There are many stages to making and implementing a travel plan. Idea. Excitement. Fear. Disbelief (that you’re contemplating this really dumb idea). More excitement. More fear. Deciding not to go. Deciding to go. Paying money. Waking up in the middle of the night worried about money. Waking up in the middle of the night worried about getting sick on the Trans-Siberian Express. Feeling the fear subside. Paying money. Fear Gone. Excitement Back. Wanting-to-skip-around-the-room-excitement—but it looks bad if you do that at work and my apartment is too small. Paying money. Paying money. Paying money.
I’m in the merrily-skipping-about stage right now. But there will be several more waves of fear, excitement and worry before the real travel begins. And a few moments of resigned numbness when I board that flight to Oslo.
The Big2015Trip has five main sections: Norway; To Russia/Russia; Trans-Siberian Train; Mongolia; Beijing/Seoul.
Next week the deed will be almost-irrevocably done.
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)