Posted by Beth | January 25, 2016
Hard to believe we’re over a third of the way through our round-the-world trip already. Time flies when you’re having fun I suppose, and we’ve had fun indeed. In the past 75 days, through nine different countries, we’ve had countless adventures, seen incredible scenery, and tried some of the best food, coffee and wine of our lives. We’re so thankful for the experiences we’ve had the past few months, and even more blessed that we’re experiencing it together. Our marriage seems to strengthen with every (literal) leap off a cliff, missed turn, sunrise and sunset.
Tomorrow we fly to Uganda, where we’ll settle in for the next two months to serve with the organization Come Let’s Dance (CLD). The desire to visit CLD is what sparked our entire trip to begin with, and something we’ve been praying over and looking forward to for quite some time. We’re unsure of the Internet situation, so will try to post a few times over the coming month, but you can certainly expect that posting will slow down for awhile.
This will be my second time in Uganda and it feels like sweet redemption. During the World Race I set foot in Africa for the first time upon arriving to the Entebbe Airport. We were supposed to spend a whole month in Kampala, but it was cut to just a few days before we were essentially evacuated to Kenya instead thanks to an Ebola outbreak. I adored Uganda for those precious few days and can’t wait to get back!
I vividly remember thinking in the first few days in Africa “I wish I could experience this with Caleb,” never thinking it’d be a reality. And yet God is good and here we are in Africa together! We’ve been in South Africa for the past two weeks and while I think it’s my new favorite place on earth, it doesn’t feel like Africa.
Hoping to get our South Africa posts and pictures up soon, but in the meantime here’s a recap of the past few months.
Thanks to points and miles we’ve seen Machu Picchu, gone on an African safari, trekked in Patagonia, kayaked past penguins in the Cape, paraglided in the Andes, watched NYE fireworks in Copenhagen, drank beer in Belgium and wine in Mendoza and Stellenbosch and met people from all over the world.
We’ve eaten like kings for the most part, taken 15 flights, and stayed in 20 luxury hotels. All for only about $7,500 out of pocket, which averages out to about $50/person/day, much less than what we were spending to live in the States. The goal of our blog is to show people that travel IS possible on a budget. To learn more about how we leveraged credit card sign-ups to earn millions of points and miles, start here, read about how we signed up for 51 new cards, or check out our Beginner’s Guide.