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Our Journey

We are currently in Osaka, Japan 

(Stop 17a below)

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Stop 14: 1 July to 8 July: Singapore. We've flown to Singapore to spend a week here, staying in a hotel.  We're only staying a week because Singapore is very expensive.

Stop 15: 8 July to 10 August: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We cancelled our Penang plans because Penang passed an ordinance banning short-term stays such as Airbnb if they are over 3 days in length.  Also, we've been feeling like it would be nice to be back in a bigger city.  So, we've booked about a month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia instead.

Stop 16: 10 August to 24 August, 2023: Hoi An, Vietnam.  We've booked two weeks at a beachside hotel near Hoi An, Vietnam.  A lot of the nomads I've followed have loved Hoi An and the beach there is supposed to be beautiful.  The cost is also quite reasonable.

Stop 17: 24 August to 21 November, 2023: Japan

Stop 17(a): 24 August to 5 October: Osaka

We've booked a 1br apartment in Osaka for 6 weeks.  This is the city where Paul was born. It's a bit more affordable than Tokyo, so we're staying here a bit longer.  We hope to take a week during this time to visit our friend (and former exchange student) Mika in Shikoku.

Stop 17a(2): Shikoku

Stop 17(b): 5 October to 11 November:  Tokyo

We've booked an apartment for a little over five weeks.

Stop 17(c):  11 November to 20 November:  Hokkaido

We haven't booked this yet.  Paul has been to Hokkaido twice, and I'm looking forward to a visit.

After Japan:  Looking to fly to Hawaii in late November, spend a week there, then a week in California near James & Maggie, then back to Michigan to attend a wedding and spend the holidays with Kate & Ben and family in Louisville.  

In November, 2022 we arrived in Australia to explore this side of the world.  We're visiting places in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, & Japan before returning to the U.S. in late November, 2023.

Stop 10:  8 November to 15 November, 2022:  Sydney, NSW, Australia.

We arrived in Sydney, Australia on 7 November, 2022.  We officially disembarked the ship on 8 November, 2022 and checked into our apartment located in Leichhardt, an inner suburb known for its many restaurants and cafes.  We stayed here one week.

Stop 11:  15 November, 2022 to 29 January, 2023:  Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Early Tuesday morning we took a train from Sydney to Melbourne, where we lived for 2 1/2 months.  Our apartment was in the near suburb Carlton, which is walking distance to the Central Business District, Victoria Market, and Flinders Street Station.  From the CBD, we can travel easily in the Melbourne area.  

Stop 12:  29 January until 26 April, 2023:  New Zealand

12(a) On 30 January we flew from Melbourne to Auckland, NZ.  We stayed with friends in Hamilton NZ (North Island) until 16 February.  On 16 February, we took the Northern Explorer scenic train from Hamilton to Wellington.

 

12(b) From February 1-23 and March 1-30 we booked a place in central Wellington. 

12(c) We flew to Christchurch where we will stayed in a hotel for 6 nights.  We took the TranzAlpine scenic train on a day trip across the NZ Alps to Greymouth and back on one day and visit in Christchurch the other days. On 1 March we will rode the Coastal Pacific scenic train from Christchurch to Picton, then the ferry across the Cook Straits to Wellington.

 

12(d) We'll resumed our time in Wellington until the end of the month.

 

12(e) On March 29 we traveled to Auckland where we lived in an apartment in the Parnell neighbourhood near central Auckland.

Stop 13: 26 April to 30 June: Suva, Fiji

We're living in a spacious 2-bedroom apartment in the Nasese neighbourhood near the center of Suva from 26 April to 30 June.  We really liked the Pacific islands we visited on the cruise, but Suva was the only city large enough  to have a good variety of restaurants, a walkable CBD and public transit.  Our flat is about a five minute walk to the ocean.

In October, 2022, we took a one-way repositioning cruise from Seattle to Sydney, Australia, with stops along the way

a world map showing the cruise stops from Seattle, USA to Sydney, Australia

Stop 9:  Pacific Cruise
On October 2, we embarked on a one-way repositioning cruise from Seattle to Sydney, Australia, on the Holland America ship Westerdam.  The stops are shown below, and the dates:

(Note: there were a few changes en route.  Below is the updated schedule)
Sun Oct 2 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, US 3:00pm
Mon Oct 3 At Sea
Tue Oct 4 At Sea
Wed Oct 5 At Sea
Thu Oct 6 At Sea
Fri Oct 7 At Sea
Sat Oct 8 HONOLULU, HAWAII, US 8:00am 11:59pm
Sun Oct 9 SCENIC CRUISING NA PALI COAST
Mon Oct 10 NAWILIWILI, KAUAI, HAWAII, US 8:00am 5:00pm
Tue Oct 11 KONA, HAWAII, US 8:00am 5:00pm
Wed Oct 12 At Sea
Thu Oct 13 At Sea
Fri Oct 14 CROSS INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
Sun Oct 16 At Sea
Mon Oct 17 At Sea
Tue Oct 18 APIA, UPOLO, SAMOA 8:00am 5:00pm
Wed Oct 19 At Sea
Thu Oct 20 SUVA, VITI LEVU, FIJI ISLANDS 8:00am overnight
Fri Oct 21 SUVA, VITI LEVU, FIJI ISLANDS  leave 5:00pm
Sat Oct 22 DRAVUNI ISLAND, FIJI 8:00am 5:00pm (cancelled due to weather)

Sun Oct 23 LAUTOKA, FIJI 8:00am 5:00pm
Mon Oct 24 At Sea
Tue Oct 25 At Sea
Wed Oct 26 NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA 8:00am
Thu Oct 27 NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA 4:00pm
Fri Oct 28 At Sea (Coral Sea)
Sat Oct 29 At Sea (Solomon Sea)
Sun Oct 30 ALOTAU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA 10:00am 8:00pm
Mon Oct 31 At Sea
Tue Nov 1 CONFLICT ISLANDS (PANAWAL GROUP), PAPUA
NEW GUINEA 6:00am 5:00pm
Wed Nov 2 At Sea (Coral Sea)
Thu Nov 3 CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA 8:00am 5:00pm
Fri Nov 4 AIRLIE BEACH, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA 11:00am 6:00pm
Sat Nov 5 At Sea
Sun Nov 6 MORETON ISLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (couldn't land due to weather - at sea)
Mon Nov 7 Sydney, Australia
Tue Nov 8 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 7:00am

We started our journey in January, 2022.  We traveled in Europe until May, then we were in the U.S. from June-September.  Below were our first 8 stops (January-September, 2022)

a world map showing the first 8 stops in our journey

Stop #1:  Lisboa, Portugal

Our first stop is Lisboa, Portugal (Lisbon).  We chose Lisbon because we had heard so many good things about it, but have never been.  This is a place many U.S. retirees visit and live.  We wanted to know what all the buzz was about!  We are not disappointed.  This is an 8-week visit.

Stop #2:  London, U.K.

Second stop is London, U.K.  We chose London because we have never been to the U.K, so London seems like a logical place to start.  We needed to spend about 6 weeks outside the Schengen Zone so that we could visit Helsinki for a month and not overstay our Schengen Zone 90/180 time frame. We figure London is so big there will be a lot of things to explore.  It is still a little cold, so we thought we could find a place to stay closer to our budget at this time.

Stop #3:  Paris, France

Third stop, Paris, France.  This is an unusual short stay.  We have family visiting Paris so we decided to stop and spend a few days with them.  We'll just be there five days.

Stop #4:  Helsinki, Finland  

Our fourth stop is Helsinki, Finland.  We chose Helsinki because we had an exchange student from there live with us for a year in 2003-2004 in Michigan.  We've wanted to visit her and meet her family and friends since she went back.  We'll be in Helsinki for the rest of May.

Stop #5:  Lansing, Michigan

Lansing is our domicile and where our daughter and her partner live.  We'll be visiting family and friends, exchanging items from our storage unit, and getting medical check-ups. Paul will get his motorcycle ready to ride to Alaska from Michigan, something he's wanted to do for a long time. Kim will visit family and friends, then fly to Louisville, Kentucky, then on to Seattle.

Stop #6: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (Paul)  Louisville, Kentucky (Kim)

Paul will bike to Alaska via Wisconsin and Canada; Kim will travel to Louisville, Kentucky to meet up with family.  Then both will meet in Seattle.  Update: Paul had to have bike repairs in Calgary, twice.  Instead of driving to Alaska, he is now planning to drive back into the US, then West to Seattle.

Stop #7: Seattle, Washington

We'll be in Seattle for 8 weeks.  We've visited the Pacific Northwest and wanted to visit a little longer.  We booked a cruise to Japan but it got cancelled, so we're not yet sure where, or how, we'll go next.

Although Japan announced opening to tourists, it is still limited to a small number of tour groups, which is not something we want to do.  We'll make a decision in late summer/early fall about where we are going next.

Stop #8: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Our Seattle trip was cut short when Paul's dad became ill.  Paul flew to Wisconsin Rapids, and a week later, I flew out.  Sadly, Paul's dad passed away on August 11, 2022.  I flew back to Seattle, collected all our stuff, then took the train from Seattle to Wisconsin Rapids.  We'll stay here as long as it takes to organize his things, settle his affairs, and sell the house.  

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