 07. Aug, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I just thought about your travels and logged on for some updates. What an amazing trip so far – and you have so much excitement ahead. What fun! My sister-in-law and her family (Noah 12 Gideon 5 and Eve 10) just moved to Jerusalem for a year, so get in touch if you’d like to meet some friendly faces in Israel). Best to all of you.

  9. Congrats on making this choice! My husband and I did a trip around the world for a year and it was the best thing we ever did. We plan to do the same thing with our children once they get a little older.

    I ditto the advice though to do fewer places and spend more time in each place.

    Hope your family is enjoying it!

  10. Whites…what an amazing journey so far…we all sat together and watched the video clips. Soccer season and back to school isn’t the same without all of you!!!

    Safe travels!

    xoxo All the Greens

  11. Hi there. This post is from Kristen Layton, relative of the Calkins family, and resident of Amman, Jordan. I’ve been following your fabulous journey and know you will be in Jordan soon. We’d love to meet up with you while we are here.
    My email is Hope to hear from you!


  12. olivia adamczyk 24. Oct, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Andrew,
    You and your family are so lucky that you get to go to all those places, while i sit in the classroom all day talking about math and other things. But, so far shcool is fun. Every Friday we get to have American Idol. In American Idol we can sing a song or perform a skit that we made. We also have the judges, Paula, Randy and Simon! It is so much fun! So far i have won twice.
    Speaking about school, how do you like being home schooled? Is it fun or boring? Well, either way i bet your mom is a great teacher.
    Well, i have to go to zzzzzzzzz but i will catch up with you later. Keep posting! And have a great trip.
    Olivia Adamczyk:)

  13. The Barsamian family 31. Oct, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Hi White family,
    How are you? We were wondering if you went to Jerusalem and to the four courters? We miss you a lot! Open fields just started and it is not the same without you!; ) I hope you are all having a grrreat time!! We will keep in touch!
    Safe travels,
    The Barsamians

  14. annie and johnny 05. Nov, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hiii Emma and all its Annie and Johnny S. Sams brother I love and miss you all. By the way we are in tech!!!

  15. Janet Lefkowitz 15. Nov, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Just got around to “subscribing” and have enjoyed checking in with the White whereabouts…your blog has been so much fun and so inspiring! We are looking forward to the upcoming chapters of your big adventure! xo Janet, Jonathan, Nettie and Daisy

  16. Justin Sullivan 17. Nov, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hi this is Justin Sullivan a 6th grader at DSMS and i was wondering how it felt to hug a sloth/get licked in the face by the giraffe and your so lucky you get to go to all those places.

  17. Lucky! You get to travel world.

  18. I never imagined how many places you guys are going!

  19. This looks like so much fun and a great time! We (the kaplans) will be in India at the same time you guys are!

  20. Just heard on NPR about your trip. Good for you and taking an active role in educating your children! You are an example to my husband and I (just married last year).

    Best of luck to all of you!

    P.S. In New Zealand say “Hello” to my favorite country (lived there in college)- very nice people.

  21. I love this website and daily updates. i diligently copy the info every day and replace your names with mine, Marne, Jackson and Zander on my website “” (we are a non profit). No one can believe we did this with a 5 yr old and 2 yr old. 🙂 ps — I think Pearson and Nye are doing the same thing. xo -Phil

  22. Carlos Saldanas 21. May, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Excellent video. how did you do it? Need to make one for my vacations.

  23. Teresa Dionisio 21. May, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Hello White family,

    This has been an amazing trip and I haven’t even been there! I have been following your blog this whole year and have loved every minute of it. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

    Teresa Dionisio (aka Ms. D)